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Modifed vanity mirror lights

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#1 OFFLINE   notquitesane


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  • Region:Canada Prairie Provinces
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  • My C-MAX's Year:2015
  • Current Vehicle:C-MAX SEL 303A

Posted 10 June 2015 - 11:21 PM

I have gone a little overboard stuffing LEDs in every nook and cranny that I could in the C-MAX, I couldn't leave the ugly yellowish, dim incandescent bulbs in the vanity mirror in the sun shade.


I ordered 28mm LEDs from Diode Dynamics.  This is what my old Fusion used and it looked like the C-MAX did too.  Little did I know, you can't replace them in the C-MAX.



The end caps had to come off.



After some struggle, I got the vanity mirror out of the car, pried the mirror out and pried the metal reflector off.  I was greeted with some traces and an incandescent bulb held in with metal crimped around it.  Two metal strips are bent to touch the contacts on the bulb.



I pried the metal strips up and removed the bulb.  In the picture, the metal trace on top is the positive feed and the lower one is the ground.  It's easy to tell as the positive traces are connected to red wires and the ground connected to blue wires.  I trimmed off the ground metal strip and the bit that held the bulb in place.  I then squeezed the metal strip for the positive trace so it was tight enough to hold my LED into place.  I then heated it  up and melted some solder to hold everything in place.  I then ran a ground wire to the ground trace.  



I taped the metal reflector back into place.  I could have used epoxy or silicone, but I suppose I was a bit lazy.  



And there we go...



Repeat 3 more times and I now have cool white LEDs in the vanity mirrors.  I can now say my car is all LEDs on the interior.

Edited by notquitesane, 10 June 2015 - 11:23 PM.

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