Guide: How to replace license plate bulbs

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2014 & 2019 CX-5 Touring(s)
Candurin, I see that you have a 2019 CX-5 Signature. Were you able to use the method described in that guide to pop the plastic covers off from outside with a screwdriver?
Read through that thread Candurin posted. You'll see this:

Just a note, this guide may not be applicable for newer models (2019+ CX-9 and CX-5). This is because Mazda moved to LED license plate bulbs and changed the housing. The new housing can't be opened as described in this DIY - instead you'd have to do something similar to what Shimian did above.
 

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'18 CX-9 Signature
Read through that thread Candurin posted. You'll see this:

Yep I was the one who wrote that guide and I also added that last post right before I posted my question to Candurin. I wanted to see if Candurin had used the guide himself to change his bulbs because earlier in this thread, we found that Avoidin Deer (who owns a 2019 GT Reserve) has "sealed" LED housings. It's possible Candurin was just providing a reference and was unaware of the change Mazda made to 2019 CX-5s and CX-9s.
 
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2019 CX-5 Signature
I didn’t change my bulbs in my 2019 sig as they’re already LED and I’ve only got 3k miles :)

I did use your guide to replace the bulbs in my wife’s 2018 CX-9 GT.
 
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2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring Premium
On a CX-5 the dome light lenses snap off if you insert a thin plastic pry tool (or thin flat head screwdriver covered with painter's tape) near the hinge part of the lens on each side. When facing forward, that area would be the part of the lens that is closer to the front of the car. Today I replaced my dome lights, vanity mirror lights, and rear hatch light with LEDs using this procedure. I bought dome lights that would fade like incandescents, as that is a nice feature of the CX-5.

Click HERE for a great video.
 

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2019 CX-5 Reserve
On a CX-5 the dome light lenses snap off if you insert a thin plastic pry tool (or thin flat head screwdriver covered with painter's tape) near the hinge part of the lens on each side. When facing forward, that area would be the part of the lens that is closer to the front of the car. Today I replaced my dome lights, vanity mirror lights, and rear hatch light with LEDs using this procedure. I bought dome lights that would fade like incandescents, as that is a nice feature of the CX-5.

Click HERE for a great video.
I sort of angsted over whose bulbs to buy...lots of suggestions on this forum. I eventually purchased a kit from Amazon on impulse, since I was ordering other stuff and decided to just buy them and have it done.

The thing I like about the ones in the vid you posted is that they are non-polarized, meaning--like an incandescent--you can install them either direction. The ones I got at Amazon were polarized, so I'd figure out which way they had to be installed by pressing against the contacts with the light in the ON position, then fumble/drop them, $@%*&$#, then start over. The vid also has some installation tips I would have found to be of value (like how to remove the existing bulbs in the front dome lights).

I know some folks have a strong preference, but frankly I'd be hard-pressed to fault any of them without a side-by-side comparison...and then I would close the door and they'd go out, the winner soon fading into the night ;)