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Old 02-19-2014, 01:27 PM
yeehz yeehz is offline
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Question Replacing Map Light - SOLVED

***SOLVED: I managed to get the cover off***

I have gone about replacing all the ugly yellow interior lights in my 2008 X3 with white LED's. I have done every light besides the map light, which seems impossible to get off. The LED's are too fat to stick through the hole, so I need to remove the plastic lens.

The problem that I am having is that the plastic lens appears to be sealed from the back. There are two little clips that you can easily push on the front, allowing you to clean out the casing in case there are dead bugs or something in there, but no way for me to stick an LED bulb in there.

Does anyone have any solutions to this, or will I have to search for a smaller LED bulb? I really like the brightness on this one, especially since the map light should be the brightest interior light of all.

Pics to follow if need be.

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Old 04-01-2014, 01:47 PM
oraclesd oraclesd is offline
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I had the same problem so I decided to drill the middle hole bigger, I think your solution of removing the cover off is better but it didn't seem like it would come off easy. The side bulbs I put them in from the bottom first and those were fine. The interior looks much better with the led bulbs.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:14 PM
Tennis dad Tennis dad is offline
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are the led bulbs a direct replacement for the originals, i.e. go in the same socket?
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Old 01-02-2015, 02:45 PM
ddids ddids is offline
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***SOLVED: I managed to get the cover off***

I have gone about replacing all the ugly yellow interior lights in my 2008 X3 with white LED's. I have done every light besides the map light, which seems impossible to get off. The LED's are too fat to stick through the hole, so I need to remove the plastic lens.

The problem that I am having is that the plastic lens appears to be sealed from the back. There are two little clips that you can easily push on the front, allowing you to clean out the casing in case there are dead bugs or something in there, but no way for me to stick an LED bulb in there.

Does anyone have any solutions to this, or will I have to search for a smaller LED bulb? I really like the brightness on this one, especially since the map light should be the brightest interior light of all.

Pics to follow if need be.
Can you tell us how you finally managed to get the cover off? I am going through the exact frustration you went through. Thank you in advance!
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