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Unread 12-28-2008, 07:56 AM   #1
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Converting all dash lights to blue...

My new radio lit up blue and I wanted everything to match... plus I was tired of boring green!

I started with the HVAC. Pulled out the 3 little bulbs and wired up blue LED's. Looks good but I should have gone with white LED's as the blue ones with the blue filter in the panel make it a little dim.

Next up is the gauge cluster, cigarrette ligther socket, and the shifter/TC indicators.

Has anyone else done this to their Jeep? If so, is there an easier way than soldering a bunch of LED's? I don't want bulbs with blue paint on them though!

What about these for the gauge cluster? http://www.ledlight.com/t10-wedge-5-...led-light.aspx

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Unread 12-28-2008, 08:03 AM   #2
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Unread 12-28-2008, 08:03 AM   #3
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why not get a radio that matched?

some out there have lights that are switchable

my Alpine has 3 positions
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Unread 12-28-2008, 08:56 AM   #4
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Yes, but it seems that every single 80's and 90's car (except Pontiac haha) had green dash lights. Just so tired of them.

I'll give BLACKzj52 a PM.
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Unread 12-28-2008, 11:20 AM   #5
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the guages and tcase/tranny shifter use 194 bulbs, 7 for the guages and 2 foor both the tcase and tranny shifter
i got leds that had 5 on each bulb. theyr bright as hell.

do you have any pics of the hvac light swap? iv been wanting to try this
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Unread 12-29-2008, 07:17 AM   #6
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No pics yet. All I did was remove the bulbs and hot glued LED's where they were. I then soldered them together and to the copper strips that the bulbs were powered off of.
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Unread 12-29-2008, 08:49 AM   #7
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Yes, but it seems that every single 80's and 90's car (except Pontiac haha) had green dash lights. Just so tired of them.

I'll give BLACKzj52 a PM.
green is one of the colors that the human eye is specialized to see really, really well.
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Unread 12-29-2008, 05:08 PM   #8
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No pics yet. All I did was remove the bulbs and hot glued LED's where they were. I then soldered them together and to the copper strips that the bulbs were powered off of.
yeah i figured. whered u get the small blue leds from?
i didnt wanna have to do the little surgery, but i will
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Unread 12-30-2008, 05:52 AM   #9
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I ordered 100 blue LED's from ebay for like $50.
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Unread 12-30-2008, 11:50 AM   #10
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Use the TopBright ebay store, 100 LED's for $15, sweet deal. Of course, you're going to have to do some soldering but hey, they last forever! Oh make sure you use the right resistors and such when you're putting the LED's in, Individual LED's are usually rated at like 3 or 4 volts i think and automotive power is like 12v, never done this stuff before but I will eventually (Topbright includes as many resistors as you need for your LEDs to connect each and every one to 12v, good guys over there in china)
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Unread 12-30-2008, 04:07 PM   #11
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yah, I used 470ohm resistors but I think that was too big as they are kinda dim!
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Unread 12-30-2008, 04:31 PM   #12
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just make sure they are 12v LEDs. I just ordered LED's from ebay for $11 to do my heater knobs and light switches, etc. to match the blue LED guage lights. Search for "neo-wedge lights" and you need the 8mm and 10mm i believe. I'll let ya know how it goes blackzj52.
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Use the TopBright ebay store, 100 LED's for $15, sweet deal. Of course, you're going to have to do some soldering but hey, they last forever! Oh make sure you use the right resistors and such when you're putting the LED's in, Individual LED's are usually rated at like 3 or 4 volts i think and automotive power is like 12v, never done this stuff before but I will eventually (Topbright includes as many resistors as you need for your LEDs to connect each and every one to 12v, good guys over there in china)
i did a search on ebay for topbright and it didnt bring anything up. can you give me a link please?

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just make sure they are 12v LEDs. I just ordered LED's from ebay for $11 to do my heater knobs and light switches, etc. to match the blue LED guage lights. Search for "neo-wedge lights" and you need the 8mm and 10mm i believe. I'll let ya know how it goes blackzj52.
thanks man ill go look at that right now
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Unread 12-30-2008, 10:12 PM   #14
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http://stores.ebay.com/TopBright-Led-Store

These guys include resistors for 12v on most of their orders sso dont forget to use them.
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Hmm, everything is done except the headlight switch lights, the rear wiper switch lights, and the cigarrette lighter. Has anyone done those yet?
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