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I wanted some LEDs for my dome lights in my 2000 Dodge Dakota, and knew that Putco sold Vehicle Specific Dome Light Kits but not for my truck. I decided to get their universal kit from my work, StylinTrucks.com and then make that work.

I have a 2003 Dodge Ram that has the same dome light as well.

This is part number 980116PUT from Putco, and can be purchased at StylinTrucks.com.
Feel free to email me if you plan on getting these and I'll see if I can help you out at all!

JWagner@stylintrucks.com
 

Step 1: Measure the Dome Light Area

First thing I needed to do was measure the available area for the LED Panel. For this application, it happened to be 1.25" x 2.25".


Note:These bulbs are universal, and there are many sizes available. If you plan on installing these on another vehicle, use a peice of cardboard to figure out the size that will fit. The sizes are:

75" x 2.5" (12 LEDs)        Part Number: 980113PUT
1.25" x 1.25 (16 LEDs)    Part Number: 980114PUT
1.25" x 2" (20 LEDs)         Part Number: 980115PUT
1.25" x 2.25" (24 LEDs)    Part Number: 980116PUT
1.5" x .75" (8 LEDs)           Part Number: 980111PUT
1" x 1" (9 LEDs)                  Part Number: 980112PUT

More Info: www.stylintrucks.com/parts.aspx

Step 2: Order the Lights

Like I said, I got them from StylinTrucks.com

Step 3: Find the Right Connector

Putco will include a few adapters, you'll need the one with the 194 connector.

Each of the bulbs have the same connector on the other end to plug into the LED panel.

Step 4: Plug the Connectors


Plug the male and female connectors together.

Step 5: Tape in the LED Panel

After cleaning the dome light (I used rubbing alcohol since it dries fast), take the red backing off of the LED Light Panel and then tape it to the Dome Light.

Step 6: Put It Back Together.

Close it and you are good. You don't need to take it all the way out like I did, but if you did, reinstall it!
How do you find they compare?<br /> <br /> L<br />
Compared to factory? 100x better... Much whiter and clearer. Everything is evenly lit unlike the standard bulb which dims as it gets further away.
Yes, these weedy 12V bulbs can be dim - I guess they're worried about the energy consumption, but being mindful that the vehicle would cost a bit more if they fitted LEDs like this.<br /> <br /> L<br />

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