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It's Not Too Bright - 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited April 2015 in Jaguar
imageIt's Not Too Bright - 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Long-Term Road Test

The dome lights in our long-term 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe are the pretty, fashionable LED type, but they don't offer very good light spread.

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  • boffboff Posts: 91
    The aftermarket is you friend here. Some companies make bulbs with an integrated diffuser that eliminates the directionality problem. Plus you can dial up the lumens big time if you wish.You guys should do more of these relatively small mods, which is as far as many readers will want to go themselves. I'm sure you'd find no lack of companies willing to send you free stuff.
  • chol92594chol92594 Posts: 208
    boff said:

    The aftermarket is you friend here. Some companies make bulbs with an integrated diffuser that eliminates the directionality problem. Plus you can dial up the lumens big time if you wish.You guys should do more of these relatively small mods, which is as far as many readers will want to go themselves. I'm sure you'd find no lack of companies willing to send you free stuff.

    I second this. I've got some universal LED panels in my 2009 Civic and I love them. They're just a circuit board of LEDs with an adapter for whatever bulb type you use. They're a nice neutral white without any blue or yellow tinge and I always get remarks about how bright they are. I've got a few friends who have picked up similar products and love them as well. They even make custom-fit ones that are cut to fit the shape of your map/dome light housing.

    With that being said, I would hope aftermarket additions like this wouldn't be necessary on a modern luxury car, especially a six figure Jaguar. However, most map lights aren't really designed to light every crevice of the interior. They're mainly designed for reading things and providing a little extra light/safety when approaching a car at night. If anything, I think the more pertinent issue would be the apparent lack of adequate backlighting on the controls. You shouldn't have to turn on a map light to find any important controls when driving a car at night. In your situation, I probably would've just used the flashlight on my iPhone.
  • agentorangeagentorange Posts: 893
    I'm with Kurt Niebuhr when it comes to controlling headlamps. I also don't trust adaptive cruise control, but I use a normal cruise system every chance I get.
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