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Lexus CT 200h LED Light Swap Courtesy of LuxuryMods.com! - Writeup for Puddle Lamps!

Swapped out my lights in my car today. Worked with Tony from LuxuryMods.com.

Tony will be putting together a kit for the CT on LuxuryMods.com.

June Gloom over here in Southern California. 0800 in the morning, 68 degrees Fahrenheit in Costa Mesa, CA. Did the LED swap in the parking lot. Approximately 45 minutes.

The CT is relatively simple compared to other Lexus models. No foot well lighting or door courtesy lights to replace.

Just two overhead map lights, one dome light, two vanity lights, two puddle lamps, one trunk light, and two license plate lights.

10 lights were exchanged total.

The lights are easily removed using a simple flathead screwdriver, so I won't go into much detail about replacing those. The hardest lights (and they weren't even that hard) to replace were the puddle lamps. Similar to the RX puddle lamps where you have to remove the mirror to get to the screws that hold the housing together.

This is a write-up for the puddle lamp LED swap.

You'll need a Phillips head screwdriver, and a 194 wedge 5SMD LED bulb.


Tilt the mirror as high as you can, then reach below it and start pulling up and out, exerting gradual pressure until the plastic clips release. As long as you exert gradual pressure, they will come off cleanly. It will take quite an amount of force. Once the two clips on the bottom release, pull outwards to release the top two clips.

Here's a picture of the passenger side mirror with the mirror off:




You'll remove 5 screws with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Then remove the rear mirror housing by pulling it straight out.

Here's a picture of the inside of the mirror housing after I've pulled it off:



Here's a rear view of the mirror with the housing removed:



You'll want to look up from the bottom of the mirror for the puddle lamp housing. I'm pointing at it in this picture:



Just pull the housing out, turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the housing, and swap the bulb out. Make sure the polarity is correct by testing the bulb BEFORE reassembling the whole mirror housing! Just shut all the doors, lock the doors with the remote, and then unlock the car. The puddle lamp should light up!

Reassembly is the reverse of these directions. Same instructions for the other side.
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The bulbs that were used for other parts of the car are as follows:

Two overhead map lights (HomeLink console):

9SMD panel x 2



In my car:




Dome light:

24SMD panel:



In my car:




Vanity lights:

3SMD Flank 194 Wedge Bulb x2:



In my car:




Trunk light:

6SMD Festoon bulb - 31mm



In my car:




License Plate lights:

3SMD Flank 194 Wedge bulb:



In my car:




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Here are some pictures of the completed mods:











Please contact [email protected] if you require further information or want to purchase a set for the CT. Good luck!


UPDATE: Tony has listed the CT lighting package on his website @ LuxuryMods.com! Check it out!
 
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I believe the trunk light needs to be a 28mm, and everyone is having a hard time finding one? I've done my dome light and two map lights, but I haven't done the trunk, vanity lights or license plates yet.
 

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How do you remove the license plate lens cover?

TIA

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Very good instructions and great pics. Thanks for taking the time to prepare and post Matt.
 

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How do you remove the license plate lens cover?

TIA

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When you open the trunk, there are two cutout panels on the back door. Just pop the two inner panels off and you can reach in and pull the bulb sockets out.
 

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I believe the trunk light needs to be a 28mm, and everyone is having a hard time finding one? I've done my dome light and two map lights, but I haven't done the trunk, vanity lights or license plates yet.

Thanks for the info! I know we managed to get whatever size bulb it was in the housing without any modifications. Email [email protected] and he'll be able to give you the specifics on the size for that. I unfortunately was too busy trying to get my mirrors off to see what size the bulb was for the trunk. Tell him Matt sent you! [email protected]
 

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Another great write up. Thanks Matt!
 

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Great write up Matt.... I keep dreaming of changing my puddle lights, but geeez you scared me all over again. hehe You make it look like an painful operation. (like a real nurse would...hehe) Dang, that looks hard.

Man, you need sunglasses on in your ride. hehe Nice & bright... :cool:
 

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When you open the trunk, there are two cutout panels on the back door. Just pop the two inner panels off and you can reach in and pull the bulb sockets out.
One little tidbit.... you have to twist the bulb sockets counterclockwise and they pull out.
 

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SO much easier than it looks. I just wanted to be very specific.
 

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The hardest part is getting the mirrors off. And that's not even that hard. Hard is a relative concept here.
 

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One little tidbit.... you have to twist the bulb sockets counterclockwise and they pull out.

Thanks Hey_Gurl! LOL. Forgot about that little detail.
 

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Another great write up Matt! You may not have been the first to do LED swap but first that I see with a write up. Paving the way for the rest of us, thanks a lot. We appreciate the write ups, keep them up :)
 

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I agree, Matt is AWESOME!! Very, very helpful & informatiive. ;-)
 

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yaaaaaaaay.
 

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Two questions:

1.) How much did the set of lights cost?
2.) Why exactly would one want to do this? I'm trying to understand what the benefits are.
 

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2.) Why exactly would one want to do this? I'm trying to understand what the benefits are.
Benefits are improved interior/exterior lighting. Little bit brighter
 

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Thanks cssaus. Tony JUST updated his site to include the LED package for the CT.

For me, it's much brighter in the interior, the bulbs burn cooler and use less energy. Some people like the more pure white color rather than the dim, yellow color of the factory bulbs. It also helps light up the interior brightly when you're approaching it with your key in hand (Smart Access) and it allows you to see if someone is hiding in your car as you approach it. LOL.

It also helps when you're cleaning out your car at night or trying to unload it in the dark.
 
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