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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:15 PM   #61
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Gents, not trying to be a smart *** here, but technically, using blue LED's behind blue filters should give you brighter light. If you use white LED's behind blue filters, all but the blue portion of the spectrum gets filtered out. Using blue filters should minimize filtering and yield more light output. Not that you would need it based on what I've seen in the pictures. Looks amazing!

I got the white overlays from jeepwhitegaueges.com and they look almost identical to Autometer's new Phantom II line of gauges. I will be getting an oil temp and trans temp gauge and mounting them on the pillar in one of Lotek's pods. Unfortunately, the lighting on the Phantom II gauges is white at night, not blue (you can see how they look at night by rolling your cursor over the "View Nighttime" button towards the top of the gauge links below). I need to find a way to make those look blue so they will match, too. They already come with LED's in them, tho I don't know what type/size they are. The gauges aren't cheap so I am somewhat hesitant to tear one apart and see if the LED's could be replaced

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Oil Temp Gauge: Auto Meter
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Unread 01-22-2010, 09:29 PM   #62
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Lastly, I read in an earlier post that the "solder component LED's" don't actually need to be soldered. Can anyone confirm this for me???
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Unread 01-23-2010, 02:24 PM   #63
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Gents, not trying to be a smart *** here, but technically, using blue LED's behind blue filters should give you brighter light. If you use white LED's behind blue filters, all but the blue portion of the spectrum gets filtered out. Using blue filters should minimize filtering and yield more light output. Not that you would need it based on what I've seen in the pictures. Looks amazing!

I got the white overlays from jeepwhitegaueges.com and they look almost identical to Autometer's new Phantom II line of gauges. I will be getting an oil temp and trans temp gauge and mounting them on the pillar in one of Lotek's pods. Unfortunately, the lighting on the Phantom II gauges is white at night, not blue (you can see how they look at night by rolling your cursor over the "View Nighttime" button towards the top of the gauge links below). I need to find a way to make those look blue so they will match, too. They already come with LED's in them, tho I don't know what type/size they are. The gauges aren't cheap so I am somewhat hesitant to tear one apart and see if the LED's could be replaced

Links:

Gauge overlays: http://www.jeepwhitegauges.com/zj9698-white-layout.jpg
Oil Temp Gauge: Auto Meter
Trans Temp Gauge: Auto Meter
Pillar Pod: Lotek Dual A-Pillar Pod Jeep Grand Cherokee 93-98 (don't worry, you can get it in Agate to match 96-98 interiors)
theyr not as bright on mine with the blue filter. i know, in theory they should be brighter

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Lastly, I read in an earlier post that the "solder component LED's" don't actually need to be soldered. Can anyone confirm this for me???
who said that? id say theyr pretty wrong..
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Unread 01-23-2010, 07:23 PM   #64
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on the soldered led's, im assuming the positive end (anode, longer wire) connects to the lead that the resistor is on?
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Unread 01-23-2010, 07:52 PM   #65
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Thanks a ton for the how to and list of bulbs, John! I'm planning on converting my whole interior to blue LED's, this is a huge help!
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Unread 01-24-2010, 12:03 PM   #66
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who said that? id say theyr pretty wrong..
See bolded in quotes below...

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I checked out my headlight switch (box) and the lights on them are really SMALL. I would post a pic but i cant atm cause this account is new but "You dont need to solder the new bulbs in. its just clipping them and btw. I dont think they sell LEDS that small =/ if you can find the right led for it let us know!! pls
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theyr not as bright on mine with the blue filter. i know, in theory they should be brighter
Totally possible. The one wild card here is that if the white LED's are significantly brighter than the Blue LED's are to begin with, the white LED's may transmit more visible light through the filter. Also, if the blue filter is not close to the same color as the Blue LED is emitting, the same filtering phenomena will take place on with the Blue LED's.

Question then: So, if everyone is using white LED's, doesn't that illuminate some stuff white because not everything has filters on it? Or are people putting filters back on top of the blue LED's??? Just wondering.
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Unread 01-24-2010, 12:38 PM   #67
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BLUE led's
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Unread 01-24-2010, 02:31 PM   #68
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Another question. If you perform all this, all that I can think of that would be left are the lights in each door's power window switch. Anybody know what to do on those? I fear they may be part of the door modules. In that case, it could be a real PITA to change them. I just hate the thought of going through all this trouble to get everything changed to blue and then still have crap like the power window switches green. Anybody know?

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Unread 01-29-2010, 11:40 PM   #69
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i just did mine! they look awesome. pics are uploading







How did you get the more even look in your dash, I wasn't too fond of the focussed light on the other one?
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Unread 02-10-2010, 08:32 AM   #70
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Looks great. I just started replacing blubs yesterday. I kept the factory look. Does anyone know if there is a bulb that lights up the buttons "set" & "select" on the VIC? I can't remember if those light up?

Also, do you need to solder the "solder component neowedge bulbs)?

If you want to keep stock look, are there auto stores you can go to that carry OEM bulbs?
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Unread 02-11-2010, 05:43 PM   #71
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How did you get the more even look in your dash, I wasn't too fond of the focussed light on the other one?
Id like to know this as well.
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Unread 02-11-2010, 08:32 PM   #72
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How did you get the more even look in your dash, I wasn't too fond of the focussed light on the other one?
I think because the OP used "white" leds and BlackZJ as well as myself used "blue" leds.... My heated seat control module is brighter than the others but thats because the led's sit closer to the front of the module than the rest.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 10:42 PM   #73
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Another question. If you perform all this, all that I can think of that would be left are the lights in each door's power window switch. Anybody know what to do on those? I fear they may be part of the door modules. In that case, it could be a real PITA to change them. I just hate the thought of going through all this trouble to get everything changed to blue and then still have crap like the power window switches green. Anybody know?

rear doors window switch bulb, front one's I can't get into, case won't fully open

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Unread 03-12-2010, 12:40 AM   #74
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How did you get the more even look in your dash, I wasn't too fond of the focussed light on the other one?
couldn't tell you to be honest, just put the leds in and they worked?
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Unread 03-12-2010, 11:57 AM   #75
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didn't see this one posted before, so this one is for the ''check gauges/low fuel'' and what not (#37 on sylvania chart)

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