View Full Version : I drilled out the courtesy lights...pictures inside

05-08-2011, 02:32 AM
Last week I posted a question on whether or not anyone had drilled out the plastic backing in the factory courtesy lights and installed LED's with not much response. I decided to go ahead and do it. I am installing RED speaker light rings and cup holders in my 06 X2 so I wanted the courtesy lights to match. They did not put out much light before, I actually think they are a bit brighter now!
This was a pretty simple little project, hopefully it helps someone considering options. I apologize for the lame photos (Iphone).

Here is the light removed. After you carefully pry off the chrome glare cover there are two small phillips screws underneath and a small gasket behind.

Here is the back of the courtesy light. Its a molded plastic that houses the light and the wires, no amount of pulling or fiddling could get this piece out.

I used a drill and a small (1/8") drill bit to drill multiple holes in the gray plastic in the back, careful to not damage the front of the lens when I broke through. After drilling through in 4 places I used the side of the bit to slowly carve out a nice big hole big enough for 2 LED's to fit in. Not real pretty looking but you will see later it does not matter.

I bought the 5mm LED's with resistor at plasmaLED.com in red. I think I paid $12 for 10 of them? Came in the mail in 5 days.

05-08-2011, 02:32 AM
I figured clear silicone would be the best way to reseal the LED's in while allowing me an easy way to replace them without drilling should I need to in the future.

I placed 2 LED's in the housing, I angled them down a bit so they would shine down as much as possible. This doesn't really matter though because the chrome cover actually shields the light downwards anyway. Stick the LED's in and backfill with clear silicone, be sure to get it above the wires as well as below. I rested the light on the lip of a tiny drawer and let the wires hang to hold the downward trajectory while it dried.

Here is a pic of the finished product. Its an iphone photo so not the greatest, but you get the idea. Easily wires in to the existing wires you disconnected when removing the light.

05-08-2011, 03:16 AM
Sweettttttt deal!!!! I'll have to book mark that website! Looks like another project... :D

05-08-2011, 10:27 AM
Great Project.

05-08-2011, 10:23 PM
Thanks! Nothing fancy but it achieves what I wanted and was cheap!