LED Dome Light Upgrade

Introduction: LED Dome Light Upgrade

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I hate incandescent bulbs! I also don't like ordering LED bulbs online. So I am lucky enough to have a Frys near by. I picked up about 5 epoxy sealed 12v LED SMD

Step 1: The Parts

  • Clear rubber/soft plastic bumpers (optional)
  • Linrose LED Modules (BIM1220W-White) [or any color u want/find]
  • Cut off disc/wheel or small hack saw (I like my Dremel)

Step 2: Tools

  • Small screwdriver set
  • Plastic wedge (I used my short finger nails)
  • Side cutters
  • Solder iron
  • Elec-Solder wire

Step 3: Remove Dome Light Fixture

I don' have a pic before the soldered finished product. Sorry.

  • wedge / pry
  • most likely clips on the sides (squeeze or compress)
  • slowly pull to the direction of least resistance
  • find wire harness (small flat head screw driver for tab [push end closest to you down] if you have clumsy fingers like mine) pull to separate connection

+- 90% of vehicles after 2000 wont have screws holding the dome light.

Step 4: ​Assessment of Setup

It is critical you determine what steps to take here! Not all cars are the same.

All I had to do was remove the clear plastic light diffuser to remove the bulb and place my LED module. Had my dome light been more shallow I would have needed to modify the bulb holder to accommodate the plastic light diffuser.

  • Find the Positive terminal (mark it)
  • Run your wiring (I had to do a little cutting as pointed out in the picture)
  • Temporarily secure the LED wire to your terminals and recheck you have power to the LED
  • Solder your joints

Step 5: Clean Up

Confirm joints are good, check fitment of plastic light diffuser, and retest power to LED

Step 6: ​Re-install

  • Connect Harness
  • Check functionality (On/doorOn)
  • Push back into place as you did when removing (path of least resistance)
  • May have to give good kick (push) to get the clips to hold it tight against the headliner
  • Re-check functionality (On/doorOn)

All Done!

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    8 Comments

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    CarlW1
    CarlW1

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Have you tried this on a "canbus" car ? If so, does it work , no issues ? Otherwise, really really nice man

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    coffeedoggy
    coffeedoggy

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    This is just a 12 output to a light. Nothing to do with CANBUS.

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    1024 Web Solutions
    1024 Web Solutions

    Reply 6 years ago

    well, IDK what a "canbus" is. But, if its 12v regardless of polarity, and fused on the + side then yes it will work. if its lower then 12v just adapt the proper resistance and use a heat sink as needed. What is a canbus?

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    1024 Web Solutions
    1024 Web Solutions

    Reply 6 years ago

    if it lower then 12v you would be out of luck with the small form... if its higher then 12v use resistance to achieve your 12v at the smd.

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    BLR_RAVI
    BLR_RAVI

    6 years ago

    very nice..well made