Acura TSX LED Interior Lights How To Install – 1st Generation 2004-2008

Acura TSX LED Interior Lights How To Install – 1st Generation 2004-2008

What’s happening everyone, my name is
Phil with and today we have a 2008 Acura TSX we’ll be
installing LED interior lights on. Now this installation is compatible with
year models 2004 through 2008 and is also compatible with both the TSX and
the TSX Type S. Now for today’s installation, we’re using a PrecisionLED
5730 style premium LED conversion kit. And with this kit we have three interior
trim tools that come along with it that makes for a little bit of an easier
installation. And you’ll see these being used throughout the video. For this
installation we’ll be doing a conversion on our front map lights, the vanity
mirror lights, the courtesy door lights here in the front on the driver side and
passenger side, as well as the rear dome light, the trunk light, license plate
light, and backup reverse light. Now you can see all these products
online at and there’s a link in the description box below for
you to go ahead and check those out. Let’s get started. We’re looking here at the front overhead map light, here on the driver’s side. And we’re going to take
one of our three interior trim tools. We have the serrated knife tool with the
flat end, pointed wedge tool, as well as a fork or a crowbar tool with the fork shape. We’re going to use this tool and come in
from the side that’s closest to the interior here of the panel the center. And you’re gonna come in from an angle and just force it down. And that should release the two clips
locking it in place. And we pretty much are releasing here and here and that gives
us access to the bulb. We’re then going to use the pointed
wedge tool and that’ll help us just pry out the bulb. You can also use your hands but,
depending on if the bulb is hot or not, you probably don’t want to touch it too
much. And that one comes right out. We’re going to replace it here with one of our 5730 style LEDs Now this is non polarity-specific so
that means it can go in one way or you can flip it around and go in the other
way. And either orientation the bulb will still work fine. So, you get that one in. You want to make sure you angle the bulbs slightly towards the side that the lights should
be facing. And that’ll give you the best light output. Once you know that that bulb works,
you’re just going to go ahead and place this one back on. And you’re just going to
force it in til you hear two clicks. That’s all there is to it. We’re looking now at the driver side vanity
mirror light. And we’re going to be using the pointed end here of our serrated
knife tool. Come in from the bottom where you see the spacing left open. And you’re gonna force up. And that releases the clip that gives you access to the bulb. Take the pointed wedge tool again
here and just force out from one side. And this one is going to be hot so I’m
just going to use a piece of cloth to grab the bulb. And we’re gonna replace it with one of
our LEDs here. That one fits nice into place. Want to make sure that those LED boards are facing straight out. And this one is also a non polarity-specific bulb. So, could go either way. You’re going to take your
cover. Goes in from the top first and then you’re pushing this one in. You hear that click sound. And that’s all set. Same process on the passenger side We’re looking here at the courtesy door
light on our passenger door assembly. And to remove this lens cover, we’re gonna use the flat end of our serrated
knife tool here. Come in from the top and the center, force your way in, and make
some separation. And then you angle down and that should release the lens cover from
the assembly. Now this bulb is recessed in, we’re going to use a little piece of tape here. We’re going to wrap the tape around the
bulb. And that’ll help us to pull the bulb out. You could use a pair of
pliers but you risk breaking or shattering the bulb. If you have a pair of
rubber gloves, that’ll help you get it out. But touching it directly with your
fingers, you’re just gonna burn your fingers. So the tape method works pretty well. We’re
gonna go ahead now and put our LED bulb in. Now you want to make sure that the
metal leads here are slightly forced to the outside, and that means when you plug
it in it makes good contact. And you can see how much brighter those ones
are. Those ones should be really nice. We’re going to then take our lens cover. As you’ll notice these tabs here are pointed down and these tabs here pointed
forward. The ones pointed down go in first in the bottom. And then you
press them in at the top. And you’re all set. We’re looking now at the rear overhead
dome light and we’re going to use the same flat end here of our serrated knife tool. You’re gonna come in from the back here, create
some separation. Just rock this panel down. And that gives you access to the bulb here. You can use the pointed side of our tool here, just to help get this bulb out. There we go. And replacing it with one of our festoon LEDs. Test to make sure it works. And you want
to point this one straight down. Now, this one. The side that has the hole
for the switch goes in first and then you press down here on the sides, lock
that back in place. That’s it. We’re looking now at the the trunk, or
the cargo light. You’re going to use .. actually you don’t have to
worry about this, this is just on this customer’s particular vehicle. They’ve removed
their third brake light but yours should be plugged in. You’re going to use the pointed
end of your serrated knife tool. Come in from this side here, force down,
and that releases the clip. Gives you access to the bulb. Now we can unclip the power here just to
get the bulb to turn off. And this one I’m going to use a small cloth just to get the bulb out since it’s hot. Alright, there we go. And we’re gonna replace it with a new LED. Plug it in to power just to make sure it works. There we go. And then when you put it back in, wire
side goes in first, and then you push to lock it in place. And that one’s a really nice upgrade. We’re looking now at the license plate
lights here. And I’ve already replaced the one on this side, so we’ll show you how to access
this one. You’re going to be using the crowbar shape tool. And you actually
need to remove this piece of trim that’s in the way. So, we’re going to come in, just pull down. And there’s four clips
holding this in place. Once you have this out, kind of bend in the middle and it helps to release this assembly. You now have access to the panel here. You’re just
going to push here on the flat end of your crowbar shape tool. And that
releases it. And, essentially what we’re doing is, we’re
applying pressure to this side to pop this one out. And now you have access to
the bulb. This one also is a bit unique. You need to
push down with your thumb and your pointer finger. That releases this clip here holding the lens cover in place. And now you
have access to the halogen bulb. We’re gonna replace that with one of our license
plate LEDs. And for now we’re gonna go ahead and check to make sure that the
lights work. Alright so those do turn on, so we’ll
leave them on for now. This cover is gonna go back on. You just line it up,
and then get the clips to lock into place, just like that. And now, when you reinstall this light,
when we initially took it out, we forced it this way to remove. This time around
we’re going to set this side in first and then we’re going to push down here
to lock it in place. Just like that. Alright. Now for the cover here the one thing you need to make sure is that
these ends are already recessed in here first. And then you can
go ahead and push the clips in. Just like that. Now, if you were to put the clips in
first and then try to get these corner pieces in, you wouldn’t have enough
spacing. These have to go in first in order for you to get this part in and
out. Alright, and that’s all there is to it. Moving on. We’re looking now at the panel here to
access the backup reverse light. Couple things you need to do. You need a flathead
screwdriver to remove this clip here. So, once it’s down some you can pull it
out. And if that’s a bit difficult you can just use one of the tools to
help you pry that down. There we go. That one comes out. And then this rubber
stopper here needs to be removed as well. So you’re just gonna pull up on the very end and
then you’re going to push this rubber panel this way to release it. And you can pull that out. The way it works is you have two
sections here that slide into place and one that goes just in and out. And now
you can pull down this panel here and this socket right here gives you access
to the bulb. Turn counterclockwise and you can remove it. This is a 7440 type bulb. And we’ll be able to insert. Now this has a
very specific way of inserting it’s not polarity – or it is polarity-specific – so
where you see the metal leads has to line up with the clips on the inside
here. Get that one in place. Then you line it up. And then turn clockwise to lock it back into place. And I’ll go ahead and turn
the car on, put it in reverse. And so now I can reassemble. Put the two rubber stoppers in here on
this side. Slide it back. And then get the third one in. Like that. And then put this clip back in. And then push
this in, and you’re all set. 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
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16 thoughts on “Acura TSX LED Interior Lights How To Install – 1st Generation 2004-2008

  1. I brought the premium set , it arrived fast, there was a little problem with one of the courtesy lights , I called PRECISIONLED costumer service and they were very professionals , problem solved 👍🏿👍🏿👌🏼👌🏼, I highly recommend them!!

  2. Ever install light in glovebox? Have an 05 Acura TSX that needs new light for install. Can’t find any videos on it.

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