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Old March 3rd, 2012, 08:18 PM
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LED Interior Lamp

I could not deal with the low light situation in my D90 any more. I have spent too much time now in white light to tolerate the dim yellow light (and flaky) from the stock unit. I first took out the lamp assembly and cleaned the copper lamp base socket with emery cloth and it went from a dull corroded brown to bright copper in about 3 seconds. I then used De-OxIT spray on the copper switch assembly and worked it 30 -40 times quickly to clean the contact surfaces. This cleans off the oxidation and then puts a layer of protectant on it.

I then raided my companies LED supply for a matching LED bulb for the socket. This is one of the new models they have been testing...and all I can say is WOW! See for yourself. Heat from the incandescent bulb speeds oxidation of the contacts, and I was keen to see the heat generated from this LED is basically nonexistent. And the auto dimming still works on the 97 too!!! I could not be happier... the small things in life

I took some before and after pics to share. I should have taken before and after of the quick cleaning process too but forgot.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 08:27 PM
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Arrrrghh, it's too bright! Ha ha! I'm getting myself one of them shortly; after I fix all the other lights that are failing. Ahem.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 08:47 PM
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Oh, it is an "error free" CANBUS bulb too. CANBUS? We don't need no freakin CANBUS!

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Old March 3rd, 2012, 09:42 PM
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Both of mine takes a bullet type bulb, your picture shows a socket type bulb. Mine's a '97 too.

Picture for example or did you change the bulb mount?
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 09:57 PM
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I have bayonet on mine if that helps.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 10:07 PM
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I changed mine out to an LED in my '94. Seriously, it's the best and cheapest thing I've done for my Defender so far. I had to clean all the dirt out of the lens as well. Much brighter. Be sure to look to see what bulb you need before you order one. Mines the socket/bayonet type, 1156 IIRC, but many are the festoon style and it doesn't seem to be clear which years had what.
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many are the festoon style
That's what I mean ......... FESTOON
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Bryan, do you have a number and a maybe a price on that LED? Looks awesome.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 11:20 PM
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IPGregory participated in an extensive post on interior led lighting.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...&highlight=Led

Here's his complete bulb list w/ costs.
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...9&d=1326240207
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 11:55 PM
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It is our 1156PC, I think they are $17. Festoon are $14 - Ours are more than Superbright because all of our have Edison LED's - we have to have really long life and durability testing - so they are more, but have a 15 year guarantee.
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Thanks for sharing, I have been meaning to order LED interior lights for all of my vehicles.
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Dang there is more technology in your multi-function rear view mirror than in my entire truck!
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It is our 1156PC, I think they are $17. Festoon are $14 - Ours are more than Superbright because all of our have Edison LED's - we have to have really long life and durability testing - so they are more, but have a 15 year guarantee.
Those are also likely brighter than the Superbrights. It looks like you have at least 24 LEDs. Mine from Superbright have 18 and cost the same in the "cool white" color.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 04:06 PM
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They do come in red as special order. I plan to put some footwell LED in red that will always be on. Just a little light down there in case you drop something, wife digging in purse, etc.
As a pilot, all of our cockpit lights are red as they have the least effect on night vision - so your idea is very sound.
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Old March 4th, 2012, 04:43 PM
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I flew about 2000 hours, and had to give it up when all the financial crashes happened. Hope to return one day. That is one of the best planes even today. Super fast, pressurized, comfortable, lots of room and all for only 16 gallons per hour. Nothing else even close.
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Very interested in what you do with the interior lights. Never though of a always on red LED. I bought some boat lights to put in at some point but may wait and see what you guys come up with :D

RE flying: 2,000 hours is a lot! I have about 50 hours on a Cessna 172/182. But that was many years ago. Would love to have gotten to where I did a solo or 2. Might revisit it when I have some extra money and time. Flying is an insane experience. I know owning cars like Neil's 991 is very cool but with that money I'd look to get a my license and a small plane.

My father in law is in a split on a TBM 850. I haven't seen it yet but did a few right seats in the 700 he had before. Impressive plane not much space but goes like hell.
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