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Red face My console LED swap.

I was going to just post this in the previous thread talking about swapping the incandescent bulbs with LEDs, but I put a spin on it and also thought a newer thread would be better.

I swapped all lights out with white LEDs from RadioShack. The exception is the one led for the peddle adjuster. I was hesitant to desolder the whole assembly off to get at the bulb. I also will probably swap the white out for blues soon. I also added two extra LEDs to the A/C controls to try and brighten it up a bit.

If you choose to buy them there then a 330ohm resistor on each bulb works nicely.

Here's what I did slightly differently. I bought a mini switch while I was there, drilled a couple of holes:


So now I can do this for funsies:



I want to do the same with the top cubbyhole too, but I have to figure out the cleanest way to keep the bulb hidden from direct eyesight.

I'm happy to answer any questions should you have them!

Here's the final, so you don't have to wade through comments.

Here's a few pictures of it on:





My camera made the red come out looking amber, but it's actually straight up red. I'll mess with my camera settings and see if I can get a true color

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Oh yes, my Step button got scratched across the S and is now stupid bright and I wanted to light up information center but it is 100% opaque
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Wow!! Incredible result!! Looks pretty darn good!! Wish I had the skills to do the same!

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Did you replace the bulbs? What bulbs did you use?
The light bulb for the pedal should be easy to get at, just drop the door. OR
were you referring to something else?

I just tossed a bunch of RS LED bulbs....oops....

Looks like it might affect your vision at night, does it?


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Hey, Don, I think he's referring to the pedal adjustment buttons on the center console. That's what got scratched.

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Did you replace the bulbs? What bulbs did you use?
I used 7000mcd white LEDs, part #: 276-0017 330ohm, 1/4Watt resistors to go with them.

When I swap them for blue ones, I will probably go purchase an LED strip like this one and cut out each individual LED. They are the smaller, square LEDs and will fit much nicer than the bulb ones in there now. I'll also probably go with 470ohm or 680ohm resistors for them.

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The light bulb for the pedal should be easy to get at, just drop the door. OR
were you referring to something else?
Yeah I was referring to the toggle switch (the dark spot in the middle on the bottom row of lights) on the console to move the pedals forwards or back. The bulb on the circuit board is under the switch assemble and you have to desolder 4 or 5 (relatively) massive solder anchors. I also only have the bulb types linked above which will not fit in the space.

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Looks like it might affect your vision at night, does it?
It's not too bad, actually. Definitely brighter than usual but I quickly adjusted to it. Having the blue LED on doesn't affect me at all. Like I mentioned in my first post, I want to do the top cubby hole but am trying to decide how to install the LED to be able to light up the whole cubby hole while still having it hidden from shining directly in anyone's eyes.
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It's actually fine, just going to be a pain to replace that particular bulb. The scratch is on the "Step" button on the top row. You can kinda see how much brighter it is in the pictures. It doesn't shine into my eyes while driving, but it's noticeable and annoys the PISS outta me >.<
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Looks good. Make sure you post up the pics when you do the blues.

I want to change mine to blue but I've never done anything like that before and I am scared to screw it up.


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It's actually fine, just going to be a pain to replace that particular bulb. The scratch is on the "Step" button on the top row. You can kinda see how much brighter it is in the pictures. It doesn't shine into my eyes while driving, but it's noticeable and annoys the PISS outta me >.<
When I replaced the bulb for the pedal adjustment I took it all the way apart. It wasn't to hard to get it apart...the PITA was geting the pegs soldered in at the correct adjustment height so the switch worked again. I had that dang panel intal;led and removed probably 10 times before I got it adjusted correctly. Just take good pictures of it when you take it apart. I just couldn't remember how it was before I disassembled it.


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It's not too bad, actually. Definitely brighter than usual but I quickly adjusted to it. Having the blue LED on doesn't affect me at all. Like I mentioned in my first post, I want to do the top cubby hole but am trying to decide how to install the LED to be able to light up the whole cubby hole while still having it hidden from shining directly in anyone's eyes.


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