Since buying Aston 2209, my DB9, in April of 2017 I have always thought that the interior cabin lighting was a little dark. My wife Barbara despite having Satnav in the DB9 and Google Maps on her phone still likes to use a paper map so she also agreed with me that the reading light could do with some improvement.
With the arrival of LED technology options are now available for us to replace existing lamps (bulbs) with LEDs. The good thing is that LEDs are a win win technology using less current and providing a brighter light.
I set out to investigate what was available to me searching Ebay and Amazon under “W3W LED Bright White Car Bulbs” and found that there are many manufacturers available making any number of LED lamps to suit our Astons, however the search only came back with W5W fitting. I not saying the W3W fitting bulbs are not available but my search at the time kept coming back with only W5W and that is what I bought.
In the video the lamp is installed from the back and you must
make sure the
angular offset of the mount is pointed to the centre.
However if you install without removing the rear view mirror or the centre roof lining as I did in the video, the slot arrowed in the head lining ensures the correct orientation of the lamp so the offset is towards the centre. The orientation slot is not there for other lamps.
I also settled on what I considered to be an excellent manufacturer, “Osram”, since most of the items on offer did not give clear indication of the manufacturer. [They’re all made in China anyway!]
As you can see they offer a 6 year guarantee, not that they cost much, I paid £13.83 (approx USD17.00) for two lamps in the pack, however if they give a 6 year guarantee it should be a while before I have replace them.
Power consumption is stated as being 1 Watt each, which is less than the original lamps that are rated at 3 Watts each. I must admit I was a little concerned when I ordered the lamps particularly in respect of the fittings. However they fit perfectly and I’ll now buy more for the rear cabin lights, the footwells and the boot (trunk).
I wanted to have a “white” light as I believe it gives a modern look – other light colours are available such as Warm Light and colours !!!
Here is a video of the installation of the bulbs for your information.
Mike Aston 2209
2 thoughts on “Let there be light !”
Found these videos very knowledgable and helpful.
Thanks for all the time and effort you put into them it is well appreciated.
Is there any videos out there for changing the hooter on a 2008 DB9 coupe? Haven’t looked to do it yet but my hooter definitely needs to be replaced
If you check out the Website you will see I’ve posted a Blog about Air Horns. I was doing some work on the air conditioning and remembered your comment above so took a side moment and made a Blog whilst I had everything in bits.
Hope it’s of help if you haven’t resolved things yet.
Mike (Aston 2209)