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Zafira: LED interior lights
« on: 12 November 2017, 08:33:20 »

I would ask this on the Zaf forums, but they are rubbish!

In the Zaf, I'd like to swap the interior bulbs for LED ones which are brighter and I can see better, make things easier getting my 2 little MissT's sorted in the car at night.

Do I have to look for canbus ones? I know on the VW you had to get special kinds or it would trigger warnings.

Yes, I need to go out to the car and look at the various types I need, but sat on sofa now and just thought I'd ask if anyone has done similar.

Was thinking similar to these:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/White-36MM-3-LED-5050-SMD-Festoon-Dome-Car-Light-Interior-Lamp-Bulb-12V-New-P-J/112637463915?fits=Model%3AZafira&epid=4004291214&hash=item1a39b74d6b:g:kEQAAOSw5ZBWJ7NO
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #1 on: 12 November 2017, 08:41:33 »

The interior LED bulbs I've seen are "bright" but give no illumination.  That's why most manufacturers don't fit them ;)
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #2 on: 12 November 2017, 08:49:38 »

I've seen good improvements with LED kitchen lights, bayonet bulbs and other uses like front flood light. Guess I could buy one or two and trial them, for say the boot
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #3 on: 12 November 2017, 11:14:18 »

Got mine from Halfords. Nice and bright, made a big difference.
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #4 on: 12 November 2017, 14:36:36 »

I've seen good improvements with LED kitchen lights, bayonet bulbs and other uses like front flood light. Guess I could buy one or two and trial them, for say the boot
LOL, not quite the same thing ;D
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #5 on: 12 November 2017, 15:15:48 »

True, but it's LED vs others. Prob give them a try  :)
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #6 on: 12 November 2017, 17:07:08 »

True, but it's LED vs others. Prob give them a try  :)


LEDs make the interior lamps actually fit for purpose: I can now use the map lights to read by, which wasn't possible with the dim yellow glow the incandescent bulbs give. I have them in every lamp including the number plates. Annoyingly, it takes at least 3 different bulbs to do this.
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #7 on: 12 November 2017, 17:20:12 »

True, but it's LED vs others. Prob give them a try  :)

I think the tech must have moved forward of late. I've just bought a 3x D-cell mag light which is LED, compared to the father's 3 D-cell incandescent from 2016, the LED is far superior. My old 2x AA led torch was actually worse than an incandescent equivalent.
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #8 on: 12 November 2017, 17:53:10 »

True, but it's LED vs others. Prob give them a try  :)

I think the tech must have moved forward of late. I've just bought a 3x D-cell mag light which is LED, compared to the father's 3 D-cell incandescent from 2016, the LED is far superior. My old 2x AA led torch was actually worse than an incandescent equivalent.
I agree, but I think the automotive industry is still in the dark ages...

...and most all retrofits lack a diffuser which is needed for illumination, and the tat that is sold is just using poor quality LEDs anyway
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #9 on: 12 November 2017, 18:01:54 »

Led,s in all my interior lights including door puddle lights,on advise from NickW.

What an improvement they make and I can see what is in the boot,on the floor of the car and if needed see whats on my work sheets.

Well worth the effort and cost :y
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #10 on: 12 November 2017, 19:37:34 »

True, but it's LED vs others. Prob give them a try  :)

I think the tech must have moved forward of late. I've just bought a 3x D-cell mag light which is LED, compared to the father's 3 D-cell incandescent from 2016, the LED is far superior. My old 2x AA led torch was actually worse than an incandescent equivalent.
I agree, but I think the automotive industry is still in the dark ages...

...and most all retrofits lack a diffuser which is needed for illumination, and the tat that is sold is just using poor quality LEDs anyway


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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #11 on: 12 November 2017, 19:52:33 »

True, but it's LED vs others. Prob give them a try  :)

I think the tech must have moved forward of late. I've just bought a 3x D-cell mag light which is LED, compared to the father's 3 D-cell incandescent from 2016, the LED is far superior. My old 2x AA led torch was actually worse than an incandescent equivalent.


It's not of late, just that Maglite's LEDs are hugely out of date. My 30 Remix Ld10 - a single AA torch - outperforms a 4 D cell Maglite. The only reason to carry such a thing is that as a torch it makes a fantastic club.
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #12 on: 12 November 2017, 20:20:34 »

It 'should' work, the interior lights are dimmed on/off so its dependent on what the mosfet driver thinks of the active load
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #13 on: 12 November 2017, 21:06:10 »

It 'should' work, the interior lights are dimmed on/off so its dependent on what the mosfet driver thinks of the active load

Thanks. I did read I would loose the dim feature with LED, but not fussed at that.

Might pop down Halfords during the week with the trade card!
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Re: Zafira: LED interior lights
« Reply #14 on: 12 November 2017, 21:18:40 »

It 'should' work, the interior lights are dimmed on/off so its dependent on what the mosfet driver thinks of the active load

Thanks. I did read I would loose the dim feature with LED, but not fussed at that.

Might pop down Halfords during the week with the trade card!


I bought mine from Ebay for about 1 each; the Omega uses a combination of 36 and 39mm festoon bulbs for the puddle lamps, boot lamp, rear courtesy lamps and number plate lamps. I don't remember what went where as they're fit and forget. The front courtesy lamp and map lights use 501 bulbs like the sidelights; I found these to be a bit more fussy as the ones I was given didn't work. All of the others I've bought since do, and they dim correctly which was a surprise.
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