LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion

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LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion

Postby infinitiandbeyond » Sun Jan 18, 2009 4:52 pm

































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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby AD1787 » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:56 pm

Awesome post. Thanks for all the info

I would love to see people's reaction to your backup lights. It would be fun just to throw it into reverse at a stop light and scare the crap out of the people behind you

I was wondering on the footwell light if the one stated in your post ended up being significantly brighter and worth the effort. I feel like i should be a gymnast to change that bulb.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (AD1787)

Postby infinitiandbeyond » Sun Jan 18, 2009 7:40 pm

Good question. I should point out that I did not put the black lenses back into place yet. So, I have very bright footwells at the moment!

I took a pic of one of the clear lenses from the trunk and emailed it to a couple of online suppliers. Too pricey IMO to just buy two clear lenses.

However, superbrightleds.com has a good selection of single led's. I'd recommend those for that particular location. You could then drill a hole in the black lens and put it back into place. A clear one to diffuse the light somewhat would be nice, though.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby Bruno » Mon Jan 19, 2009 6:51 am

Wow, excellent write up and great pix and narrative. Looks great.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)**UPDATE**

Postby infinitiandbeyond » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:19 pm

AN IMPORTANT UPDATE!! The 14-LED high power CANNOT be used for parking lights up front. There will be an issue with heat.

The alternative, which I've seen others here use, is the standard 27-led.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion ( ... (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby M4T5 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:40 pm

DUDE! Your car is going to MELT!

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Postby abhik.light » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:08 pm

It was a excellent write up and good information.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby M4T5 » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:56 am

So..... will the V-LED #921_14_HP_W rear reverse lights increase the light intensity and help you see better than the OEM back up lights?

I keep reading mixed opinions on this issue.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby Excellent09 » Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:45 am

Thanks for the link...Can the fog lights be replaces with LED?

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (M4T5)

Postby paigoomein » Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:28 pm

I have the same question on the back-up lights. are they actually brighter than OEM and do they provide better visibility? any comparison pics you can put up of the two?
M4T5 wrote:So..... will the V-LED #921_14_HP_W rear reverse lights increase the light intensity and help you see better than the OEM back up lights?

I keep reading mixed opinions on this issue.

J

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (paigoomein)

Postby infinitiandbeyond » Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:44 pm

Backups ARE certainly brighter than OEM. Both through the backup cam and turning and looking backward.

As far as replacing front FOGS, i also did that but the "jury is still out". Again, it depends on if you are after looks (these will do the trick!) or better lighting performance.

As another poster pointed out, they are just fog lights...use in fog or rainy conditions.

I don't know that I'll keep the LED's in my fogs. I may put that money into better headlight bulbs.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby blazin_lo » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:12 pm

is there anyway to make the m35 daytime running lights white or hid

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (blazin_lo)

Postby DaleHeller » Sun Feb 22, 2009 2:14 pm

I did the fog lights with H11 from V-Leds.com and the effect is awesome, much brighter and matches the other leds I put in....

They are mucho fun to replace too ....

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (DaleHeller)

Postby cmark » Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:07 am

^^^^

pics please!!

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (cmark)

Postby YMm45 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:46 am

looks great i think this is my next project to my M

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion ( ... (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby choochmpls » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:22 pm

infinitiandbeyond wrote:AN IMPORTANT UPDATE!! The 14-LED high power CANNOT be used for parking lights up front. There will be an issue with heat.

The alternative, which I've seen others here use, is the standard 27-led.
Did you have an issue with the hi power 14led's? The housing also holds the high beam halogen, which would seem like it would be WAY hotter than any LED light. Why shouldn't we use the Hi power 14 led?

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Postby rsg123 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 3:46 pm

The domelight/map bulbs are NOT 1157 (these are much too large to fit). Sylvania's site lists the bulb as either a 7443 or 3175 but neither of these is a twist and lock bulb as pictured in the original post in this thread. Does anyone know # this bulb is?

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Re: (rsg123)

Postby infinitiandbeyond » Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:50 pm

It actually might be an 1156 instead. Best bet is to take it out and into the store.

Sylvania's reference to a "dome" light only applies to rear seat lights, a "Festoon" type DE3157.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion ( ... (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby ajgsport7 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:17 pm

what is the V-led model # of the 27 led model i should buy for the "driving light"?I would love a "cool" white effect any reccomendations? that wont have issues with heat?

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby 08m35 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:02 am

GREAT post and awesome pictures. This is diffently one of the best posts i've seen.

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Postby rsg123 » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:02 am

The domelight bulbs are BA9S. Instead of permanently modifying the posts and connections as shown in this guide, just buy one of the LED arrays on eBay which offer adapters for different types of bulbs. Just search for BA9S. The installation took me about 2 minutes and I have 24 SMD LEDs (you could cram even more in there, but this produced more than adequate lighting).

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Re: (rsg123)

Postby infinitiandbeyond » Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:16 pm

Pics?

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Postby About Tree Fiddy » Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:12 pm

I just completed my LED upgrade and wanted to thank infinitiandbeyond for the original post which took most of the work out of doing the upgrades.

I started about 4 months ago and changed out the front parking lamps, the trunk lights, backup light, license plate light and door courtesy puddle lights. Because I didn't want to permanently modify my new M35S I stopped short of doing the interior lights. Well, when this post was revived it motivated me to complete the job.

First thing I did was pop the DIY 30 SMT W's out of the trunk lights. Because they were just loosely floating around behind the diffuser lens you could always see that the LED panels were crooked. I put a small amount of clear, high-tech polymer adhesive/caulking on the edges of the LED panels and stuck it to the diffuser lenses. Now the LED's panels are lined up nice parallel to the top and bottom of the lens. Probably a little AR, but it looks more professional now.

Next to the interior. The rear 16 LED - 3175_16_SMT_W were plug and play. On to the front dome/maps lights. I took rsg123's suggestion of using an array and used the same 30 LED - DIY 30 SMT W I used in the trunk with the supplied adapter. You can get similar LED's on ebay but V-LED's gives me such good service I just ordered them from there and had them in 2 days. Note, if you use the DIY 30 SMT W from V-LED's with the supplied adapter they won't work out of the box because the polarity is backwards on the adapter. You need to gently pry or pull the 3-pin connector off the adapter and flip it around 180º and push it back on then they will work fine.

While the look of the LED's pressed up against the diffuser lens is fine for the trunk I really didn't want that look in the dome lights. To get around this I just used the existing post in the housing (the one infinitiandbeyond ground off in his installation) to "mount" the LED panel. To do this just used the same polymer adhesive I used in the trunk and stuck the back of LED panel to the bottom of the post. This recesses the array to about the same depth as the original bulb and give a much more diffuse light instead of seeing the 30 individual light sources as you see in the trunk. Plus, it is completely reversible if you ever need/want to go back.

I didn't bother with the footwell lights since I have never noticed they were there plus I forgot to order any LED's for them. Maybe later.

Anyway, the interior is really bright and really white now.

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Re: (About Tree Fiddy)

Postby DRIPS » Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:14 pm

great stuff all!!!

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby BRIANxJDM » Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:46 pm



ay man wheree you get the mounting thing at?

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (BRIANxJDM)

Postby infinitiandbeyond » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:08 pm

Brian,

Great question. Go to http://www.superbrightleds.com/festoon.html for the festoon bulb sockets if that is what you are referring to.


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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby SteveTheTech » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:49 pm

That is great I really like the enhanced light from the array setups. I have seen many people with simple ebay sets and the light saturation is weak.

Thanks for the hard work.

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (infinitiandbeyond)

Postby mcp6530 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:51 pm

infinitiandbeyond wrote:Backups ARE certainly brighter than OEM. Both through the backup cam and turning and looking backward.

As far as replacing front FOGS, i also did that but the "jury is still out". Again, it depends on if you are after looks (these will do the trick!) or better lighting performance.

As another poster pointed out, they are just fog lights...use in fog or rainy conditions.

I don't know that I'll keep the LED's in my fogs. I may put that money into better headlight bulbs.
What did you use specifically for your fog lights? The conversion kit H11 or something else? I don't need more light, just a better looking light than the stock junk. Thanks!

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Re: (About Tree Fiddy)

Postby rsg123 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 3:17 pm

About Tree Fiddy wrote:
I didn't bother with the footwell lights since I have never noticed they were there plus I forgot to order any LED's for them. Maybe later.
I would suggest doing this. I replaced the footwell bulbs with white SMD LEDs and removed the black tinted lens. The white light on the black carpets and your shoes is very nice. With the tinting removed, you will definitely notice the lights. It's just a shame I drive my car 95% during daytime so I can't appreciate the lighting upgrades (or the awesome adaptive headlights).

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Re: LED Upgrade Project + Dome Light Conversion (mcp6530)

Postby infinitiandbeyond » Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:11 pm

No conversion since they are already H11. I might suggest these...

http://www.v-leds.com/Exterior....html


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