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Edited and added links and photobucket pictures and links (only taken with iphone I'm afraid so white levels may not be perfect).

Well I've finally finished installing my Tunerdomes LED kit (http://www.tunerdomes.com/index.php?_a=viewCat&catId=346) to replace the boring interior lighting and what a difference. The car looks as it should have done from the factory. Ordered from Tunerdomes after reading various Audi fourms on the different companies that offer upgraded lighting and found them always held in a positive light. Had to email them to place the order and pay via paypal with the bulbs arriving about 10 days later.

A trim tool made the whole process much easier and also prevented any risk of scratching the interior.
I bought this set off ebay - http://www.ebay.co.u...=item5ae39fe516

Front Map x 2 & Dome Lights x 2

Biggest area of improvement casts a wide area of white light which looks quite impressive when first opening the car.
Installation was easy - some websites suggest popping over the dome covers but didnt want to risk scratching the covers so I adopted the approach of removing the torx screw in the sunglasses holder allowing me to remove the whole grey surround and replace the dome and two map lights.

Screw location - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5038.jpg

Removal of the grey surround using trim tool



Dome and Map housing exposed with dome LED's in place - note location of clips for removal of trim

http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5041.jpg

Map lights pull out but require a bit of force and I used the trim tool to lever them out. Push the LEDs in to replace.

Dome lights are festoon type and are held in with pincers and just prize out. Just pop the LEDs in to replace without pushing too hard so they just pop in the clips either side.

** Careful here - other forum members have used screwdrivers to pop the bulb out, a few have reported touching the metal connectors and blowing the fuse. The fuse in question also has the power steering and AC on it so you have been warned! **

Once I was ready to replace the bulbs I locked the car and turned off the interior scan to switch the bulbs off so they could cool down to make it easier to remove them.

LED's Installed



Dome LED's v MAP OEM



Visor Lights x 2

Theres an etched opening at one side of the fascia that you just need to poke the tool into and twist to pop the housing out. Bulb just pulls out and you replace with the LEDs.

These are the only ones I'm not too sure of and may change back to standard as the LED light isnt as natural light if you want to look at yourself in the mirror (I'm not that bothered but the Mrs is complaining haha!)

Removal of visor lights - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5028.jpg

Rear Dome Lights x 2

As mine doesnt have the pan roof I have two dome lights in the rear. Again some people remove the light covers only but there is a risk of scratching the covers as the space is quite tight. Just popping the grey surround off with the trim tool makes it really easy to access the bulbs and replace them. Again big improvement casting a much broader beam of light and more welcoming than standard.

Removal of rear dome light housing - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5034.jpg

OEM v LED - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5035.jpg

LEDs - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5036.jpg

LEDs - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5037.jpg

Puddle (Door) Lights x 4

Again look for the etched side of the fascia and push your tool in and twist to release. Bit of patience here as mine were quite bedded in. Theres a black housing over the bulb that you just unclip with the two prongs. Now the bulb is on here as the door is open. I used the flat end of the trim tool to push the bulb out from the back and replaced it with the LED, replaced the housing and clipped the housing back.

You may have to lie on the ground under the door to get the leverage to get these ones out.

This upgrade again looks so much better than the standard bulb and is much more powerful than the standard bulb casting a really cool broad white beam of light below the door.

Stock - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5031.jpg

LED - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5033.jpg

Glove Box x 1

This is probably the hardest with respect to effort as the wiring loom is really short and doesnt allow you much room to manover in the glove box. Pop the housing out with the same method as the puddle lights, then remove the plastic backing on the bulb housing. You then need to get your fingers in to pull the bulb out (careful as the bulb is hot) - takes a bit of force but doable with patience.

Looks nice but I guess it depends how long you spend in your glove box!

No pics as yet for this one will take one soon.

Rear Hatch x 3

These are the same as the puddle lights two either side of the boot and on on the back of the boot lid, pop the trim removal tool in twist and the housing pops out. Pop off the casing by pulling up on the two black prongs. You can either access the bulbs by having the rear seats down and work on the lights as they are off but make sure you have the bulb the right way round (the LED's are polarised) before replacing the housing in its slot. Or I followed the same method as the puddle lights and used the plastic trim tool to remove the bulb by sliding it out. This way you can also be sure you have the bulb the right way round without opening and closing the boots and without having to lie flat out in the car with the back seats down.

Again this is a very worthwhile upgrade as the whole boot space as well as looking alot better asthetically it is also better illuminated than with the standard bulbs.

Removal of housing - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5014.jpg

Comparison of LED v OEM - http://i1080.photobu...man80/Q5030.jpg

Summary

I bought these plus the licence plates bulbs which cost £120 all together and shipping from the states which is well worth the money in my opinion. Tight of Audi not to have them in the first place! I'd definately invest in a set of the trim removal tools to avoid scratching the interior or shorting any fuses. Be patient and take your time all the trim is well built and wont break if you are careful. I'd allow yourself two hours to complete the whole process.

Most importantly of all there are no OBC codes thrown on the dash from the upgrade.

Finished result viewed from the boot



Appologies for some of the pictures but its quite hard to take a picture while carrying out some of the tasks!

Hope everyone finds this useful and feel free to pm me with any questions.

Cheers,

Chop
 

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Well done chopper and thanks for the comprehensive write up. If I decide to go for the upgrade this willl be a great help.

I have received by trim tool kit which looks like it could remove all trim and clips every created by the motor industry!! Now I just need to put it to good use.

If I ask nicely and PM you my email would you be kind enough to send me some pics of the new lights?

With regards to the photo quota, are you expected to delete old pics to free up space? If so I see this is as a failing as it's often helpful to pull up old postings to refer to procedures and guides.
 

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Spike no problem just drop me a line I'm happy to help. Don't know about the limit but it's something like 4.8mb with a max picture size of 600kb?! I don't know if admin_steve can shed any light on this? Perhaps it's a glitch in the forum software?

Pictures are only taken on my iPhone. Might upload them to a photo hosting website instead and add the links to get round the forum limits?
 

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Nice one Chopper. Shame about the photo issue - was really looking forward to seeing them. Had a similar issue myself a while back, couldn't upload a single pic as were HD so just too big. My only gripe with this forum.

Glad to hear you've got no errors too. Might have to invest in a set myself now.
 

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Hi Chopper this led lighting upgrade sounds great, is there any chance you can send me some pics please, also where did you purchase the kit from and how much was it

cheers all the best
 

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Hi Chopper this led lighting upgrade sounds great, is there any chance you can send me some pics please, also where did you purchase the kit from and how much was it

cheers all the best
See edits above. Am working on the pictures now so will keep updating the thread. Am able to add the pictures with photobucket hosting...
 

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See edits above. Am working on the pictures now so will keep updating the thread. Am able to add the pictures with photobucket hosting...
thanks very much for your quick response
 

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Well done Chopper. Thanks for all the effort in putting up the pics/links.

It looks like the LED kit is a great improvement over the stock bulbs. Do you find some of the upgrades, especially the main front roof dome are a little over powering? I just fear that although the upgrade produces a crisper light it is also brighter and more intense.

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For me it's perfect except for the visor lights as mentioned but at the end of the day how often do you use them? The dome / map lights are quite intense but the look it gives the car when you open it up in the dark is quite impressive. I live in the West Yorkshire area and am up and down the M62 on a daily basis if anybody wants to take a look in the flesh. The light is difficult to appreciate on camera phone pictures as obviously you need a good SLR with a flux setting to capture it properly.

I guess it's horses for courses but I'm quite happy with the result.
 

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See edits above. Am working on the pictures now so will keep updating the thread. Am able to add the pictures with photobucket hosting...
Hi

Really curious to see the pics. Did you say you had the pics taken on your iPhone? If so you could get the skydrive app. This lets you add pics etc and then create a link straight from your phone. Please see if this is an option for you.
 

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Hi

Really curious to see the pics. Did you say you had the pics taken on your iPhone? If so you could get the skydrive app. This lets you add pics etc and then create a link straight from your phone. Please see if this is an option for you.
Pictures and links to photobucket are already on the thread? Can you not see them?
 

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Hi Chopper

Still happy with the interior bulb upgrades? I'm close to pulling the trigger on an interior set and the number plate kit.

Cheers

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Yes very pleased. However the number plate bulbs are throwing an error code in the recent cold weather. Disappears with resetting the ignition.

Spoke to Tunerdomes who suspect I've got a dodgy resistor and they have sent me two new ones free of charge. Very good service!

Will report back.
 

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You don't mind when you have the reassurance of descent customer support. I think I'll go for it and place the order.

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Excellent write up Chop,

This has all but convinced me that this is the way forward. A good comprehensive how to and some very decent feedback on the supplier. I think its a go-er!
 

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Excellent write up Chop,

This has all but convinced me that this is the way forward. A good comprehensive how to and some very decent feedback on the supplier. I think its a go-er!
You won't regret it mate. Why don't you and Pseudonym speak to them and see if they will do you a deal?
 

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I might be up for a bit of group buy action too.
 

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Good work on the write up Chopper, wish I had this much info when I did mine!

I'd really recommend you guys do this if you haven't already; it's relatively easy and cheap to do yourself and the results give a vast improvement aesthetically!

Slightly off topic but still light related......have you or anyone else changed your front fog lights for LEDs that much the xenon headlights? That's the last bit that I need to do but I can't seem to pull out the fog light surrounds using the way shown in the manual. They are fitted very tightly and there's not much to grip onto.....
 
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