BMW 5 Series F10/F11 LED Interior Lights Install – 6th Generation -2010 – Present

BMW 5 Series F10/F11 LED Interior Lights Install – 6th Generation -2010 – Present


What’s happening everyone, my name is
Phil with PrecisionLED.com and today we have a 2015 BMW 5-series F10 chassis we’ll be doing an LED interior installation on. Now this installation is compatible with year models 2010 and up. For today’s installation will be using a
premium 5730 style LED kit from PrecisionLED.com and it will also be compatible with our standard conversion kit which is a 5050 style SMD LED. Now, if you wanna know more about the difference between standard and premium, you can hit the description link below
and check out information on that comparison. For today’s install we’ll be doing
the front map and dome lights, the rear map and dome lights,
the four courtesy door lights, along with the trunk, and the back up reverse lights. Now, if you could take a moment to like, share,
and subscribe to our YouTube channel we’d really appreciate it. It helps get the word out for other customers who are looking for product knowledge as well as motivates us to make more videos for you and potentially other cars that you might own or your friends might own. Let’s get started. Every PrecisionLED kit comes with three interior trim tools to help you along with your installation. We have a fork shape wedge tool, a serrated knife tool with the flat end, along with the pointed wedge tool. For the overhead console,
we’ll be using the pointed wedge tool only to release the clips that are holding this to the roof liner. Now as you can see,
we’ve already installed two of the LEDs in place and are just looking to install the third and get access to this third map light bulb
on the driver’s side. In order to do that,
we’re gonna be using the pointed wedge tool, coming in from the side of the panel
and releasing two clips on these sides and clips here to drop the headliner down. So you’re gonna start about a thumb length’s
distance from this point right here. And you’re gonna use it to release the metal clip that’s holding it in place. That’s one. And that’s two. So as you can see, the points we are
trying to get access to are here and here. And with the tool, I was coming in from the bottom and
pushing it inward. And that gave us access. Now the last bulb that we need to replace
is this one right here. So this one comes out pretty easily. And we replace it with our premium LED. Now this is not polarity-specific,
meaning if you plug it in this way or if you plug it in this way, it’s still going to work. There’s circuitry inside this bulb
that lets you use it either way. Once it’s in, all we’re doing is placing
it back in the housing and twisting to lock. You do wanna test the bulb to make sure it works before putting it back into the headliner. The way this thing goes in, this backside gets inserted first. And then all you’re doing is pushing the rest of this
in place so the clips lock in. And that’s all there is to it. For the rear overhead console, it’s slightly different. As you can see, we’ve already installed one of the LEDs. We need to get to the dome light
and the passenger side halogen bulb. In order to do that, there … we are going to be using the fat
end of the fork shape tool. And we’re gonna come in from one side,
wedge in between, and push the whole panel this way
as we force this one out. And as you can see, we’re starting to
expose the clips that were holding it in place. There you go. So as you can see, there are three and once you get the panel out the reason we didn’t come in
from the other side where these flexible clips are, is they’re designed
just little bit differently. They’re more just to hold pressure than
to actually bend to release from this side. So you wanna make sure you come from
this side to get at these stationary clips. We’re actually gonna need to access
these bulbs from a work bench. So, we’re gonna remove it from power just by pressing down on each side here
and pulling the wire cables out. Just like that. Now this rear overhead console
we’ve already done one of the LEDs. The other one is very simple. You just twist to unlock the black cap here, remove the bulb, put one of your new LEDs in, and you reinstall. The only difference here is this center dome light will be different between the premium and the standard versions of our kits. Now with the premium bulb, the diameter is slightly too large for the plastic for it to fit through traditionally. With the standard bulb, it fits through. In order to get around this issue, you remove this plastic lens
so you can insert the bulb from the bottom. The way to do that
is to use the fork shape tool. And you’ll see that there are small indentations where this clear lens is being held in place
all around the rim You want to carefully release those
using this tool. Starting from one edge, and just slowly working our way around. Once you have all the clips released,
panel flips up comes right out. Now
you can take your premium bulb, push it through from the bottom, flip it over, and now attach it to the bulb holder. Twist it in place. And there you go. To reinstall, insert the lens at an angle, and then clip it back in place. And now we can reinstall this assembly into the vehicle. To get this overhead console back into the headliner, we’re first going to test the lights and plug power in. Make sure all three bulbs work,
which they do. And when we reinstall, we’re actually reinstalling the back side first
that we removed. And then forcing up. Now this will take a decent amount of effort. But once they’re in, it’s nice and secure. And we’re done. Now the courtesy door lights are the same on both the passenger driver’s side front and rear. So we only have to do this process once to show you. We’re gonna use the flat end of the serrated knife tool. You’re always gonna start from the inside
edge of the door to remove this panel. You’re just gonna wedge in between
and force it down. The reason we’re always starting from this side is cause the wiring is always coming from the side closest to the edge of the door. And if you try to remove it from this side
you’re gonna end up breaking this clip
which is rather important. In order to access the bulb, we’re twisting counterclockwise to unlock. And exposing the halogen bulb. Now this is typically gonna be very hot so you will wanna use a pair of pliers to remove the bulb and not burn yourself. All you’re doing is replacing it with a new LED. And putting the cover back on, turning it clockwise, once you find the grooves to lock it in place. And remember, you’re always reinstalling it
with the wiring facing the edge of the door. Just like that. The trunk lid on the BMW is pretty easy
to remove. We’re gonna be using the flat end
of the serrated knife tool. You’re gonna come in from the side
where there’s a small indentation here. And you’re gonna press very gently in order to release it from the hood liner. Now this is notoriously weak piece of plastic. So when you’re coming in at it,
you only wanna move it very slightly in order to get it out. If you move it too far or you’re too aggressive, this piece snaps and then this thing
will never go back in properly. Now that you have it out, we’re just gonna remove the connector and actually work on getting this metal piece off
on our work bench. There are two clips,
one here and one here holding this metal reflector bracket in place. In order to remove the bracket, we’re gonna use the pointed wedge tool. And we’re actually going to lift up at the bottoms here to release the clips right here. One on each side. Once you lift them up,
you should be able to pull this entire piece back. And it should come up and out. Once that piece is out, you can then bend this metal back
into place where it used to be so when you slide it back on, clips into place. Now that we have access, we’re just gonna take our tool and push out the old halogen bulb. And insert
our new LED. For this, you wanna make sure that these metal leads are facing towards the edges of the housing.
The plastic here. And that’s to make sure that it makes good contact with the metal connectors on this trunk housing piece. Now if you had the trunk strip, you would use a different connector here on this side and we’ll show you that later. For now, this metal bracket is gonna go back on top. You can see there’s rails
on the four corners here. Those need to go first into the empty spaces of this plastic clip. We push down. Just like that. And then you’re gonna push this whole
piece forward, and it clicks into place back there. Now we can go ahead and reassemble
this back into the trunk housing. Alright, we’re just gonna plug this back in. It should turn on its own. It connects with the wiring side
going into the left first. And then you slowly push this in
til it clamps into place. Now, had you purchased the optional trunk strip, this trunk strip would line up right at the top edge here and attach here. Or, optionally, it would go near the back here. And we’ll show you how to do that process right now. For the trunk strip installation, instead of installing the LED bulb into the holder, you’re going to be installing the power connector
in its place. And as you can see,
we have the wire lead coming out from this end. And we’re just gonna plug our connector back in and at least install this back into its proper place. Now, there’s a couple options
for where you can put this. Again, you could start from the top here. Or the more common location is right here, right behind the light. Easiest thing to do: put this in half,
find your … center line which is going to be right here where the bulb is. And just remove the sticky tape that’s on the back of this thing. And attach it to the metal roof liner. So let’s just go ahead and do that now. Now, one thing to note is you have a bag of 3M double-sided sticky tape pads. And the reason we include these is so you can
use them in the gaps that you see here to give you a flat surface and some additional points where you have strong contact so that the LED strip doesn’t fall off the roof liner when it’s on. So we’re gonna attach those now,
before we get the strip in place. These are also good for securing the extra wiring at the front and at the end. So and let’s just make this
sure that this works before we put all the effort into installing it. There we go. And again, we’re gonna find our center and start right in the middle. And this one we’re actually gonna curve into this
right here. I’m actually gonna use this last piece on the very end of the connector just to make sure that always stays in place. Now all this extra wiring that you see here, you can actually get it inside of the trunk so you don’t see it. And there’s a easy way to do that. Just remove this. And you’re going to force all the wiring up into this section here where it’s empty. Just like that. And from the outside,
no one will really even be able to see any of this besides the light coming down. It’ll give a really nice, bright trunk light for you The second trunk light is actually on the trunk lid. And in order to remove that,
we’re just gonna come in from one side. Release it down. And this sits inside our left,
but you just wanna make sure that you’re not pulling it from the side with the wiring. This is very similar to the
courtesy door lights that we did earlier. Twist to unlock. This bulb is hot. So we’re just gonna use some pliers to release it. And replace it with a new LED. Installation is the same. Twist clockwise to secure it. And it just goes in place like that. In order to access the back up reverse light housing, which is here on the trunk lid, we have to remove all this felt liner
from the trunk light itself. And for that, you’re gonna need a Phillips screwdriver
to unscrew all these small black all these small black pieces that are holding em in. So you would just unscrew them to the
point where they stopped moving and then use just a pair of pliers to remove those. We’re gonna go ahead and do that to every single one. A lot of these I pre-unscrewed
just to make the process a little bit quicker. Now, you don’t have to remove the whole thing but, starting from the top here, we’re just gonna work our way down. And actually I think you have to remove this as well. And this is your emergency tool case. Oh sorry, there’s one more
right here. Alright, now it should come out nice and easy. And now you have access to this assembly here. There’s a clip here. And now you have the back up reverse light,
right here. Now this one just twists to be released. And we’ll go ahead and put a premium bulb in its place. The new premium bulb, you’ll see that there are indentations here for where the ball end goes in. You push down and twist to lock it in place. Now while we have it out, I am gonna turn the vehicle on and go into reverse
just to show that that light bulb is working. Now that we know it works, we can insert back in place.
These are guiding pins, for where this needs to go. You hear the click sound. And all we have to do now
is put all of our pieces back. We’re also gonna do the same process on the other side and then button this back up.
And you should be good to go. And that’s the end of the installation. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected] or you can reach us online and submit a support ticket at www.PrecisionLED.com/contact Now, like we said before, please like or subscribe if you enjoyed the video or enjoy the process for what we do. It really does help us out
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