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  1. smitchy

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    Title should be edited to The (almost) ultimate bulb replacement guide.

    I have the VFF MY15 SV6 Sedan so this guide has been primarily built around this model.

    Im in the process of upgrading my exterior and interior lights to max legal i can go, this means no HID, there is plenty of threads regarding HIDs but i could not find a comprehensive guide for other types of lights. Primarily i will be replacing halogens interior with LED equivalent where possible and exteriors with something like Phillips Crystal Visions 4300k.

    This guide is really for reference purpose only for me and of course if you find something of help here you can thank me.

    I will be taking photos along the way and giving links to where i purchased my gear.

    All globes provided by Bling Auto Works, they are a great bunch to deal with and answer all questions by email promptly.

    Updates

    24/2/15 - Been speaking to a seller on ebay who was very helpful and has packaged up a kit for the VF for front headlights, side fender blinkers, rear number plate, interior lights for a decent price. Should be coming any day now will follow up with pics and before and after.

    22/3/15 - Sorry for the delay, finally managed to get the time finish off this post, enjoy!



    OEM PARTS TAKEN OUT

    Front lamp assembly

    - 1 pair Front turn signal lamp = WY21W bulb (OEM)

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    - 1 pair Headlamp outboard low beam = H7LL bulb

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    - 1 pair Headlamp inboard high beam = H9 bulb 60watt

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    original globe on the right, replacement 4300k on the left

    - 1 pair Park lamps = W5W bulb

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    Side fender lamps / undocumented

    - 1 pair T10 amber globes

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    Tail lamp assembly (sedans)
    - Reverse lamp = W16W bulb
    - Brake lamp = W5WLL bulb
    - Stop tail lamp = P21/5W bulb
    - Turn signal lamp = PY21W amber bulb

    Number plate lamp

    - 1 pair W5W bulb

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    Interior lamps

    - 1 pair Rear dome / reading lamps = W5W bulb

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    - 1x Glove box lamp = 5W bulb

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    Sedan Boot Light / Undocumented

    - 1x Festoon type bulb 41mm

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    THE REPLACEMENT PARTS

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    Front lamp assembly
    - 1 pair Front turn signal lamp = Konik chrome halogen indicators
    - 1 pair Headlamp outboard low beam = Phillips crystal vision 4300k H7
    - 1 pair Headlamp inboard high beam = Phillips blue vision 4000k H9
    - 1 pair Park lamps = Konik CANbus T10 led's COB 6000k pure white

    Side fender lamps / undocumented

    - 1 pair T10 amber globes

    Tail lamp assembly (sedans)
    Note: I have decided to not go ahead with this mod because i will be direct replacing the tail lamps with hsv replica drlites when they are released which look heaps better

    Number plate lamps
    - 1 pair of Konik CANbus T10 led's COB 6000k pure white

    Interior lamps
    - 1 pair Rear dome / front reading lamps = 1 pair of Konik CANbus T10 led's COB 6000k pure white
    - 1x Glove box lamp = 1x Konik CANbus T10 led's COB 6000k pure white

    Sedan boot lamp / undocumented
    - 1 festoon type 41mm Canbus led (not pictured above)


    REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES

    Front lamp assembly guide

    So this was my first attempt at replacing these light globes in any car for that matter, so i was a real noob at it, it took me a while to figure out how to replace the H7's i would say they are the hardest of all in terms of replacement of globes on the holden so far.

    High beams - left side / right side guide

    STEP 1) Open your bonnet, these are pretty easily accessible they can be replaced from the front of your car when you pop the bonnet, take a look at this pic its from the top of the left side. If you look directly underneath the Yellow cap of the radiator coolant tube you will see the corner of what looks like a round big at least 70-90mm cap. This can be turned and topped off.

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    Here is another image of a close up with the cap off.

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    STEP 2) Put your hand in and feel for the globe assembly, Twist them 1/4 way and pull out, it looks like this when its out

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    You can unplug the globe from the switch, like this

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    STEP 3) Replace the globe assembly, plug back in and pretty much reverse what you did to get here, do the same for the other side. You are DONE!


    Park lamps guide

    STEP 1) This one is easy, now that you have replaced the high beams, lets move onto the parkers, here is a pic of where they are located, they are very close to the high beams and can be done with the bonnet open.

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    STEP 2) Twist out the globe 1/4 way and simply pull the assembly out, looks like this

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    STEP 3) Replace the wedge type globe with new one, like this

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    STEP 4) Reverse your steps, to put back together you can do the same steps for the other side, You are DONE!


    Front turn signal lamp guide

    Now we start to get more complicated, to get to the rest of the front assembly lights, you will need to squeeze your hands through the front wheel arches, i know some have opted to take off the airbox as one way to do it, but i have found an even easier way so read along.

    STEP 1) You have to turn your steering wheel either inwards or outwards to make this work, i tried both ways and i actually preferred outwards on the side i was working on. The reason for this i found that i had more room to my hand to move around in, either way will work so you choose what you prefer. As you see pictured here on the driver side i opted to steer inwards. You only need to take off the second and the third screws from the outer lip. You can see i have the first, second and third taken off, but you really dont need to do the first one, this will save you some time. You will need a T10 star screw driver, as you see pictured below.

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    See pictured below the wheel arch with the screws off.

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    STEP 2) Slowly pull out the wheel arch padding careful not to rip or fray the ends of the padding you only really need to pull out from the second screw hole to about half way up the wheel arch or so (around the top of the tyre. Its flexible stuff so you wont bend and break it, push it down to expose the inner front bar and inner part of the headlight.

    STEP 3) There is no way to take a picture of this light so your gonna have to peek your head in and also feel around the outer top most part of the headlight where the screw style globe is. Generally what i liked to do is sit on the ground, put my hand in feel towards the top where i knew the globe would be, turn my head to the front of the headlight and visualise where it would be. Once you found it, you will feel a screw type connection that you simply screw 1/4 way and it pulls out. It will look like this (see picture below i already pulled it out and changed the globe to the chrome finish)

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    STEP 4) Simply reverse what you did and reconnect again, You are now DONE!


    Headlamp low beam guide

    This is the hardest lamp to replace, its fiddly and also not much room, i also had a bit of a hard time turning the screw cap to get to the globe (mine was on REAL tight) it took a few goes. There is no way to take a photo of what it looks like inside the assembly as its too far in the guard you will basically have to move your hand in and get a feel of what your dealing with. I found this diagram on the net that will definitely help you in knowing what it actually looks like inside, you will have to visualise this as your prying your hand in this part of the headlight to get the understanding of how it works.

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    You will notice there is a clip, take note of this because you will have to undo this to take the globe out.

    STEP 1) Once you have your hand inside you should be able to get a feel of what the assembly feels like you will notice a clip, this clip need to be pushed inwards and pulled to one side, the globe is pretty much held in the assembly by this clip, once you visualise and know how to take this clip on and off it gets easier. Once the clip is off you will feel the globe come loose, you will also notice that the pins of the globe are facing a certain way, the pins will be vertical, not horizontal, you need to remember this as you will need to put the new globe in this way also. Take the globe out. This is a picture of what it looks like from the guard when the screw cap is off

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    STEP 2) Get the new replacement globe and pretty much reverse what you just did. You are now DONE!


    Side fender globe guide

    Time taken: 5 minutes

    This is actually a lot easier that it looks but some care should be taken. Here is what it looks like before.

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    and this is what it looks like after

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    STEP 1) Get yourself a soft microfiber town, get a credit card and wrap the card like in this picture.

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    STEP 2) Use the corner of the card and slip it into the top part of the fender assembly like in this picture.

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    STEP 3) Press down and you should see that it pops the top clip, once this part is out you can pry the rest of it off easily, there are a couple other clips and none of mine snapped, but just be careful and try not to snap them you will probably have to replace them. But like i said i didn't have this issue. Once it is off you simply screw off the small lamp and it will look like this.

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    STEP 4) Replace the globe wedge style so it ends up looking like this below and then snap back the fender plate easily. You are DONE!

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    Number plate lamp guide

    Time taken: 5 minutes

    STEP 1) There are 2 lights to change, both exactly the same procedure. You will need a small flat head screw driver, or a flat small chisel or something small and flat to unclip and pop out the light, you can cover it with the microfiber towel if your paranoid in scratching anything. Use the flat screw driver and from the LEFT SIDE (outer side) slip in the flat part and pop out towards the bottom it should come out easily and look like this.

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    STEP 2) Unclip easily the assembly from the cable, to look like this

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    STEP 3) Unscrew the globe assembly and you will be left with this

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    STEP 4) Take out the globe and replace it with the led and put it all back together, then repeat with the second globe. You are now DONE!

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    Interior lamps replacement guide

    Time taken: 10 minutes

    STEP 1) Open the sun glass holder like how you see pictured.

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    STEP 2) Now put your hand in and with you fingers on the top part of the sunglass holder push foward and backwards and downways, it should pop out with not toooo much force, like this

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    STEP 3) In the front part the middle hole is a screw type T10 globe twist it and pull it out, it looks like this.

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    STEP 4) Now replace with the led globe it will look like this.

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    STEP 5) Reverse what you did to put it all back together. Here is what it looks like now.

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    STEP 6) Now lets move onto the rear center light, Here is what it looked like before so you can see the difference in color from the front and back

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    STEP 7) From the inner part push forward (towards the back window) and down and it will pop off like this, then replace the T10 wedge type globe with a led one and reverse what you did put back together. You are now DONE!

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    Glove box lamp replacement guide

    STEP 1) Open the glovebox up and see the lamp assembly on the top part of the glovebox, you will need a flat screwdriver or chisel or anything else to pop out this assembly. You will need to do this from the BACK CORNER part of the assembly, towards the back part of the glovebox not front part. Once out it looks like this

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    STEP 2) Replace the globe with a T10 led light like as you see pictured here. This globe is in very awkward, it sort of clips in suspended, anyway its not too difficult but a little bit fiddly.

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    STEP 3) This is what it looks like on as pictured here. Now just reverse what you did and put it back together. You are now DONE!

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    Boot lamp replacement guide (sedan only)

    STEP 1) This is a festoon type lamp, different from all others. It pops out very easily as you see pictured here

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    STEP 2) Final stage is to replace the boot lamp, not hard at all but i did use a high quality wide spread LED which really lights up the boot. Take out festoon lamp, replace with what you see in pic DONE!

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    CONCLUSION:

    Hope some of your guys like my write up, took a while to do getting parts, takeing pics and finally doing this post. Any questions are welcomed!
     
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    looking forward to seeing the difference Mitch ;)
     
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    Bump... post complete... hope some VF owners find this useful :D
     
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    Thanks for the comprehensive report and photos. I must admit I got a bit worried when I first read through the bulb replacement section in my manual, to see "refer to dealer" applying to many bulb locations!
     
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    Awesome work Mitch a huge amount of effort thank you so much
     
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    Here's some useful information in regard to the legal requirements for lights in Australia - in accordance with ADRs (Australian Design Rules) which are the absolute rules on the subject:

    Motor vehicles have been required to comply with Australian Design Rules (ADR's) for lighting since October 1991. ADR 13 mandates the number and position of lamp assemblies, ADR 46 prescribes the photometric requirements of the lamp itself and ADR 51 is the standard for filament bulbs.

    ADR 51 accepts ECE regulation 37 as an alternative standard for filament bulbs and prescribes the dimensional and photometric requirements for filament bulbs (including headlamps). This ensures inter-changeability and correct functioning when installed in a complying lamp unit.

    All complying bulbs sold in Australia would be marked with the "E" mark and possibly the words "Suitable for European Use". The packaging may also indicate compliance with ADR 51 or ECE 37.

    When a replacement complying bulb of the correct type (for example H4 45/60 Watts) for a complying headlamp is fitted to that assembly, the light emitted will be within the spectral requirements for white light. This will not be in breach of Section 63 to Schedule 1 of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management- Vehicle Safety and Standards) Regulation 1999.
    Although these lamps are a standard fitment to many newer vehicles, a "blue" complying lamp can be fitted to a lamp assembly on a vehicle that was not originally fitted with these bulbs.

    It is important to note that ADR 51 limits the power of various bulb types, and bulbs of a similar style but higher power rating will not comply and should not be used. For example, the common H4 bulb that has a complying rating of 45/60 watts, is available in much higher rating of 45/100 watts. The higher powered bulbs produce more glare and the resulting light pattern would not comply with the ADR.

    Although regulations do not require drivers of pre-1991 vehicles to fit complying bulbs, consumers should be careful when fitting non-complying "blue" light bulbs to pre-ADR vehicles, as the resulting light spectrum may fall outside the standard for white light (that is, the blue frequencies may predominate).

    If a Licenced Examiner suspects that the light output from a headlight appears blue, the examiner should take appropriate action based on the following summary tables:

    For vehicles manufactured on or after 1 October 1991
    • Bulb must be marked.
    • Bulb must be the correct wattage.

    For vehicles manufactured prior to 1 October 1991
    • Bulb does not have to be marked.
    • Bulb may be alternative higher wattage.
    • Bulb must not show obvious blue light (when viewed directly ahead).

    Licenced Examiners Action:
    If, during the course of an inspection, Licenced Examiners have cause to inspect vehicles modified by changing the original lighting componentry assemblies, they are to ensure that individual vehicles comply with the previously mentioned details. Modifications of this type
    which do not comply with the above requirements are to be rejected immediately.
     
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    great write up mate
     
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    What are those headlights like brightness wise compared to the factory bulbs mate? Think I had something similar in my VE and wasn't very impressed.
     
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    Great write up, well done.
    I would also like to know your impression of the replacement headlight globes you used, both low and high beam. Are they worth changing?
     
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    Anyone had issues with license plate lights flickering? I'll hVe to try the konik ones
     
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    They are good and i noticed a substantial difference between stock and the upgrade, but they are not HID's so they cannot be compared to them HID's are in the range of 6000k these are max legal at 4300k, the stock ones are around 3000k.

    I noticed there less yellow and more white, but they are still a very slight tinge of yellow.

    On road appearance is much better.

    I really didnt want to mess with HID's but its just another reason to get defected or issues with insurance.
     
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    Great write up, very concise with great pictures for the layman

    I have been through the exact same procedure and I have replaced EVERY bulb with LED SMD's and COB's in my WM Caprice, EXCEPT the interior light bulbs in the rear passenger area beside the ceiling mounted DVD player and the 'make-up' lights in the visors

    As shown by you, it is easy to pull down the front lights near the rear vision mirror, by attacking it through the sun glasses door

    I can't figure out how to do the rear lights near the DVD and I can't figure out the sub visor lights, I found one method of taking out the lights in the mirrors but I don't want to force anything and bugger the door on the mirror

    Has anyone got any advise on the DVD and sun visor lights on a WM please?
     
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    Interestingly enough im experiencing something similar. My right side license plate light doesnt work anymore, and the front interior light is flickering. It might just be faulty not sure. So im on the lookout to replacing them. I will try again with the replacement of what i bought before but if it happens again then i will have to try a new brand or something.
     
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    A great write up and I’m sure a lot of members appreciate it.

    Am I right in thinking you only have a centre bulb to replace in the front interior light and no reading lights either side of it?

    I changed the centre blub with a purple LED and I also did the two lights behind the seats in the ‘B’ Pillar of my VF2 Ute with two purple LED’s and they all work perfectly.

    When I replaced the blubs in the two reading lights in the sunglasses holder with white LED’s they stay switched on. Pressing the ON/OFF button did nothing.

    I twisted them to change the polarity but I got nothing, they wouldn’t switch on at all.

    Any thoughts?


    Your Front Interior Light

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    Correct i only have 1 in the center and thats it. So not sure im gonna be much help here. Sorry man
     
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    Thanks away mate, it's always worth asking and your write up is going to be a great help to other owners as it'll take some of the mystery out of it and shows them some changes are easy done.
     
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    I have ordered a s**t load of T10 bulbs from China over the last few years

    I probably have a stock of 60 - 80 various types of T10's, I have found them to be quite fickle as to whether they work or not (MR16 LED downlight bulbs for halogen house lights are worse)

    If you put it in and it didn't work

    1. Check the wires coming out if the bulb that fold back straight up to see that they don't slip away to the side away from the contacts in the bulb holder

    2. Turn the bulb around in the holder to check the polarity of the bulb

    3. Try another bulb, 2 or 3 (As I said they are VERY fickle as to if and when they work_
     
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    Does anyone have any experience with swapping out the standard single front interior light unit and replacing it with the dual map light version.I would like to do it as it's a hassle being dazzled when my girl wants some light while I'm driving with the single bulb VE unit.
     
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    Hey mate could you tell me if you had any problems with CANBUS errors when fitting these konik branded LEDs?

    I tried these ones on ebay which are meant to be error free and I got 8 to try but they all giving me warnings to check my plate bulbs every time I start the car :/
     

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