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How to replace a number plate bulb
Published by colin79666
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How to replace a number plate bulb

The process can be broken down into a few simple steps - each of which I will expand on.
  • Notice the bulb is out and obtain correct replacement (see manual)
  • Remove assembly
  • Replace bulb
  • Put it back together
Step 1 - Notice the bulb is out and obtain correct replacement (see manual)

Personally I recommend checking the manual as it has a simple table for determining the correct replacement bulb type. For the number plate bulb you need a W5W replacement - also known as 501. These are the same as the sidelight bulbs (Philips BlueVision are my personal choice).

Step 2 - Remove assembly
Look above the number plate and you will see the assembly with a clip at one end. You need to use your finger (or a small flat headed screwdriver - careful with the paint!) to push the clip inwards. The other end of the holder slots into place so swing it down from the clip end and out. The wire with the bulb attached can be pulled out about 10cm so there is plenty of room.

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Step 3 - Replace bulb
To remove the bulb turn the holder 90 degrees to remove it from the rest of the assembly. Now simply pull the bulb out and push in the replacement. Check the packaging as some bulbs are best held in a cloth rather than having your fingers touch them.

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Step 4 - Put it all back together
This is just the reverse of what you have already done. Make sure you don't trap the wire when refitting the assembly to the bumper.



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Old 12-05-2017   #1
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Re: How to replace a number plate bulb

Hi,

Thank you so much for this post (7 years old?!) Process was magic. Love my results too!

I used Ebay canbus free LED's, one however does still have an error. Cost 4 so what do you expect.. Also less than 24 hours from payment/arrival!!

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Quote Originally Posted by MattPro View Post
Hi,

Thank you so much for this post (7 years old?!) Process was magic. Love my results too!

I used Ebay canbus free LED's, one however does still have an error. Cost 4 so what do you expect.. Also less than 24 hours from payment/arrival!!
Hi Matt, do you have a link to the exact LED's you used in your mod?

I have the same car (my first car too) and I am currently in the process of overhauling the lights - starting with the number plates

My knowledge is limited as I am a car newbie...

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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Quote Originally Posted by gandhimate View Post
Hi Matt, do you have a link to the exact LED's you used in your mod?

I have the same car (my first car too) and I am currently in the process of overhauling the lights - starting with the number plates

My knowledge is limited as I am a car newbie...

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Hello,

Yep got them here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/501-W5W-Ca...sAAOSwLF1YB5IF and got the resistors here http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2x-LED-5W-...gcw-_gEN4a8IKQ

I would recommend the resistors as only one of my LED's decided to show up an error so I wanted rid of the pesky dash warning and they arent too expensive either. Super easy to install the lot.
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Re: How to replace a number plate bulb

Thanks for the help mate.

I've ordered some bulbs already but I'll order the resistors and fit them at the same time!

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Re: How to replace a number plate bulb

Thanks. Your guide helped a lot. Saved me from levering in the wrong place, and possibly breaking something.
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Re: How to replace a number plate bulb

Hello guys, that's my first post here! Thanks for the help.

Finally, the annoying "Check number plate bulb" warning gone....
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Re: How to replace a number plate bulb

Followed your instructions, bought myself some new bulbs from Amazon but then found my daughters 59 plate 500C to be somewhat different. Only the clear light cover comes off (eventually and carefully) and the bulb housing stays put. Then I found the bulbs to be C5Ws not W5Ws. My own fault for not checking I guess. Still, only cost a couple of quid and Im hoping I can keep the W5Ws as spare side light bulbs(?)
Other than that Im new to the forum having just bought my daughter the above mention car, so hi all
*Edit* just realised this post was for a Punto! Doh! Thatll teach me to read the heading and not just follow a web search blindly.
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Re: How to replace a number plate bulb

Hi Graham.

Could you add pics of the 500's bulbs

Sadly the 500 section is lacking in GUIDES



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