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Formula413 06-27-2011 10:22 PM

LED interior lights
I recently picked up some LED interior bulbs for my Civic. These things are a nice upgrade. Depending on what type of bulbs your car uses you can get significantly whiter, brighter light with LEDs. This car has two map lights and a dome light, I took some pics of the map lights with the stock incandescent bulb on the driver's side and the LED on the passenger side. These bulbs consist of four LEDs on a small circuit board. Color is cool white.

I also upgraded the trunk bulb. Stock bulb is a little 194. The site I ordered from has oversized replacements with a standard base, so I picked the biggest one that would fit in the bulb housing.

The results are pretty impressive:



Both those pics were taken with the camera at the same exposure.

LEDs also use less power of course, and should last a lot longer. The map and dome bulbs for my car were $7 each, and the bulb in the trunk was $12.

focus1.6uk 06-28-2011 08:16 AM

Impressive results! may i ask where you bought them? ive had LED bulbs in the past, but they were worse than the original bulbs haha.

gasstingy 06-28-2011 08:49 AM

Ditto on the where'd you get them! Very nice results. Please share the name brand on the bulb packaging while you're at it.

Joenavy85 06-28-2011 08:52 AM

Most likely from LED Lights & Accessories - SUPER BRIGHT LEDS which is where I got mine from. Some websites sell adapters that plug into the sockets and just have a pair of wires coming out that allow you to make your own custom setup. I have red leds for when I go on roadtrips so that my passenger can read a map and not screw up my night-vision.

Joenavy85 06-28-2011 09:30 AM

LEDs - underbody kits, cathodes, flexible LED strips, dome lights and eCRATER - online marketplace, get a free online store also have large selections of LED lights for cars, though I'm not sure of the quality

Formula413 06-28-2011 09:33 AM

Yes it's As for the brightness, standard LEDs are generally not as bright as incandescents, but the bulbs I purchased use high power LEDs, grouped together on a mini circuit board, which allows them to actually have greater light output than the incandescents they replace.

Joenavy85 06-28-2011 09:53 AM, and are a few others that have car LED bulb assemblies, again, not sure about quality.

slojam 07-09-2011 09:11 PM

LEd's never burn out they just get dimmer over time. So you should have a great light well beyond the years you own the vehicle. Great investment!

Phantom 07-10-2011 12:48 AM


Originally Posted by slojam (Post 249449)
LEd's never burn out they just get dimmer over time. So you should have a great light well beyond the years you own the vehicle. Great investment!

Well some times they just burn out but most will run for years.

graydonengineering 07-19-2011 04:06 PM

I am a fan. Always get SMD type led's when you upgrade your bulbs and you won't be disapointed. They are much brighter than standard. They are flat and yellow faced (like the ones formula used). They look a little funny and cost more but they sure are bright!

anora 07-28-2011 04:51 AM


This is really an impressive thing... You introduced a good thing that will be useful for all of us...

toc 07-28-2011 06:54 AM

Am I the only one to notice the junk in the trunk causing the MPG hit ?
Am I normal?

Formula413 07-28-2011 04:29 PM


Originally Posted by toc (Post 252658)
Am I the only one to notice the junk in the trunk causing the MPG hit ?


Originally Posted by toc (Post 252658)
Am I normal?

No. :p

Nothing in there is junk. The subs and enclosure (and amp) add a little weight but make the car much more enjoyable for long trips. And the box contains stuff like jumper cables, a 12V air compressor, extra hat and gloves, rain poncho, stuff that can come in handy. The sneakers have been removed. No A-B-A testing on the FE improvement though. :D

Xist 07-04-2015 01:17 AM

Formula, can you please help me figure out which LED to purchase for the dome light in my Civic? I bought the bulb that Amazon said fit and I need to return it.

Also, well, how do you remove the bulb? :) I have tried playing around with it, but not knowing which part is supposed to move, I have not pried too hard anywhere.

For the record, I actually have searched, here and elsewhere. This is taking far too long for one silly bulb! :)

Formula413 07-04-2015 01:24 AM

A 2000 Civic is a different series than mine so the bulbs may be different. Osram Sylvania's website has a handy bulb reference, you can get the bulb number there and then search for the LED equivilant. Usually they just pop right out but without knowing what you have I can't say for sure.

Xist 07-04-2015 06:46 AM

Yes. Of course. I should have realized that. Thank you for your response.

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