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DIY: Atlas LED interior and exterior lighting upgrade

Items used for the DIYs below:

4pc tool kit:
http://deautokey.com/product/4-piec...-tool-set-great-for-interior-led-installation

Interior LED kit:
http://www.deautokey.com/product/complete-error-free-interior-led-kit-fits-volkswagen-atlas

Brake/tail:
http://deautokey.com/product/complete-brake-tail-led-kit-bright-error-free-fits-volkswagen-atlas

Amber rear turn signals:
http://deautokey.com/product/amber-red-or-white-rear-turn-signals-fits-volkswagen-atlas

Reverse:
http://deautokey.com/product/bright-error-free-reverse-leds-fits-volkswagen-atlas

Brighter License Plate LEDs:
http://deautokey.com/product/licens...mkvii-2015-volkswagen-golf-gti-sportwagen-gsw

Also of note, I attempted this with the cheapo orange Chinese trim tools which snapped the tips off and left sharp edges and some scratches. I would have saved money getting the deautokey trim tools the first time! Live and learn...

Dome Lights:

Front domes lens removal: http://i.imgur.com/SexTtYx.jpg
Front section with lens removed: http://i.imgur.com/XJVuovY.jpg
Front section, this entire module may fall down with the lense, but it just pops back into place: http://i.imgur.com/t2iSdYM.jpg

Middle row, start here at the BACK EDGE: http://i.imgur.com/bvTtztM.jpg
Middle row, move towards front edge undoing clips: http://i.imgur.com/vinF5Ab.jpg
Middle row, lens removed: http://i.imgur.com/jYPwd93.jpg middle row housing/cover. NOTE THE SQUARE TAB on the front-most edge. You must start at the BACK of this panel to remove it or you will break that tab.

Rear row, start here to get the tool in: http://i.imgur.com/h4s2vrf.jpg Note: Similar to the middle row, be sure to use the tool between the clear lense and the plastic outer frame, not between the frame and the cloth headliner.
Rear row, try to pull straight down as those long teeth can bend: http://i.imgur.com/LxxhTqZ.jpg

Taillight removal install pics:

Outer taillights need to be removed to access the bulbs.
Outer tail light, removed: http://i.imgur.com/1uVGpuL.jpg
Outer tail light, opened: http://i.imgur.com/P7TW0rQ.jpg 4 black tabs pulled outward to release white bulb housing. There's a rubber seal inside the edge of the white housing, so it might take some effort.
Outer tail light access panel: http://i.imgur.com/BXdYiVz.jpg
Outer tail light bracket thingy, turn to left 3/4 turn then pull the taillight straight out of the body: http://i.imgur.com/T5t6hse.jpg
To undo the plug, pull the red lock outwards, then squeeze tab and pull plug out of housing.

Inner tail light access panel: http://i.imgur.com/b8C32Og.jpg
Squeeze the black tabs and pull it out: http://i.imgur.com/RmNsyqN.jpg
To undo the plug, pull the red lock outwards, then squeeze tab and pull plug out of housing.

Visor / Vanity Light:

Pull downward on the OUTER edge of each housing, closest to the side windows / furthest from the center console: http://i.imgur.com/ECcyt34.jpg

Footwells, Glovebox and Trunk:

Use a screwdriver to pry the grooved edge out of the panel, and twist them out. It does take considerable effort as there is a built in tab opposite the side of the wire connector on the clear housing. These 5 are all the same housing, but different bulbs / brightness control methods.

The RIGHT footwell will need to be unplugged before you pull it out since the wires are too short. You can pull down on the kick panel to get more space. The kick panel is very flexible. The screwdriver dimple is on the RIGHT side of the RIGHT housing.
The LEFT footwell has enough wire length to unplug after prying out. The screwdriver dimple is on the RIGHT side of the LEFT footwell housing.

The GLOVEBOX light, the screwdriver is on the left side of the housing. Due to the space available, this was the hardest to change.

The TRUNK lights, the screwdriver grooves are on the BACK edge of each housing.

Use a screwdriver to pry off the metal housing off of the plastic housing that holds the bulb. The metal casing will be HOT if the bulb was on. This metal shielding is a design feature, so be sure to bend it as necessary to put it back on the housing afterwards: http://i.imgur.com/QinmnzG.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/pLgGVuY.jpg

License Plate Light:

There's a hook on one side of the housing and a spring on the other. Push the entire housing to the right and then pull down. These can be installed in either direction, so you may need to push left and then pull down. http://i.imgur.com/aQ8CaxN.jpg



OEM vs LED footwells:


OEM brake, tail, reverse and turn signals on right, deAutoLED on the left. The LED pulsing/flickering is not visible to the eye, it's a result of using my phone to record pwm LEDs.


deAutoLED plate light upgrade on left, OEM on right:


EDIT: I had first attempted using cheapo 194 LED Amazon wedge bulbs, but these do NOT work in the footwells (probably due to the PWM?,) and I couldnt get them to connect at all in the trunk, were too blue and too bright for the domes -- they also didn't turn off completely when the 'turn lights no when doors open' button is selected, and thus I have removed the link as I do not recommend using them. The deAutoKey LEDs all work as intended and installed easily.

I've also cleaned up links above to be clearer, removed an imgur album and put direct links to the correct images above.


2018 Launch Edition Atlas, although interior lighting appears to be the same on SE, SEL and SEL non-Premium. Still unknown is the SEL Premium lightig at this time.
 

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Thanks for this. I plan on doing this too. Does anyone know if there a compatible LED drop-ins for the Atlas fog lights?
I'd love to match the color temperature of the fogs to the LED headlights.
 

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thanks for sharing

Great write-up, thanks for posting. Were your footwell lights working before? i thought the S models did not include these
 

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Great write-up, thanks for posting. Were your footwell lights working before? i thought the S models did not include these
I believe the S models won't include footwell lighting -- but it was one of the SEL features that the Launch Editions got.
 

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Anybody know how to get this off? It's the twist knob for the outer taillight on the Atlas. You have to remove the entire housing from the body to get to the bulbs. It turns about 3/4 of the way and then stops.

 

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CiDirkona - great question - we hope you find out more - if anyone else can please post their setups we can get more product out for the ATLAS! We have made a lot of custom made LEDs for the MK7 GTI and would love to do this for all the Atlas models also.

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Anybody know how to get this off? It's the twist knob for the outer taillight on the Atlas. You have to remove the entire housing from the body to get to the bulbs. It turns about 3/4 of the way and then stops.

The B7/NMS Passat uses that similar style connection and those guys said it's in the owner's manual on how to remove it....check there :thumbup:
 

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The B7/NMS Passat uses that similar style connection and those guys said it's in the owner's manual on how to remove it....check there :thumbup:
..turns out, I don't think I have a manual. :/ I'll have to swing by the dealer. I did figure out the knob though, and it's stupidly simple. Turn it all the way to the left (about 3/4 turn,) and then pull the outer taillight housing straight backwards and out of the body. The white knob stays attached to the body.

I'm hoping to post some updates / pictures later today. deAutoLED ftmfw. :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::beer::beer:
 

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The lighting section of the Atlas manual is very, very terse. They basically tell you to contact an authorized repair facility to replace bulbs... I can understand that for LED headlamps, but for ANY bulb? :banghead:
 

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Does anyone have additional photos/tutorials on how to change the tail light bulbs?
Edit: updated original post with more instructions and pictures, also answer provided here.

Outer taillights need to be removed to access the bulbs.
Outer tail light, removed: http://i.imgur.com/1uVGpuL.jpg
Outer tail light, opened: http://i.imgur.com/P7TW0rQ.jpg 4 black tabs pulled outward to release white bulb housing. There's a rubber seal inside the edge of the white housing, so it might take some effort.
Outer tail light access panel: http://i.imgur.com/BXdYiVz.jpg
Outer tail light bracket thingy, turn to left 3/4 turn then pull the taillight straight out of the body: http://i.imgur.com/T5t6hse.jpg
To undo the plug, pull the red lock outwards, then squeeze tab and pull plug out of housing.

Inner tail light access panel: http://i.imgur.com/b8C32Og.jpg
Squeeze the black tabs and pull it out: http://i.imgur.com/RmNsyqN.jpg
To undo the plug, pull the red lock outwards, then squeeze tab and pull plug out of housing.
 

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Edit: updated original post with more instructions and pictures, also answer provided here.

Outer taillights need to be removed to access the bulbs.
Outer tail light, removed:


Outer tail light, opened:
4 black tabs pulled outward to release white bulb housing. There's a rubber seal inside the edge of the white housing, so it might take some effort.
Outer tail light access panel: http://i.imgur.com/BXdYiVz.jpg[/img... the photos in thread so it is easier to see.
 

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These deAutoLED lights are gorgeous. Makes me wonder why the hell VW would put incandescent bulbs in the Atlas in the first place.

Potato quality teaser pics, OEM on left and LED on the right:
Hatch: http://i.imgur.com/qX4JdCB.jpg and footwells: http://i.imgur.com/7d6fMaZ.jpg
Thanks, our associate is enjoying emailing, thanks for keeping him busy.

He sent some great photos you took for our site - we will make some listings, if anyone sees any discrepancies we can make custom kits:



 

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Great images!

The white LED is not overwhelmingly bright I hope? Still subtle (as in you don't want to be blinded when you turn them on at night). Fade in and out as well?


Curious, when available if someone can post images from an SEL Prem - do the lights need to be changed out - and also curious to see the ambient lighting that exists in that model as well.


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Great images!

The white LED is not overwhelmingly bright I hope? Still subtle (as in you don't want to be blinded when you turn them on at night). Fade in and out as well?


Curious, when available if someone can post images from an SEL Prem - do the lights need to be changed out - and also curious to see the ambient lighting that exists in that model as well.


Thanks
Great question, we don't feel our LEDs are but everyone sees light differently, we only have LEDs that are very bright for the trunk where people want it.

We have people tell us other LEDs are too bright - don't get us wrong, our LEDs are bright but we never feel they will be blinding.]
 

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Great images!

The white LED is not overwhelmingly bright I hope? Still subtle (as in you don't want to be blinded when you turn them on at night). Fade in and out as well?


Curious, when available if someone can post images from an SEL Prem - do the lights need to be changed out - and also curious to see the ambient lighting that exists in that model as well.


Thanks
No, not overwhelmingly bright. The amazon cheapo ones I originally tried were still better than OEM incandescent, but were slightly too bright and had a blue tint to them, so these are much truer, warmer, white light.

Yes, the fade in/out still works.

I had a buddy check an SEL non-Premium and it has the same incandescent lighting except for the fog lights. I'm also curious if the Premium will get LEDs like the mk7 Rs did compared to the other mk7s.
 

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Oh really? The fogs were LED on the SEL? Good to hear. As I know someone had posted earlier about trying to find the right bulb that would color match with the LED headlights
 

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Oh really? The fogs were LED on the SEL? Good to hear. As I know someone had posted earlier about trying to find the right bulb that would color match with the LED headlights
No, that's not what I meant to convey. The SEL had the fog lighting over the Launch Edition / Base S -- but the interior lighting was the same incandescent. I don't know if SEL fogs are LED or not.
 

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No, that's not what I meant to convey. The SEL had the fog lighting over the Launch Edition / Base S -- but the interior lighting was the same incandescent. I don't know if SEL fogs are LED or not.
I have a SEL (non-Premium) and the fogs are definitely incandescent - as is the interior lighting.
 

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Sorry we missed that.

Our LEDs will Fade in/out like OEM (no harsh on/off)

They will not stay dimly lit - they will shut completely off when your car is off

-Crisp White color – No cheap blue or yellow tint
-Works with MFD (car controls)
-No spotting that you see in other brands-Guaranteed!
-No Errors
-Lifetime Warranty
So do you have details on the entire kit? Pricing/order info?
 
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