rear trunk light upgrade gsw

dillenger1

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looking for an upgrade to actually illuminate the hatch..I really wish there were lights on the bottom of the hatch so when raised you could see what your doing
 

demagxc

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dillenger1

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im almost at a point where I want to install halo lights in the hatch face.i do a lot of fishing and I'm doing pretty critical stuff with the hatch popped..I ordered the LED I hope it enough.my buddy has a new x5 and it has 2 ridiculous LED flood lights activate when the hatch is popped..droools
 

740GLE

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just source one off amazon and look for can bus error free to avoid ghosting, save yourself $20-30 over deautokey.

btw there is an option to change the housing out for another OEM unit that's "switched" so it wont shut off after 10-20 min.
 

calimustang

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just source one off amazon and look for can bus error free to avoid ghosting, save yourself $20-30 over deautokey.

btw there is an option to change the housing out for another OEM unit that's "switched" so it wont shut off after 10-20 min.


Ghosting? What does that mean?


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hskrdu

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im almost at a point where I want to install halo lights in the hatch face.i do a lot of fishing and I'm doing pretty critical stuff with the hatch popped..I ordered the LED I hope it enough.my buddy has a new x5 and it has 2 ridiculous LED flood lights activate when the hatch is popped..droools

I ordered some trunk LEDs from Amazon for $6 (for 4) expecting that I'd end up using them elsewhere. They are decent enough for the price, and a notable upgrade over stock, so they are working well as replacements. That being said, a single light mounted inside overhead does not illuminate the area as much as you might need. I've seen a Mk7 G/GSW hatch mod where the euro safety triangle is mounted: The owner tapped into the power through the hatch, and ran a led strip mounted to something that fit right into the safety triangle cubby. I'll see if I can find it.
 

hskrdu

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In this one the owner installed the VW rear license plate lights housings with LEDs in the the safety triangle cubby:

https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/index.php?threads/adding-leds-to-cargo-area.327327/

This thread compares multiple options, but user darthfurious installed his own LEds in the cover for the warning triangle cubby. Super bright.

https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/inde...-trunk-light-leds-stock-oem-deautoled.342473/

And for bright light behind the car, CLDuckworth copied a design from the Golf Country Concept of an led running the length of the safety triangle cubby:

https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/index.php?threads/boot-trunk-lid-led-light.345914/

For Golf Owners:
https://www.golfmk7.com/forums/index.php?threads/best-trunk-light-location-ever.331946/
https://www.dropbox.com/s/46ckjh292dzdjoy/Under%20Cover%20Trunk%20LED%20Light%20Strip.pdf?dl=0
 

740GLE

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Ghosting? What does that mean?


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if there's no bleeder resistor in the LED, the light will remain on yet very very dim when the hatch is closed and it should have been off.

I picked up a cheap silyvania bulb from advanced auto parts and took about 2 nights of driving before I ripped it out an tossed in a canbus error free bulb in.
 

calimustang

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Wow! I never had that problem with deautokey LED bulbs.


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Jetta_Pilot

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Wow, talk about overthinking, mine is a Passat but I thought the VW provided trunk light sucks big time.

Bought several 48LED boards on eBay for less than 1 dollar shipped to me. Stuck one, in my case, on the subwoofer and ran a wire to the OEM light. Problem solved!

I think too many of you overthink a very simple problem!
 

740GLE

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Wow! I never had that problem with deautokey LED bulbs.


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I'd hope not for a $45 bulb!

With deauto it's all a luck of the draw as what container they get shipped and how soon they burn through their inventory. What was stocked 2 years ago won't be in stock today.
 

calimustang

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I have that bulb for 5 plus years. No issues.... :) only issues are city DRL bulbs and bumper side markers on sides.... little bulbs, annoying. Otherwise all are well.


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