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DIY - How to remove interior light covers and license plate lights (Bulb Replacement)

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Bulb Size Chart.

Headlights (low beam):
HID- D4S D4S HID Bulbs - D4R HID Bulbs | Lexus Xenon Headlights | HID Light Bulbs *have not tested these yet!
Non EX- H11 96 SMD HID Xenon White H11 H8 H9 LED Driving Lamps Fog Lights Bulbs
Headlights (High beam/ DRL):
HB3 9005 LED Bulbs plus DRL Decoder For Acura Honda Daytime Running Light *have not tested these yet!
Fog Lights:
H11 96 SMD HID Xenon White H11 H8 H9 LED Driving Lamps Fog Lights Bulbs
Front Turn/Park lights:
7443 Dual Color Switch-Back 7443 7444 T20 LED Bulbs For Turn Signal Lights
Side Mirror Turn Signal:
Brake/ Tail Light:
Rear Turn Signal:
3156 18 SMD 3156 3157 LED Bulbs for Corner Light, Backup Light, Tail Light
Rear Side Marker Lights:
194 13-SMD 1210 T10 Car Automobile LED Light Bulbs 168 194 921 2825 I used a 5 SMD light on mine but this site does not have then in red from what I see, but these should work fine and will be brighter. These are behind a red lens so you should use a red LED.
Back Up Lights:
912 360¡ã 38 SMD T10 168 921 912 Bulbs for Parking, Side Door, Back up Lights
License Plate Lights:
194 5-SMD T10 Light Bulbs for Interior Map Dome Parking License Lights

Interior lights:

Dome Lights:
DE31 32mm Festoons

Door, Rear and Trunk Lights:
194 5-SMD T10 Light Bulbs for Interior Map Dome Parking License Lights
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FYI, here's what I ordered from Dealexteme. cheaper than ebay I believe.
takes about 2weeks shipping time to get it

DealExtreme: $3.15 Festoon 0.96W 4-LED White Cabin/Dome/Door/Glove Box Light (DC 12V)
Festoon LED $3.15/ea or $2.36/ea for 3 or more shipped

DealExtreme: $3.13 0.4W T10 1210 8-LED Vehicle Decoration/Signal White Lamp Bulbs (DC 12V/2-Pack)
T10 LEDs $3.13/pair or$2.34/pair for 3 or more shipeed
i didn't even think to check their site. awesome prices. i went with the 1.0W t10 assuming they'd match the dome. i got 3 domes and 6 t10. gonna do my dome, trunk, all interior lights and license plate.

they also had great deals for 18-Led reverse lights, and turn signals, fogs, etc. i will be doing those next.

all together i paid $23 shipped and my whole interior will be done. unfreakinbelievable
i just swapped out the license plate bulb for a set of white t10's that i got on deal extreme at $3 for the pair, and the are BRIGHT. very classy looking, makes the car look so much cleaner.

i wanted to comment on the process in case anyone had difficulty like me. the recommendation on this thread, as in the manual, is to use a flat head screw driver with cloth or tape to get the lens off, but i found it much easier to use the smallest flat head in a mini screw driver set, like the ones used for eyeglasses. use this screw driver.

next, look at the lens under the bumper with a flash light, on the sides you can sort of see where the lens clips into the black bracket that holds it in place, it's just like the lenses in the car. now, if you are righty, remove the lenses from their right sides, as it is easier to access that way as a righty, and vice versa for lefties.

to actually get the lens out, wedge the tiny flat head in the center of either side, and then push it as far up as possible. next, simply begin to push the grip of the screw driver away from the enclosure, and it may pop off, if not, use your free hand to help pull it out.

once out, swap the bulbs and test (either turn on headlights, or just use the remote to lock/unlock). if it lights up, replace the lens by inserting one side in first, pushing it up and then pushing the other side up. it will pop back in. if it doesn't light up, flip the bulb. also, the bulbs are vertically aligned, meaning the long part of the connector runs parallel with the side of the car.

even the bulbs were a bit tricky to get in at that angle, you really need to look up there, try to line it up, as close as you can, and just turn it left or right a bit to get it to go into the slot. that is all, lol!
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