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TH85
06-01-2008, 07:32 PM
White LED license plate lights.

Saw this on many of the other different car forums but not the b5..
what do you guys think? i kinda want to do it after getting my new hid headlights...think it would compliment it well..


http://www.42draftdesigns.com/categories/products/leds_fuse.htm

all we need is 2 of the led bulbs correct (14.5v 39mm Fuse Style LEDs )? anything else?

Naudi_Mat
06-01-2008, 07:47 PM
I'm running the LED license plate lights, as well as the LED interior lights and it all looks really good IMO.

Here's a couple pics to help ya decide.

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h141/thellamarancher/2008-2-20046.jpg

Mine on the right, and my buddy's Passat with the stock ones on the left.
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h141/thellamarancher/2008-2-20052.jpg

sbghms
06-01-2008, 08:03 PM
Love it! Would these be easy for a total newbie to install?

Naudi_Mat
06-01-2008, 08:06 PM
Yup!

They are very east to install. Just unscrew the two screws holding in the bulb cover/bulb holder right above the license plate and replace the bulb that's in there.

And if it doesn't light up the first time, just flip the bulb around since it's an LED they only work one direction.

.Mad Hatter.
06-01-2008, 08:12 PM
more inspiration:

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e374/geoff16vII/1997%20A4/PictureorVideo024.jpg?t=1212375699

got them from superbrightleds.com though

and for the interior:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2066/2437941878_af4635fd06_o.jpg

snyper55
06-01-2008, 08:17 PM
Yup!

They are very east to install. Just unscrew the two screws holding in the bulb cover/bulb holder right above the license plate and replace the bulb that's in there.

And if it doesn't light up the first time, just flip the bulb around since it's an LED they only work one direction.


Mat where did you get your bulbs at? Im interested since you said its a direct fit

josmo
06-01-2008, 08:27 PM
sorry are your tails tinted??

Naudi_Mat
06-01-2008, 08:33 PM
I got all my LED's from 42DraftDesigns.com they were all direct replacements.

sbghms
06-01-2008, 08:55 PM
I got all my LED's from 42DraftDesigns.com they were all direct replacements.

Sweet, finally something I can do. lol And it's cheap!

Naudi_Mat
06-01-2008, 09:06 PM
Sweet, finally something I can do. lol And it's cheap!

Lol. And it really makes your car have more of that "clean" look at night. Not to mention the cops won't be able to pull you over for not being able to read your plate.

njm23
06-01-2008, 10:26 PM
Just ordered these tonight actually, did my interior too though. All my stuff from http://www.superbrightleds.com/ cant wait to get em.

.Mad Hatter.
06-02-2008, 04:32 AM
sorry are your tails tinted??


me? no, just the angle

burner799
06-02-2008, 05:54 AM
i know it looks super cool but, why would you want cops to be able to see your plates easier at night??

njm23
06-02-2008, 06:44 AM
does it really matter? I mean honestly, 90% of the time a cop is behind me he is riding my ass running my plates, there gunna do it either way, if he wants to run your plates he will, brighter lights will have no effect on that, just make them not squint when they try and read it driving behind you.. ha

m5racer
06-02-2008, 06:59 AM
hey, could someone show me a pic of the bulb or the type of led it is or a link? i wanna go to crappy tire and grab them for my licence plate since my bulbs are done and i dont want to get puled over

njm23
06-02-2008, 07:49 AM
pretty sure it was the 39x10mm festoon bulb http://superbrightleds.com/festoon.html

djwimbo
06-02-2008, 08:14 AM
i know it looks super cool but, why would you want cops to be able to see your plates easier at night??

actually if you combo the plate LED's w/ "photoblocker" it can be a bitch to read your plate, but if you look at it straight on w/o thelights on you can't tell anything is different.

Silverstreak98
06-02-2008, 10:43 AM
I have these as well, and honestly I think they are definitely too blue, and too bright.

They are definitely a lot higher color temp than me HID's, probably are 8000k compared to the HID's 4300k.

Seriously I wish they made LED's around 5000k it would look so much better!

generik777
06-02-2008, 11:18 AM
I have these as well, and honestly I think they are definitely too blue, and too bright.

Quick question. Seeing as how the LED's are only on one side of the bulb, wouldn't a person be able to just twist the bulb slightly to control the brightness to a degree? Kind of make the LED point more upward into the housing rather than full blast onto the plate. Just wondering cause I just ordered some of these as well.

m5racer
06-02-2008, 11:22 AM
I got all my LED's from 42DraftDesigns.com they were all direct replacements.

I just called them and they said that for an A4 i would need supporting hardware and that the buld would not work with the stock setup- can u tell me exatly which bulb u ordered so i can order mine.

was it this one: 14.5v White 39mm Fuse Style LED

Thanks!

EDIT: Is it just me or does it look like your licence plate light is super super bright, (especially compaied to the pic below yours)

Naudi_Mat
06-02-2008, 11:33 AM
I just called them and they said that for an A4 i would need supporting hardware and that the buld would not work with the stock setup- can u tell me exatly which bulb u ordered so i can order mine.

was it this one: 14.5v White 39mm Fuse Style LED

Thanks!


I ordered the 14.5v White Fuse style LED's and they work fine. I didn't have to change or get any supporting stuff at all. And I haven't had any problems with them.

I know for the Passat's and Jetta's (And I will assume our cars too) That 42DD suggest drilling a small hole in the plastic housing to vent the bulb cause they get hotter then the stock bulbs. But I haven't done this and neither have any of my friends that have them. So you should be fine there.

m5racer
06-02-2008, 11:35 AM
thanks for the help.

Naudi_Mat
06-02-2008, 11:38 AM
No problem man.

Good luck with the install once ya get em.

.Mad Hatter.
06-02-2008, 11:40 AM
i know it looks super cool but, why would you want cops to be able to see your plates easier at night??

you plan on evading them or something? i tend not to feel the need to have my tags hidden.

TH85
06-06-2008, 01:11 PM
just got them and installed them...they look sick!! not too bright and look good in the dark.

tdn
06-06-2008, 01:40 PM
i bought LED's for some lights in my car. my rear plate light i bought in white, but it has a very light blue hue to it.. it look great. not nearly as bright in the picture posted above though, that looks overkill.. probably better in person.

njm23
06-06-2008, 01:40 PM
man, I got these fir my license plate and my interior. Well everything is great, except my interior the two small lights (by the big dome light) seam to have gotten very hot in the 5 minutes they were on and aren't working. haha whatever, I think I got the wrong ones anyway, I got ones that put the light straight out instead of down so they weren't very useful anyway in that position.

d_maniac
06-06-2008, 03:03 PM
i had leds too i hated them they kept burning out.

badjoke
06-07-2008, 12:39 AM
Here's a walkthrough of how to do the replacement.

http://achtuning.com/tutorials/led-license-plate-light-replacement/

goody6691
06-07-2008, 07:30 AM
i have a 6 led strip in each of my tag lights. i got them from a buddy that advertises on vortex. his small company is called backtobasics. the lights are sick. they illuminate the whole rear of the car. the light bounces off of my md tag [its white] i dont need reverse lights to get out of my garage. ill try to get some pics up

Flyboy64
06-07-2008, 06:25 PM
I love mine and never had any issue with em.

njm23
06-07-2008, 06:39 PM
man, I got these fir my license plate and my interior. Well everything is great, except my interior the two small lights (by the big dome light) seam to have gotten very hot in the 5 minutes they were on and aren't working. haha whatever, I think I got the wrong ones anyway, I got ones that put the light straight out instead of down so they weren't very useful anyway in that position.
I ordered those in 6 volt on accident- retard... Which is why they burnt up. All my other lights are working great and I LOVE them.

4A Play
09-29-2008, 01:10 PM
I just installed my 42DD today, I threw a blanket over the trunk to make sure they were in correctly. They dont look like they are going to be bright enough. We shall see in 6 hours :)

blmlozz
09-29-2008, 01:45 PM
I ordered the 14.5v White Fuse style LED's and they work fine. I didn't have to change or get any supporting stuff at all. And I haven't had any problems with them.

I know for the Passat's and Jetta's (And I will assume our cars too) That 42DD suggest drilling a small hole in the plastic housing to vent the bulb cause they get hotter then the stock bulbs. But I haven't done this and neither have any of my friends that have them. So you should be fine there.

this acutaly should be done, my old housings showed melting/bubling signs when I replaced them, and both had 1-1.5" cracks in them from the heat. The new bulbs had been in there mabye 3weeks?

DuviVr6
09-29-2008, 02:13 PM
I got some LED for my tag on eBay and they work great and look awesome! i will tryo posting pics tonight!

4A Play
09-30-2008, 11:00 AM
http://xs131.xs.to/xs131/08402/img02135856.jpg (http://xs.to)

Bump

jankaroni
09-30-2008, 04:59 PM
i just ordered mine now so hopefully i will have them before the weekend, plus i just ordered my led's to do the LED's in the moulding next to the fog lights like the A3's......so hopefully by this weekend i will have some pics up with some new lighting[:D]

Silverstreak98
09-30-2008, 05:18 PM
http://xs131.xs.to/xs131/08402/img02135856.jpg (http://xs.to)

Bump

Wow that looks way bright!

Is it too bright in person??

I will post pics of mine later

A4-Achtung
10-20-2008, 02:47 PM
Does anyone have a list of all the LED bulb sizes needed to swap out factory ones?

Silverstreak98
10-20-2008, 02:54 PM
Does anyone have a list of all the LED bulb sizes needed to swap out factory ones?

Yup....

CLICK ME (http://www.sylvania.com/ConsumerProducts/AutomotiveLighting/LampReplacementGuide/)

A4-Achtung
10-20-2008, 03:01 PM
Cool thanks.

Silverstreak98
10-20-2008, 06:17 PM
Cool thanks.

What no rep?!

JK JK [>_<][>_<]

zrowcool
10-20-2008, 06:29 PM
i have bought the superbrightleds.com ones and both times i purchased after 3 months they start strobin. they dont answer any emails or phonecalls so i would suggest against them. im going with either 42dd or ebay for my next set.

oldblu
10-20-2008, 06:49 PM
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k191/oldblu/0802082112.jpg

Thanks superbrightleds.com[up]

Silverstreak98
10-20-2008, 09:27 PM
i have bought the superbrightleds.com ones and both times i purchased after 3 months they start strobin. they dont answer any emails or phonecalls so i would suggest against them. im going with either 42dd or ebay for my next set.

Bad news for me those are the ones I just put in [:(]

Naudi_Mat
10-20-2008, 09:43 PM
I've had mine from 42DD for well over a year and no problems what so ever.
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h141/thellamarancher/2008-2-20046.jpg

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h141/thellamarancher/2008-2-20052.jpg

oldblu
10-20-2008, 09:55 PM
do NOT go to "42dd.com" ........ Remember that it's 42draftdesign.com

01audia4
10-21-2008, 10:35 AM
Cop magnet. My buddy has one on his 25 Aniv GTI looks good, but just plain stupid.