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Trying to change the reverse lights. I had no difficulty finding the long plastic screws holding the tail lights ... But not sure how to unscrew those since they are screwed pretty tight
 

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Trying to change the reverse lights. I had no difficulty finding the long plastic screws holding the tail lights ... But not sure how to unscrew those since they are screwed pretty tight
Grab tight and twist left ...it's tough to get but just need a nice grip
 

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Trying to change the reverse lights. I had no difficulty finding the long plastic screws holding the tail lights ... But not sure how to unscrew those since they are screwed pretty tight
Grab tight and twist left ...it's tough to get but just need a nice grip
Very tough, I tried using a tool but not easy cause there is not much space in there
 

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Ok... had a couple hours to kill so took a look. Played around with the footwell, could reach behind to where the connector was, but couldn't figure out how to disconnect the bulb by touch so would have to remove the bottom plastic shield which didn't feel like figuring out for now so went on to the rear dome as that seemed like the less daunting of the interior.

With a plastic wedge tool, working around the edges, it was fairly easy to pop the housing off:


As you can see the rear dome housing is held by 6 clips (2 on each long side, and 1 on short side:


There are three bulbs in there that can be removed from the rear plug by the twist knob (I removed the center one to show):


All three bulbs use 194 wedge bulbs and plug right into the twist socket as shown here:


Now here's the tricky part and took me the better part of 2 hours trying to puzzle this back... The housing unit is attached by clipping into a metal floating bracket that clamps it down between the headliner. The problem is, the bracket is floating and without being able to get my hand behind to brace it as I push the housing back in, I couldn't catch the clip. I tried all the tools I had... angled pick tool was very close (and sliced 3 fingers), but couldn't get all sides to clip in.


Took a frustration break to step back and look at it again and decided to try dental floss. I looped dental floss on all the clip holes, pulled down and pushing the housing up. 6 extremely satisfying clicks later, finally was done.


I'm going to assume that the front dome is similar and also uses 3 sets of 194 wedge LEDs as the housing looks fairly similar. For the front dome, I might be able to apply back pressure by way of opening the moonroof and see if there's a gap to the bracket. Project for another day.

Anyways enjoy.

Can you upload this pictures they are not opening.
 

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So can someone summarize this thread of best current (11/2016) led product options for trunk, puddle and license lights please-
Quality, Fit and Safety then brightness functunality?
 

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So can someone summarize this thread of best current (11/2016) led product options for trunk, puddle and license lights please-
Quality, Fit and Safety then brightness functunality?
You can find pics of my license plates, reverse, trunks, and puddles here: link

I'm happy with the ones i purchased on amazon:

License (super bright): link
Trunk: link
Reverse: from AZN Optics, Your SOURCE for Automotive LED and HID Lighting! | the one i purchased gave me an error code on 14 Ghibli but they have since been working on another error free one which I'm suppose to be getting in the mail soon
Puddles: Alibaba!
 

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Does anyone have the link for license plate lights that don't produce error code? If looked at both threads on this and I'm confused. The lights I have give me the error code every day.
 

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was the first thing i did on my 2016 ghibli.
https://s.amsu.ng/lJvaAGxzRIUN

LED in trunk, interior dome lights, reading lights, under door light to Maserati logo projection lights, plate lights, rear backup-lights. footwell are original warm light as well as armrest box and glovebox, don't know how to change them :-S
 

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Driver side Park Light Out

Got an error today on my 14 Ghibli SQ4 of Park light out and sure enough, it is. From reading the User Manual, it states that this would be part of a cluster but doesn't tell how to replace it. Anyone has had to do this before and if so do you know how to get to the bulb to replace it? It is supposedly LED bulb. Appreciate any input.

Thanks
Jay
 

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Does anyone know of replacement LED bulbs for the back-up lights that doesn't throw an error code? The stocks are W16W so the equivalent LED for that bulb is what I'm interested in. I've bought a couple off Amazon but both sets still give an error even though they are advertised as Error Free.

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Heat will always be there on canbus units as the integrated resistors. However the heat level should be comparable to halogen bulb heat. I'm going to take a laser thermometer to it though and take readings. However, reverse lights have ample clearance and are only on briefly on reverse scenarios.
Do u know how many light bulbs are in a 2014 ghibli tail light?
 

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Ok, so I'm slowly going through the vehicle figuring out what the bulbs are and how to swap out. Wanted a place to document this so others can reference if they also wish to change out.

So there's another thread (www.ghibliforum.com/forum/electronics-audio-lighting/10985-rear-plate-light.html) where I found the rear plates use 36mm festoon LEDs so won't get into that too much, but the ones I have are these:
6411/ 6413/ 6418/ C6W LED 36mm (5000K) - $20.00 : AZN Optics, Your SOURCE for Automotive LED and HID Lighting!

The interior trunk uses two 194 wedge bulbs and are a simple clip cover that slides off by shifting the cover to the side. The inner region of the bulb cover flips/pivots off. I've swapped them for bright white LED version which does a better job illuminating the trunk space. The ones I have are these:
194/ 168/ T10/ 2825/ 2821/ W5W LED (5000K) V3 [194 168 T10 2825 2821 W5W] - $19.00 : AZN Optics, Your SOURCE for Automotive LED and HID Lighting!

OEM:


Popped cover out:


Pivot open cover to access and remove bulb:


Swapped for bright white LEDs:


Comparison between OEM on left and LED on right:



Under the front and rear side doors are your puddle lights which help illuminate the ground before you step out of your car and can save your shoes from stepping in something you'd rather not. These use four 194 wedge bulbs and utilize the same clip cover as previously mentioned. You probably didn't even know you had these puddle lights and that's simply because the OEM bulbs just aren't bright enough. Put in bright white LEDs and functionality becomes obvious. Once again, I used these from AZN Optics:
194/ 168/ T10/ 2825/ 2821/ W5W LED (5000K) V3 [194 168 T10 2825 2821 W5W] - $19.00 : AZN Optics, Your SOURCE for Automotive LED and HID Lighting!

Popping off cover and pivoting to gain access to the OEM bulb:


OEM light as reflected on ground:


Replaced with bright white LED:


LED Light as reflected on the ground:


Captured comparison between front door with LED and rear door with OEM:
Your post is absolutely awesome as I was shocked to discover such a modern car uses incandescent light bulbs to illuminate the trunk/boot etc and that very ineffective and use more battery than LEDs - why did these use a 100 year old technology for that? Oh, right, because it’s cheap! I am getting the LEDs. Thanks!
 

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I was shocked to discover such a modern car uses incandescent light bulbs to illuminate the trunk/boot etc and that very ineffective and use more battery than LEDs - why did these use a 100 year old technology for that? Oh, right, because it’s cheap! I am getting the LEDs. Thanks!


Andrew, this is the way Italians do things.

I work on an Italian Yacht (Chief Engineer) and every year we go to Italian Shipyards (I call them SHITYARD).

They are absolutely useless with new technology, their motto is : "We've done it like this for 50 years, why change? For me it's ok" Try to re read this with an Italian accent. LOL
This transpires in all their cars, and yachts.

But I must admit the Italians in the motor industry are passionate and seem to have pride in their work, in the yachting industry they are lazy and have no pride in their job. The only thing they finish completely is their cigarettes and coffees!!!
IN TOPIC

But do I love their cars, the boot light is the least of my worries. When I smile driving it.
 
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