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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-08-2017, 09:46 PM
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I have a question not related to the Macan but thought you guys could help me. I bought a Mercedes GL450 for my wife and I am trying to change all the interior light bulbs from halogen to LED. Yes, and I thought only Porsche was still using the outdated yellow lights on their cars. Well, the light bulbs are 194 bulbs and I ordered Philips LED 194 which look amazing. The only problem is that when I installed them on the foot rest area for the front and rear passengers I realized they don't dim once you start the car and stay lit all the way. The way the Mercedes foot rest area works is that when you unlock the car the lights will illuminate the foot area but when you start the car they will dim and stay vey dimmed to just give you a bit of light. Well, since the LED that I bought don't dim you have to drive will full light on the foot area which is very annoying. Any thoughts on 194 LED bulbs that dim? Tks!!!!

You need to buy more "dumb" bulbs that just use a resistor to regulate. Sounds like you have ones with a regulator that tries to compensate for varying voltage.


It's hard to tell as even regulators based bulbs are so cheap but maybe buy one or two at low price on Ebay to try?


The ones in this post use a simple resistor and dim in the footwells though I found them too bright for the driver side.
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Got these installed, only took ~15 minutes, with nothing more than a large and a small flat-blade screwdriver. Result is a MUCH brighter cargo area, with original OEM fit & finish, and completely reversible back to original config.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Audi-A4-...705&rmvSB=true

Thanks @gir for the tip! I've documented my install (with photos) for those who are concerned about messing with their baby -- nothing gets damaged/broken. However, this forum doesn't allow attachment due to file size... :-/

Trying Google Drive, link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0B...ew?usp=sharing


Thanks for the guide, ordered the lights the day you posted it, worked out perfectly.
Took just over a month to get here.

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A month ?!!!! Dang......just ordered mine today, ship to Toronto.

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Same here. Ordered Jan 11th, still waiting...
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Yes seams ridiculous they installed a puny tiny little single LED. You can find dozens of much brighter replacements for these on EBay and Amazon listed under Audi, VW, Lamborghini or Skoda and footwell or glovebox lights. Even some that can be switched white/blue/red.


There are 7 in the Macan in footwells, trunk and glove box and all have an Audi logo on them. Here's an example replacement from EBay:


2x LED Luggage Footwell Door Courtesy Light No Error For AUDI A4 VW SKODA Lambo | eBay


Unfortunately the left side trunk light hole has no room for slightly deeper lights so I used this replacement LED assembly :


For Audi A4 S4 B8 2008-2015 4x LED Error Free F&R White footwell Lights Lamp SMD | eBay


You just snap the top of the existing light after you remove it. There is no glue, just springy plastic snaps that you can pry open with a flat bladed screwdriver. Then you replace the LED assembly with this much brighter 6 LED one. The original has just one.
I forgot to update after my install of these LEDs but a VG find & detailed install tip from GIR.

Thank you much as this is how the cargo area lights should be configured when they arrive from Leipzig IMO.

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Thanks for the links! I ordered the leds and surprisingly they took just about a week to get here (US), I was expecting a long wait and they actually got here before I took delivery of the car. Installed them last weekend and they're a lot better than the puny stock leds for sure.
Also a bonus: there are 4 leds in the package, you will only need 2 for the trunk. I used another one of the leds to replace the light in the glove box, it has the same exact light as in the trunk and on a bright day you can't see a dang thing in the glovebox, being that's it's covered in black material. Now with the new led it lights up like a new fridge and you can finally see everything. Since the storage in the armrest isn't all that big (compared to my previous car - X5) I'm starting to use the glove box more and needed a better light source in there.
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Mine took 2 moths to get here !
BUT, I loaded 2 in the hatch, nice upgrade !
So I understand we have one in the Glove box as well....... will check it out. I have 2 left
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Thanks for taking the time to do that. I ordered a set and received them 8 days later. Installed today. Was a bit nervous about prying up the plastic over the tabs but a utility knife blade made it easy. Great instructions. Light output is much more appropriate and useful for a trunk!
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