TM Tuning (TM Tuning | auto performance | tuning parts | oem | aftermarket parts) has been a popular source of LED-based replacement VW lamps. Be certain to consult with the folks at TM Tuning about their CANbus modules, which have to be used in concert with any LED-based replacement bulbs, since you will find an error message in the ECU once you have installed LED bulbs. This error display is due to the different wattage of the LED bulbs compared to the stock incandescent bulbs (the LED-based bulb replacements pull significantly less current than the OEM bulbs; this difference is detected by the ECU as an error condition). The TM Tuning CANbus module suppresses the error message in most VW vehicles.
I'm interested in doing this too. I searched through this site and there doesn't seem to be many who have swapped out stock bulbs for LEDs. I wonder why?Didnt think beetle's required Canbus modules as they are not Canbus ?
Got Led Number Plate / Sidelights and interior lights in mine without issue ..
Thanks for the link. I had seen that site before, but it still does not tell me if I can replace stock bulbs with LEDs without causing an error.Try these folks: LED Lights, Bulbs & Accessories - SUPER BRIGHT LEDS
I think I remember that pic. They were blue, right?I did something like this on my 03NBC. I wired four 3Volt LEDs in series to 12 volts for under dash lighting. No need for a resistor when wired in series. Single LEDs will require a minimum of 470/510 Ohms. Use a higher value 1KOhm or more for a dimmer light. Under the drivers side, I drilled eight (8) 1/4" holes for LED sockets uniformly spaced in the plastic panel covering the instrument panel to provide light coverage on the floor. On the passengers side I made a aluminum plate with eight (8) 1/4" holes evenly spaced about the width of the glove box and about 2" wide. Painted black. Mounted it using the glove box screws a the bottom. Slightly bent to direct the light toward the footwell. At one time I had posted pictures of this on the .org but I can't find them now.
Great! Thanks for the info.