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Old 10-21-2005, 08:10 AM
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I have to know also! That rocks!
 
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Old 10-21-2005, 10:09 AM
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Rundown I can remember off the top of my head, I will check the rest when I get home today:

Dome: QTY-2 #194 "Matrix" type LED in your choosen color.
QTY-1 Festoon 39mm in your color

Plate: QTY-2 Festoon 39mm in your color. You could use a 15 Ohm equalizer here if you can find the wiring. These will blink when you turn the car off until the interior lights fade out as the low level electrical pulse is all it takes to light them up. I didn't bother as as soon as you lock the car, all the lights go out.

Wheel Arches: QTY-4 #194 "oval wide angle" in your color. I have clear wheel wells so I did ultra bright white, but you could do red and orange if you want to stay totally legal. You can also use the "5 Led" #194's here which are a tiny bit brighter.

Map Lights: QTY-2 #194 Matix in your color. Very hard to place but can be done. Ask me by PM for more details if you need 'em.

Boot Light: QTY-1 #194 "Matrix" typein your color with a 15 Ohm impedence equalizer to keep it from blinking when your headlights/exterior lights are on.

Door Step and Footwell Lights: QTY-4 #194 "Matrix" type in your chosen color


Hope this helps, and let Chris at http://www.autolumination.com/
know I sent you his way, he is awesome!!!

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Old 10-21-2005, 03:46 PM
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Interior Light Run Down

JFUNKMD (Joel)

Really love your interior.

You should just post the details about replacing specific bulbs here or otherwise you are going to get a bunch of PM's. Please add any specifics you remember when you get home. I have a Hyper Blue MCS with the Lapis Blue interior and I think this would be awesome.

Thanks,
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Old 10-21-2005, 10:42 PM
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I know that on my car ('03) the boot light is a festoon also.
 
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Old 10-21-2005, 10:42 PM
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Okay here are some more details, though I still don't mind PM's. Kinda makes me feel like I have something to contribute back to the group as I get so much out of it.

Maybe this would work as a sticky as it is a common question about every couple of weeks. I have tried to be as through as I can be, but please feel free to ask any questions you want!

First off I highly recommend you purchase your LED’s from Chris at http://www.autolumination.com . It gets argued back and forth pretty regularly as to what a “real” LED is and who sells them and who sells fakes/junk. I can say without exception every bulb I have purchased from Chris has worked flawlessly, as long as I installed in correctly. In addition Chris answers emails quickly and politely. He will do what it takes to make sure you get what you need and get the look for which you are going.

Many of the standard halogen bulbs in the Mini can be changed out to LED’s. For a not-entirely complete listing you can check out this site from Sylvania: http://www.sylvania.com/ConsumerProd...de/default.htm . It doesn’t list all the bulbs in the Mini but it does provide a good starting point and has the headlight fitment issues addressed.

Now on to fitting the bulbs. First thing to remember is that unlike halogens that do not have a polarity in the plugs LED’s do. All this means is you need to fit the bulb in the socket in the correct orientation to make it illuminate. 9 times out of 10 when I have had a bulb not light up it hasn’t been defective, it has just not been placed in the correct polarity by me.

A run down by location and bulb is here:
Front Running Lights: #194
Front side turn indicators: #194
Wheel Arches: #194
License Plate: 39mm Festoon x2 bulbs
Step/Entry Lights(under doors) #194
Foot wells #194
Glove Box #194
Map Lights #194
Dome Light-Center Bulb 39mm Festoon
Dome Light-Side Bulbs #194
Boot Light #194
Tail lamp Assembly #1156
Front Turn Indicators #1156**

These are the basic bulbs. On the autoluminations website you can choose which style of Led you would like to replace at each type of bulbs given location. There are many choices. What is below is what I did, you may do it differently but I know these will work.

** These bulbs have an offset pin style unlike the standard 1156. The base is a BAU15s subtype that I have not been able to find an LED to fit. What people typically do to get rid of the fried egg appearance of the front bulbs is to replace them with silver coated bulbs that illuminate orange. These are available on autoluminations as well.



My bulb Fitments:

Front Running Lights: #194 LED “wide angle” style color: ultra white

Front side turn indicators: #194 Silver coated #194 halogen bulbs

Wheel Arches: #194 LED “wide angle” style color: ultra white

License Plate: 39mm Festoon LED color: blue

Step/Entry Lights (under doors) #194 5 LED “Matrix” style LED color: blue

Foot wells #194 5 LED “Matrix” style LED color: blue

Glove Box #194 5 LED “Matrix” style LED color: blue

Map Lights #194 5 LED “Matrix” style LED color: blue

Dome Light-Center Bulb 39mm Festoon Led color: blue

Dome Light-Side Bulbs #194 5 LED “Matrix” style LED color: blue

Boot Light #194 5 LED “Matrix” style LED color: blue

Tail lamp Assembly #1156 24 LED “Matrix” style

Front Turn Indicators #1156 silver coated #1156 orange illuminating


Please bear in mind that your states particular laws and regulations for lighting may vary. I am in no way am saying these alterations are legal, just what I personally do with my Mini. Your mileage and citations may vary!

Now on to installation. Most of the bulbs are straightforward. The only ones that are a real bugger are the front running lights, the wheel arches, and the map lights. With all others just pull out the old halogen, replace it with the LED bulb of your choosing and turn on the light to make sure it works. If it doesn’t reverse its position and it should illuminate.

The front running lights are a bit tough. You can get at them by opening the bonnet and turning them counterclockwise to get them out of the assemblies. It is a tight fit to get them back in if you use the wide angle LED’s so make sure they light up prior to replacing them. Then slide them back in by rocking them back and forth into the hole. Once in check that they are still lighting up and turn them clockwise to lock them in place.

The wheel arches have multiple threads you can search for in regards to their placement. If you are going to just replace the bulbs I recommend the wide angle ones. If you are going to clear lenses, then you can go with ultra white, red, or orange bulbs depending on your legal requirements, your willingness to flaunt the law, or what you would like to do. Regardless of color the instructions are the same and as stated can be found with a simple search of prior posts.

The map lights are the most often and probably the most difficult interior light to change. What I did was to take a narrow bladed knife and fit it up along the edge of the stock bulb in the recessed opening. Then pry the light towards its respective door. That means the passenger bulb should have the “pry bar” wedged on the driver’s side of the bulb and be levered towards the passenger door. Both bulbs will take a bit of work but will come out. Now the tough part is getting the new bulbs in place. My suggestion is to use a needle nose pliers to grasp the tip of the bulb gently and align the pins in the recess. The slowly push up and in and it should pop into place. Have the power to the outlet on so you can tell when it is in far enough. It will take a few tries, but don’t give up it will go in eventually.
 
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:21 PM
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I have also added a few more night pictures to my gallery. Not nearly as fancy as Tuls pictures, but gives you some more of an idea of what the full blue effect looks like. Click on my gallery to see the full size pictures, I still can't figure out how to use a thumbnail as a link!!

 
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Old 10-23-2005, 12:56 PM
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Thanks for the information.
From what I can tell about my 2004, for the interior change I will need:
4 - #194 LEDS for the footwell lights(2) and map lights(2 beside the dome light)
2 - 39mm Festoon LEDS for the dome light(1) and boot light(1)

As far as I can tell my car doesn't have the step/entry lights. At least I can't see any lights during the day.
I'm gonna give autolumination a call tomorrow to get these ordered.
Again, thanks for the details.

Dave
 
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Old 10-23-2005, 05:42 PM
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Dave,
Further clarification: you will need a total of three 39mm festoons for the dome and plate. The plate cover takes 2 and the dome takes 1. Sorry this was not clear at first. Aslo if you want to change out the other 2 bulbs in the dome light. I mean the ones on either side of the festoon, you will need 2 more #194's in your chosen color. Also, if you want to change the bootlight that is a 194 as well.

So summary:
QTY 3 39mm Festoons-(dome, liscense plate)
QTY 7 #194-(footwells, map lights, dome lights, bootlight)

An if you need step lights, 1 for each side, #194. Just look on the undersideof your doors. If there is a light there, thats the bugger. If not, then you can save a few bucks!

Good luck and let me know how it turns out or if you need some more help.

Cheers,
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Old 10-23-2005, 07:18 PM
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Originally Posted by drdave
Thanks for the information.
From what I can tell about my 2004, for the interior change I will need:
4 - #194 LEDS for the footwell lights(2) and map lights(2 beside the dome light)
2 - 39mm Festoon LEDS for the dome light(1) and boot light(1)

As far as I can tell my car doesn't have the step/entry lights. At least I can't see any lights during the day.
I'm gonna give autolumination a call tomorrow to get these ordered.
Again, thanks for the details.

Dave
Dave, double check your bulbs before you order. On my '03 the dome, boot, and glovebox were all festoons. 2 Footwells and 2 maplights are 194Wedge.
 
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Old 10-23-2005, 09:55 PM
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What he said!! :smile: :smile: :smile:
 
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:44 AM
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I didn't think to check the glove box but I will before I order. My doors do not have lights so I won't need those. I'm not going to change the license plate so I won't need the extra 2 festoons.
The only thing left is to check the glove box light before I order.
 
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Old 10-24-2005, 08:31 AM
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Thanks for the info, jfunkmd. I just placed my order to do the dome light, map lights, footwells, and door entry lights in red. I figure if I don't like them I can just sell them to another NAMer, but I think I'll like them.
 
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Old 10-30-2005, 05:35 AM
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OK, the footwells and door entry lights were easy, but I don't see how to get to the main dome light. How do I access the bulb?
 
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Old 10-30-2005, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisnl
OK, the footwells and door entry lights were easy, but I don't see how to get to the main dome light. How do I access the bulb?
bump...

Anybody? It doesn't seem like it should be hard.
 
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:02 PM
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Just take a small screwdriver and pry off the plastic lens. It comes off pretty easily.
 
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Old 10-30-2005, 09:22 PM
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Alright, thanks - I'll give that a shot tomorrow, but I'm always queasy about forcing plastic pieces with screwdrivers. Hopefully there's not much resistance.
 
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:59 AM
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Installed my blue LED interior bulbs yesterday. My only mistake was that I ordered the 31mm festoon bulbs instead of the 39mm. The one for the glovebox and boot fit after I tweaked (bent slightly) the mounting points a little. The dome light fit fine without any tweaks.

The 194 style bulbs were a different story. The contact points on the bulbs are narrower than the sockets (the footwells and the map lights). I spread out the contact points on the LEDs so that they fit in the sockets and they seem to be working now.

I'm happy with the blue interior lights and would love to able to change all of the dash lights to blue but it appears to be a major task to accomplish that (after reading the other thread).
 
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:27 PM
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Well, I have mixed feelings about this mod. I did footwells, door entry lights, and the dome light in red.

Footwells - very cool, especially with my black/red cocomats.

Door entry lights - pretty cool, I guess. (shrug)

Dome light - wow, this is waaaaay dimmer than the stock white bulb! I just installed it tonight in my driveway, and I'd take a photo, but the weak red light is completely washed out by the streetlight 30' away and behind a tree. I don't know about this one. I do count on the dome to help me remember to take all my crap with me when I get out of my car at night, and instead I just get this weird eerie red glow (anyone seen "Flatliners"?). I'm going to leave it in for a couple of weeks and see how I feel about it.

Also, drdave is right, the 194s are a bit of a pain. This is not just a simple bulb switch. You need to spread apart the contacts on the LED 194s and/or pinch the contacts in the bulb housing together, and even then it's not easy to get it to the point where closing the door doesn't break the contact.
 
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So what was the end result? did you decide to keep the red or go back to white? Were you using a 9 LED festoon in the dome?
 
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:30 AM
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2 questions what were those reverse lights as they are quite bright?

Has anyone done the uv light in the dome?
 
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Old 12-17-2005, 11:38 AM
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I've got the 9 LED U-V dome on order, along with purple replacements for the footwells and puddle lights. I'l let you know how it looks when they show up.
 
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:38 PM
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I bet you will beat me to it. I just ordered a set too. for the footwells and the dome light. and the map lights i ordered a set of super whites.

and the rear reverse lights i got a set of super brights too. hopefully i can see now
 
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Old 12-17-2005, 02:22 PM
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If your MINI doesn't have the rear fog lamp, you might want to check this out:
http://www.myminiparts.com/proddetai...d=MMBUL&cat=15
Just got mine today, but haven't wired it up yet.
 
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Old 12-17-2005, 02:43 PM
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no she doesn't tell me about it if you could is there a switch to wire up or what needs to be done? what size bulb is in there? I will order an extra led. Lemme know . Very very helpful thanks again.

do you need to cut the body panel in the back or what?
 
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Old 12-17-2005, 03:24 PM
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In the lower center of the rear bumper is an oval trim piece. This is where the light goes. The trim piece pops out and there is a wiring connection already there. Plug in the new light and pop it in the hole. Then you need to make a jumper wire connection (supplied with kit) behind the right taillamp. Simple, no?
No switch needed, the lamp takes it's power feed from the existing back up lamps. As close to plug and play as you're going to get.

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