Lighting upgrades

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Interior Upgrades' started by spangenb, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    I decided to do a bunch of lighting upgrades both inside and outside the car with Sylvania Silverstar products. The first step was the dome and map lights. As you can see from this pic, they are WAY brighter.
     

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  3. spangenb

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  4. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    If I get motivated tomorrow I will install the headlights (ZXE), fog lights (ZXE), and the rest of the front and rear bulbs. I didn't find a Silverstar bulb for the side mirror turn signal bulbs yet.
     
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  5. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Did the rest of the bulbs today. This is more of an exterior topic now as there are a ton more bulbs on the outside. All I didn't have bulbs for were the side markers in the headlight assembly and the side mirror bulbs. We are going out later so I will see how everything works in the dark.

    I didn't find any internet info on replacing the fog light bulbs so I was going to leave them till the weather gets better. As it turns out, removing the headlight module exposes a ton of stuff including the fog lights. If you are looking into replacing just the fog light bulbs, I recommend taking the headlight modules out to get at them. Removal is as easy as two torx bolts, one panel clip, and tug upward to free the module from a plastic clip on the bottom.
     

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  6. Flaco1

    Flaco1 Member

    I did the Sylvania XZE's in the low beam and fog lamps today. Also LED's in the reverse, tag lamps and interior bulbs. Makes a big difference, and worth the money !
     
  7. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    What bulb did you use for the reverse lights?
     
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  10. Flaco1

    Flaco1 Member

    I checked the chart again and 3157 is correct for the 2011 year model Fiesta Hatchback. Guess Ford has changed the bulb. You asked.. What bulb I was using, and that the one I'm using. Not gonna buy another set of bulbs when the ones I have do the same job.
     
  11. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    I see what you are saying. I thought you meant you put those in an ST as backup bulbs. The 3157 is a whole different type of base. On my car the rear has a 3157 (brake/park), 3157A (amber turn), and 921 (backup).
     
  12. silvertoy

    silvertoy Member

    I went through a whole slew of Sylvania products before trying the zxes. They're definitely the only ones worth the couple extra bucks, I didn't have the short life issues many complain about, they probably got fingerprints on the bulb when installing.
    I concur on the whole doing fogs and regular bulbs at the same time, taking out the two torx bolts makes getting to the other bulbs much easier too. I wish there was a drop in led replacement for the fog light assembly, like I can get for my Jeep.
     
  13. badmoonkid24

    badmoonkid24 Member

    How do you get the dome lights off ???

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  14. LuvfiestaST

    LuvfiestaST Active Member

    I changed all my interior lights to LED... big difference
     
  15. pelotonracer2

    pelotonracer2 Active Member

    The low beam H11 Sylvania Ultra ZXE bulbs are such a great improvement that they are almost a necessity on this car. I'm going to upgrade the fog/driving lights this weekend using the same bulb.
     
  16. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    The dome lights are a bit of a pain. I almost did some photo documentation of the process .... almost. The assembly pulls down from the headliner on the rear edge, then unplug the wires (not real easy with fingers) and withdraw the unit toward the rear of the car. If just doing the dome bulb you can get away with carefully prying the flat clear lens off. It has 8 or 10 little retaining clips along the long edges. If doing the map lights too, you need to remove the big lens, pop the map light units out of their ball socket, and remove two small screws on the back to separate the lens from the bulb socket.
     
  17. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    An interior panel separator tool would be best for getting the big lens off. A screwdriver is likely to scratch, crack, or chip something.
     
  18. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    I haven't had a good dark country road to myself yet, but my initial impression is that the ZXE low beam is a "nice" improvement. The ZXE high beam is "holy crap!" bright and white. My '08 Mustang had HID and this high beam is equal to that.
     
  19. pelotonracer2

    pelotonracer2 Active Member

    I'll eventually trade out the high beam bulbs as well... are they H1 or?
     
  20. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Yes the high beams are H1. Never had those before. Seems like a really silly setup compared to the tidy socket and plug arrangement of the H11 low beams and fogs.
     
  21. mossdahaus

    mossdahaus Member

    They make h11b in the ZXEs or are our bulbs h11?
     

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