LED Interior light bulbs fitted - footwell, centre and map lights
A few months ago I started to install some LED lights in the footwell lighting, first I installed the passenger LED and it worked fine but when I installed the drivers they both went out. This caused an error in VAGCOM, must of been to do with current draw or something similar. For the last 3 months I have had one normal bulb and one LED. Been having a play around tonight and not sure what I did to sort the problem but they both now work. I had a play in VAGCOM but didnt change anything. I also found a setting in VAGCOM to make the footwell lights brighter
Heres how they look
This is the bulb I used, its the wedge type as used in the side lights. The reason I used this type of bulb is because it directs the light out of all four side and the end of the bulb. A lot of the LED wedge bulbs only have the led's in the end of the bulb, this is no good for the footwell as the light given off does not shine through the lense and into the footwell and it is very dim.
Here they are on ebay £5.70 delivered for two, same seller I purchased from
Main light and map reading
I used two LED festoon bulbs for the main light and they work a treat, you can either use 42mm or 44mm festoon bulbs
£8.50 for two delivered
The map reading lights were a bit more tricky, the problem was finding a bulb which would direct the light down, the first couple of bulbs I tried looked ok but did not give enough glow as the LED was in the end of the bulb.
Heres the bulbs I used, as you will see the LED is on the side of the bulb
When the bulb was first inserted the light shone to the side as the locating pegs were in the wrong place on the bulb, I managed to slide the plastic behind the bulb holder back, turn the bulb and jam it in place. It makes more sense when you have a closer look at the fitting, it been in place a few months now with no problems.
Heres mine same seller £9.10 delivered for 4 delivered
Or these £11.70 for 4
When I changed the rears (same bulb as front map lights) I had issues with all the interior lights been on very dim, even when all doors are shut, at the minute I still have the standard bulbs in the rear. Think if i install a resistor on the rear supply it may solve the issue.
36mm festoon like these, two for £6 delivered
Ive not fitted them yet as they may need a resistor in line, ill let you know how I get on.
For under £30 you can get the full setup - footwell, map, centre, rear and number plate