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I hope somebody better than I will be able to complete this job. I was able to take the map light assembly down. Note the two red clips are towards the windshield and you have to pull from the windshield towards the cabin. That was the easy part. From there I had a lot of difficulty removing the power ribbon cable which limited my ability to open the assembly to access the lights or even get good pictures of the bulb. There is definately no way to replace the bulbs without taking the assembly down. And then disassembling the housing. Definately not a job for the faint of heart.
Can the map light bulbs be removed by popping off the len cover or do you have to remove the entire module of the pic?
 

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This was posted on Facebook. Another user was able to open the map light console, and the map lights are indeed led, but soldered to the board. He shows a trick of putting a blue filter over the yellow warm LEDs to make them look white, but can't really brighten them
If he went through all that trouble surprised he didn’t solder in new LEDs. He just made them dimmer
 

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This was posted on Facebook. Another user was able to open the map light console, and the map lights are indeed led, but soldered to the board. He shows a trick of putting a blue filter over the yellow warm LEDs to make them look white, but can't really brighten them
Did he mention what filter material he used?
 

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Did he mention what filter material he used?
Hi I’m “the guy” who did this, It bothered me that the map lights were not uniformed with the white led lights I had replaced in the back. I actually cut out small blue gift tissue to filter the leds to illuminate whiter than yellow. Might be not the best option for everyone but it works for me, the front map lights aren’t even emitting that much light and it’s actually magnified by a plastic lens
 

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Hi I’m “the guy” who did this, It bothered me that the map lights were not uniformed with the white led lights I had replaced in the back. I actually cut out small blue gift tissue to filter the leds to illuminate whiter than yellow. Might be not the best option for everyone but it works for me, the front map lights aren’t even emitting that much light and it’s actually magnified by a plastic lens
Oh great you're here. Good job. What adhesive did you use to make them stick? Could you share how you opened it? and did you damage anything or break any clips in the process? If it is not too difficult, I might do it and place blue light gels, the ones that photographer's use as filter. That should tame the yellow a bit.
 

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Oh great you're here. Good job. What adhesive did you use to make them stick? Could you share how you opened it? and did you damage anything or break any clips in the process? If it is not too difficult, I might do it and place blue light gels, the ones that photographer's use as filter. That should tame the yellow a bit.
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Then the it falls right out View attachment 49491
I carefully pryed perimeter of the cover , it was a little challenging around the rear viewing mirror, once that comes off , you’ll find two screws located in between the two sliding door and sunroof buttons
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Once you remove the two screws your can open the lid and find the led lights, let me know how that photographer film works for you , I don’t mind opening it up and re doing it. As an adhesive ( don’t mind my tackiness but I used small amount of packaging tape heh , but it works !
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i actually had a couple trial runs with different products, first I used a blue sharpie marker. It was too blue , I even used a sky blue and it didn’t work that well. The light got dimmer. Then I tried white art paint. And that didn’t work as well either , not letting the light penetrate the magnifying lenses then I just used the blue gift tissue paper, the most challenging part was prying the cover off the actual unit in order to get to those two screws. Other than that it was pretty quick . Would have taken 30mins if had the proper color filtering Instead of trial and error .
Hope this helps everyone who attempts this. Interested to know what creative ideas used for a filter over the yellow led lights
 

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I carefully pryed perimeter of the cover , it was a little challenging around the rear viewing mirror, once that comes off , you’ll find two screws located in between the two sliding door and sunroof buttons
View attachment 49493

Once you remove the two screws your can open the lid and find the led lights, let me know how that photographer film works for you , I don’t mind opening it up and re doing it. As an adhesive ( don’t mind my tackiness but I used small amount of packaging tape heh , but it works !
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i actually had a couple trial runs with different products, first I used a blue sharpie marker. It was too blue , I even used a sky blue and it didn’t work that well. The light got dimmer. Then I tried white art paint. And that didn’t work as well either , not letting the light penetrate the magnifying lenses then I just used the blue gift tissue paper, the most challenging part was prying the cover off the actual unit in order to get to those two screws. Other than that it was pretty quick . Would have taken 30mins if had the proper color filtering Instead of trial and error .
Hope this helps everyone who attempts this. Interested to know what creative ideas used for a filter over the yellow led lights
My blue gel filter just arrived today and unfortunately it is too blue. I initially bought this to cover my bedroom lights as the led lighting in my apartment is the fixed type, and not the e26 base. Here is the item i bought.
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So i figured I'll just find light blue transparent folder at walmart.
 

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This will give you the exact shade you want if you want to gel it and reduce output in favor of a higher cooler color temperature

The best way is to solder in new LEDs if you want 5000-6000K color tint.

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This will give you the exact shade you want if you want to gel it and reduce output in favor of a higher cooler color temperature

The best way is to solder in new LEDs if you want 5000-6000K color tint.

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It sure is the best way if done right. I prefer the 4500k - 5000k. I have very poor soldering skills as I only have experience in soldering audio cable tips. I know it might be easy for some but it can get complicated for those who have little knowledge about current and resistors like me. I won't jump into doing this until there is a tutorial so I won't screw it up. :D Hope someone can does one.
 

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This will give you the exact shade you want if you want to gel it and reduce output in favor of a higher cooler color temperature

The best way is to solder in new LEDs if you want 5000-6000K color tint.

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Has anybody tried soldering new LEDs in place? How much does the board cost if you fry it on accident?
 

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Has anybody tried soldering new LEDs in place? How much does the board cost if you fry it on accident?
I'm very tempted to desolder the old LEDs and solder new ones in, never done it before but don't think it's too difficult if precautions were taken. Does anyone know what size of the SMD LED is being used here? This will be a good weekend project.

If I can get it to work then I'll be able to change out the rest of the interior cabin lights to match the color.
 

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Wouldn't be easier if you just spray paint the inside of the housing white or silver? Or around the area of the light tube and LED. Im not saying spray paint the green board just the housing. So more light reflect around since inside the housing is black.
 
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