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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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My amateur/inexpensive LED swap - parking and fog lamps

So, I don't post to forums a lot. In fact, my only forum experience is with fish tank sites (African Cichlids to be exact). But I have a 2010 Mazda 3s GT that I bought new in 2010. One of my parking light bulbs went out and I figured I'd give LEDs a shot. While looking for tips and advise, I found this forum and figured I'd sign up and post my experience.

So, here's what the pictures below show:

I ordered a couple of options off eBay that were cheap. For the parking lights, I ordered a set of w5w replacements that were single LED bulbs. Just in case, I ordered a set of bulbs that used 5 SMDs. I'm glad I did because the single LED bulbs were way too dim and looked stupid. The 5-lite SMD set worked out much better. Both pairs were about $1.50 including shipping so I figured if all else failed, I'd just buy some halogens from WalMart and continue on with my life.
While looking for parking lights, I found a lot of options for fog light replacements. I was worried that the LED replacements wouldn't be as bright, but my stock HID headlamps wash out the stock fogs anyway and I didn't like the yellow halogen with the white HID (preference things, some like some don't). I dropped about $13 on a pair of 9006 replacements that use a whopping 102 SMD LEDs per bulb, hoping they would fit.

To sum up, the parking lights look good. I like the look of the fogs, but they are definitely not as bright as the halogens (which was expected)...they're also a bit bluer than the HIDs, but the intensity hides that. Over all, for a $18 total investment, I'm good with the results:

This is the stock on left, single LED bulb on right

Both single LEDs installed (not the look I wanted)

Swapped for the 5-lite SMD LEDs (much better)

The stock 9006 halogen next the the cheap, made in China, eBay bulb with 102 SMD LEDs (turns out, HUGE! and just squeezed into the housing and support ring in the fog light)

Comparison of stock on left, new LED on right

I'm not much of a photographer, especially of lights, but this is a pretty accurate picture of the difference in the beams. You can see the LEDs don't offer much outside of aesthetics

Final outcome...again, I suck at taking pictures of light bulbs, so the side markers (amber) are washed out, but in person you can distinctly see the amber outsides, HID middles and new parking light LEDs. The fogs are a bit bluer than this picture shows as well, but I still like it

Last pic, just the fogs

Thanks for taking the time to look. The fog lamp LEDs looked very cheap when I got them, and I'm sure they'll fry up soon. Like I said, for $18 total, it was worth the shot. We'll see how long these last
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 05:26 PM
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Welcome to the forums! and nice mod.

I've also swapped my fogs for ebay leds. Mine are 18smd though. I've had them in for over a year and just recently did the indy fogs mod, and theyre still working perfectly!

I love the blue colour of the leds and I think it makes it quite unique.
I hope yours last long too :P

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