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LED Puddle lights for Platinum & 1794 * DIY

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by BlueBottle, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. Sep 30, 2016 at 10:23 PM
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    BlueBottle

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    If you have a Tundra with the OEM puddle lamps, you may not even know you have them because they are so dim! I didn't know until I read it on here that my truck had some lol.

    After searching for LED's for them, I realized the assemblies are sealed and you can NOT change the bulb! I know some people were successful on cutting the lens open, replacing the bulb, then glueing the cover back on. I don't like cutting stuff, so I ran into this website that sold complete replacement assemblies.

    http://drivebright.com/home/shop/led-puddle-light-pack-bright-trax-v4-extreme-toyota-mazda/

    Order came pretty quick. About 2 days via USPS. packaging was pretty good.
    They give free license plate LED's but I didn't install them since I already had some.

    [​IMG]

    OEM on top
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    Directions to replace the stock units :

    1. Tilt mirror up and you can see the clip you have to release to drop one side out(down)[​IMG]
    2. Once you release one side, it will look like this [​IMG]
    3. Pry the opposite side with a small flat screw driver and it will pop out [​IMG]
    4. you can now just pull the entire assembly down & Unplug the two plugs [​IMG]
    5. Plug in the new assembly(make sure you push the connectors in until it clicks) [​IMG]
    6. Test to make sure it turns on, put assembly up into mirror until it snaps in place[​IMG]
    7. Repeat on other side and enjoy that you have lights that work!!! *note:I took these photos on manual mode with the camera on the same settings so this truly depicts the lighting difference between OEM and LED replacements. F2.8 15 iso800 [​IMG]
    Conclusion : These are a great upgrade from the OEM lamps. They fit perfect. You can actually see now with these. They are a bit pricey but they do perform well and do include all new assemblies. Quick shipping and free set of license plate LED's!
     
  2. Sep 30, 2016 at 11:02 PM
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    matluth

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    I really like those puddle lights. I'm thinking I could do that even with my tow mirrors. Nice pics/mod. Thinking others here will gladly copy what you did. Well done. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  3. Oct 1, 2016 at 5:46 AM
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    RowdyRon

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    Man, what a difference in illumination! Nice job!
     
  4. Oct 1, 2016 at 7:08 AM
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    That's awesome! Nice write up! I like your detail with the camera settings so we can truly see the difference! Wonder how hard it would be to add these to a truck that doesn't have them from factory.
     
  5. Oct 1, 2016 at 7:15 AM
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    BlueBottle

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    Do tow mirrors have these puddle lights too? It truly is nice to have when walking up to your truck at night.

    thanks, they do put out a lot of lumens

    Thanks, I could not find much information on these and these seem to be the only option we have if we want LED puddles.
    If you don't have factory puddles, it seems it will be a lot of work, unless you have the hole under your mirror already? If you have a hole under there, then all you would need to do is run a wire and tap it off the footwell light.
     
  6. Oct 1, 2016 at 1:48 PM
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    boloson

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    Great right up. Was just looking at my puddle lights yesterday & wanted some LEDs. I hate replacing Oem stuff if I had to permanently alter them however slight it might be
     
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  7. Oct 1, 2016 at 3:22 PM
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    csuviper

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    Very cool. Most likely will be doing this as soon as I wire the puddle lights up.
     
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  8. Oct 1, 2016 at 5:14 PM
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    Ryan Mc.

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    Nice write up! Do all Tundra trims have this capability, wiring in mirror just no hole for the lights...?
     
  9. Oct 1, 2016 at 10:58 PM
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    BlueBottle

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    thanks, Im not sure if the wiring is there. Even if it isn't, It wouldn't be too hard to run a pair of wires to the footwell lamp and just splice it. Harder part would be cutting a perfect hole with the notches for the lamp. Doesn't seem worth it with all the hassles if your mirrors aren't prepped for it.
     
  10. Oct 2, 2016 at 5:56 AM
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    I agree. I just mounted led light strips above my steps tied into the door/cargo light circuit and I get good step/ground lighting whenever the doors are unlocked with the key fob.
     
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  11. Oct 16, 2016 at 11:03 PM
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    nice write up. sub'd for future reference
     
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  12. Oct 28, 2016 at 9:21 AM
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    just ordered these. @BlueBottle your costing me money! and paypal...wow too easy to make all these random mod purchases! rant over thanks
     
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  13. Oct 28, 2016 at 9:25 AM
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    LoL. At least you will have lights that actually work now!

    If I'm going in debt I'm talking others with me too!!!! LoL
     
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  14. Oct 29, 2016 at 9:52 AM
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    Ordered mine yesterday as well. :D
     
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  15. Nov 2, 2016 at 9:11 PM
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    I got mine today, and thanks to your write up, I had them installed in minutes (including the license plate lights). These are a much brighter and whiter light. I love them. Thanks Blue.
    Ordered led's for the whole interior yesterday also.
     
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  16. Nov 2, 2016 at 9:13 PM
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    Just giving back to this great forum! I have learned a lot also and found no documentation on these any LED puddle lamps. check out my build thread, I just installed some VLED tail lamps.
     
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    This is not making my non-addiction any easier!
     
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    Got mine installed today. Makes a big difference!
    Before -
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    After -
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  19. Nov 13, 2016 at 2:55 AM
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    Wow, what a great find. Thanks man.
     
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    They're out of stock as today . Hope they getting them back soon , thanks @BlueBottle
     
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  21. Nov 15, 2016 at 4:37 PM
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    holy crap... i didn't even know i had puddle lights after a year of owning my truck lol. i think i need to do some looking around to find out why they're not turning on.
     
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  22. Nov 16, 2016 at 6:08 AM
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    after some tinkering i learned that the aftermarket starter i use doesn't seem to turn the puddle lights on at all. one unlock with the factory fob and the dim little lights did their thing.
     
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  23. Nov 16, 2016 at 7:07 AM
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    Is there a mod for those of without DEEP pockets that own a SR5? lol
     
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  24. Nov 27, 2016 at 9:30 AM
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    This is one of the options I've missed, didn't realize the Limited didn't have it at the time of purchase. I've looked at the bottom of my mirrors and there is a circle that looks more like a mold marking then a knock out but I've not had time to take the mirror apart to check. Do all mirrors have the knock out?
     
  25. Nov 27, 2016 at 9:47 AM
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    My SR5 mirrors have a circular mold marking below the mirror and what looks like an access "plate" directly below the elbow on the mirror. The circular location would be where the puddle light would be installed.
     
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    Thanks RowdyRon, I figured it couldn't be that easy.
     
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    Yeah, unfortunately, it seldom is!
     
  28. Nov 27, 2016 at 4:38 PM
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    I had to go look at my mirrors and I have that access plate too. Going to investigate further during the day. That would be nice to install and have when it's dark.
     
  29. Nov 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM
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    Fine, I guess I'll have to do the mod myself lol
     
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