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Old 10-01-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default How I installed an LED dome and trunk light cheap



I used these panel kits I found on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/300878065830...84.m1497.l2649

10packs like this came in the mail :


Here are the connectors, these 3 come in each pack with each LED panel.


Here is a video from Richpin that shows how to remove the dome lens, its not as easy as it looks I broke a piece of the white housing off because my lens was stuck and the white housing was brittle. It also shows how to remove the housing in case you royally break it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv2CU9VAHFg

I determined that the type of bulb connectors were not made for the Saturn's dome and trunk light. (But will work in a lot of my other cars) I made them work anyway. I took two of the chrome based bulb connectors and cut the wires off near the chrome and stripped about a half an inch of the insulation off. Then I wrapped the bare wire end around the power terminals in the dome light housing. You can see it in this pic:


If they don't light up just turn the plug around and they will work.

Here they are both wired and on, hanging before I put the lens back:


Two fit perfectly! You can bunch up the wires up in the opening above where the factory bulb was.





Now for the trunk light. This one is easy!
Pop out the factory housing with a screw driver. Unplug it, it had a pinch connector you can squeeze while you remove. Then you have this:


Now here is the magic, the two pin connector on the LED panel plugs straight into the factory plug! If it doesn't light, again just flip the connector around.


Now just take the double stick backing off the back of the LED panel, push the wires up in the hole and stick the panel over the hole.


Walaa, LED trunklight.


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Old 10-01-2013, 11:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: How I installed an LED dome and trunk light cheap

NICE! I'm gonna order these right now actually.

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Old 10-02-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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Nice, thanks for sharing and for the link.

How bright is the light output? Any heat from the leds while on?

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Old 10-04-2013, 08:47 AM   #4
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Nice, thanks for sharing and for the link.

How bright is the light output? Any heat from the leds while on?
There is some heat from the LEDS while on, Id guess its hard to say how much but not enough I couldnt hold them. Maybe if they were left on a long time they'd get warmer.

The light output is very bright. I'd say one panel is brighter than the stock bulb, I used 2 panels. Since they are a flat panel the light is kind of one directional. The LED light is a cool white and doesnt light the same as a "warm yellow" you might say an incandescent bulb is. To me this can make it seem like the light doesnt travel out as far maybe? Thats why I used two. If you like the cool white look you will really like them. Its takes a little getting used to, as even the interior seat color takes on a different hue in the light.

My SL doesnt have floor lighting so that makes the dark corners more noticable too. I do plan to possibly look for wires to see if they are there for floor lights and wire some LEDS there.

I put one panel in my S10's dome and it seems bright enough.

There are other LEDS out there, but these were so inexpensive I couldnt pass them up.

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Old 10-04-2013, 10:41 AM   #5
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Default Re: How I installed an LED dome and trunk light cheap

This is a lot easier, just change the bulb....

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...d-festoon/244/

Seven colors, a little brighter than stock...
Fits Gen 1 and 2 trunk lights too..

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Old 10-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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This is a lot easier, just change the bulb....

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...d-festoon/244/

Seven colors, a little brighter than stock...
Fits Gen 1 and 2 trunk lights too..
Yep there are alot of LEDs out there. It all depends on what you are looking for. I will use all 10 that I got for $14, and each came with 3 adapters I will use elseware. I like the wires because i can put them in places they werent intended to be too. That one is $5 for one (I'm not sure of there is shipping fee also.) But I think "Superbright LEDs" might be made in America which is a plus!

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Old 12-23-2013, 01:07 PM   #7
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This is a lot easier, just change the bulb....


Seven colors, a little brighter than stock...
Fits Gen 1 and 2 trunk lights too..
Will fit gen 3 as well in the trunk and dome light. I got one for my '01 SL1, but the issue I have with the dome light is even when it isn't on, there is a light glow (current running through). Could install a resistor, but honestly, it is so dim, that it doesn't really bother me. MIght bother others, though.

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Will fit gen 3 as well in the trunk and dome light. I got one for my '01 SL1, but the issue I have with the dome light is even when it isn't on, there is a light glow (current running through). Could install a resistor, but honestly, it is so dim, that it doesn't really bother me. MIght bother others, though.
I have the same with mine but will go out when car is shut off and key out. It bugged me so I checked it out a few minutes it went out.

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My trunk light stopped working, replaced with an OEM bulb and housing, stopped working again. If it turns out to be the bulb I may have to try this

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Old 04-22-2014, 12:02 AM   #10
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Default Re: How I installed an LED dome and trunk light cheap

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This is a lot easier, just change the bulb....

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...d-festoon/244/

Seven colors, a little brighter than stock...
Fits Gen 1 and 2 trunk lights too..
Nice mattwithcats. I've been wanting to change as many incandescent lights with LED's as possible. Wish this technology was available when our cars were manufactured, though.

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