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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2013, 10:40:56 PM »
I have LED bulbs in my map reading lights. When going on a trip to France I unknowingly left them on when I parked the car up in the airport car park. I returned 4 days later to find them still on. Much to my relief the car started first time. Femgearhead can confirm this.  :D :D

So the point of this story is that LED bulbs use hardly any current and will be unlikely cause a flat battery if left on. However this does not answer what can be done about it.  I would suggest removing the bulbs completely and re inserting them as a first step.
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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2013, 10:43:33 PM »
Will try that tomorrow, will the bulbs in place now be okay to use again or better to get new ones?

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2013, 10:52:32 PM »
I would try my suggestion first, it may well be that they are slightly unseated. Is it both of them ? If refitting them results in them going out correctly then I see no problem. Otherwise my next thought would be one of your door courtesy switches might be the culprit.
 
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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #33 on: February 01, 2013, 10:58:27 PM »
Willpower it is both of the led's?

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #34 on: February 01, 2013, 11:04:18 PM »
Well one step at a time. Try refitting, then have a look at your courtesy switches. Are they mounted properly?  After that it looks like a short circuit somewhere. Is there any other electrical anomaly ?   
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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2013, 11:06:15 PM »
Cheers Willpower, i will try removing and refitting and report back

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2013, 11:23:32 PM »

Look at life through the windscreen, not the rearview mirror.
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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #37 on: February 02, 2013, 03:42:28 PM »
I have removed both led's and refitted them but still no difference, they do not go fully off
 so i removed the right hand one and replaced it with the standard bulb that was in there before i fitted the Led's and the left hand Led goes fully off when it should along with the standard bulb.
So if i was to get better quality Led's would that make any difference?

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #38 on: February 02, 2013, 09:33:56 PM »
Hard to say.  I've had mine in now for 8 years so I'm not really in touch with the LED market at the moment.
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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2013, 10:58:48 PM »
I'm not 100% sure what's causing your LEDs to stay on but I think it probably is cheap LEDs.

I fitted some 42 SMD LED bulbs to my interior front map lights and they're awesome! They're very bright and they do a very good job of illuminating the interior. I did have to trim the housing slightly to get them to fit in though.  ;D

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #40 on: February 03, 2013, 11:01:56 PM »
Where did you buy them from? any link etc

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #41 on: February 04, 2013, 08:13:55 PM »
Where did you buy them from? any link etc
These are the ones I bought: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300692542784

Here is a quick pic showing the difference between a normal LED bulb on the left and the 42SMD LED bulb on the right.

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #42 on: February 04, 2013, 08:20:45 PM »
Jesus man that is bright, what bulb type is on the left

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #43 on: February 04, 2013, 10:36:05 PM »
Jesus man that is bright, what bulb type is on the left
Yeah they are quite bright but I wouldn't say they're blindingly bright. Like I said before, they do a great job of illuminating the cabin and that's what the interior lights are for!

The ones on the left are these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/220986447355

They are pretty ****** though, they were quite blue and the light output was probably only slightly better than the halogen bulbs they replaced.

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2013, 09:51:32 PM »
Did you manage to solve your LEDs staying on bikeit?
As mine are doing the same, both map reading lights and the rear dome light. Are all still lit dimly. (They done go out completely)

Maybe cheap LEDs?

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Re: Replacing interior lights with LEDs
« Reply #44 on: February 16, 2013, 09:51:32 PM »