1 Introduction

The interior lighting on the Starquests is rather inadequate. The bulbs are old and dim and the fixtures do little to help disperse the available light. Replacement bulbs are going to be the same rating and the few LED options for the bulb styles are also going to be inadequate. Inpection of the fixtures showed them to have little or no reflectivity. This page will demonstrate how to improve the light output while keeping the OEM bulbs by simply adding some metallic tape found in the body section of your local auto parts store.


2 Materials
  • Metallic tape
  • Scissors
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver- small
  • Q-tips
  • Rubbing alcohol

 


3 Door and Courtesy Light Procedure

3.1 Using a small flat tip screwdriver, carefully pop the lens from the door light. (Figure1).

Figure 1

 

3.2 Using the #2 phillips screwdriver, remove the two screws holding the fixture (Figure 2).

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Figure 2

 

3.3 Remove the connector and pull the fixture out (Figure 3). Clean the inside of the fixture using Q-tips and rubbing alcohol.

Figure 3

 

3.4 Using scissors, cut small pieces of the metalic tape and affix to the inside sides of the fixture. Use a Q-tip to smooth out air bubbles in the hard to reach areas (Figure 4).

Figure 4

 

3.5 Apply the tape to all 4 inside sides folding the excess over the front. Trim the excess tape using a utility knife. Be sure to make holes in the tape for the mounting screws (Figure 5).

Figure 5

 

3.6 Reinstall the light into the door (Figure 6) and repeat the produre for the other light.

Figure 6

 

3.7 Light Installed (Figure 7).

Figure 7

 

3.8 To remove the overhead courtesy light assembly, remove the cap under the mirror. Using the #2 philips screwdriver, first remove the 3 screws holding the mirror inplace. Once the mirror is removed, remove the remaining 2 screws to release the light assembly. Unplug the connector to the light (Figure 8).

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Figure 8

 

3.9 Using a small flat tip screwdriver, pop out the main lens assembly (Figure 9).

Figure 9

 

3.10 Flip the assembly over. Using a #2 phillips screwdriver, remove the two screws holding the lamp base, the two screws holding the switch assembly, and the screw securing the connector. (Figure 10).

Figure 10

3.11 Thoroughly clean all parts that will get metallic tape with rubbing alcohol and Q-tips.

 

3.12 Using scissors, cut the metallic tape into pieces and affix the to lamp heatshields and the inside areas (Figures 11 and 12).

Figure 11

Figure 12

(Note: Arrows only show some of the areas. Be sure to tape all 4 sides of each compartment).

 

3.13 Affix tape to the lamp base assembly (Figure 13).

Figure 13

 

3.14 Reassemble the light assembly (Figure 14).

Figure 14

 

3.15 Reinstall courtesy light back in the interior of the car (Figures 15 & 16).

Figure 15

Figure 16

 

Another shot of the completed light assembly as seen from the rear seats (Figure 17).

Figure 17

 

3.16 The same concept can be applied any light fixture. Here are shots of the 3rd Brake Light being taped. First the heat shield was taped (Figure 18) and then the rest of the reflector (Figure 19).

Figure 18

Figure 19

 

The normal clear bulb was replaced with a red bulb (Figure 20).

Figure 20

 

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