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yamazaho's Avatar DIY: Installing Interior LED Bulbs
yamazaho
06-16-2009
DIY: High-Powered LED Interior installation guide


Tools needed: Flat head screw driver or pick tools

Length of installation: 30 mins


The LED interior kit used during this install was purchased from Mike@F1AutoHaus. I have been...
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By hookah66 on 07-14-2010, 12:16 PM
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hidXenonLights retrofit kit

Someone posted about this kit. I have installed this retrofit kit and ran a full functional test which revealed the following flaws: with engine running, front dome light on (which turn on all other interior cabin lighting) the front left/right map lights cuts out, they will re-sett if engine is shut off and restarted. Replaced the map lights with OEM incandescent bulbs and the OEM functionality was restored. Tech support stated to me that there some CAMBUS issue with the e93 series model, which is odd to me because in the front dome there are factory mounted two red LED's....So please watch out....
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By stizzi on 07-15-2010, 10:20 PM
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FOR CHRIST SAKES, I CANT GET THE FROST GLASS OFF ON MY E93..... wtfff just spent 3 hours
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By Mike@F1 AutohaŘs on 07-15-2010, 10:24 PM
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FOR CHRIST SAKES, I CANT GET THE FROST GLASS OFF ON MY E93..... wtfff just spent 3 hours
Did you try going through the visors? Check post #10 and #11
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By stizzi on 07-15-2010, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike@F1 AutohaŘs View Post
Did you try going through the visors? Check post #10 and #11
I got the whole unit out easily.... its the stupid frost glass that isn't coming off.... and sorry its not frosted like in these pics.. its clear and shaped a little bit differently... i have no idea where to put the flat to pop it.. i tried every spot..
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By LinxuS on 09-25-2010, 08:17 PM
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Great write up!

When doing this yourself, be warned that taking the front center dome is a PAIN!

Also, if you plug in your LED lights in the front and rear dome and they don't work, keep playing with the pins until they light up.

Thanks yamazaho and Mike.
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By hookah66 on 09-25-2010, 10:06 PM
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On e93 (production model of Sept 09) the canBus (controller area network bus) issue relates to the dome's center bulb & two map lights ONLY. All other interior lights are canBus error free: i.e. two front footwells (type 194), two door puddle (type 194), four vanity mirrors (two ea) (use only 1 Luxer sub mini panel, per visor otherwise you will blind your sweetheart/boyfriend), four at the rear center hump (again use only 1 Luxer sub mini panel otherwise your rear will be lit like Times Square), one festoon (32mm) in the glove, one 194 in trunk lid, and one festoon (36 mm) in the side trunk. I pried out the front dome assembly out by using my thumbs in the map light holes, watch out for two sockets at each end. The two built in red ambiance led's are impedance matched to the native canBus. I used three type 194 led's with built in chip set to mimic the incandescent bulb impedance; one for center and two for map lights I did not take the dome apart and glue in a 6 led sub panel which won't work for the e93 series. The luminance is more than adequate with one type 194 bulb at center dome with reflective mirror, I seldom use the map lights.
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By RaPiDneSs on 10-06-2010, 12:37 AM
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Front Dome

The original DIY pictures on how to remove the front dome is almost one of the hardest ways to do it, As mentioned before me.

removing the small screw inside the small tab on the sun visor hook makes it way easier for the headliner to drop down. just do it for both sides and should be done in no time....

If your center LED's are not turning on its because you need to keep turning the bulb until it lights up...if that doesnt work turn the bulb holder also and try different combinations until it turns on...just remember interior lighting also turns off after a period of time..so you might also just want to close and reopen the doors.

I was on a role until i got to the front dome..took me an extra half our to figure how to get to the bulbs.

I got my kit from e92-lighting.com i have some pieces left over that came inside with the LED's for the front and rear dome...dont know what they are for.. anyone know?
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By dc5_champ88 on 10-06-2010, 03:50 PM
oh wow! great write up!
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By Asiann on 10-07-2010, 11:38 PM
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Bought and installed my LEDs from JLEVISW for my 06' 330 and used most of the instructions that you guys provided. Some lessons learned was to remove the sun visor screws (2) that make it so much easier than trying to go thru the headliner and pulling down. As soon as I tried to even fit my hand in between the liner and roof, I heard the liner starting to make noises so immediately stopped and went the route thru the visor. You can easily reach the bulbs and change them out. The center dome was easy as you pull on the end where the lights are towards the window and it just pops out pretty easy. I didn't have to screw or mess with the bulbs in any way. My kit came with replaceable housing so much of it was disconnecting the old housing for the new one. I waited to replace the truck light last and I did wait until all of the lights turned off before starting the switch. I also opened all of the doors and glove compartment. I did replace everything at once and then started the car to see if everything was correct. I left everything dangling just in case. I didn't blow a fuse and I only had one sun visor light that I needed to change because of the polarity. Over all great write up from everyone and thanks for sharing!
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By javaperson on 10-08-2010, 02:43 AM
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Was thinking of replacing the bulbs with LEDs... great write-up. And you took photos documenting too.
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By rootedoo on 10-13-2010, 03:48 PM
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need help! this is my first DIY.. bought these bulbs to replace the door/foot lamps: http://www.ledlight.com/t10-wedge-5-...led-light.aspx

but found that my setup looks different than the original post, and is like the one below: The bulb looks like it will not fit, did i get the wrong bulb? If so, which one is the correct one for the setup below?

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Originally Posted by Jz View Post
To clarify for the DIY

^ This last picture shows the forward pointing T10 bulb install for the door lamp which is incorrect, you must adjust the pins on the multi-directional T10 bulbs for the door lamp.
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By Dr. G on 01-19-2011, 08:05 PM
Does anyone have a pic of how the T10 bulbs in the F1 autohaus kit are supposed to look like?

I just did the install and it was SUPER easy, but my bulbs are different than the ones shown on the first page of this thread.
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By hookah66 on 01-20-2011, 03:32 PM
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e93 convertible ...

this has been my experience on e93: the only bulb affected by canBuss errors are the central front map & cabin light unit (convertible got only one in the front), at other locations by virtue of wiring resistance the low current led will not trigger canBuss errors. I bought mine from http://www.carhidkits.com cauz they emit a true blue white hue, they are either type 194 wedge type, 32 mm festoon and 36 mm festoon. For the vanity & rear center console (T10), I yanked off the tiny pea bulbs (4 each) and just replaced with a sub miniature 6 LED by Luxor1. I bought three type 194 wedge type w/computer chips for the front center module. And that's all I did, no canBuss errors, no flickering and no shutdowns after engine start/stop's. Note: I replaced the door sill LED with red color, it is super cool at nite to flood the ground with an array of red light every time you open the door.
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By OC_E90 on 02-04-2011, 02:30 PM
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HELP

How can i get in touch with this Mike From f1autohous. Cant buy anything off the website wont let me.
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By E92-Lighting on 02-05-2011, 03:52 PM
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How can i get in touch with this Mike From f1autohous. Cant buy anything off the website wont let me.
are you looking for led interior kits or angel eyes?
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By Dr. G on 03-05-2011, 11:35 PM
I had 0 experience in doing such installs, and it took me only 20 minutes tops to do the whole install.. its pretty straight forward.
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By soursamo on 03-19-2011, 12:55 AM
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Finished my install, only difficult one was the two small ones in the front cluster.
I could in no way get my hand in to popo the front clips near the windshield. In the end used a thin knife to go up in front of the lights vertically to pop the clips and pull down.
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By donheller on 05-03-2011, 04:23 PM
Did all interior lights, license plate, and two side turn signal lights. Thanks for the DIY and all the useful post from others in this thread. Did not take me long at all. Oh and I got all my LED's from V-LED.com
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By kdiz on 05-05-2011, 11:30 AM
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Can't install the 12 LED piece on the front on E90 M3 with no sunroof... I broke the middle board I think. This instruction is too general for the front light. I am using the Valentine1 hardwire instruction to pop open the front light housing bleh. http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=97545

I hope that I didn't break anything yet grrr
best method ever!!! i was trying for so long the method OP posted and after 40 mins i gave up, this way took less than a min!
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By klaysta on 06-06-2011, 09:04 PM
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Anybody have some advice on putting the frosted dome cover back on. I can't seem to get it to snap all the way in.
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By Daiz4yota on 06-07-2011, 10:21 PM
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How can i get in touch with this Mike From f1autohous. Cant buy anything off the website wont let me.
Yea Im in the same boat. So odd that we WANT to buy these lights (Euphoria 6K), but cant. Ive pm'ed hime as well
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same here, please help contact him, I want LEDS

can someone please specify which LEDs are best to use, because i change most LEDs in the car with the ones i already had, but they shut off randomly and dont come back on until i turn off and back on the car, any help would be appreciated please let me know, thanks
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