All this talk about changing Bulbs made me think. Perhaps I should swap the Number Plate Bulbs for LED Bulbs, Its easy enough and taking advice on here I knew the only thing I had to be careful of is losing wires in the car.
I started looking around and found these on Amazon, thought well as the existing ones had been on for nearly 3 years - I may as well take the plunge.
£16.95 is a lot more than buying just Bulbs - but I would have the spare set and could clean up those for replacements perhaps with LED bulbs when I wanted to do it. They arrived in two days.
When they first arrived I thought they were different, I cannot say I had ever stuck my head under that part of the car. The are exactly the same although Black plastic instead of the White 9ish) colour of the last ones - but now they watch the rest of that area. I left it until I had time I didn't want to lose any wires.
First although it was almost daylight I took a picture of the current OEM Bulbs
Orange colour not very bright. But how often do you ever see the back of your car.
I changed the first one on the Nearside of the Car.
I just took a small flat blade as the clip is really stiff. Extracted the existing mobile. There is a plug that goes into the bulb holder. I unplugged that and put it straight into the new Module. There is also a lock tab got the wire on the new module I guess to prevent the cable coming lose and then disappearing. Took about a two minutes to do the first side and test. You can really see the difference left to right.
Then I sent about on the offside of the car.
Finally I stood back and admired the brilliance that was my LED modules and set about cleaning up the old ones which had been on the car.
I will take a picture when it is properly Dark tonight to show it in full affect but a 18 high power SMD LED Licence Number Plate Light Module on each side it has definitely lit up the rear of the car. I would say while expensive compared to the bulb the added advantage of replacing the entire module and the extra LEDs over a bulb replacement make it worth it.