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Just my $0.02:

Do NOT buy cheap LED's...you will end up replacing them and/or having them fail when needed. Spend over $40k on a vehicle but cheapen out on the lights? No thank you!

Have done many LED installs, and 3 WK2's in the last couple weeks. All LED's from XenonDepot (vendor on JeepGarage) and I could not be happier (did not solder the over head)! I will let the pics do the talking...and the reverse lights are like HID's! HAHA
Half of the Precision LED bulbs that I spent over $80 have failed within 6 months, next ones are going to be the cheap kind.

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Very proud of myself, beyond filling my Jeep with gas I'm able to do little beyond what must guys would consider routine maintenance. SO, this is very easy to do. Great youtube vid - search: Jeep Grand Cherokee LED interior, to get the steps. I ordered this light kit off Amazon for 15.99, I also ordered a trim removal tool, but was able to remove all the pieces with a table knife and leather man. The difference is great, really looks nice, especially with vanity mirror. Light is more bright and all white - replaced vanities, map lights, foot well lights, rear hatch lights and back seat reading lights. Thought I would share my success, haha. Hopefully the pictures come through ok. Also have some LED fogs coming 6500K color, they should match up well. I'll post those pics here too. 2014 JCG Summit, FYI.
To OP, thanks for posting up the pics of the lights you replaced! Really helps others out...and FWIW I did not get expensive vanity lights...those are 3-LED eBay specials (10 for $11; 1 arrived DOA)

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So you left the overheads stock since those are the ones that need to be soldered and just did all the rest of the interior lights?
That is correct...and those pictures reflect what I was saying about it not bothering me (LEDs take over). And trust me, $hit BOTHERS me.!!I can deal with it based on the amount of work required and my lack of the proper tools (solder gun mainly)...and I don't want to mess with the electronics more than I have to (already am).

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Half of the Precision LED bulbs that I spent over $80 have failed within 6 months, next ones are going to be the cheap kind.
It is called Lifetime Warranty
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So where is everyone buying their bulbs from to do the insides and the rear backup lights? How easy is the install on the rear lights?
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Re: LED Interior Lights

Was curious - I believe I got that sale kit off Amazon.. Supposed to include the license plate bulbs as well..
So I was at it this past weekend swapping interior bulbs.. For whatever reason, I am unable to remove the map and license plate lights.. I didn't want to destroy the bulbs just yet. So am I missing something? Maybe a release of some sort? I had no problem with the rear passenger (upper ones with the handle).. Which are the same style bulb..

Digging the better light output so far!
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Was curious - I believe I got that sale kit off Amazon.. Supposed to include the license plate bulbs as well..
So I was at it this past weekend swapping interior bulbs.. For whatever reason, I am unable to remove the map and license plate lights.. I didn't want to destroy the bulbs just yet. So am I missing something? Maybe a release of some sort? I had no problem with the rear passenger (upper ones with the handle).. Which are the same style bulb..

Digging the better light output so far!
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I did not do anything with the rear license plate lights, I'll just use those sent in the kit as replacement bulbs if any of the interior bulbs go out. So far so good, on my cheap $16 install kit. And by kit, I really mean bulbs. The map lights require soldering, no members that I know of our soldering those bulbs. Just living with them. At night the LEDs overpower those small map light bulbs. The lens removal over the front overhead lights are not as easy as they youtuve video indicated, I got pretty forceful and was happy nothing broke, but they do come off and you can replace them, just takes some finesse.

Reverse lights and fog lights are coming in a couple months, with mirror tap hardwire install, will post pics of all this stuff coming.
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Re: LED Interior Lights

Those lenses have pretty tight tolerances so is everyone using a flat head screwdriver? What took works best? How long was the install and are these bulbs the kind you can't touch with your fingers because of the oils in your body may transfer to the inside and weaken them?
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Re: LED Interior Lights

in my OP, I used a table knife and leatherman. Obviously skinnier the blade the better. For removal of the overhead lighting I put scotch tape around the bulbs to create some context between the bulbs and needle noseplyers for extraction, again it worked well. I was not conscience at all about handling the leds.
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I did not do anything with the rear license plate lights, I'll just use those sent in the kit as replacement bulbs if any of the interior bulbs go out. So far so good, on my cheap $16 install kit. And by kit, I really mean bulbs. The map lights require soldering, no members that I know of our soldering those bulbs. Just living with them. At night the LEDs overpower those small map light bulbs.

Reverse lights and fog lights are coming in a couple months, with mirror tap hardwire install, will post pics of all this stuff coming.
Which map lights are you referring to? the overhead console has 4 bulbs in total.. I didn't even try the forward lights. I referred to a youtube video, and in the video they use pliers to remove the bulb.. So I guess that is what I will have to do.
License plate lights are the same at the interior's.. guess I'll just have to use pliers there too..
I am also working on the backup lights, I'm looking for that Cadillac CTS reverse color which I think LED should do.. I only ordered lift gate backup's, waiting to order the tail light bulbs.
I also have the MirrorTap for my radar.. Need to read up on that install!

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I had to use duct tape and needle nose pliers to change the 2 rear bulbs in the front overhead light console. Those 2 bulbs put up a bit of a fight before they let go.
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Re: LED Interior Lights

For the front map lights I just put electrical tape over them. It's a great way to hide the awful yellow light.

There was a thread, I wish I could find it, but there were a couple of people who did the soldering. You basically have to take down the whole center console to get to them. I will continue to look for it and will try to post a link if/when I find it
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Re: LED Interior Lights

And here it is..... 2014 replacing bulbs with LED's interior , replace headlamp/fog


It's a great thread for anything about lights interior and exterior.
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And here it is..... 2014 replacing bulbs with LED's interior , replace headlamp/fog


It's a great thread for anything about lights interior and exterior.
That remove process has me pretty nervous! Might do electrical tape. At night, I'm sure I'm the only one who notices those small yellow map lights. Wish there is a fuse I could pull for those. I didn't do the rear license plate lights since they are already pretty white. Order four more reverse lights for that swap, fogs and mirror tap. I think I'll have those done professionally. Hopefully within the next week or two.
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