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How to fit blue footwell LEDs.

When I first got my R I was pleased with the interior but felt it was a little lacking in colour. The blue needles and light strips in the doors are a nice touch but felt it could be livened up and complimented by having some blue LED lighting in the footwells. So I decided to swap out the standard stark white LEDs units for some blue LED's.

Here's what you need:
As the standard oem footwell white LED light units are sealed units, you can't open them up and just swap the white bulbs for blue bulbs as you could with previous Golfs. New light units of the type that can be opened up and house tungsten bulbs are required instead. The R has two of these already - one in the glove box and one in the boot. Whilst the glovebox light is the same size as a footwell light and could be used for this mod, the boot light is longer so not a straight swap size wise and would also require a festoon type LED.

For this mod I ordered two new replacement light units. If you decide to use the existing glovebox light you will only need to order 1 unit. The lights units you need to order are Glovebox light units from TPS (Trade Parts Specialists) -  part no. 7L0 947 415 approx £11 each. You need to phone up or call into your local TPS as these items often don't show up on their website. Give them the part no, and it takes only usually 24hrs for them to get them.

You Also need 2 Blue LED bulbs available widely from eBay. These are the ones I ordered http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-x-ERROR-FREE-CANBUS-5-SMD-CAR-LED-BLUE-W5W-T10-501-SIDE-LIGHT-BULBS-BLUE-/320865983677

Here's how to do it:
First you need to replace the tungsten bulbs in your new replacement light units. Take each existing light unit out - to do this, there is a little recessed notch in edge of each plastic light cover (on the right on the nearside light, and facing you on offside light), using a short flathead screwdriver or small trim tool, insert it into the notch and gently prise and ease the light out of its recess and away from the trim. Once the existing light unit is removed, disconnect it by squeezing the sides of the connector to release it.  

 

Once the unit is fully detached, using a flathead narrow screw driver, pry the metal casing part of the light housing at each corner until you can pull it off. Then remove the existing tungsten bulb and replace with a blue LED bulb. As with any LED of the type, it has a polarity and you need to check you have the polarity correct before closing up the light unit again, so pop the LED in, but do not close up the light housing just yet. Connect the unit to the power source and see if the bulb works. If it doesn't remove the bulb and replace it the other way round and test again. When you have the bulb working, replace the metal housing and close up the unit. Do the exact same with the second unit. These are now ready to go.

 

Next you need to remove the existing footwell light units and replace with your new blue LED ones. Removing and replacing the driver's side light unit is a very easy, 2 minute job. The electrical wire on the driver's side is quite long so easy to access. And now a word of caution - the passenger side is much trickier. The wire is extremely short and the connector sits just inside the hole, but there is no scope at all to pull it further out. It's easy enough to remove the original light unit but fitting the replacement unit into the electrical connector is very fiddly and needs two hands. Helps if you have slim fingers, but if you have chunky digits, you may struggle. You could always remove additional trim (I didn't). And because it's so tricky and a pita, I strongly recommend testing the passenger LED bulb in the driver!s side first BEFORE putting it in the passenger side, because once you finally get it in, you will not want to be going through it again if the bulb is in the wrong way.

And that's it!

You may then wish to alter the brightness of the footwell lighting in the car settings menu: CAR - SETUP - LIGHT - INTERIOR LIGHTING - FOOTWELL LIGHTING - choose desired % of brightness. Mine are set to 80%

A few installation pics:

Remove standard white light LED unit
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Fit Replacement light unit and blue LED
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Aye Rebecca - but I should really hate you too as all the parts are now ordered and therefore MrsTP will watch me again spend a weekend carrying out a Booth11 inspired alteration to the R !!!  :grin:

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Aye Rebecca - but I should really hate you too as all the parts are now ordered and therefore MrsTP will watch me again spend a weekend carrying out a Booth11 inspired alteration to the R !!!  :grin:

 

Lol.   I apologise profusely to Mrs TP.   :cheesy:

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Despite me saying otherwise, I thought I'd try changing the footwell lights to blue to see if I liked them better than white - and I do

 

Being a cheapskate, I took out both the footwell led units and carefully took them apart with a thin screwdriver. I then lined the inside of the lens part with some self adhesive blue tinted window film and reassembled.

 

Total cost an eye watering £1.25

 

I used an A5 sized Mid Blue film from here and it's a very good colour match:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121838881286

 

Not as bright as your led conversion Rebecca, but good enough for me

 

 

 

 

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Despite me saying otherwise, I thought I'd try changing the footwell lights to blue to see if I liked them better than white - and I do

 

Being a cheapskate, I took out both the footwell led units and carefully took them apart with a thin screwdriver. I then lined the inside of the lens part with some self adhesive blue tinted window film and reassembled.

 

Total cost an eye watering £1.25

 

I used an A5 sized Mid Blue film from here and it's a very good colour match:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121838881286

 

Not as bright as your led conversion Rebecca, but good enough for me

 

 

 

 

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Nice one.  :afro:

 

I know some people paint the oem bulbs to achieve the similar effect.  As the saying goes, "there's more than one way to skin a cat".  :cheesy:

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Despite me saying otherwise, I thought I'd try changing the footwell lights to blue to see if I liked them better than white - and I do

Being a cheapskate, I took out both the footwell led units and carefully took them apart with a thin screwdriver. I then lined the inside of the lens part with some self adhesive blue tinted window film and reassembled.

Total cost an eye watering £1.25

I used an A5 sized Mid Blue film from here and it's a very good colour match:https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121838881286

Not as bright as your led conversion Rebecca, but good enough for me

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I don't suppose you have any pictures of the light at night time?

 

Colin

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Wish I had read this first, went to change the bulbs tonight only to release I would need atleast one replacement unit.

 

To top it off the bulbs I had ordered blue, and received white instead

 

You can swap one with the glovebox unit meaning you get a nice white LED in the glovebox and only need to order one for the other footwell.  Part number is in first post.  :smiley:

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You can swap one with the glovebox unit meaning you get a nice white LED in the glovebox and only need to order one for the other footwell. Part number is in first post. :smiley:

Yeah I've put one in the gloxebox, and will have to wait for the correct bulbs to be shipped, and also go pickup a new unit from TPS. Nevermind

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