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Has anyone changed interior lights to LED's in 2011-2012?

I am changing out my interior lights in my 2011 Limited and ran across the map lights from hell. They are not just bulbs. They are a single LED light on a circuit board attached to a ribbon cable (See picture below). I cannot find a replacement anywhere. Damn those yellow lights!
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According to Sylvania, standard 578s should fit. Do you have a pic of the socket?

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The picture of the lights are attached. It has the black backround.
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That's the lights. I want to see the socket.
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Sorry about that. One picture is of the whole circuit board that is in the overhead housing and the second shows the connector and where it connects to the circuit board.
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12 pin flex cable? Bloody hell... Best bet would be to pull off the current LEDs and just solder some new ones on yourself.
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X2 like Broneck said
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I'm currently looking into soldering new ones on, as all the other bulbs in my car are now LED and these do not match.

How did you go about removing the flex cable assembly like that??
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Alright Zach, you need to be really sure you are ready for this mission. It was a pain in the ass. But, I will guide you through it because it really makes our cars look better.

1. Do not take off the clear plastic lenses. You dont have to.

2. There are NO screws holding on the lights assembly to the roof of the car. You have to get a flat head or a plastic prybar and work it in there to get the assembly off. There are some strong clips that hold that thing in there so dont be scared to pull hard.

3. Once off, there are 10 screws that hold the whole thing together. Take them off and you can break the whole assembly apart. Now be careful because there are 2 small pieces that you cannot lose. Its a small black wheel and a metal piece that make the sunglasses door open slowly. There is one large circuit board and then the ribbon cable with the LEDs attached. Thats the picture I have up top.

4. Now the hard part. I ordered single LED lights from superbrightleds.com for 2 bucks apiece. Get some extra ones just in case you mess up. I removed the 2 small circuit boards with the single LED light from the ribbon cable. I spliced the new LED to the ribbon cable by using a lighter and burning the ends off. You have to do this because you cant peel the insolation off because its real hard. Then slice and cover up good. I stuck the new LED light on the oppisite side of the old LED light circuit board. You have to use the same small circuit board because it hold the LED in place. I didnt mess with the accent light because you dont want your car lit up when your cruisen.

I know it might be hard to understand this but ask, and I can clarify. Also, the floor lights are the same, a circuit board with an LED. I spliced on the same new LED light and stuck it to the same circuit board and they worked fine. Ive attached some pictures for final product.
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That looks great, and thanks for the really helpful post! I'll probably see if I can hire someone to do mine, there's no way I'd be able to do that!
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