LED Interior Lights
Numerous sites have information and some have videos on installation of LED interior lights for the Evoque. Over the past week I have changed all my interior lights to LED's and they sure look great, much better than the original incandescent bulbs that come stock with the vehicle.
All of the interior lamps, with the exception of the cargo area lamp are T10 or W5W Wedge base LED lamps and seem to be just about perfect brightness at 1 watt. This includes the front courtesy lamp and reading lamps in the overhead console, the rear courtesy lights and the footwell lights. The cargo area lamp is a C5W Festoon bulb and is 36mm in length. I used one that provides 1.5 watts with 3 5050 SMD's and it gives excellent lighting, you could possibly use a slightly higher wattage but this works fine and illuminates the entire cargo space well. I was concerned that higher wattage lamps may create too much heat in the enclosed space.
Several words of caution:
#1. The bulbs, at least on the interior, do not require they be equipped with the CANBUS circuitry, so the lower price bulbs work just fine. I purchased all my bulbs from eBay and the average price was about $1.25 US per bulb rather than the higher prices ($32 a pair plus shipping) you see in the videos for the OSRAM CANBUS bulbs of the same wattage. No question the OSRAM bulbs may be higher quality but I can replace a lot of bulbs for those prices. Especially when the bulbs are rated at about 50,000 hours! Plus I bought different colors so I can interchange colors to mix with the Ambient Lighting as I wish.
#2. When removing the original bulbs, they will be HOT if they are on. Expect to be burned if you don't have something to remove them with, like a cloth. (A tip...use a short piece of the correct size rubber tubing that fits over the bulb and you can pull it right out. Or, shut the lights off with the courtesy light switch)
#3. The LED's do get hot! If you grab a 1 watt LED with the metal heat dissipator ring around it after it has been on for a minute or two you will be burned. Although LED's do not get as hot as regular bulbs, they do get hot. The higher the wattage, the hotter the bulb will get. So remember the bulbs need cooling space. Think about that when placing them in enclosed spaces and use common sense in choosing wattage. Placing a 5 watt LED in a small space behind a plastic lens will likely end up melting something, including your wallet. Brilliance will be yours for a short time...only!
You do not need a special tool to open the map and reading light lens for your Evoque. A flat bladed one inch wide putty knife will do, along with something to place under the corner of the lens after you have pried it up. I used another plastic putty knife for this. Pry up one side and then the other and then carefully around the middle. The 2013 Evoque has only one tab on the windshield size of the lens, rather than the two shown in the on-line video, so be careful where you pry. Once you have the cover open, simply remove the three bulbs, carefully install your new LED's and close it up and you should be good to go. One caution here to save you lots of time and worry...if you recall, pressing on the center courtesy lens will shut off all the interior lighting to the car. So, when you're working on the lights, you will of course be turning the lights on and off repeatedly and you may find you have turned them off and think they have now become totally inoperative or you have blown a fuse. Two thoughts. One is that after so long, the system will time out and the lights will shut off automatically, until you close and re-open the door again. But, the culprit will likely be that you have shut off the lights by pressing the courtesy lamp lens in the overhead panel between the reading lights. (Took me half an hour and two bulb changes to find this out yesterday!) Just press the lens and viola, you're in business.
The rear reading/courtesy light lenses are easy to remove. I used the same putty knife to pop the lenses out, using the long side of the lenses rather than the ends as the place to slip the putty knife under. The reason for this, as I found, is the tab on the lens may be at either end, It should be at the end toward the front of the vehicle, but on mine, one was toward the back and one toward the front, so prying in the wrong spot achieved nothing but frustration, Prying from the middle popped the lens easily. Pulling the bulb while holding the shield will hold it in place and allow the replacement with the LED of choice. Then just place the lens back in the slot and press in place.
It's really nice to have the brilliance of the LED bulbs for reading and cabin illumination, and the ability to change the rear and footwell LED's out quickly for other colors if you want some mood illumination for a special occasion or just because you can. Low cost and really cool. What more can you ask for? It's your Evoque, so why not make it special!
Last edited by magnumforc; 05-25-2013 at 11:17 PM.
05-22-2013 11:19 PM
I did this! I got all LED 194's off ebay for 8 bucks! It looks amazing. So much brighter and not yellowish dim incandescent bulbs- and yes I did burn myself a few times getting the bulbs out. I was worried I was going to break the 'touch' sensitive front dome light control by taking the plastic lens off but thankfully it still works fine.
Great. Enjoy them. I substituted 1.5 watt angel eye white LED bulbs in the footwells for the 1 watt bulbs for a wider, brighter illumination. Cost about $4.50 I think for the pair but I think it was worth it as it is much brighter and really shows up the footwells. I have upgraded floor mats so that makes them even look better. What an easy way to upgrade a great car.
Cheers and enjoy the ride!
So how many lights total are needed?
Total of 8 lamps. I used 1 Watt T10 or W5W Wedge base (also called 194) LED lamps in the overhead console map and reading lights (3) and the rear courtesy/reading lights (2) and seem to be just about perfect brightness at 1 watt. I used 1'5 Watt Angel Ete LED bulbs in the footwell s which give greater illumination and a wider spread of light and really illuminate the custom carpet better. (2) The cargo area lamp is a C5W Festoon bulb and is 36mm in length. I used one that provides 1.5 watts with 3 5050 SMD's and it gives excellent lighting, you could possibly use a slightly higher wattage but this works fine and illuminates the entire cargo space well. I was concerned that higher wattage lamps may create too much heat in the enclosed space, due to how the bulb pops into the plastic lens holder.
Thanks for the tips! Just completed mine and its a nice enhancement ! Can the visors also be swapped?
I'm sure they can, but I have not done so. The problem with LED lights is that they give off a very white light and women like their makeup to be cast in a warmer light, So I didn't even search for LED's for the visor lights, leaving the warmer, slightly pinkish yellow of the incandescents for the spouses use. If you think about this and have a moment, go into a darkened bathroom and look at your face in the mirror under the light of a super white LED. Not all that complimentary says the ladies. Okay, since I don't use the vanity lights in the visors it's Ok for me.
Nice surprise about this shorter form. Can you tell us what it is you are talking/writing about?
Has any info. about this shorter form been posted before (and i just missed it)?
Last edited by michaeljee; 08-06-2014 at 05:08 AM.
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I'm having an extremely hard time finding replacements for the vanity mirror lights. I can't even seem to find what kind of bulb it is. Does any one know what kind of bulbs they are?