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This is not even close to woodworking. However, in my experience, it seems that most woodworkers are also pretty active with other areas of Do-It-Yourself. So, I trust that someone out there will find this useful!
In this "project" I am replacing all of the interior lights in my minivan with LED lamps. By doing so, I reduce the power consumption by lights to about 10% of what it was originally. This is a quick, simple and fairly inexpensive project. AND it has already saved my battery from running dead at least once.
The price of LED bulbs has dropped considerably and I was able to find a full set of bulbs online via Amazon (August 2013) for less than $10. I provide links and full descriptions at the end of this article.
These were all originally incandescent bulbs. They're only about 4 watts each, but that adds up to over 40 watts when all of them are on. In contrast, the LED bulbs which I purchased only consume about a tenth of the electricity of the incandescents.
(I'm no expert, but from browsing various online resources it seems that those two styles are found in most car interiors, at least here in North America.)
All I needed was a small screwdriver and a gentle tug and twist to pop off the covers. You can find numerous guides online. In mine, I just looked closely and you can see where are little tabs that can be lightly pushed.
In this photo a new LED wedge-base bulb is installed.
Wedge-base bulbs are simply friction fit into place -- so a firm tug will remove them, and new ones are just pushed into place.
And no, your eyes are not fooling you. I bought blue LEDs for the doors. It was just for fun.
Here are details concerning the LEDs which I purchased from amazon.ca. The seller on amazon was a company named "Wise Mall" -- which appears to be a place in Asia. In addition to the links, I have provided as much detail a possible, so hopefully you can find these yourself, in case the links change.
This is a package of 10 of the wedge-base style lights. This is more than I needed, but oh well, so I have a few extra.
This is a two pack of festoon bulbs, which I used in the driver's door. These are BLUE. You can also find white versions.
This is the 15-LED panel -- it is very bright -- used in the cargo area. It comes with three different kinds of mounting bases in the kit, so it can be used in various places. I used the festoon-style base.
Thanks for reading!