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Old 03-04-2016, 05:26 PM
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Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

First off, mods if you want to turn this into a DIY and place in appropriate forum go ahead and edit as necessary if need be. I figure it would get most visibility in here for now. This is not about replacing all the plug and play 194 bulbs throughout the interior. This is a how-to for the factory installed yellow LED map lights.
Be warned, if you are not familiar with soldering or do not have a very steady hand do not attempt this. Overall it's an easy job, but when it comes time to connect the new LEDs it does require soldering connections onto a very small and fragile ribbon cable. I do all my mods so that if wanted I can put back to stock without permanently damaging or changing anything factory. This applies to this mod although I don't see why I ever would.
I am very picky with my mods and absolutely did not want that hyper white or cool blue 6000k look. I wanted pure white, or as the bulbs are called "natural white". These bulbs match the color and output brightness of a new car coming OEM with LED interior lights as closely as possible. You won't find a better match if you're an OEM kinda guy like myself.
These are the bulbs which matched my natural white superbrightled 194 bulbs. They have double sided tape on one side and are pre-wired making them perfect for this job. You need 2 of them: https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...ent-light/639/
These are the matching 194 bulbs I bought. You need 8 of them: https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...ofit-car/1127/

Here are some basic install instructions along with pictures. The results are absolutely perfect! Color and output couldn't be better and could pass as a 100% OEM interior light setup.


-remove console. No tools needed it's clips only. Start by working your fingers in a gap on the front side closest to the windshield and work your way around. It's in there good, but it won't break. Disconnect the wire harness and remove.
-remove the 12 T10 torx screws. Then the rest just all comes apart with plastic clips.
-remove the blue circuit board. There are four black clips holding it in place. Do not pull far away because there is a ribbon cable that you need to detach first.
-on the side, pull out the white tabs for the ribbon cable and remove that.
-remove all three LED boards. Again, just tabs holding them in. Two side boards and the center ambient light LED.
-remove black tape over soldered connections on each side LED to expose the solder joints.
-carefully heat them up and gently disconnect the ribbon cable.
-now you will rotate the LED board over. You will eventually reattach it so the original LED faces upward. This is so you can use the original board as a mount for the new LED.
-attach the new LED using the double sided tape. Be sure it's perfectly centered opposite side of the original bulb for correct focus through lens.
-now the tricky part. Solder the new bulb wire leads to the ribbon cable. I'm not sure if it's polarity sensitive, but both bulbs worked first time for me. Then using whatever you like cover those new connections so they don't flex or move. I like using hot glue gun. Basically cover that entire connection so it's now stiff and sealed.
-now the rest is fairly easy and just involves putting everything back together and cleaning up and placing the wires in good spots. These particular LEDs from superbrightleds have a ribbon cable and heat shrink so there will be excess you need to find a spot for. Mine are actually outside the circuit board housing as I couldn't get it to close with those in there. See pics.
-reinstall to ensure proper operation.

Here is the original LED map light on compared to my new natural white 194 bulbs. This is what it will look like unless you do this mod. Not terrible, but definitely not the prettiest when both are on.


Console opened up showing stock LED map light compared to my new superbrightleds natural white 194 bulb.


Back of console. 12 T10 torx screws to remove.


Console opened to expose the blue circuit board.

Removal of circuit board.


Original LED map light.


Solder connections on opposite side of LED board.

Ribbon cable and LED board placement.


Ribbon cable and LED boards removed.


New LEDs installed.


Boards and ribbon cable reinstalled.


Complete board reinstalled into console. Excess wire gets tucked away.


Finished!

Both bulbs on.


Just the new map lights.


Perfect interior light color and output! Pictures taken at night.



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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

Very nice write up and they look great. I'm officially jealous. I might have to get up the nerve to do the same thing.
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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

Great write up. The best ov seen and I have researched this a lot. Awesome photos. Right now I took the easy way out and just covered those map lights with electrical tape.

Don't know if I'm going to try it or not yet but if I do I will us this as a guide.


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Great write up. The best ov seen and I have researched this a lot. Awesome photos. Right now I took the easy way out and just covered those map lights with electrical tape.

Don't know if I'm going to try it or not yet but if I do I will us this as a guide
Thanks, yeah the job would be very easy if it wasn't for that flat ribbon cable. I'm still trying to think of an easier way to do it, but I can't really see anyway around having to use that existing ribbon cable.
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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

Great write up. Those are the same ones I used. I soldered mine differently then you cause I accidentally broke the connection at the circuit board. Flipped the board over and stuck new led to that.
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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

So have you guys tackled the front footwell LED. You won't know it's there unless you look for it, I found it when I was changing out the other footwell lights. This front LED is so faint even in complete darkness you can't even tell its there. I was thinking getting something a little bright and maybe blue to match the other accent lights. I know it's on a small board so i would guess it would have to be done in a similar way of the the map lights.

Maybe even the LED lights you had a link for earlier in this thread and just splice into the wires there?




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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

I have not done that as I am happy with the stock ones. I actually like the faint glow instead of brighter obvious light. But yeah it would be fairly straight forward. You have the front footwell lights, rear footwell, and the overhead console has one aiming down as well. The overhead console light is on the center circuit board shown above.
All is very doable, but I will not be messing with though.
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Thanks to James for this write up. Did my overhead console last night. Let me tell you it was a PITA!!! You have to have a lot of patience. That ribbon cable is not easy to work with. I must have gone from my Jeep to my work area 20 times - trying the console to see if the lights work before I reassembled it. At one point I had both map lights working so I reassembled the console and installed it. I closed the door and all the lights went out except for one map light. I said WTF. Then I remembered, hey there's a switch to turn those off. Works perfectly now.
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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

Hey guys I decided to replace the map lights today and after hooking everything up, the new LEDS come on but will not go off at all. I waited and waited and nothing, I even turned the car on went through all the light setting with the dial and even after turning the engine off the new LEDs will not go out. I even after hours of trying connected the ribbon cables back to the factory LEDs and now same thing with them, they come on and will not go off with the other interior lights. I even tried switching the connections and when I did that the new LEDs don't even come on so i know the polarity is correct. Any ideas on what I did wrong here or how to correct it? thank you in advance.
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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

I'm trying to think of what the heck could cause that. The only thing I can think of is you messed up the connections somehow. Are you 100% confident in your solder job? Are the leads by any chance touching each other? As you know the connections are going to be extremely close together and you have to make sure they aren't touching whatsoever. After I made my connections I basically covered them in hot glue gun. This basically made it so that there will be no movement at all and kind of seals it up.
What LED are you using?
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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

Just to cover all the obvious:

- dimmer dial is NOT turned to full on
- can dimmer dial turn them off ?
- map lights have separate on button in the overhead console. Are these off ?

Next step may be to check that the soldering has not gone across multiple tracks unnecessarily
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Re: Yellow LED map light replacement guide with pictures.

found my issue, ribbon cable connection was not soldered correctly. I cut them all off and re soldered all 4 connections, all fixed and all working correctly now.
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