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Changing Dome Light Bulbs (Hardtop T Top Map Reading Post 23 of 27)

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Hardtop cars got a dome light (sometimes also called a roof light).
The standard dome light was a round version.
Their was also an option for a rectangular shaped light with a big center dome light, and 2 lights on the sides called map lights (or reading lights).

T-top Regals did not receive a dome light on the roof. Instead, they got 2 lights on the sail panel / c-pillar, which is above the back seats. These were called reading lights (or sometimes t-top dome lights, or courtesy lights).

These dome lights come on when you either open any door, or turn up the dimmer switch all the way.

The stock OEM lights were white bulbs.

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HARD TOP REGAL DOME LIGHT (option):

(note that the center section cover was painted/tinted red because the owner wanted a red looking light for this)

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HARD TOP REGAL MAP LIGHT (option):

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SPECS:

OEM BULB NUMBER:
211 hard top car (dome)
561 t-top (rear reading lights)

SOCKET COLOR: metal housing

NUMBER OF WIRES ATTACHED: 2

WIRE COLOR & PURPOSE:

(hard top car):

STANDARD ROUND DOME LIGHT:

CONNECTOR 1: yellow wire, power (hooks up to white / orange wire in from CIG/CLK fuse)
CONNECTOR 2: black wire, ground (hooks up to door jam switch circuit)

OPTIONAL MAP LIGHT DOME LIGHT:

CONNECTOR 1: white / orange wire in from CIG/CLK fuse
CONNECTOR 2: white wire out to (connects to dimmer switch, both door jam switches)

(t-top car):

Rear C-pillar Reading Lights (interior, AKA t-top dome light, or “Opera Lights”):

LH (driver side) Reading Light:
CONNECTOR 1: orange wire in from CIG/CLK fuse
CONNECTOR 2: black to ground.

RH (passenger side) Reading Light:
CONNECTOR 1: orange wire in from LH (driver side) Reading Light
CONNECTOR 2: black wire out to black wire on LH (driver side) Reading Light

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STANDARD ROUND DOME LIGHT:

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HOW TO CHANGE BULB:

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Hard Top Dome:
Squeeze big plastic lens cover to remove.
Pull bulb out. Replace.

Hard Top Map Lights:
Squeeze big plastic lens cover to remove.
Remove 2 phillips screws in the center (1 in front, 1 in rear) to remove chrome housing.
Twist bulbs out. Replace.

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T-top Rear Reading Lights:
Squeeze plastic lens cover (or use small flathead screwdriver) to remove (it pops in and out).
Pull bulb out. Replace.
(the chrome bezel stays attached to interior panel, only remove the center section)

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Reinstall in reverse order.

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T-TOP REGAL REAR READING LIGHTS:

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This is part of an ongoing series about the details & specifics on Changing Light Bulbs in your Buick Turbo Regal:

1) Overview
2) Head Lights
3) Bumper Lights (running lights, turn signals)
4) Front Corner Side Marker Lights
5) Front Lower Cornering Lamps (Limited models)
6) Under Hood Light
7) Brake & Turn Tail Lights
8) Backup Lights (reverse light)
9) Rear Running Tail Lights (center & side corner marker lights)
10) License Plate Light
11) Trunk Light
12) Under Dash / Courtesy Lights (driver / passenger side)
13) Glovebox Light
14) Dash plaque (usually on Limited models)
15) Dash Gauges / Side Warning Lights (analog & digital dash)
16) HVAC Light (heater / AC)
17) Console Shifter Indicator Light
18) Ashtray Light on Non-Console Cars
19) radio light bulbs
20) Rear Window Defogger Button Light
21) Rear View Mirror Map Lights (upgraded option, not standard on Regals)
22) Passenger Visor Vanity Mirror Light
23) Dome Light (t-top & hardtop; factory & upgraded hardtop versions) – (THIS page)
24) CHMSL (Center High Mounted Stop Light, AKA Third Brake Light)
25) Lower Door Panel Courtesy Lights (Limited models)
26) Aftermarket Dash / Other Extra Add-on Gauge Lights (a-pillar, console under radio, etc)
27) Opera / Coach Lights (Limited models)

You can click any link above and be taken to the light of your choice.

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