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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for help/advice on upgrading the lights on my '10 Malibu LS. Looking to swap in some LED lights. (tail lights, license light, side markers, turn signals, etc..)

I have found all the bulb sizes that I need, but is it just a straight bulb swap or is there more involved?

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Re: LED Light Upgrade

I have LEDs in my license plate and I'm pretty sure the side markers are the same way and they are both just bulb swaps but idk about the others
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Swapping LEDs in for the turn signals (front or rear) will cause what is called "hyperflashing" and can be corrected with a load balancing resistor for each bulb. Resistors available at most auto parts stores.

2008-2012 Gen7 require you to partially or fully remove the front bumper cover to get the headlight housings out. They hold the headlights, turn signals, and front side markers.

Taillights are simple: inside trunk pull back carpet, remove 3 thumbscrew nuts, pop light out, R&R bulb(s). Reinstall in reverse. (Or park... ) (or garage... sorry, just that kind of day... )

Rear side markers are somewhat of a challenge to remove but you can do it without loosening the bumper cover if you don't mind getting some scratches on your hand.

Interior dome lamps are easy to change. However, sometimes they will flicker when they should be off. Fix=add a load balancing resistor or keep at least one regular (incandescent) bulb so the BCM will be happy.

Instrument lamps are actually already LEDs! (Surface Mount)

Door handle lights are LEDs.

Overhead console lights that illuminate the shifter area are LEDs. (I changed mine to red.)

License light is a bit of a challenge to change. Search forum for instructions.

Trunk light is fairly easy to change.

There is no glove box light. (Dang, there's a place for the switch but they conveniently forgot it!)


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Where did you get the red LED lights for the handles and dome light? I'm looking to change mine to purple. But I'm not sure where to get them. Haven't had much luck with google lol
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Just keep in mind with the purple leds that a lot of them will have a pinkish hue to them. It can be quite the task finding leds that are actually purple

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Where did you get the red LED lights for the handles and dome light? I'm looking to change mine to purple. But I'm not sure where to get them. Haven't had much luck with google lol
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Re: LED Light Upgrade

is there a way to change the instrument panel leds?

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