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TJ Dome Light Upgrade
 

With the lens removed, I pulled the factory bulb directly out of the lamp socket.  No twisting, no turning....just a straight line pull to get it out.

 

I plugged the LED assembly into the proper adapter and then plugged the adapter back into the dome light bulb socket.  I grabbed two pieces of double sided tape and applied them to the back of the LED assembly.  The assembly was then stuck to the dome light assembly.

Here is the BEFORE photo of the factory bulb in the dome light.  As I mentioned earlier....kind of yellowish, which is typical for this type of incandescent bulb. 
 

And the AFTER photo of the LED upgrade assembly plugged into the dome light.  A much brighter white LED light is provided and does illuminate the back of the TJ better than the factory bulb. 

Other advantages to the LED upgrade?  How about 1/10 the power consumption.  This doesn't mean much until you discover that you left the dome light on and it ran the battery down.  Don't believe it can happen?  Been there, done that, skipped the t-shirt I did!  My TJ is not my daily driver and as such, it sits in the garage from Tuesday to Saturday while I vanpool to work.  Yes, a factory dome light will kill the battery.  In addition to the reduced power, I doubt you'll ever see the LED assembly fail.  They have a very long life expectancy and are not susceptible to the typical vibrations and bouncing that can cause normal bulb failure.

I had a chance this past week to speak with Bruce Wade, President of Roundeyes Inc.  It was an enjoyable discussion that touched on a lot of off-roading topics.  Bruce also runs OutbackToilets.com.  While it may sound odd to include this information in an LED installation write-up, I find it very applicable.  I ran the Rubicon Trail several years ago and to be quite frank, the trail is a pile of crap in some places....literally.  The trail draws thousands of recreationists every season and they all seem to want to take a dump and leave it behind.  If you are heading out that direction, or to any other recreational area such as Johnson Valley, take a few minutes and visit this site....then do the right thing and get your "crap" in order.  With the increase in our sports popularity, and technology improving our rides and making them more and more capable, we all need to take notice of these situations and put forth the effort that will ensure we have these great trails and OHV areas available to our children and their children.

That is about it for now.  Check out the Roundeyes web site for some very cool LED lighting alternatives.  And for those folks that are electrically challenged, this is one of those mods that is easy to do and the consequences of failure are pretty remote.  Enjoy! 

As time permits, I might see what else will look good on the TJ.  Tell Bruce you saw the write-up here....if you're lucky, he won't charge you extra!  <grin>

Good trails and remember to TREADLightly!

 

 

 

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