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    The Number Plate LED's

    Ok so there are countless threads similar to this one i have read them all, but still the answer is not clear

    What LED's will not show the bulb error, will be direct replacement and most importantly will look OEM as the ones i have tick all the boxes but they have like 16LED's so are seriously bright?

    What are you guys running? Links & Pics of your own would be a bonus thanks
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    I bought these ebay led

    Perfect brightness with 2 leds, built in heatsink and well made also. Direct swap with no dis errors.

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    Cheers mate, 2LED's seems plenty TBH

    Anybody Else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    Cheers mate, 2LED's seems plenty TBH

    Anybody Else?
    I've got the three LED ones from my thread, about the same brightness as OEM but much whiter, keep meaning to get some pics for you but the weather is rubbish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minstadave View Post
    I've got the three LED ones from my thread, about the same brightness as OEM but much whiter, keep meaning to get some pics for you but the weather is rubbish
    Yea mate i followed yours quite closely, but there were guys in your thread that had problems with the ones you used where there not? So what way did they work out for you in the end? Get some pics up lol really don' t want a set that is too bright

    These are the one from your thread:

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    Smoothie,

    I followed tobycruse's thread and had no problems at all.

    'How-To' Thread: The A3/S3 LED Bulb "how to" Guide!

    Bulbs i purchased: eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace

    Before Pic:


    New bulbs and resistors in place:


    After Pic:


    Big improvement i think.

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    I found the resistor method to be a bit hit and miss after a while. You cant solder the resistors for a good connection, so rely on wrapping the legs around the light prongs to fix. I found after time, the started to get loose, and cause intermittant errors.

    Resistors built in are the way forward I feel.

    100% the way forward imho
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    raj that's a great help, nice to see your before and after! That's pretty much the brightness I'm looking for but I wouldn't be crazy about the whole resistor thing mate

    I think I prefer the idea of the resistor built in
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    Ok think it pretty much comes down to these below, all have two LED's which i hope will be as close to OEM as possible and not too bright, so what you guys think? Which gets your vote some differences in size e.g 36mm-38mm don't know if that makes much difference?

    Option 1:
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    Option 2:
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    Option 3:
    272 (38mm) CAN Bus LED Festoon Bulb - White
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    Ok went for option one above, would recommend to anyone
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    All a bit hit and miss tbh. Bought some for my MY10 S3, got bulb out warning. Put the same into my brother-in-law's 2007 A3 S-Line, no problems.

    I also really want some but given up until someone has a workng set in an MY10 S3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkp0897 View Post
    All a bit hit and miss tbh. Bought some for my MY10 S3, got bulb out warning. Put the same into my brother-in-law's 2007 A3 S-Line, no problems.

    I also really want some but given up until someone has a workng set in an MY10 S3.

    My two pennies worth

    Same ive tried a few in my MY10 BE with no luck they worked but kicked up a fault on DIS and I couldnt be bothered to fiddle around with resistors just wanted plug a play. No luck so far. When / If i get some ill post them up for other MY10 can have a look!

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    you realise you can turn off cold diagnosis and the bulb errors should go (dependant on central electrics unit)


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    Smoothie,

    What model year is your car?

    I bought some supposedly error free bulbs about a year ago for my 2008 car but got errors. Like you I wasn't keen on fitting resistors so gave up. However I'm now willing to try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    Ok went for option one above, would recommend to anyone
    Glad you liked them fella.

    I found them to be spot on in all ways
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    Boys my car is the 2006 in my sig! I have been running the expensive LED housings on my car since march with no errors or problems, but they were too bright for my liking so I was searching for a bulb with only 2LED's too cut down on the brightness! The ones Scottie & I used in option one are perfect brightness

    If you don't mind them being a little on the bright side then I have my old ones here which are the complete light housing so it's just a simple plug and play with them, don't know if anyone is interested? il get some pics up this evening no problem
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    id be interested buddy pm me a price, away to work on the car but ill get back to you tonight on it


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    Ok these are the original set i had, which were too bright imo:



    When compared to the original bulb housing:

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    Quote Originally Posted by P5SND View Post
    you realise you can turn off cold diagnosis and the bulb errors should go (dependant on central electrics unit)
    How do you do all that???

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    ill put click by pic guide up in a week or two its in the long coding of the central electrics unit


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    You can turn off cold diagnosis which stops the bulb error by using VCDS but that doesn't stop the ECU turning the light off !

    It didn't on mine anyway !!

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    i can turn more than just the cold diag off ill let everyone know after tweaking about a bit


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    P5SND - what I meant mate was that turning the bulb warning off ( cold diagnosis ) does not stop the lights going out. There is no point in turning off the warning light if the things won't work anyway !!

    I did this on sidelights and the bulb warning stops but the ECU also turns the power off because there is not enough current in the LED's and it thinks the bugger has blown !!!

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    ahh the boot lights dont go out though, sidelights do though


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    Ok - I give in !!!!!!!

    Cold diagnosis is exactly what it says - when you switch the ignition on the computer checks all bulbs to see if a filament has blown whether or not the bulb is switched on (cold!). If you switch that facility off then it doesn't check that circuit and the warning does not work.

    However, regardless of the cold diagnosis check, if the current draw is insufficient in the circuit when the light is switched on, the ECU will kill the power to that circuit thinking the bulb(s) has blown.

    In my 2006 sportback the above comments apply to ALL external lighting circuits.

    Honest !!
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    P5SND - your inbox is full lol
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    oh crap didnt notice haha cleaned it out now


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    So are we saying that the option one bulbs dont work in the MY10 onwards models?

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    there are other ways to emulate a bulb, and the wiring hasnt changed so it should still work fine


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    Can't say definitely but my guess is they won't work.

    I have emailed ebay advertisers (uk) indicating that I have had no success with any LED's asking them if they are happy to provide a full refund.

    I have had no replies.

    Thing really comes down to the fact that these led's are not that expensive (5 -10) and therefore if you really want to, then try them out. If they work then ok, if not then not much lost.

    I have binned 5 sets that do not work without resistor modification and have run out of enthusiasm !

    Good luck to all who try

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    so what about the interior LED's? Are there plug and play available or do they require the resistor? Anyone done this / tried this?
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    if youve bought scotties ones seems so as i have a similar set with a heatsink and they were p&P


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    Quote Originally Posted by P5SND View Post
    if youve bought scotties ones seems so as i have a similar set with a heatsink and they were p&P
    what you mean mate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by N8
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    Quote Originally Posted by P5SND View Post
    ohh i know mate, i asked about interior ones though lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by P5SND View Post
    What no errors on a later model?

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    no mate think he was speaking in general not from experience with the 09+ model
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    so what about the interior LED's? Are there plug and play available or do they require the resistor? Anyone done this / tried this?
    I've done this, I'll try and find where I found the LED's and get some pics up later on or tomorrow. The LED's stay on like an 'ambient' lightening in the front and rear which look nice especially at night and when turned on it's a nice bright white light. No need for resistors just plug and play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoothie View Post
    no mate think he was speaking in general not from experience with the 09+ model
    Ah ok understand, this thread is so confusing! lol

 

 
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