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I got all through ECS. Cost about $90.
Finally got around to upgrading the trunk lighting with LED. I use my trunk a lot and at night when I often grocery shop. Never could understand why Audi didn't go the extra mile and install 2 lights in the trunk. Even if it raised the vehicle cost by $50 for a $1 bulb and $10 for the extended wiring harness and light unit.
I used a soft LED strip. I bought it off some common auto parts LED vendor when they were having a sale some months back. While the backing says "3M", it's not doing that great a job. Seems that it's best designed for absolutely smooth surfaces. The plastic paneling has a grain to it. I've had to press hard on it a few times. If it doesn't hold, then I'll have to shoe-goo it. I debated cutting it down, but then figured I'd just run it down the plastic edging. Came out pretty well. Definitely a HUGE improvement on illumination. The photos make it look like there's raised LED's but that's just LED flare. The strip is completely smooth.
I used a flat head screwdriver on one of the vent slots near the top rear end to fit the harness plug through (it's hidden well enough). I then used a snake "grab-it" tool to grasp and pull it forward to the light fixture opening. I'd originally thought about drilling a hole in through the plastic, as that would've been neater. But heck, it's the trunk. Not winning any beauty contest here. And it's completely out of view with the rear shelf in place.
Original incandescent bulb (photo shows annotation of initial thought about LED strip placement, lower than what I did) -- you can definitely see the intensity difference:
Last edited by absolutt; 08-21-2019 at 08:12 PM.