LED Lights

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First recommendation is to upgrade the rear lights to make use of all sections. See this article on TheSamba for details.

Shopping List for LED Lights

Upgrading to LED lights is a quick and easy upgrade for your Vanagon. In this article, I'll reference part numbers from SuperBrightLEDs.com.

Exterior Lights

Most exterior lights on the Vanagon are of the Bayonet 15mm size, with a few exceptions.

Light Position Part Number Color Description Quantity Required Comments
Front Parking/Turn Lights 1157-A18-T Amber BA15 18 High Power LED Tower bulb 2 Consider the 1157-A45-T for brighter lights, but A18-T seems bright enough
Rear Side Marker Lights BA9s-R-x-12V Red Wide Angle Bulb 90 Degree 2
Brake Lights 1156-R45-T Red BA15 45 High Power LED Tower bulb 2
Rear Running Lights 1156-R19 Red BA15 19-LED Bulb Wide 2 (or 4 with upgrade)
Rear Turn Lights 1156-A18-T Amber BA15 18 High Power LED Tower bulb 2
Reverse Lights 1156-W12 Cool White BA15 12-LED Bulb Narrow 2
License Plate Lights BA9s-W-x-12V Cool White Wide Angle Bulb 120 Degree 2 These are a little dim, but the coverage is good.

Interior Lights

Light Position Part Number Color Description Quantity Required Comments
Instrument Panel B8.3D-W Cool White B8 series Instrument LED bulb 4 Instrument Panel: Speedo, Tacho, Warning Cluster, Clock
Driver\'s Dome Light 1
Passenger Map Light 1
Climate Control Panel 74-WHP Cool White Wedge Base LED bulb 1
Auto Tranny Shift Housing 74-WHP Cool White Wedge Base LED bulb 2
Incandescent Camper Lights 4210-WWHP3 Warm White 4210 Festoon 3