Introduction: Converting Courtesy Light (door) to LED

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I replaced the incandescent bulb with a LED. The light is now brighter and cleaner

specs on LED
12V, 10mm, 40 degree, 5 chip LED, 100ma@280Kmcd

Step 1: Remove Housing

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Remove the housing from the door, acquire 10mm LED with resistor (for 12V)(purchased on EBay), rubber grommet and silicone if needed. remember where the hot wire (positive) is located

Step 2: Remove Bulb

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Remove bulb holder and insert rubber grommet.

Step 3: Test Fit

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Test fit LED into grommet, cut wires to proper length.

Step 4: Solder

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Remove grommet and leads from housing, solder wires to the metal leads, remembering which side is positive. If solder does not take drill a small hole loop wire thru it and then solder.

Step 5: Install Leads

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Replace leads and grommet might have to trim connection cover for proper fit.

Step 6: Check Function

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Connect to a 12V source and check proper function.

Step 7: Reinstall

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Reinstall in vehicle.


ReCreate (author)2009-04-11

Now where did you get a 12 volt led?! LEDs are 3.3 votls not 12 volts

comanche (author)ReCreate2009-04-11

I did a search on EBay, 10mm 12v,. They were sent with the resistor already attached.

ReCreate (author)comanche2009-04-12

what a ripoff. Its not a 12v led its an ordinary led with a resistor attached,nothing special about that. how much did it cost?

comanche (author)ReCreate2009-04-12

14.99 for 10pc, 12v, 10mm, 40 degree, 5 chip LED.

Erik Lindemann (author)2009-01-26

I'm always happy to see another person out there converting to the almighty LED. Looks cool and helps the environment.

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