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Thread: Aftermarket dome light

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    Aftermarket dome light

    I have one if the eBay/Jeep/whateveritis dome lights that are really nice and a perfect fit, but doesn't have the "off" function like OEM. (I didn't realize until after I bought it.)

    I saw a mod where someone removed the diode and soldered a wire....anybody have details and/or an explanation of that mod?

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    This style of dome light doesn't have a permanent off setting like the original.
    The only way to get a permanent off setting would be to bend one of the contacts inside on the rocker switch. Easier said than done.


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    The mod is shown in this pic:

    http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?67...l=1#post103837

    I'm trying to understand it better.
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    I assume that diode was done for a car that did not have diodes to make each door work like ours. It is best to short the diode so you don't drop another 0.7 volts going to your light. Some LEDs don't light well when voltage goes below 12 volts.
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    Here is a link to the light if anybody is interested:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/121059797132
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris 16409 View Post
    Here is a link to the light if anybody is interested:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/121059797132
    This is the one that needs the two contacts soldered together to make it on/auto/off?
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    These are the ones you want

    https://www.vwheritage.com/porsche/9...-porsche-spare

    All others are trash.
    The bezel is metal, no wiring modification required.
    Last edited by r00b; 09-17-2019 at 01:01 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by r00b View Post
    These are the ones you want

    https://www.vwheritage.com/porsche/9...-porsche-spare

    All others are trash.
    The bezel is metal, no wiring modification required.
    At $47 a pop for a dome light? Iíll buy trash first.
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    The early-mid 2000s VW light is great. I got mine for a couple bucks at the junkyard out of a Jetta, then painted it black. They're available on ebay, but get the wiring harness with it:

    032513_2256_NewCabinLig5.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by r00b View Post
    These are the ones you want

    https://www.vwheritage.com/porsche/9...-porsche-spare

    All others are trash.
    The bezel is metal, no wiring modification required.
    Those really do look nice. I don't know if I love the notch in the bezel on each side, but Hella is always quality. Do you by chance have any pictures of these installed in your car?
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