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Interior Bulbs (LED Replacement)

So I am going to put white LED's in the interior dome/map/cargo lights as well as at the license plate. I am wondering if anyone knows whether they need to be CAN Bus type or not. Seems some Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge's need them, some dont, and some are mixed. Do the letters in the front designate this as 212-2 is what I am used to seeing as a festoon bulb?

Cargo Lamp TL212–2
Overhead Console Lamp PLW214–2A
Reading Lamp WL212–2
License Plate Lamp W5W

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Looks like the CAN Bus bulbs just add a load resistor to mimic the current drawn by an incandescent, so as not to trip the system as a dead bulb.
May just get them all CAN Bus and call it a day unless someone has insight into this.
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None of my other past/present Chrysler products have monitored interior bulbs and I have had no issues using non-CANBUS led replacements. I genuinely doubt that they'd go with the increased cost and complexity of bulb monitoring for non-safety related lighting.

I'll post more when my interior LEDs arrive.
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None of my other past/present Chrysler products have monitored interior bulbs and I have had no issues using non-CANBUS led replacements. I genuinely doubt that they'd go with the increased cost and complexity of bulb monitoring for non-safety related lighting.

I'll post more when my interior LEDs arrive.
from what Ive read on dodge (ram) and jeep (wrangler & GC) forums trying to see how similar bulbs and chrysler vehicles worked, they def use them. If you dont use a canbus type, they may not dim on/off when getting in and out...only work when manually turned on.
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My personal experiences with 2012 and 2014 Rams, 2012 Journey, 2008 JK, and 2011 300C have shown NO issues using non-CANBUS interior bulbs.

Ram exterior cargo lights required resistors to behave normally (but there was no bulb - out indication). Also no issues using non-CANBUS leds for the plate lights.

Conversely - I DID use SBLED's canbus bulbs for the Ram's signals and STILL got hyper flash and bulb out warnings forcing me to use external resistors anyway.

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Interesting. When are you getting yours in?
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Oh...also have you opened any of them up yet?
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They should be here next week, so I can do the HID and LED installs at the same time. I popped open on of the front reading lights - pretty easy: Just gotta be gentle and use something soft (like a trim removal tool or a plastic knife).
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Yeah they looked similar to my last car, used a butter knife on it. Have only messed with the license plate bulbs housings so far.
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I have already done this every bulb in the limited is 194 and none are canbus but the license plate. It will say "license plate bulb out" when u start the truck for 1 sec then goes away. Also does it for low beam headlights cause I installed a plug and play HID kit from Volt in em bulb size 9006 fog is H16. Does anyone know what I can use for the 2 license plate lights so the computer wont say there out?
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