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I want to get rid of these crappy bulbs that I purchased that are just painted glass bulbs and replace them with LED bulbs. Here are the bulbs:
Interior (map lights) = 194 mini wedge
Interior (footwell) = 3175 dome bulb (36mm)
Front turn signals = 1156
I want the interior bulbs to be really blue. I found a few sites that sell LED lights, but my question is if these bulbs are truly plug & play. I think the interior ones are. However the 194 wedge bulbs I found have 4 LEDs in them. Will they fit/work in the overhead lamps?
Also, the 1156 LEDs. Are they plug and play?
Here's the 194 wedge bulb that I am contemplating:
__________________ Ari Cohen
2002 BMW 325i
Watch out for all those "blue" tone stuff. Those are painted. In order to give off a blue tone, you need a true Xenon. The color temp cannot get high enough with Halogens. So you might have the same experience with those bulbs as you did with your turns
The interior LEDs will work fine without any problem.
The turn signal will create a very nice flashing effect but you will need a equalizer for each LED. The turn signal will flash rapidly without the equalizer.
You can put the 194 LED into the side maker without the need of an equalizer. The bulb will stay lid (very dim) all the time and flash brighter when you turn on your blinker. It stays lid after you turn off your car completely for about 1-2 minutes.
One thing you will notice is all the LED (signals and side makers) will flash extremely fast for about 8-9 times every time you turn on your ignition. I do not experience this effect on my Honda Accord
Hope this help with your decision.
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