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    Attempted to fit LED numberplate lights - Not gone well

    Hi guys,

    Could anyone help, tried to fit a set of LED numberplate bulbs, put them in, fired up the car, got a bulb error on the DIS. Switched them around, still getting an error, put the old bulbs back in and I'm still getting the same.

    Do I have to clear the error to get them working? Or should it sort itself out if everything is seated properly?

    Thanks for any help!

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    I assume you fitted resistors?
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    Went for the canbus designed bulbs here:

    eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace

    But even with the old bulbs in it's giving me an error. I'm pretty sure they're seated properly.

    Is it the fact that the error needs clearing that's stopping the normal bulbs working, or should that right itself?

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    It's buggered.
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    also A3, 320, Golf, Clio, Astra, Focus, Mondeo, Laguna, Escort, Calibra, 220, others and now back to a Focus...

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    I'd managed to figure that out myself

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    sorry to hear that mate, hope you get it sorted
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    Apparently the fittings are a bad design.

    Check out all of this thread :-
    Number Plate Bulbs

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    I'll go have another fiddle.

    Does anyone know if one bulb will light up if the other is poorly seated or are they connected in series?

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    They are not connected in series - for a 12 volt bulb that would mean they only get 6 volts each.

    However, it may be that the ecu switches off power to both of them if one goes but I doubt it.

    That other thread describes the same problem and the fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike foster View Post
    They are not connected in series - for a 12 volt bulb that would mean they only get 6 volts each.

    However, it may be that the ecu switches off power to both of them if one goes but I doubt it.

    That other thread describes the same problem and the fix.

    Correct

    They work independently to each other.

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    It's alive, it was exactly the same problem as linked too, had a go at siting the holders without a bulb in and could see the contact catching on the plastic.

    Working great now, the LEDs look great!

    Thank you all

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    Anyone tried these? Expensive but look like an easy and bright alternative!

    AUDI Q7 A3 A6 A8 LED Canbus License Number Plate light on eBay (end time 27-Sep-10 13:24:28 BST)
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    iirc some one fitted something similar a while ago.

    Tbh, they were to bright! looked like headlights on the back. LMFAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee_R View Post
    Anyone tried these? Expensive but look like an easy and bright alternative!

    AUDI Q7 A3 A6 A8 LED Canbus License Number Plate light on eBay (end time 27-Sep-10 13:24:28 BST)
    That's something similar to what i have, they are pretty bright yea but on the other hand they are plug and play with no errors

    There might be others that are not as bright but still direct replacement ?
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    The 3 led festoons are perfect tbh, not hugely brighter than the OEMs but much whiter, will get some pics. Cheap too, just a pain to fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minstadave View Post
    The 3 led festoons are perfect tbh, not hugely brighter than the OEMs but much whiter, will get some pics. Cheap too, just a pain to fit.
    are these straight swop? no soldering of resistors?
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    Yup straight swap, they have the resistors mounted already on the PCB.

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    Any links?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    Any links?
    Link in post 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minstadave View Post
    Link in post 3
    Sweet....error free i take it?
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    Guys ... on the 2009/2010 (mine is late 2009 build) NONE of the ebay that say ERROR FREE will work. I had to install a "canceller" before the lights into the harness. Racing Dash sent me the part because their lights also don't work with the newer A3's I can ask them for more details if you guys want, but if you contact them they will be happy to assist also. They're extremely helpful.
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    Do you have a pic of this canceller? Would they sell just the canceller part? Or is it a part of their own LED set?
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    It is separate. They sent it to me after I bought their license plate lights.
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    I wonder if their canceller works with any other LED sets. Where can I buy this canceller?
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    what size are the front courtsey lights? (Non-map reading lights) I only have the one switch to operate 2 individual lights......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minstadave View Post
    Went for the canbus designed bulbs here:

    eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace

    But even with the old bulbs in it's giving me an error. I'm pretty sure they're seated properly.

    Is it the fact that the error needs clearing that's stopping the normal bulbs working, or should that right itself?
    i hope these lamps work ok for ya bud, several of mine have failed already and the supplier is terrible to deal with, now in paypals hands

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    Yes the racing dash canceller works with any LED bulb. The racing dash license plate lights were WAY too bright, so I replaced them with a set of LEDs and no dash bulb error message for months now.

    Here is their website Racing Dash Enterprise Ltd. I spoke with Sherry at manager@rdash.com.tw
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluequattro View Post
    i hope these lamps work ok for ya bud, several of mine have failed already and the supplier is terrible to deal with, now in paypals hands
    Cal did the bulbs produce an error or just faulty bulbs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    Cal did the bulbs produce an error or just faulty bulbs?
    Smoothie, i got an error first, which i cleared, however the
    Lamps started flickering, ive replaced them for standard
    And will never buy again from f1 autoparts or theyre other
    Ebay shop called easy driving

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBA3 View Post
    Guys ... on the 2009/2010 (mine is late 2009 build) NONE of the ebay that say ERROR FREE will work. I had to install a "canceller" before the lights into the harness. Racing Dash sent me the part because their lights also don't work with the newer A3's I can ask them for more details if you guys want, but if you contact them they will be happy to assist also. They're extremely helpful.
    How does that work then? Surely they still look for current draw and kill supply if there is none. Unless they have made the tolerance of the amps smaller so less room for error when installing resistors to fool it.

    I suspect this cancelling box may have resistors in it

    Do you have any more info on this PBA3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluequattro View Post
    Smoothie, i got an error first, which i cleared, however the
    Lamps started flickering, ive replaced them for standard
    And will never buy again from f1 autoparts or theyre other
    Ebay shop called easy driving

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    Thanks for that mate, i've got the LED's that came as the whole housing, they work perfect but a little bright for my liking! I thought these were the ones to go for with the resistor built in..

    Whats everyone else running?
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