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 Post subject: Door puddle light alteration
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:52 pm 
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Made an alteration to my door puddle lights - may be of interest - very easy to do. The light fitting un-clips from the door so no need to take the door card off but the connector cable isn't very long and awkward to get hold of again as falls into the door! When I did the passenger door I tied a bit if wire to the cable and pulled it back out to connect back up again.
Looks good at night and give loads more light.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:25 pm 
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A good job done there Vandy, i will be having a go at that myself


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:32 pm 
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Yes, I like the led replacemnt bulb too. I put some white LED bulbs in my sidelights at the front. When the MOT guys got the car they removed them as the Police dont like you having blue lights at the front of your car. OK I said, the manufacturers lenses are blue and they passed type approval for the UK. Yes they said but the fact is with standard bulbs in they don't look blue. HO HUM>. :headbang:

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 Post subject: Re: Door puddle light alteration
PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:17 pm 
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I know - LED sidelights are not legal - only is used as daytime running lights and these must be different from the sidelights. If you look at the Audis/Mercs that have the string of fairy lights along their headlights, they dim when the indicator comes on as well. As for our blue sidelight lenses - can't see the point as they don't appear to make a normal bulb look white so why have them?
I compromised and put the LED bulbs in the door lights!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:48 am 
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Thanks Vandy,
I will certainly give this a try, as I often drop something whilst getting out, on the dark side of our drive, and end up fishing out the torch. The red lens tape will help other motorists on the off side - which I take it is why you did the "return end" in red.
Can I just check please, as this looks like an alloy base, why did you have to shave off the edges of the fitting? Also was there a specific led bulb used?
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 Post subject: Re: Door puddle light alteration
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:42 pm 
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The red tape on the ends is handed for driver/passenger sides - obviously red end rear facing. These bulbs are BRIGHT! The casing is only plastic so shaves off easily. Maybe not needed but I just wanted to get as much light spread as possible - don't know if it really helps but made me feel better that I'd tried!

The LED's I used were from Autobulbs direct - there are some pretty cheap versions on ebay but I've heard these blow quite quickly - don't know bnut it's what I've heard?

Intrigued to know how you are posting my original posts (this one and the sun shade strip) as it's not me that's re-posting them. Didn't know you could do that :-?

If you need any more info then let me know :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:45 pm 
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Sorry for the confusion Vandy, being a new member of the forum I have simply looked on the "How To's" message index for items that were of interest to me. I honestly did not see the date until your latest post... I will have to check this in the future... :whistle:
I will see how I manage this door puddle light alteration. Best wishes, John

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:03 pm 
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I like this mod. I assume It does not get hot at all being LED. Does the front clear plastic just clip off?

On caravaning holidays I normally switch off all the interior lights to save the battery as we do not have a hook up, but these lights can not be turned off, and LEDs take so much less power. Iuse them a lot on my caravan.

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 Post subject: Re: Door puddle light alteration
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:27 pm 
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Hi Chris. Lens just un clips - small screwdriver slips it of. No heat at all - well, hardly any. Consumption is minimal so you can lave doors open with no worries. The main difference is they are extreelmy bright so illuminate the whole road! I used red tape for 2 reasons - one obvious to let cars behind see but the main reason was they were so bright when I got out of the car the light shined up into my eyes and all I saw after that was black dots! The red tape shields the light from the top so you get a better view of the ground - being a dog walker, this is VERY important, not to put too finer point on things :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:29 pm 
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johnrimm wrote:
Sorry for the confusion Vandy, being a new member of the forum I have simply looked on the "How To's" message index for items that were of interest to me. I honestly did not see the date until your latest post... I will have to check this in the future... :whistle:
I will see how I manage this door puddle light alteration. Best wishes, John



No problem John - glad the posts are of use to people. As previously said; if you want any more info then just shout :thumbs:

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