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Honda CR-V Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a 3rd generation 2007 to 2011 Honda CR-V SUV with photos.

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2011 CR-V Dome Light
Two Notches On Rear Edge
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) Honda CR-V in changing a burnt out overhead dome light bulb or upgrading it to a brighter LED unit.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles with similar dome light housings such as the Pilot, Insight, CR-Z, Accord, Civic, Fit, Crosstour, Odyssey, Ridgeline, TSX, ILX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb is part number DE3175 which is available from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

If you would like to have a brighter dome light, install a compatible DE3175 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool used to pry out the translucent plastic lens cover.

Pry Out Lens Cover
Old Bulb Exposed
Pull Out Old Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or use a plastic panel pry tool.

Carefully insert the blade of the screwdriver in to one of the two notches on the front edge of the translucent plastic lens cover.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place. You may need to pry at both of the notches to pop out the cover.

If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Old # DE3175 Festoon
Empty Bulb Socket
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New DE3175
Test Bulb - Switch To "On"
Re-Insert Front Edge
Push a new # DE3175 festoon bulb straight in to the socket.

(Tip: If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.)

Test the new bulb by sliding the "On / Door / Off" switch to the "On" position.

Gently Snap In Cover
Lens Cover Replaced
Slide Switch To "Door"
Re-insert the plastic tabs on one edge of the lens cover in first and then gently pop in the other side.

Slide the switch to the "Door" setting so that the dome light will turn on whenever a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other Honda CR-V Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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