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Hey guys,

I wanted to get together a Bulb guide for us on the forum. I figure we can gather information from experience to help the other members on bulb replacement sizes. For starters please see below:

LED/Bulb Replacement Guide

Door Panel (Step Lights): #194
GloveBox: #74
Below Radio (USB Light): #74
Shifter Light: #74
Reverse lights: #921 (#194 will also work)
Trunk Light: #194
License plate: #194
Brake light bulb: #7443
Back Seat Courtesy Lights: #194
High Beam Head lights: H9
HID Low Beam: H11
HID Fog Lights: H11
Blinker Front: 7444
Blinker Rear: 3156
 

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My bulb replacements:

I used these to upgrade my front LED lights: 194 3 Watt Cree LED (200 Lumens), instructions here http://www.altimaforums.net/front-seat-map-light-upgrade-modification-t11945.html?p=151897



I used these (101 Lumens) DDM 6x5630 for the license plate and the back seat map lights, they have normal length and emit light to the side as well as out the end of the bulb.




For my "Puddle Lights" I used 2.4 watt LED COB Panels, instructions are here: http://www.altimaforums.net/upgrading-lower-door-puddle-lights-ultra-bright-led-t11969.html?p=151945
http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/HighPowerLEDPanel



For the trunk you could use any of the 194 LED bulbs, but I used the BT designs trunk light, available here: http://racinglineperformance.com/shop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=93&idcategory=38




For my glove box, I used two http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/T5-LED and modified them like this:
http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums...15FDF08-2044-0000013CA73C22F1_zps48c3e6de.jpg
And it looks like this:

Instructions here: http://www.altimaforums.net/change-glove-box-bulb-t11961.html?p=151937

As you can see, most LED sellers list the LED bulbs by the standard bulb number...

All these links except the trunk light are DDM as they have a shop a few miles from my house and they let me borrow bulbs to test fitment before I buy. I've had no issues with their products, have a good warranty, and pricing is very competitive.
 

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Reverse bulbs can be regular LED's but you want bright ones, I'd say at least 5 watt or more on the LEDs emitting out the end of the bulb. For reference, the incandescent 921 bulb is about 264 lumens, a three watt Cree bulb is about 200 Lumens, and a 5 watt Cree bulb is about 335 lumens. I've been seeing 7 watt Cree bulbs on eBay from about $14 a pair, I've ordered a pair to check out, and to see how much better they are then the 5 watt ones I made.

Update: They are much better and the lense makes the light more useful. The 7 Watt eBay bulbs are working very well!
 

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I just went with HID's, and the kits are the same bulb for either H11 or H9, just the slight difference in the base.
 

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H9 is also about double the lumens. Putting an H9 in the fog is basically turning our fog into our high beam.
 

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H9 is also about double the lumens. Putting an H9 in the fog is basically turning our fog into our high beam.
Yes, I know that's true for standard halogen bulbs, and much higher wattage on the H9 and all. However if you are swapping to HID's the bulbs are the same between the sizes, it's fitment only. You can run 35 Watt or 55 Watt for either H9 or H11 sizes, (or any size pretty much) and even a 35 watt HID is brighter then a H9 65 Watt halogen bulb. I'm also aware of the differences in light pattern, but it's still a nice improvement, you may need to adjust the aim though.

There is a lot more heat produced with a 65 Watt H9 that may damage the assembly and current draw on the wires and switching may cause issues. Something to consider if you're going to modify the bulb to fit or the housing to take the bulb.
 

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I'd recommend TRS for a good product at a good price: http://www.theretrofitsource.com
I'd also recommend DDM for a good value for the price: http://www.ddmtuning.com

TRS is a quality product with good support, well worth the extra money they cost over cheap-o brands. They are a good value.

DDM is very cheap with a lifetime warranty - I've received good service and the products I've purchased have lasted well, but some others have not had the same experience. Still in the price range, I don't think you can beat them.
 

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For the Vanity lights I used a "fuse" type 30mm 3 LED bulb with 3 5050SMD LEDs that was listed as hp3.


http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/30mmFuseLED

They have a new bulb now that's even brighter, but I see no need for that. They are a little bright on your eyes as they are, but the single is just as bright on your eyes, it just doesn't light up your face as well. The one I got does a good job overall. I replaced this one about the same time as the rest, they are all working well.
 

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For the Vanity lights I used a "fuse" type 30mm 3 LED bulb with 3 5050SMD LEDs that was listed as hp3.


http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/30mmFuseLED

They have a new bulb now that's even brighter, but I see no need for that. They are a little bright on your eyes as they are, but the single is just as bright on your eyes, it just doesn't light up your face as well. The one I got does a good job overall. I replaced this one about the same time as the rest, they are all working well.
Nice. I assume you just pop the plastic piece off with a butter knife? Thanks for the information.
 
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