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Ziza® Interior Lighting Package Installation Procedures
Part Number
ES2526355
for BMW E38
7 Series (1995-2001)
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Ziza Interior Lighting Package Installation
ES2526355
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Fits BMW E38 - 7 Series (1995-2001)
LED Installation Instructions
Interior Lighting Kit for BMW E38
ES2526355
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Kit Contents
Tools
5-chip bayonet LED (qty 4)
36mm white LED festoon (qty 5)
42mm white LED festoon (qty 9)
Trim removal tool – ES517779 (Kit)
This tutorial explains how to install the LEDs in your Ziza Interior Lighting Kit.
Make the job easier and prevent damage to headliners
and other interior trim with ECS Tuning Trim and Molding
Removal Tool Sets: ES2500877 and ES517779.
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Address: 1000 Seville Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Phone: 1.800.924.5172
Web: www.ecstuning.com
Ziza Interior Lighting Package Installation
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What are LEDs?
LEDs are Light Emitting Diodes, solid state devices that emit light when connected to electrical
current. They have no moving parts or wire filaments to burn out. They emit a whiter light, run
cooler, and last longer that the incandescent (filament style bulbs) we are replacing in this
tutorial.
Unlike filament bulbs, LEDs are polarity sensitive. They have plus and minus (positive and
negative) electrical terminals that must match the polarity of the applied voltage. Installing the
bulbs “backwards” in the light bulb sockets (with reversed polarity) will not harm them, but they
will not light. Flipping the bulb 180 degrees in the electrical connector cures this problem.
Bulb Types
This kit includes two bulb types, classified by their general shape.
FESTOON - Conventional incandescent festoon bulbs have a shape and general
appearance that is similar to a glass fuse.
Metal caps attached to both ends of a
glass tube are sealed to the tube and
attached to the bulb filament. End caps
mount the bulb in its holder and also
conduct electrical current.
festoon
LED festoon lights have the same pointed
end caps, but are attached to a bank of
LEDs instead of a filament tube.
BAYONET - The bayonet base is formed
by a metal tube with radial pins on its
side that engage holes or tabs in the bulb
socket. A central electrical nub contact at
the tapered base of the bulb connects the
bulb to voltage.
bayonet
While these are also polarity sensitive, the
socket design automatically orients the
bulb, ensuring correct polarity.
Address: 1000 Seville Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Phone: 1.800.924.5172
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General Tips
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When prying down on the assemblies to remove them, pry on the notched end of
the lens. Insert the narrow tool tip between the lens plastic and any metal collar
used to reinforce the lens mounting hole. Push in on the retaining clip first to
compress and release it. Then pry down.
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The spring bulb retainer is also the circuit conductor. If necessary, gently bend
the metal retainer so it holds the bulb tight. This will help prevent intermittent or
flickering LED operation caused by a loose connection.
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Install the bulbs with the LEDs facing toward the lens.
festoon
incandescent
front
LED
back
assembly removal
non mar pry tool
lens front
notch
metal collar in trim panel
retaining clip
(plastic or metal)
notch
Bulbs
spring bulb retainer
lens back
electrical connector
lens side clip
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Phone: 1.800.924.5172
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Fits BMW E38 - 7 Series (1995-2001)
Ziza Interior Lighting Kit Locations
Make____________BMW______________________________________
Model___________E38__7 Series___________________________________
Kit Part Number____ ES2526355____________________________________
deck lid light
42mm festoon with shield
ES2515360
trunk
42mm festoon with shield
ES2515360
rear dome (c-pillar option)
5-chip bayonet (qty 2)
ES2593776
42mm festoon (qty 2)
ES2515360
rr door (puddle light)
36mm festoon
ES2515359
lr door (puddle light)
36mm festoon
ES2515359
rf door (puddle light)
36mm festoon
ES2515359
lf door (puddle light)
36mm festoon
ES2515359
glove box
36 festoon with shield
ES2515359
sun visor
42mm festoon (qty 4)
ES2515360
front dome
42mm festoon
ES2515360
5-chip bayonet (qty 2)
ES2593776
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Phone: 1.800.924.5172
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Front Dome
and Vanity Mirror
LED
Installation
Front Dome - Step 1
Using a non-marring trim removal tool, pry down
on the rear of the light assembly located in the front
dome light console. Use the tool to compress the
spring clips (arrows) as you pry down to remove
the light housing.
To make bulb replacement easier, we suggest that
you unplug the electrical connector and take the
light assembly to a clean, well lighted work surface.
Front Dome - Step 2
Using the non-marring trim removal tool, gently pry
the plastic tabs that secure the front trim bezel to
the gray plastic outer housing.
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Front Dome - Step 3
Note: The trim bezel is attached to the housing
by several plastic clips (arrows). Pry carefully to
release all the clips without breaking them.
Front Dome - Step 4
Hold the dome light assembly as shown, then press
against the black plastic bulb holder to pop it from
the gray plastic housing.
Front Dome - Step 5
The assembly holds a single festoon and two bayonet base filament bulbs.
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Front Dome - Step 6
The two bayonet bulbs are installed at an angle in
the bulb sockets. This is normal.
The new 5-chip bayonet base LEDs must be
installed at the same angle to properly engage the
bulb socket electrical contacts.
Front Dome - Step 7
This photo shows how the new LED is installed at
the same angle as the glass bulb it replaces. Install
both bayonet LEDs and a 42mm festoon LED array
in the three bulb holders.
Front Dome - Step 8
Install the festoon with the light chips facing upward, away from the curved reflector, as shown.
The festoon array is polarity sensitive. If it does not
light when initially installed, flip it end-for-end to get
it working.
When all bulbs are installed, reassemble the bulb
holder in the housing and test bulb operation.
Reinstall the console assembly in the headliner to
complete the front dome light LED installation.
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Phone: 1.800.924.5172
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Front Vanity - Step 1
Pull down the sun visors to reveal the vanity mirror
lights.
Use the trim tool to pry on the long edge to remove
the light assembly from the headliner.
Front Vanity - Step 2
Replace the two original glass bulbs with 42mm
festoon LED arrays. Our photo shows both old and
new bulbs.
Front Vanity - Step 3
Install the LEDs with the light chips facing toward
the lenses.
Note: The arrays are polarity sensitive. If either
does not work when first installed, flip it end-for-end
to get it working.
When both arrays are working, snap the vanity
lights back into the headliner.
Repeat this process at the opposite vanity light to
complete the vanity light LED installation.
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Phone: 1.800.924.5172
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Rear Dome
Light LEDs
Rear Dome Lights - Step 1
The E38 has dual rear lamps located in the
C-pillars.
Pry down on the light assemblies with a trim
removal tool to compress the metal spring clips.
Remove the light from the headliner.
Note: You may find it easier to unplug the electrical
connector and take the entire light assembly to a
clean, well-lighted work surface.
Rear Dome Lights - Step 2
There are two bulbs in the rear dome light
assembly: A bayonet style glass filament bulb
(arrow) and a festoon bulb, covered in this image by
a large gray metal heat shield.
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Phone: 1.800.924.5172
Web: www.ecstuning.com
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Rear Dome Lights - Step 3
Replace the bayonet and festoon glass bulbs with a
bayonet base 5-chip LED and a festoon style LED
array.
The festoon LED light chips should face the lens.
The array is polarity sensitive; if it does not work
when initially installed, flip it end-for-end to get it
working.
Rear Dome Lights - Step 4
Reinstall the heat shield over the festoon LED array.
Rear Dome Lights - Step 5
Snap the rear dome light assembly back in place
until the spring clips engage to secure the light.
Repeat the process at the opposite C-pillar to
complete the rear dome light installation.
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Address: 1000 Seville Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Phone: 1.800.924.5172
Web: www.ecstuning.com
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Glove Box
Puddle Lamps
Trunk
Glove Box - Step 1
Use the trim tool to pry the glove box assembly
from the roof of the glove box liner.
Insert the tip of the tool in the notched end of the
lens so you can compress the plastic spring clip
(arrow) as you pull down.
Glove Box - Step 2
Slide the heat shield off to expose the glass
filament light.
Caution: The thin metal shield is sharp enough to
cut your fingers, so work carefully.
Install a 36mm festoon LED array in place of the
glass bulb. Light chips should face toward the lens.
The festoon arrays are polarity sensitive. If the LED
array does not light when it is installed and tested,
flip it end-for-end to get it working.
Replace the heat shield, and reinstall the light in
the glove box.
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Address: 1000 Seville Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Phone: 1.800.924.5172
Web: www.ecstuning.com
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Puddle Lamps - Step 1
The E38 has puddle lamps in all four doors. The
lenses are canted slightly to double as footwell
lights when the doors are closed.
All four lights use the same 36mm festoon style
bulbs.
Puddle Lamps - Step 2
Use the trim tool to pry at the notched end of the
puddle lamp lenses.
Pry each lens down to remove it.
Puddle Lamps - Step 3
Replace each of the original glass festoon bulbs
with a 36mm festoon LED array. The LED light
chips should face downward.
The LED arrays are polarity sensitive. If they do not
work when initially installed, flip them end-for-end to
get them working.
Repeat this process at all four puddle lamp
locations.
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Address: 1000 Seville Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Phone: 1.800.924.5172
Web: www.ecstuning.com
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Trunk - Step 1
There are two trunk lights: One in the trunk, the
other in the trunk lid.
Both use the same 42mm festoon base bulb.
Use the trim tool to pry out both of the light
assemblies, using the same technique used in the
glove box.
Trunk - Step 2
Slide off the heat shield and replace the original
glass bulbs with 42mm LED festoon arrays. Light
chips should face toward the lens. Flip the LED
arrays end-for-end if they do not work when initially
installed.
Replace the metal shields and reinstall the light
assemblies to complete the trunk light LED
installation.
Make the job easier and prevent damage to headliners
and other interior trim with ECS Tuning Trim and Molding
Removal Tool Sets: ES2500877 and ES517779.
This concludes the installation of the Ziza Interior Light Kit.
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Address: 1000 Seville Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281
Phone: 1.800.924.5172
Web: www.ecstuning.com
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