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    LED Convert

    OK, I did it. I parted with $11.78 to change over the interior lights (two dome and one cargo) on both my Discovery's. That's $5.89 per truck or $11.78 for all six LED lights delivered.

    The dome lights I used are 39mm 16 SMD and the cargo lights are 50mmx25mm 12 SMD. The dome lights where a bit long but basically popped right in. The cargo light required a simple mod to the Land Rover holder that anyone could do and can easily be undone in the future.

    So now I've answered my questions:
    Are they brighter? Oh, ya.
    Can I get them less bright? Yes.
    Are they easy to install? Super quick.
    Will they fad out when turning off like the old bulbs? Indeed they do.
    Will my wallet have to be removed? Chump change.

    Take a look at this photo during the change over. If I can figure out how to post them, I have three videos (installing domes, cargo and LED fading off).

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    Where did you order from? Pics of the cargo one and the mod?

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    Even fumbling, this dome light went in without tools in under two minutes. And yes, that is a spider bite on my arm if you were wondering.

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    Here's the fade out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishEH View Post
    Where did you order from? Pics of the cargo one and the mod?
    eBay and I see better pricing now!
    Dome Light 2 for $1.92 delivered.
    Cargo Light (Simple Mod required) $2.95 + tax in CA.

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    This is the cargo light mod. I scrubbed the audio as it's rather self explaining. The only confusion is that the first set of electrical connectors didn't work so I pitched them during the video. Anyway, simple stuff.

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    I think this video was so bad, folks won't even comment on it!

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    Neat Mod. I might do the dome light. That thing's about useless in its current config. Are you sure the first set of connectors didn't work when you installed the rear light? Is it possible that you had the polarity reversed. A led wont work in reverse like an incandescent bulb will. Thanks for the tips.
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    Any reason besides price, that you went with 16 LEDs rather than the 8 LED unit by the same seller? Would the give the same amount of light, as the 16 LEDs would give off less light each? I am pretty ignorant on the pros and cons of LED lighten, but was looking at doing this same upgrade, and wondered if the lighting or usage life or what the difference may be. Not that it makes too much difference at this price, especially when we are use to buying LR parts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_Hokie View Post
    Any reason besides price, that you went with 16 LEDs rather than the 8 LED unit by the same seller? Would the give the same amount of light, as the 16 LEDs would give off less light each? I am pretty ignorant on the pros and cons of LED lighten, but was looking at doing this same upgrade, and wondered if the lighting or usage life or what the difference may be. Not that it makes too much difference at this price, especially when we are use to buying LR parts!
    16 was random. It may be too much light for some folks so 8 should be half as bright. You can also use a resistor to lower the brightness. I read a LED Light could burn for 50,000 hours so that's around 5 and a half years if you never turn it off. You're Rover will be a Pepsi by then so it's the last light you'll buy.

    Quote Originally Posted by sactodisco View Post
    Neat Mod. I might do the dome light. That thing's about useless in its current config. Are you sure the first set of connectors didn't work when you installed the rear light? Is it possible that you had the polarity reversed. A led wont work in reverse like an incandescent bulb will. Thanks for the tips.
    You're correct about the one way wiring. Unfortunately, that wasn't the problem and one of the two barrels just didn't connect. It just wasn't worth fixing and with ample supply of barrels and wire adapters... the solution was quick.

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