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    Which LED bulbs do i need for my rear number plate????

    As part of a freshen up for my car i have been thinking of trying some of these LED bulbs to make the rear look a little more modden
    Can anybody tell me which ones i need and where they have had them from ?
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    These are the ones ive got, their a little big, just spread the connectors a little and they squeeze in, the offer a better light than using 36mm:

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    are these the same for the a3 8ls mate? cheers
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    Yup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dani_B19 View Post
    These are the ones ive got, their a little big, just spread the connectors a little and they squeeze in, the offer a better light than using 36mm:

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    give it a few months & their blow. There are ones that dont i think their SMT not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyboy199 View Post
    give it a few months & their blow. There are ones that dont i think their SMT not sure.
    Nope, had them ages and still fine . Plus for a few quid who cares.
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    Direct fit bulbs are BULB Number 239's (you need 2) HTH.
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    Search LED 239 bulbs on the bay.
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    So is ebay the only option?
    I would rather deal with a shop but will ebay if its the only option...
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    239 36-39 mm Long - by Ultra Leds U.K

    Had mine in for a couple of years now, not had any issues with them. Bit dearer but they are very bright, i have the festoon with the 3 flux leds, now they have a 6 led option, these must be awesome!
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    I can recommended Ultra Led's top stuff. More money but you get what you pay for.
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    On a similar vane, one of my number plate lights fell out the other day. Figured I'd swap to LEDs while I was at it. Problem being, I need to get the plastic holders too (the other one is loose it transpires). I'm guessing the best place to get replacement ones is direct from Audi?
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    Maybe stupid question, is there a guide? Can't find one on search!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdas03 View Post
    Maybe stupid question, is there a guide? Can't find one on search!
    It's easy...

    Open the boot lid half-way, and you will see the lights with two philips (X) screws on each side of both lights. Undo one set of screws at a time and use a flat screw driver to pull the plastic lens with the bulb out.

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    Some one told me you can get HID number plate bulbs??

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee172 View Post
    Some one told me you can get HID number plate bulbs??
    That somebody is telling porkies
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    Lol doesn't suprise me at all. I saw an s3 a about a year ago that had really bright number plate lights, at the time i had an a3 and tried a number of different ones but could never find any that looked as bright as his.

    I know a few of the vauxhall guys round my area put side lights in theirs, seem to be pretty bright.

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    i would sooner keep my number plate as unoticeable as possible

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    Sandip how did you fit one of those 239? I thought they were 501 type bulbs? The small bulbs? I'll strip mine out tomorrow to see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSpaceCowboy View Post
    Sandip how did you fit one of those 239? I thought they were 501 type bulbs? The small bulbs? I'll strip mine out tomorrow to see!
    Definitely 239's are the ones you need - just fitted mine a few days ago - makes a huge difference to the tired old yellow lights. Thanks sandip!

    Now for some euro number plates....

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    Cheers mate, just stripped mine out and they are indeed. Let's try those 6 LED's out :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by leshkin View Post
    Definitely 239's are the ones you need - just fitted mine a few days ago - makes a huge difference to the tired old yellow lights. Thanks sandip!

    Now for some euro number plates....
    No worries bud, get a pic up, they work really well on lighter cars
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    Did you guys buy the anti-warning bulbs or the regular ones?

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    Regular, i think it's the 8P's what have the issue with the bulb warnings on the number plate bulbs because of the difference in voltage
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    I can confirm there is no warning on number plate bulbs. One of mine is missing at the moment

    Need to source a couple of replacement plastic holder refracting things. No idea of their correct name!
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    Bringing up a topic again, can anyone recommend a bulb for the Numberplate lights?
    I bought 4 bulbs a while ago and only got round to fitting then about 3 weeks ago...to both my S3 and my Gf's Ibiza. 3 out of the 4 bulbs have blown.

    I understand you get what u pay for, and tbh i didnt pay much. So im looking for a bulb thats recommended by you guys.

    Thanks In advance

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    I've been running these on my rear plates for around 4 months so far and have had no issues. Try and go for the SMD bulbs as they're brighter and apparently last longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s3ajy View Post
    Bringing up a topic again, can anyone recommend a bulb for the Numberplate lights?
    I bought 4 bulbs a while ago and only got round to fitting then about 3 weeks ago...to both my S3 and my Gf's Ibiza. 3 out of the 4 bulbs have blown.

    I understand you get what u pay for, and tbh i didnt pay much. So im looking for a bulb thats recommended by you guys.

    Thanks In advance
    may i direct you to this thread Which LED bulbs do i need for my rear number plate????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookstein View Post
    LOL, you are directing him to the same thread

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