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Old 04-26-2021, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Dome Light Fix!

Ok, so I'm sure everyone has their own fix for the utterly terrible dome lights, so I thought I'd throw my own idea in. It's not perfect, but it works.

And quick note, ignore the headliner, it was a smoker's car and I've been tearing at the fabric as it comes down. I bought some new liner and I'm just waiting for the weather to get warmer so I can put it in

SO. I took a neodynium magnet and a washer with some double-sided 3M automotive tape and made this fix. It's ghetto, but it works. The best part is you can still remove the dome light if you need to! I did note that the side with the magnet doesn't quite sit as flush as it used to, but at this point I don't really care. I mean, you probably wouldn't be able to tell unless you were looking for it.

I would not suggest doing this if you are running a normal incandescent bulb as it would most likely heat up the tape and melt it. I'm using an LED upgrade light:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/32288714597...53.m2749.l2649

I'm using the LASFIT because they're a really good, high quality brand that has decent prices and they're one of the few higher end brands that puts heat sinks on their bulbs to help keep them from burning out (ask me how I know about this issue). I upgraded my Silverado to all LED from LASFIT and they work awesome!

The only downside to using this particular bulb is that it doesn't have the looped wire, but it still fits in the slots nice and tight and it's hella bright. Also, you could actually turn the bulb if you wanted more light shining up front or to the back since it's facing one direction.
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Old 04-26-2021, 11:51 PM   #2
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Looks like it came out pretty good. Magnets seem like a great way to hold/repair something like that
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:04 AM   #3
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Very clever fix!
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I hate you. A year or two ago, I tried led dome light replacement from AutoZone and it was dimmer than the factory lamp. Returned it. I bought a penlight led wth similar leds aligned along the little light like the led dome light. Very bright and clipped to my visor. Apparently the aftermarket leds for upgrading lighting have improved.
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I hate you. A year or two ago, I tried led dome light replacement from AutoZone and it was dimmer than the factory lamp. Returned it. I bought a penlight led wth similar leds aligned along the little light like the led dome light. Very bright and clipped to my visor. Apparently the aftermarket leds for upgrading lighting have improved.
Yeah, the LASFIT bulbs are almost TOO bright, but I don't mind at all, it really helps at night if you drop something in your vehicle
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Old 04-28-2021, 10:57 PM   #6
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I put this bulb in my dome light...

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...-44mm-car/244/
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I've tried a few led bulbs for the map/dome light now and ended up settling on the bulb mattwithcats linked. (90% of my bulbs are Superbright LEDs at this point lol)

I will say though that for whatever reason, the Superbright 561 bulb is hardly any brighter than an basic incandescent when used in the dome lamp. I know it's a bright bulb from testing it with a 9volt, and being blinded by them when used in the map lamps. This bulb just doesn't work very well with this particular dome lamp reflector it seems. Getting a different LEDs from amazon is probably a better option if you don't have map lamps so stick 2 more Superbright LEDs in. I've tried a few cheap ones and they've all been brighter, but also more blue. Otherwise you might as well stick with an incandescent unless all you want is the cleaner looking light.
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At the risk of sounding ghetto, you could probably put a slice of tin foil behind the LED to direct the light down more. Not like anyone would see it and the LED doesn't get nearly as hot as an incandescent bulb.
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Many years ago I put three of those LED bulbs in my dome light by using 24 gauge wire and soldering the 2 extra bulbs on either side of the center bulb that is clipped onto the loop connectors. Itís plenty bright. I later wired an LED bulb in each footwell, itís easy to see if you dropped something on the floor even at night!
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If anyone needs the magnet for these, the L-series dome light uses a neodymium magnet with a spacer that can be removed and glued to the S-series dome light. It is a perfect fit with the headliner.
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