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      05-11-2008, 02:33 AM   #1
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How to change interior lighting?

I want to swap out the fugly orange lights in side for some more pleasing white lights has anyone done this yet?
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      05-11-2008, 08:01 PM   #2
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They have filaments or LEDS.. however the LEDS are quite expensive.. I am figuring out which I should get too..
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I can't figure out how to get the front console off to change out the bulbs. Can anyone assist please? I tried prying the corners and all around for about 30 minutes and really didn't feel like breaking anything. Any support would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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I did it using the back of a teaspoon..its very thin and works great.. just go slow. There are clips that need to be popped out. jUst wedge off the console with the teaspoon..
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I did it using the back of a teaspoon..its very thin and works great.. just go slow. There are clips that need to be popped out. jUst wedge off the console with the teaspoon..
Any pics of them installed?
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Is there any specific place to start prying? I've tried messing with it and I somewhat separated the grey plating from the console, but still can't get the console out in front to replace the 3 bulbs... all other bulbs have been replaced in the cabin and trunk and it's driving me crazy having the 2 different tones of light at night. Pictures would be highly appreciated. :smile:
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      06-21-2008, 06:05 PM   #8
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They have filaments or LEDS.. however the LEDS are quite expensive.. I am figuring out which I should get too..
On the contrary!
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      06-24-2008, 07:56 AM   #9
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Yeah, any further info on this would be appreciated. I loved the lights in my VW.
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      06-24-2008, 08:48 AM   #10
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you guys realize that most of the interior lights are inside control modules, right? if something were to happen to one of them, bmw would deny warranty coverage. that means you would have to buy the replacement part, pay for its installation, and have it programmed. besides, bmws are supposed to have orange interior lighting. it's been that way forever.
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      06-24-2008, 09:22 AM   #11
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you guys realize that most of the interior lights are inside control modules, right? if something were to happen to one of them, bmw would deny warranty coverage. that means you would have to buy the replacement part, pay for its installation, and have it programmed. besides, bmws are supposed to have orange interior lighting. it's been that way forever.
You're probably right. It would be a serious PITA to change everything out anyhow.
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      06-24-2008, 04:31 PM   #12
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btw, the orange light is for the conditioning of your eyes. Those lights allow you to see things at night without your eyes dialating. This keeps your eyes from having to refocus on your headlights at night time.
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      06-24-2008, 05:24 PM   #13
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btw, the orange light is for the conditioning of your eyes. Those lights allow you to see things at night without your eyes dialating. This keeps your eyes from having to refocus on your headlights at night time.
I was going to mention that, but it was enough typing out all that other crap on my Palm. :roundel:
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      07-04-2008, 03:02 PM   #14
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Yeah, any further info on this would be appreciated. I loved the lights in my VW.
too bad blue is the color of light that throws out the most glare at night
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      07-04-2008, 09:36 PM   #15
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I never had any problems driving at night in my GTI.:iono:
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      11-09-2008, 05:57 PM   #16
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Is there any specific place to start prying? I've tried messing with it and I somewhat separated the grey plating from the console, but still can't get the console out in front to replace the 3 bulbs... all other bulbs have been replaced in the cabin and trunk and it's driving me crazy having the 2 different tones of light at night. Pictures would be highly appreciated. :smile:
I think our friend here is tallking about the reading light and cabin light. Not the lights in the Dash board.

Would be great if you could provided some pictures and the light bulbs type/model that you have used to replace the OEM.
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      04-26-2012, 03:52 PM   #17
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btw, the orange light is for the conditioning of your eyes. Those lights allow you to see things at night without your eyes dialating. This keeps your eyes from having to refocus on your headlights at night time.
That's why I am replacing my interior lighting with red also. My Cessna had that and I could look at charts and see outside at night right after - no refractory period!
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      05-09-2012, 09:53 AM   #18
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btw, the orange light is for the conditioning of your eyes. Those lights allow you to see things at night without your eyes dialating. This keeps your eyes from having to refocus on your headlights at night time.
This is why I want to change all the interior lighting to red. That's the way it is in 'da plane' and I have the interior lights on all the time in there. Unfortunately, since changing to LEDs it seems they only stay on for a few seconds - how do I fix that?

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      05-19-2012, 10:55 PM   #19
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This is why I want to change all the interior lighting to red. That's the way it is in 'da plane' and I have the interior lights on all the time in there. Unfortunately, since changing to LEDs it seems they only stay on for a few seconds - how do I fix that?
Hi, I have the same problem. I install LED's on front & rear dome but they just stay on for 5 sec. How can we fix this problem?
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      05-20-2012, 12:57 PM   #20
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I'll keep you posted...

I ordered some 'Canbus' error-free lights off ebay. They are enroute... I will certainly post the results!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/220961327770...84.m1497.l2649
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      05-23-2012, 02:08 PM   #21
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      06-01-2012, 09:04 PM   #22
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I ordered some 'Canbus' error-free lights off ebay. They are enroute... I will certainly post the results!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/220961327770...84.m1497.l2649
The red LED lights I got from this seller work perfectly. Clearance in putting the light assy back together is a bit tight but works OK. Might line/paint the inner surface of the turrets (?) with reflective or foil to make a bit more light.

No errors and they stay on.
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