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LED dome lights failing

I replaced the three front dome lights with LEDs a while back. All have failed. First they started to "strobe", then just went out. I have replaced two with the OEM bulbs, but after having the LED light, the stock lights are pretty poor in comparison. Anyone else have this problem? I got the LEDs on eBay but forgot the suppliers name. Should I just give up or try a different LED bulb?

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You get what you pay for. I bought my LEDs from vleds, not one has failed. But they are pricey, I think a pair cost $15. If you have extra LEDs try them. If they don't work I'd recommend vleds or superbright leds.

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To prevent those lights going out you need to install resistors:

More info:
http://www.phoenixautobulbs.co.uk/pr/led-resistor-kit/


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To prevent those lights going out you need to install resistors:

More info:
http://www.phoenixautobulbs.co.uk/pr/led-resistor-kit/

This is the first time I have had this problem with LEDs. I installed them in my Tacoma with no problem. I read the info on your link and it makes sense, since the Venza is so computerized. The lights definately strobed before going out. But the OEM bulbs work fine. The LEDs I bought were not cheap and did come from Superbrightled.com (via eBay). From what I read on the provided website, this sounds a bit more than I am willing to do for the LEDs. Is there a better place for the resistors, like in the fusebox wiring?

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I am not an electrician, so take this accordingly.

I don't think the resister in circuit will help the problem of bulb failure. From the link, the resistor is to consume enough current for the bulb failing sensor to work correctly. The LED consumes so little power the sensor thinks the bulb has failed and gives a false indication of bulb failure. This is important for LEDs as direction or turn signals, but not an issue for the interior dome lights unless they also have a bulb failure sensor (which I doubt).

I think the problem is that the dome light has a dimmer that increases/decreases the light. LED bulbs need a different type of dimmer than incandescent bulbs.

Just my thoughts.

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I replaced the three front dome lights with LEDs a while back. All have failed. First they started to "strobe", then just went out. I have replaced two with the OEM bulbs, but after having the LED light, the stock lights are pretty poor in comparison. Anyone else have this problem? I got the LEDs on eBay but forgot the suppliers name. Should I just give up or try a different LED bulb?

Thanks for any help.

There are others in this forum that have changed out their bulbs for LEDs. Search and you will find the threads. Then contact them and ask those that have made the change about their experience.

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There are others in this forum that have changed out their bulbs for LEDs. Search and you will find the threads. Then contact them and ask those that have made the change about their experience.
Before I post anything, I always do a search to see if anyone has had similar issues. I have found nothing on the problem I am having with the "strobing" and failing LED dome lights. But thanks for the suggestion
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To prevent those lights going out you need to install resistors:

More info:
http://www.phoenixautobulbs.co.uk/pr/led-resistor-kit/
No you don't. If the LED does not turn on or blinks erratically, then a resistor is necessary. However virtually every Toyota model can support LED's in place of halogen. If you buy a quality LED, you will not have any failures. I have been running the same LED's in one of my vehicles for over four years.
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V-LEDS Try those. They're brighter than ebay ones, and much better quality. I've never had any trouble with them.

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