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Just another question.
I have had 2 bulbs go on the dipped lights, but had no waning for light failure, so thought it wasn't fitted (147/Mito had warning).
Then at the weekend a warning came up for number light failure, now i'm confused as to why no warning for headlights
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Just another question.
I have had 2 bulbs go on the dipped lights, but had no waning for light failure, so thought it wasn't fitted (147/Mito had warning).
Then at the weekend a warning came up for number light failure, now i'm confused as to why no warning for headlights
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147's don't have a warning for when a dipped beam bulb blows. As far as I know it's just sidelights (front and rear), rear fog and number plate bulbs.
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I have no idea whether this is true, but I reckon the logic behind notifications for blown bulbs is thus:

The warnings are in place to let you know of a blown bulb for safety (rear fog, brakes) or because you are not able to see yourself whether the bulb has gone (such as sidelights).

It is clear when interior lights have gone, and also main/dipped beams as the effects of the light (or absence!) can be seen. Of course, that doesn't work so much during the day...

Just the twisted logic of a rambling madman...
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Have double checked the connections. The light comes on as normal. What do you mean by checking on the computer? If you mean Fiatecuscan I haven't got it.
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Have double checked the connections. The light comes on as normal. What do you mean by checking on the computer? If you mean Fiatecuscan I haven't got it.
I am no expert on the Alfas, but I meant on the dashboard computer, i.e the one that does mileage etc. In the menu, is there an option to reset warnings? as an example, my wife's BMW has a habit of throwing warnings up long after the issue has been fixed, and you have to reset it a few times before the error condition clears.
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As far as I know,there are no reset facilities on the menu. However,good news! Went to see a mate this morning and the warning was on. Got in the car this afternoon to go to work and no warning. Can only think that although the light was coming on, the connection on the pins was not 100% until a bit of vibration cured it.
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My interior LEDs arrived this week:

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I can get the rear interior light cluster off (where of course these will not fit) however, try as I might, I still cannot get the front light cluster off. I managed to get one of the clips off but cannot get sufficient space to even see where the other retaining clips are.

So I think those LEDs are now put down to history and will await another project for now. The remaining LEDs to change for me are just the rear numberplate. I'll have a look through the thread for recommendations of which to get.
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My interior LEDs arrived this week:

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I can get the rear interior light cluster off (where of course these will not fit) however, try as I might, I still cannot get the front light cluster off. I managed to get one of the clips off but cannot get sufficient space to even see where the other retaining clips are.

So I think those LEDs are now put down to history and will await another project for now. The remaining LEDs to change for me are just the rear numberplate. I'll have a look through the thread for recommendations of which to get.
It genuinely is a case of just keep going at it and it will come off! the clips are down each of the sides, approx 3-4 inches apart. 3 per side. They are shaped like an upside down U and hold the unit against the roof lining. For me, it was a case of working it till i could get my finders in and then used a screwdriver to push the clips over enough to get the leverage required to make it come free.

I also found the rear unit came off very easily!
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Ok, spider lights suck.

They arrived (after a long wait) and while they do have good luminosity difference between tail & stop, the overall design is problematic to say the least! The premise behind the design is the 5 arms are spring loaded to allow you to push the arms through the bulb hole and then they expand inside the light fitting for effect. I gave it a good 20 mins of effort before giving up and putting the lack of can bus support, general fiddle factor, and potential style-fail down to experience and moving on!

NEXT!

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Fitted the number plate bulbs, perfect .
Now for the side light. Was OK with offside , BUT problem with nearside .
HELP please. The bulb wasn't working and on removing to check, the bulb came out from holder resulting in bulbs falling into light housing , whooops (not the exact words i used).
Is there a way to remove the bulb .
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If your happy to go down the route of changing the light unit, what about these as an option? You could set the Halo to run as a DRL (I had considered it myself, but not sure of the overall styling match for the 159/Brera front end.
I have ordered the Angel Eyes. Will let you know how it goes.
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Fitted the number plate bulbs, perfect .
Now for the side light. Was OK with offside , BUT problem with nearside .
HELP please. The bulb wasn't working and on removing to check, the bulb came out from holder resulting in bulbs falling into light housing , whooops (not the exact words i used).
Is there a way to remove the bulb .
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Exactly the same happened to me too. Light bulb fell into the light housing ... I took a vacuum cleaner, attached a meter or so of a garden hose and put it through the opening where turn signal bulb stands. That way, I caught the bulb.
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Thanks mate, it worked a treat. Thought I might have to take out light unit and strip down.
Thanks again.
Sidelight LED's now fitted.
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Thanks mate, it worked a treat. Thought I might have to take out light unit and strip down.
Thanks again.
Sidelight LED's now fitted.
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Thats great
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Hello JabawokJayUK

Many thanks for the info you compiled in the first post. I have upgraded all my bulbs too.

Are the sidelights legal? They seem very blue-ish!

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Hi Sargent, I have had them for a while now and never had a complaint from other road users or the police, but I am not sure if there is any specific legislation on light colour, other than no red or blue on the front. They do have a blue tinge to them but match the HIDs well enough to not look chavy or too "modded" so only an MOT will confirm if there acceptable or not!
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Actually.... looking closer.... this looks a bit wrong to me (not to mention the picture is a BMW)

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The dipped beam just seem very blue, very distinct if you know what i mean. Hmmm. But I have seen people driving round with much stronger blue tints, full and dipped beam. however not sure I want to risk it.

So I bought the 'other' set of advised LEDs in your main post, and waiting for those to arrive. Think they're 8 LED, and look like a more 'white' light

Anyway, got all my interiors changed. Flippin heck, what a difference. They certainly wake you up at 5.30am
Thanks for your help mate!
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Nice interior lighting sarge ... Makes me think about doing mine :-)
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Great pics Sargent, the ones I did on the iPhone didn't look half as good! The interior LEDs are well worth the effort as far as I am concerned!
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Nice write up

So is there any update on tail light/brake lights or H7 for main beam?

Sorry if it's already been answered, just skimmed through the thread
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Nice write up

So is there any update on tail light/brake lights or H7 for main beam?

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Thanks don. There are not many options with canbus support yet for the tail lights, so the only option is load resistors at the minute. That said if your happy using load resistors then there are lots of options available.

The general consensus on H7's was that LEDs are no where near good enough, so go for a xenon white normal bulb to match the rest for now.

I am hoping for some more canbus support to start to appear on eBay but will more than likely end up down the load resistor route at some stage!
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I added your images to the first post mate so people can get a look at what the finished article looks like! One question though, which LEDs did you buy in the end? mine are much softer and blue looking inside while yours look quite bright and white! would be good to put a description / link next to the images, of the actual LEDs that you bought.
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I bought all the suggested ones for the interior... from the links you provided.... if anything then, it's my camera. I manually adjusted to allow more light in. But yes, they are def blue-ish inside. The cameras white balance has autocorrected i think.

The sidelights, i bought both sets, but the 13 LED was too blue for my liking, so went with the 8 LED ones (which actually look pretty flimsy!).

Had some great fun fishing bulbs out by the way, but made a special hook which I may patent and sell on here. What a bloody game!

Great fun

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