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Like all my other cars I am going to be replacing all the halogen bulbs with LEDs for a brighter and classier look on the car. I have already replaced the dome lights and the car is much brighter inside already.

My brother and I just spent some time going through looking at the various bulbs to be changed, and here is a list of them:

License Plate Lights (2) : W5W aka T10
Dome Lights (2) : 194 aka T10
Map Lights (4) : 194 aka T10
Glove Box (1) : 194 aka T10
Front Parking Lights (2) : 194 aka T10
Trunk Light (1) : 42mm Glass Type LED (See Post #25)
Reverse Lights (2) : 921 aka T10
Side Marker Turn Signal (2) : 194 aka T10
Fog Lights (2) : H10
Front Turn Signals (2) : 7440 aka T20
Rear Turn Signals (2) : 7440 aka T20

There are many more bulbs on this car that I haven't listed, so feel free to contribute and I will update this post.
 

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So what's the cost of your LED replacement project?

I was thinking about getting yellow fogs...always liked that look.


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Hate to be a party pooper, but be careful what LED you use where. In the state of Florida you can be pulled over for non OEM license plate lights.

For what it's worth any non OEM exhaust is also a reason to get stopped in Florida. Not saying any of it stops me, just informing folks.
 

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Hate to be a party pooper, but be careful what LED you use where. In the state of Florida you can be pulled over for non OEM license plate lights.

For what it's worth any non OEM exhaust is also a reason to get stopped in Florida. Not saying any of it stops me, just informing folks.
Also, a little known fact in Florida is that the license plate bracket cannot cover the wording top and bottom. It's illegal to do that..... been in FloriDAAA for 36 years and thats the first time I had heard that....:blink:
 

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So what's the cost of your LED replacement project?

I was thinking about getting yellow fogs...always liked that look.


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Price will depend on where you get your LEDs from. eBay they can be had for $1 each, or from a vendor a pair costs up to $15. I like to just go through VLEDs.

Hate to be a party pooper, but be careful what LED you use where. In the state of Florida you can be pulled over for non OEM license plate lights.

For what it's worth any non OEM exhaust is also a reason to get stopped in Florida. Not saying any of it stops me, just informing folks.
Never had a problem in my 8+ years here, but yes this is true.

Also, a little known fact in Florida is that the license plate bracket cannot cover the wording top and bottom. It's illegal to do that..... been in FloriDAAA for 36 years and thats the first time I had heard that....:blink:
New York has a similar law as well.

Great guide, but where would you guys advise buying LED bulbs from? Looking for quality and not the cheapest LED's out their
There are various sources, two that come to mind are VLED and Super Bright LEDs.
 

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OP, how did you get the housings for the map lights apart? I know it sounds dumb, but I tried to part the housing where it looks like there are clipping areas, but was never able to get it apart (probably could have, but didn't want to break it.)
 

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OP, how did you get the housings for the map lights apart? I know it sounds dumb, but I tried to part the housing where it looks like there are clipping areas, but was never able to get it apart (probably could have, but didn't want to break it.)
If it is anything like the G8 and Caprice you have to remove the whole console and access the light bulb from the inside. Search G8 overhead console on eBay to see what I mean, you will see the socket for the bulb on the inside.
 

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OP, how did you get the housings for the map lights apart? I know it sounds dumb, but I tried to part the housing where it looks like there are clipping areas, but was never able to get it apart (probably could have, but didn't want to break it.)
You don't necessarily take the housing apart, you remove the entire housing from the headliner to get to the bulb sockets. Take a trim removal tool (or flathead screwdriver with tape on it) and pop out the clips on the front of the housing - the lights hinge on the rear.
 
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Post up some pictures if you can. I have all the LEDs and more from previous orders and such, but that last thing I want to do is force anything or rush and break something. How does one go about removing the entire housing? Does this also mean for the front that the sunroof controls, etc. will come out at the same time, or is it just the clear section with the 1/2" or so of gray plastic that comes with it.
 

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Post up some pictures if you can. I have all the LEDs and more from previous orders and such, but that last thing I want to do is force anything or rush and break something. How does one go about removing the entire housing? Does this also mean for the front that the sunroof controls, etc. will come out at the same time, or is it just the clear section with the 1/2" or so of gray plastic that comes with it.
My LEDs are set to arrive tomorrow, I'll snap pictures and write up a little how-to for all of the things I change. :thumbsUp:
 

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My LEDs are set to arrive tomorrow, I'll snap pictures and write up a little how-to for all of the things I change. :thumbsUp:
good because i the only thing i haven't changed are the front turn signals. :) you can do that write up! lol! ;) everything else is cake.
 

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USPS was overzealous with their estimated arrival date, so we are on hold until everything arrives.

good because i the only thing i haven't changed are the front turn signals. :) you can do that write up! lol! ;) everything else is cake.
I didn't order new bulbs for turn signals... yet. I'm not a fan of LED turn signals, instead I go the route of stealth bulbs. :p
 

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USPS was overzealous with their estimated arrival date, so we are on hold until everything arrives.

I didn't order new bulbs for turn signals... yet. I'm not a fan of LED turn signals, instead I go the route of stealth bulbs. :p
ups is having issues this year for on time packages. all over the news. :(

i usually run them in the fronts only or use those chrome ones so you cannot see them yellow until they turn on.

not sure if it has been mentioned but headlights are D3S and they're pain to replace.
yes but cake are the fogs, side vents and top parking lights. but be careful not to drop the front driving lights down the hole to the right of the air box! it was real fun getting it out. lol!
 

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I put 6k hids in my fogs but they were a little too blue for me. I've got a set of 5k H10 and D3S on order.
ideally i am thinking with this housing HIDs may melt like the g8s. the enclosure is very very small.

if this was the case i would have put HIDs in the car the same day i got it. ;)
 

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Okay, so a simple how to on various bulb installations. I'm going to make this minimalistic because they really are extremely easy and self-explanatory to replace.

Parking Lamps
Pretty self explanatory, when you pop the hood they are both readily available to be swapped out at the top of the headlights. Nothing has to be removed or reaching into small spaces.

Glovebox
Take a flat head screwdriver covered in tape or a trim removal tool and insert it into the tap closest to the glovebox door. Pull down on the housing slightly and it will come out a bit, then just pull down on the opposite end furthest in the glovebox and the entire assembly will come out. It is easiest to change the bulb by unclipping the harness and popping out the bulb.

Front Dome/Map Lights
Simply pull out the light housing by putting your hands on both sides of the trim piece and pull down. The end closest to the windshield can be pulled down enough to reach in there to replace the bulbs - I did not remove the housing entirely.

Rear Dome/Map Lights
Simply pull out the light housing by putting your hands on the front end of the trim piece and pull down. The frontmost edge will come out and allow the housing to pivot about the rear edge. You can pull out this piece entirely to replace the bulbs.

Reverse Lights
First you have to remove the trim piece on your trunk lid. This is done by removing the ten (10) trim rivets, uninstalling the pulldown handle held in with two 7mm bolts, and the hanger held in by a phillips head screw. Now the carpet trim is easily removed gaining you access to the lights.

License Plate Lights
This process is described in the owners manual of the car, but I'll put a short explanation anyway. Simply take a flathead screwdriver with tape on its end or a trim removal tool and slide the housing to the left, then pivot the housing counterclockwise by pulling down on the left side.

For the trunk bulb the bulb is not a DE3175, the bulb is too small (31mm). I did not measure the trunk light, but this will have to be done to get the proper bulb. We all know what happens when you assume. :p
 
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