Why do cars still come with halogen headlights and crappy interior bulbs? It’s 2015, Xenons and LEDs should be standard issue, since the 1 series is pretty old – I decided to take it upon myself to upgrade the interior lights.
I finally ordered some LEDs from ECSTuning. They sell a full LED kit for the 135i, but it’s marked up an additional $15 for no reason. So, I bought everything individually to save some cash. (1) overhead kit, (1) glovebox bulb, and (1) trunk bulb for a total of $41.33 instead of $54.95… you’re welcome. Here are my results:
There were no instructions, but the install was pretty straight forward. The front dome lights were easier for me to get at by dropping the headliner. Simply unclip the visors, pop open the visor holders (not the swinging section) and unscrew the T27 screw. Once you remove this piece from each side, the headliner should droop down. Now you’ll be able to slide your hand in and remove the bulb holders. The rest of the lights just require popping a cover off and replacing the bulb.