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- How to Install Raxiom Map Light LED Conversion Kit on your 2005-2014 Mustang
Hey, guys. Today, we're gonna be taking a look at and installing the Map Light LED Conversion Kit for all 2005 to 2014 Mustangs. This kit is an inexpensive and easy way to update your interior lighting. It gives you two LED bulbs that give a bright white light with more even light distribution when you compare it to your stock bulbs. The kit's very easy to install, I'll call it a one out of three wrenches in the difficulty meter, and it costs about 30 bucks. I'll show you how to get these in the car now. So there are technically two different ways that you can replace your Map Light bulbs. You can just remove this lens here with a flathead screwdriver or you can pull this entire housing down. I like to pull the entire housing down, I think it's just a little bit easier to do it that way, so that's how I'm gonna show you guys to do it. So, literally, I'm just grabbing the housing, it's held in by two clips on either side here. They are strong, but you just pull down they'll unclip. They're these clips right here. You can see that one metal piece stayed up in the car. It's not a big deal we'll just push our plastic tab backup and know it when we reinstall this. So from here, we're literally just gonna grab our light socket and pull it out of the housing. So, the bulb might be a little bit warm, if you decided to leave your battery connected like we did, you don't necessarily have to disconnect the battery, but you can if you want to. I'm just gonna use a microfiber, grab the bulb and pull it right out like that. Okay, so here you have your stock bulb, and then you have the bulbs that come in your kit. You get two of these bulbs, they are T10 style bulbs, and they have five LEDs on them. You can see the four LEDs around the side and one LED on the top. They are a direct replacement, which means all you have to do is pull your stock bulbs out and slide these in. I will say that the LED bulbs do have polarity, which means that they only work when they're plugged into the socket one way and I'll show you guys exactly what I mean. So these are specific so you could see the bulb's lit now, so you can see that when you plug it in this way the bulb still plugs in, but it doesn't function. So if you guys did decide to disconnect your battery for the install just know that when you reconnect your battery, if your Map lights don't work, all you have to do is switch them around. All right, so at this point, you'll just take your bulb and your socket and insert it into the housing. Okay, so there is a chance that because the LED bulbs are so large, it won't fit into the housing this way. So you have two choices at this point. If you decided to do the install this way and take down your housing, you can trim your housing right here, so the LED bulb will fit. If you didn't wanna do that, your other option is to install the other way and actually remove the lens on the bottom of the housing here. So, that's what I'm gonna do so we don't have to end up trimming, you guys can do whatever works best for you. I'm gonna pull the bulb out then I'm going to plug the socket back in even though it's empty. Grab a flathead screwdriver, you can see there are little notches where you can pry down your lens. Pull our lens off. From here I can plug in my LED. Once again, make sure that once you plug in your LED, if it doesn't light up then you have to flip it the other way. There we go. All right, you can see it's plugged in, our LED is lit, so at this point what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put the housing backup since I know the LED bulbs won't fit through the housing this way and then I need to do it through the lens. But I also wanna show you guys a side by side comparison since we have one LED installed and one stock bulb still in here. All right, guys, so side by side you can see there's a big difference between the LED Conversion and your stock bulb. The LED Conversion gives a nice bright white light. It's definitely much brighter than your stock bulb which is like a yellowish orange type of light. Also with an LED you get a lot more uniform light distribution than you would with your stock bulbs. All right, guys, so now that you've seen a comparison I'm gonna pull the housing back down, remove the stock bulb and then get the new LED bulb into place. Okay, so same thing on this side we will just remove the bulb with the socket here. Since this is hot, I'm gonna use a microfiber towel, again, scrub the bulb, pull it out and since we know that our larger LED bulbs won't fit through the housing this way, I'm gonna plug the empty socket back in. I'll flip this server, use my flathead screwdriver to grab the lens. I'm finding a spot on the lens and I'm using that to pry off. Okay, so I'm, gonna grab my LED bulb, put it in the socket. Luckily I guessed correctly and have the right polarity on the bulb. You can see on the lens that there are three tabs, there's one that's larger. You wanna insert the larger tab first and then slide the other two in. So my large tab goes here, from here I'll just be able to push and get the lens back in place, and then I'll be able to rehang this entire housing. All right, guys, that's gonna wrap up this review and install. Keep in mind that you can always check this kit out more online right here at americanmuscle.com.
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