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    Thread: Red LED dome/map/footwell lights DIY How To FTW

    1. 02-20-2011 03:30 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by apbtk9 View Post
      i bought and installed as shown. however for some reason the front two interier lights wont work. (lights by the sunglass holder) but when i switch them back to the incandescants they work?

      and yes, i tried switching them, and i also tried multiple different LEDS.

      For those having the same issue, for some reason i think because of the angle the LED's wernt making good contact. I bent the contacts a little to resemble the incandescent contacts, problem solved!


      However I have a new issue, i keep the footwell lights on about 30%, within the past month or so they sometimes brighten up for about a second or two, and then go back to normal.... ???

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      03-02-2011 05:33 PM #52
      Just a question:
      My center console lights were burnt out(bluetooth icon, dome light button indicator ) and were replaced. I was wondering if the the light indicators for the back seats are supposed to light up as well hwen you turn your headlights on. I have a 4 door GTI MKVI.

      Just wondering since i didnt really check the lights since i was doing the test driving.

    3. 03-02-2011 09:56 PM #53
      I replaced all my interior lights, license plate lights, side marker, and reverse lights in my SS with leds. Fron Vleds....Great products, and i believe their leds come with load resistors already installed.

      I have pics if you guys want.

    4. 03-03-2011 01:19 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by sjjaskow View Post
      I've got some pics of the install process on the passenger side.

      Step 1: Set the Mood.


      Step 2: Remove the stupid looking red brake light tape.

      Step 3: Unplug the cord. This can be a PITA because first you must remove the three T15 screws holding the bottom of the glove box tight to the dash (doing this just gives you more wiggle room), then you need to somehow either get your fingers on both sides of the plug and squeeze and pull, or do like I did which was to finangle an allen wrench up in there, unlock the hard to reach side of the plug, then do the other with my finger and pull the plug out. If you've had the lights on recently, their metal housing will be very HOT. Don't say I didn't warn you.

      Step 4: In order to get the light housing out, you will need to push down on the entire assembly on the outside, streetward side of the housing. If you feel around you should notice this tab looking thing in the following pic--push down on that side. It should pop out quickly. When doing this on the driver's side, it comes out more difficultly but you can release the entire OBDII Port housing w/light housing bit and altogether its less painful since you won't be so contorted.

      Step 5: Using the same picture as Step 4, carefully pry the metal housing off the plastic light cover. I used those little precision flathead screwdrivers as my pry tools. There are 4 tabs on the long sides, and a slot on another. Just mess around with it and you should see how they come apart.
      Step 6: It should look like the next picture now. Push the lightbulb out of the metal housing, and slip the LED in. As the OP noticed this might not work or it might throw a code if put in wrong, but both mine work and I just kinda threw them in any which way.


      Step 7: Reassemble everything and it looks like this! Yay. If it doesn't light up right away, close and reopen a door to reactivate the lights. Then start checking your MFD settings and try turning on your headlights. If your footwells never worked before, then they probably won't work now still.
      pics dont work anymore? getting ready to do this soon...any chance of restoring them?

      Thanks!

    5. 03-06-2011 09:35 PM #55
      An easy fix for codes thrown is to go to tunesdomes.com. They have the error cancelling 194 wedges. Thats what I got. No codes, and great light output.

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      03-22-2011 06:40 PM #56
      I added red LEDs to my footwells, gonna do the others soon. I bought mine from LED-Worx in Huntington Beach. They have a nice assortment of products. Lifetime warranty too!!!

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      04-07-2011 05:58 PM #57
      Is there any pictures of a better DIY description. I was just out in the car trying to remove to panel to get at the bulbs and I am scared I am not using the right tools, or doing it properly.

      Can anyone help??

      Thanks
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      04-07-2011 10:40 PM #58
      Shameless bump
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      04-11-2011 01:41 PM #59
      Bumping again
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      04-12-2011 10:41 PM #60
      Just replaced my front reading light with LED, found out that both of the LED won't go off completely even if I shut off the light or lock the door.

      I googled it and it seems that many people have the same kind of issue, can anyone here confirm it?



      kinda annoying

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      04-15-2011 09:11 PM #61
      Can you please provide more detailed information on how to access the front map lights? I removed the 2 torx srews that are accessible from the sunglasses holder but the housing still won't come out. I don't want to pull too hard and break a clip.

      Thanks

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      04-25-2011 07:52 PM #62
      Well I messed around from what I read and did it no problem, hardest part was pulling out the stock lights with my fingers.

      Used a butter knife wrapped with one layer of paper towel to pry the plastic off.

      With the handle of the knife towards the windshield, jimmy the knife into the gap closest to the windshield and slowly pop it off, dont be afraid to be aggressive with it. The plastic is actually pretty robust.

      It will pop off after some work and bam! work those stock lights out and through your new ones in.

      PM me and I will try to word it better if you are having problems.
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    13. 05-06-2011 12:27 AM #63
      I replaced my front map lights and rear passenger lights tonight. I used red LEDs for both installs. For some reason I only ordered four LEDs so, I'll install a third LED in the rear eventually (I pulled out the original bulb in the mean time). The red glow is pretty impressive when I unlock the doors. Let's see how long it takes for my friends to notice, most of my friends aren't really into cars.
      I'll post pics if people are interested...

      Btw the install was pretty easy I did take my time with the front map lights. I didn't want to break any clips!

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      05-18-2011 05:53 PM #64
      are the same LED used for rear passenger lights aswell? or are they a differnent type?
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    15. 06-06-2011 07:28 PM #65
      Where are the torx bolts for the front dome lights? Do I have to pop off the trim piece to access them? Thanks...

      **EDIT** Nevermind..was trying too hard got to them no problem...

      So all 7 are in and I noticed that the domes seemed to be on ever so slightly even when door is closed and all lights should be off..anyone else notice this? Am I going to come out to a dead battery?? Thanks...
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      08-15-2011 08:07 PM #66
      Wow! Can not get the maplight unit to come down..... torx are out, pull down and nothing happens.... seems like the front is bolted/ screwed .... is there hidden tabs or something? I have really yanked on this thing and it really feels light it might snap.... any other suggestions?
      More detailed removal info and pics would be really helpful. Btw I have a 2010 Jetta Sportwagen with no sunglass holder.
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      08-15-2011 11:08 PM #67
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      02-10-2012 07:54 PM #68
      Bought a set of the foot well bulbs from ledwholesalers.com day before yesterday. Great product, shipped very fast. Was a little worried about the metal contacts in the fixture touching the pcb and surface mount chips, so I took a small piece of 3/8in shrink tube, and wrapped the thing from the leds to the contacts. Work perfect. Did them in red, to keep the light down. Had white leds in there before, but they were a little too bright for my liking.

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      02-10-2012 11:28 PM #69
      LEDwholesalers FTW!

      Shipped & delivered swiftly, immediately provided tracking number and great quality! Very bright LEDs!

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      02-13-2012 10:50 PM #70
      Would anyone be able to confirm that these would work on the footwell light of a 2012 GTi

      http://www.lightdepot.ca/product_inf...roducts_id=187

      Thanks

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      03-22-2012 10:55 PM #71
      new link to the wedge ones for the footwells
      http://www.ledwholesalers.com/store/...&productId=337
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      03-28-2012 10:51 AM #72
      Wedge LEDs for the footwells just came in, will post pics after install, thx again for the DIY
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      04-08-2012 09:54 AM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by TKE Mario View Post
      new link to the wedge ones for the footwells
      http://www.ledwholesalers.com/store/...&productId=337
      Thanks, I tweaked the original post.

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      04-11-2012 12:41 PM #74
      cellphone pics

      plain factory white:

      red LEDs
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      04-11-2012 12:44 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by RobMan8023 View Post
      Thanks, I tweaked the original post.
      no prob, thx for the DIY, i loved doing this cheap mod and it looks great
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