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I've got a 2021 Rogue Platinum (Should be the same for all trims '21 and up). It's the top of the top trims, so I would expect it to have the best of the best.. Not the case when it comes to lighting, especially the interior. So I decided to go full LED on everything I could!


Contents:

¹ Front map lights
² Visor mirror lights
³ Tailgate light
⁴ Rear seat lights
⁵ License plate lights
⁶ Rear blinkers
⁷ Reverse lights

(¹)I started with the center map lights. Easy to swap with virtually no problems. (²) Next was the visor mirror lights which proved much trickier. They didn't just drop down from the headliner.. I was able to get the passenger side swapped but the driver side came disconnected from the wire connector. Easy I thought, I'll just pull the wire out.. Nope. They tape the wires to the headliner at the factory, thus, the wire would not pull out and I couldn't get it reconnected. I ended up having to cut a tiny piece of the headliner off to get enough surface to work with. The newly removed section was covered by the trim piece so everything appears as it should. (³) Similar to the visor issue the tailgate light wires were also tapped which made it a bit difficult. However once I was able to remove the tiny screw it was swapped with in a minute. (⁴) After being intimidated by the video I attempted to swap the rear seat lights. I followed the video with the first light and it was tough, I had to use a plastic thing-a-bob to pop the bulb out. I didn't take the light cover off all the way because I wasn't confident I could get it back on. On the opposite side I attempted the same thing, but to my surprise the entire light housing came out (which made it overly simple to swap). Bing bang boom, I was done with the rear seat lights, and the entire set of 7 interior lights. (⁵) License plate lights were super easy to pop out, but a bit trickier to pop back in. The wire connector disconnection was the most difficult part of the swap and took a bit of elbow grease. DON'T FORGET TO SECURE THE BLUE LOCK. I forgot to do one and I couldn't get it back out so we'll see what happens. (⁶) The rear blinkers were easy. 10mm socket got the bolts out smoothly. A couple good whacks and the first pin came out. The second pin required a little more effort but it was relatively easy. The signal socket has directional arrows for locking. Twist, remove, pull out bulb, replace with LED, check functionality, put into housing, lock. Putting the housing back on to the body was easy, just did the opposite of the removal process. Furthest pin first, then set the rearward pin and whack it back into place and you're done. (⁷) The reverse lights were a bit tricky. After popping the 24 plastic pins out and removing the trim panel came the removal of the 2 8mm nuts on each light housing. I used extreme caution while removing each nut. Even still, I wish I would have used a magnetic socket. I dropped a nut but luckily it didn't fall into the hatch. Overall the process took about 15 minutes. Checking it required 2 people because I couldn't put it into reverse and go look at the same time.

With all lights completely swapped I'm very satisfied with the results (minus my forgetfulness of securing the blue locking tab). Total cost was somewhere around $75 and 90 minutes of my time. I would highly recommend an LED conversation to everyone. Difficulty scale 2/5. Tools I use were flat head screw driver, paint can opener, piece of scrap plastic and a Leatherman tool.

Automotive tail & brake light Vehicle Automotive lighting Hood Vehicle registration plate

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(License plate lights not installed at the time of this photo)
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Automotive lighting Sky Automotive exterior Automotive design Tints and shades


LINKS:

●All interior lights (minus tailgate light)

iBrightstar Newest Extremely Bright Wedge T10 168 194 LED Bulbs for Car Interior Dome Map Door Courtesy License Plate Lights, Xenon White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071ZXTDBD/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_GM937F16RYG26PN5GD5K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

●Tailgate light

Serundo Auto DE3175 Led Car Bulb 31mm 1.22in Led Festoon Bulb, DE3021 DE3022 DE3023 6428 6430 7065 Led Festoon Bulb, 6000k White Super Bright Interior Led Used for Car Map Dome Light etc ,Pack of 4pcs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SZC2MXG/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_HDB6B91RJG807FNQBE9G?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

●License plate lights

iJDMTOY OEM-Fit 3W Full LED License Plate Light Kit Compatible With 2019/2020-up Nissan Altima Sentra Versa Rogue, Powered by 18-SMD Xenon White LED https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0825C75TZ/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_JSMWRMZNT6MY7BGM5NG8

●Rear turn signals

OXILAM 7440 LED Bulbs Amber Yellow 4000LM for Turn Signal Lights with Build-in Load Resistor CANBUS Error Free T20 7440NA 7441 W21W WY21W Blinker Bulb Replacement (2PCS) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q8RZRZV/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_17S7BKN7P71W4NSJEJBJ

●Reverse lights

Limited-time deal: 2022 Upgraded 912 921 LED Bulb Reverse Lights, OXILAM Backup Light Bulbs for Car, 300% Higher Brightness 6000K White, Mini Size Non-polarity Canbus Error Free T15 906 W16W Bulb, Pack of 2 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B099N1TB5R/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_dl_FFD5MZBZFBCYAR74TH09

☆Interior light tutorial

☆Rear turn signals tutorial

☆Reverse lights tutorial

☆License plate light tutorial
 

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Good info, good job! :):)

There's only one suggestion I'll make, and it applies to the backups. Also brake lamps for anyone changing those. The TCM on all Rogues and most other CVT Nissans looks at the both the backup and brake circuits, and it only takes about 2V of stray voltage to make them misbehave. With the "voltage drop" across standard LED's, that means crosstalk from wet wires or cracked lenses can drive your transmission crazy unless you protect against it. Using CANbus bulbs for those circuits will work fine, or you can string a small resistor (330 ohms 1 watt will usually suffice) from any point in the circuit to ground. That will "pull down" any leakage that might screw up your transmission's day.
 

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Good tip, I made sure to order CANbus turn signals. Checking the reviews was a must-do because Amazon sellers will write anything to get you to buy their stuff. I'm a firm believer of "you get what you pay for"
With turn signals you'll at least get hyperflash and know you made a mistake. The problem with the brake and reverse circuits is that the problem will be invisible unless and until you have a leakage problem, but then it will leave you scratching your head over why your car suddenly won't accelerate or threw some bizarre code like a Transmission Range Switch. CAN bulbs or a $2 eBay resistor are cheap insurance against a sunroof leak or broken taillight leaving your car in limp mode in the middle of West Bumf_ck. ;)
 

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Glad to hear this! Thank you
So I made one modification, when I clicked on your links it says they have a new version of the blinker bulbs. https://www.amazon.com/Upgraded-OXILAM-7440-Brighter-Replacement-dp-B0BCK9YP11/dp/B0BCK9YP11/

I only ordered one pair, and if it works well I'll let y'all know and order a second pair for the front, as I didn't even notice before buying but the S-trim does not have the cool switchback DRL blinkers like the higher trims have.
 

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Brighter?? Jeez, mine are already super bright. Also, I would imagine you could order the platinum trim switchback drl as a full unit and swap out the s-trim drls (@VStar650CL could probably let us know if swapping drls is a easy as old out, new in)
 

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Brighter?? Jeez, mine are already super bright. Also, I would imagine you could order the platinum trim switchback drl as a full unit and swap out the s-trim drls (@VStar650CL could probably let us know if swapping drls is a easy as old out, new in)
I can look into that, but most of those LED low-beam assemblies like the Platinum has are about $1600 a pop. Better to get some China switchback controllers off eBay and LED replacement bulbs where desired. ;)
 

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Brighter?? Jeez, mine are already super bright.
Both are listed same brightness.

The new ones seem to sacrifice uniformity for the sake of including a fan sticking out the back. The fan only moves as the blinkers is on though, so the fan pulses in speed.

Only advantage is that in super hot climates, which Texas usually is, the new ones might be more heat resistant when you have your hazards on for 10mins or something continuously.

So I installed them, and I can't say if they are as good or better than any other LEDs but they are certainly better than the halogens, so purchased two more for the back. :cool:
 

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I decided to keep most of the interior lights the incandescent bulb, as I don't mind it being dim for most of the interior but for the trunk it was way too dark. For those ONLY wanting to increase the brightness of the cargo area while maintaining a close match to the factory warm white lights, this works well and is much much brighter:

Only downside is I now have three extra as they sell them in packs of four. I don't think any other location uses these festoon bulbs though on the base S, as I think even the dome light are those little wedge bulbs.

Regarding the exterior back, they sent the backup bulb but not the second set of blinkers, delayed in transit, doh!
 

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Brighter?? Jeez, mine are already super bright. Also, I would imagine you could order the platinum trim switchback drl as a full unit and swap out the s-trim drls (@VStar650CL could probably let us know if swapping drls is a easy as old out, new in)


$304 each DRL assembly. Do not know if the SL and lower's wiring harness can utilize the Platinum DRL module.
 

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$304 each DRL assembly. Do not know if the SL and lower's wiring harness can utilize the Platinum DRL module.
Woah, yeah that's a nope from me at that price, but its fine with LED, still plenty bright and you get that more instant digital on/off LED experience. I can tell its plenty bright, as when I turn my blinkers on I see the amber reflecting off all the cars in front of me, lol!

Speaking of excessively bright, I couldn't help but notice that JoeMoe got quite a bit tanner in his last two videos videos after installing the interior LEDs compared to before on the first two. Hmmm.... :p
 
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