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2nd Gen 300 Exterior LED Light Thread

This thread is intended to be a central point for exterior LED bulb replacement on the 2nd gen 300. This is an ongoing thread, so as more and more information / experiences are shared, I will add it to the correct place in the thread. This way we can see what products people have tried and how well they work in our application.

Here is a list of the different bulbs than can be replaced, and what size bulbs can replace them:

License Plate Bulbs - W5W, 2825, 194, 168, T10

Reverse Bulbs - W21W, 7440, T20

Front Turn Signals - PSY24WSV, 5202, H16 (CANBUS bulbs or resistors required)

If you have any experience with these bulbs please post in this thread. Pictures are PRICELESS! I'll move relevant information into the correct section.

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Front Turn Signals

Bulbs that will work- PSY24WSV (listed in manual), PSX24W, 5202, H16

Note: These bulbs do not screw in. There is a tab and the top and the bottom that you squeeze, then pull the bulb out.

PY24 or 5200S bulbs WILL NOT WORK. Sylvania's website incorrectly lists the bulbs as being 5200S.


Alright, I finally found some good LED bulbs that work in our cars.



They are 50W CREE H16 bulbs. I found them on AliExpress.com and they are sold by a company called GMC. They are a manufacturer in China, and they shipped the pair directly to me. Total cost was $30, including shipping. You can spend almost $100 on other bulbs that aren't as good. It took about 2 weeks to receive them, but it was definitely worth it.

Link: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-...873843304.html

They are plenty bright, even in daylight. No bulb out warnings or hyper flash. The only thing needed is to make a slight modification to the bulb base. There are three small tabs I had to remove in order to get the bulb to seat correctly. Other than that it's all plug and play.

Here is some video done on my cell phone -



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Reverse / Backup Bulbs

Bulbs that will work- W21W, 7440, T20

The trick here is to find an LED bulb the emits most of the light to the SIDES of the bulbs. The bulb sits slightly above the backup lens in the tail light, so if you get a bulb the emits most of the light forward it will be blocked.

I have settled on this:


It's a 27-SMD (5050 type) 7440 LED bulb. I bought a pair on Ebay for $19.


Comparison of LED (left) to original (right)




The first bulbs I tried were the forward-emitting CREE high-power bulbs:


Very bright, but most of the light was blocked because of the weird bulb placement on our tail lights.

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License Plate Bulbs

Bulbs that will work- W5W, 2825, 194, 168, T10 (limited by depth of the housing)

Since these bulbs are only on at night, I wasn’t concerned about them being super bright. I bought some cool white 194 5-SMD (5050) bulbs on Amazon for $5. It came with 4 bulbs. You only need two for this swap, but extras are nice

To get at these you need to remove 4 Philips screws, 2 per side. Then you have to twist and pull the housing out of the rectangular holes they are in, which is a major PITA. I almost gave up because I couldn’t get them out easily! Be patient, you’ll get it. Once the housings are out you can unscrew the bulb socket and remove the old bulbs.

In my case the LED bulbs fit fine into the socket, but were too long to be able to screw the socket back into the housing. I had to remove the LED ‘array’ portion of the bulb from the base in order to modify the base. All you need to do is straighten the wire that is bent over the wedge base, then the LED portion pulls straight out. I then trimmed the top part of the base down with an exacto knife. The LED can then slide back into the base and rebend the wires back into their original position.


Modified bulb on the left, original on the right



It was still a tight fit, but the socket was then able to screw back in. Make sure you test the lights before putting everything back together. If the LEDs don’t light up, just pull out the bulb, flip it 180 degrees, and then plug it back in.


Comparison of LED (left) to original (right)




Before




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Once you are done with your conversion charts and bulb lists, I'll move this over to the How To section. Let me know when you are done.

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Great thread; thanks. Will keep an eye on it...

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Thanks guys.

I'm actually really surprised that I haven't found more people that have changed these out already. I have tried one pair of reverse lights that did not work well in our cars, and I have a new different style on order. I also have ordered a pair of front turn signal bulbs to try out. I'll post the results when I get them installed.
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Big fan of LED swapping, I've done it on just about every car I've owned. I'll be tackling the license plate lights first, I'm pretty sure I have some bulbs laying around in the garage from my last two vehicles.
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Ok so I found my reverse lights and updated the post above. Ordered and tried to install the front turn signals and they are the wrong bulb type! That's the first time that the Sylvania bulb replacement guide has led me astray. I guess it serves me right for not checking my original bulbs first.

Just as an FYI: the front turn signal bulbs DO NOT screw in. You unplug the harness from the bulb first, then you squeeze the tabs and pull the bulb straight out. It's a tight fit for fat hands like mine. The owners manual totally makes you think that the bulbs have to be twisted to be removed. I'm glad I didn't break anything while trying
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Just finished up my license plate lights swap. Went fine, no issues. Pretty simple mod.
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