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Where did you buy these LED's and are they pure white in person?

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Guess I'm first. The bug has bitten and more mods to come.

This is a very simple and easy mod to do and makes your rear license plate illuminate much better.

First open your trunk and start removing the black circular clips holding in the trunk liner on the lid.
If you have never worked with these clips before, take a small flat head screwdriver and pry where there is a crack in the piece until it pops out. Then just pull them out.
You will also need to remove the black hand grab plastic part on the right side. This is done by putting a screwdriver under the inner side of the piece and gently prying.
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This should loosen up the trunk liner enough to have some wiggle room. If it is still tight, remove more of the clips. I have to take about 7 or so off.
Next, take a flat head screwdriver and unplug the wiring from the bulb housing.
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Next, pinch the inside of the bulb housing horizontally and they will pop out to the outside of the trunk lid.
Finally, pry open the light housing and replace the bulbs. I put LED's in mine and remember, if you attach them and try the lights and they don't work, try reversing them. Sometimes this does the trick.
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Pop the housing back in
Attach wiring
Attach circular clips. To do this, make sure the gap between the two parts are as wide as they go naturally. Then press it in like this and then press the center part to secure it.
Pop the plastic hand hold area in.

Stand back and marvel at your bright and beautiful license plate lights. WOOO
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Where did you buy these LED's and are they pure white in person?
Autolumination.com
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A pure white LED is a pure white light. I've got them installed too. I get all my bulbs from Autolumination.

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Pls note there's absolutely no need to remove the trunk lining or any clips to change the rear license plate lights to LEDs! Removing the license plate lights housing takes 3 seconds and is well described in the car manual. After that just pop in the LEDs (I have pure white with 3 LEDs in each unit) and you are done.

Please note that due to the limited height of the lights housing you may not be able to fit some LEDs like those with 5 LED per unit. I could only fit those with 3 LEDs, the other ones in the shop were too tall. But 3 LEDs is still brighter than the original bulbs, and has a very nice look from the back, pure white

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Pls note there's absolutely no need to remove the trunk lining or any clips to change the rear license plate lights to LEDs! Removing the license plate lights housing takes 3 seconds and is well described in the car manual. After that just pop in the LEDs (I have pure white with 3 LEDs in each unit) and you are done.

Please note that due to the limited height of the lights housing you may not be able to fit some LEDs like those with 5 LED per unit. I could only fit those with 3 LEDs, the other ones in the shop were too tall. But 3 LEDs is still brighter than the original bulbs, and has a very nice look from the back, pure white
Right - I mentioned that in my original reply to his thread. It's quite easy to replace the bulbs.

I got Single LED "wide" bulbs and they light up everything perfectly.

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I just replaced all interior and plate bulbs with LEDs, all bought from Amazon.

The T10's for the plate lights came in a pack of 8 for only $10.50 with free shipping (and no tax) if you're an Amazon Prime member. The T10's are the same type for the courtesy door lights as well, so they could all be used if you thought 8 bulbs was overkill.

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I don't mean to be a noob but what is the license plate bulb? 194 or t10 ?
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2012 Mazda 6i LED license plate light replacement

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I don't mean to be a noob but what is the license plate bulb? 194 or t10 ?
They are 194s.
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Easiest mod

I did mine this weekend with a LED bulb i found at O'reilly's. They are a lot brighter than i thought they would be
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