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Unread 07-11-2012, 09:57 AM   #1036
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Note, for those with 03+, the needles are orange and with the blue leds, they are dull purple and not that easy to see 97-02 have white needles. I recently did mine white and now they glow bright blue. I pulled the needles off and the color is on the backside which I scraped off with a razor then paited white with a paint pen. I also took the orange off the center circular part and did not do it white. Too difficult to get looking sharp. There is also a tiny bit of the top of the needle that needs to be painted black. There is a tiny section of orange on the back that is difficult to get to.

Taking the needles off was no big deal. Turn the engine on an take a picture of where they are at (do it when cold otherwise the temp gauge may change on you). They pull straight off or a fork will help pry. Push them back on per the picture. The speedo, I did while driving against a GPS

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Unread 07-11-2012, 01:26 PM   #1037
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I'm really considering doing this, but I'm not sure which color. Has anyone used green LEDs yet. Would like to see those. I noticed that the colored ones make the cluster darker and harder to see in areas that are supposed to be red like at the high end of the tach. I'm worried that green LEDs would look funny in those areas. The white LEDs seem to brighten it the most I guess because there are no conflicting colors.

When selecting a color keep in mind the tint on the gauge overlays will filter all light but the color it appears. for example red will filter out all but red. this is why red areas are dim with a blue light source. There is no red light coming from the LED so you don't see much in these area.
This is why i went with White LED'. it has an electric white look to it. and you can see all the markings on the gagues.

For those looking for blue on the HVAC controls I HIGHLY RECOMMEND USING WHITE LED'S. There is blue tinting in the overlays to make the yellow stock bulbs appear slightly green. when you go with white, you get blue overlays and can still see the red on the heat adjustment! (this is also why they never match the gauges) i accedentally discovered this on my '01 when attempting a white install.

and for my next trick, i am going to go with a 3 color LED, so i can adjust color with a couple of variable resistors.
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Unread 07-11-2012, 06:11 PM   #1038
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Nice, i started mountain biking about a year ago and i have a cannondale trail sl2 29er
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Unread 09-06-2012, 09:07 AM   #1039
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How simple, thanks man!
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Unread 09-06-2012, 04:56 PM   #1040
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Ordered red for my 04 TJ. Here are the same bulbs as v-leds at much less. Has the same inverted cone design.. $2.54 for ten with free shipping..
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Unread 09-07-2012, 06:39 AM   #1041
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where did you order the LEDs from?
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Unread 09-07-2012, 10:52 AM   #1042
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where did you order the LEDs from?
Sorry, forgot to add link.. He has different colors too.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/200813577644...84.m1439.l2649
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Unread 09-10-2012, 05:44 PM   #1043
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Does the angle of the light emitted make a difference? I want a uniform light across all he gauges instead of "bright spots" where the bulbs go
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Unread 09-10-2012, 08:33 PM   #1044
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I just did blue, and as others have started here the needles are hard to see. Has anyone tried green? My jeep is electric lime green and i think matching gauges would be sweet.
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Unread 09-11-2012, 04:09 AM   #1045
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I just did blue, and as others have started here the needles are hard to see. Has anyone tried green? My jeep is electric lime green and i think matching gauges would be sweet.

Note, for those with 03+, the needles are orange and with the blue leds, they are dull purple and not that easy to see 97-02 have white needles. I recently did mine white and now they glow bright blue. I pulled the needles off and the color is on the backside which I scraped off with a razor then paited white with a paint pen. I also took the orange off the center circular part and did not do it white. Too difficult to get looking sharp. There is also a tiny bit of the top of the needle that needs to be painted black. There is a tiny section of orange on the back that is difficult to get to.

Taking the needles off was no big deal. Turn the engine on an take a picture of where they are at (do it when cold otherwise the temp gauge may change on you). They pull straight off or a fork will help pry. Push them back on per the picture. The speedo, I did while driving against a GPS
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Unread 09-11-2012, 06:24 AM   #1046
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^^ This doesn't really answer my question. I saw you post while reading through this thread. I don't want to remove needles and all that i can see mine well enough. I want to know what green looks like. Was wondering if someone had pics.
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Unread 09-11-2012, 06:32 AM   #1047
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When selecting a color keep in mind the tint on the gauge overlays will filter all light but the color it appears. for example red will filter out all but red. this is why red areas are dim with a blue light source. There is no red light coming from the LED so you don't see much in these area.
This is why i went with White LED'. it has an electric white look to it. and you can see all the markings on the gagues.

For those looking for blue on the HVAC controls I HIGHLY RECOMMEND USING WHITE LED'S. There is blue tinting in the overlays to make the yellow stock bulbs appear slightly green. when you go with white, you get blue overlays and can still see the red on the heat adjustment! (this is also why they never match the gauges) i accedentally discovered this on my '01 when attempting a white install.

and for my next trick, i am going to go with a 3 color LED, so i can adjust color with a couple of variable resistors.
I put blue ones in my tj that are a very bold blue and match my sony head unit's blue lights perfectly and my AC cluster is blue but is closer to teal because of the tint on the panel. So if i put in white LEDs are you saying it will be a bright and bold blue like those?
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Unread 09-11-2012, 09:57 AM   #1048
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^^ This doesn't really answer my question. I saw you post while reading through this thread. I don't want to remove needles and all that i can see mine well enough. I want to know what green looks like. Was wondering if someone had pics.
Ok sorry. You said they were dull so I was trying to answer that.

Green here in this thread http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ga...37/index6.html

and here

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/ga...7/index34.html


http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/instrument-panel-lights-blue-leds-80074-2.html
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Unread 09-11-2012, 11:36 AM   #1049
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I put blue ones in my tj that are a very bold blue and match my sony head unit's blue lights perfectly and my AC cluster is blue but is closer to teal because of the tint on the panel. So if i put in white LEDs are you saying it will be a bright and bold blue like those?
I have blue leds in the HVAC and mine is very bright blue. I forget which ones I used but I believe they were whichever were the highest power. Yes if you look back through this thread, there are pictures of white bulbs in the HVAC and they shine blue, though I don't know if it will match the dash. (mine does)
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Unread 09-11-2012, 12:23 PM   #1050
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I have blue leds in the HVAC and mine is very bright blue. I forget which ones I used but I believe they were whichever were the highest power. Yes if you look back through this thread, there are pictures of white bulbs in the HVAC and they shine blue, though I don't know if it will match the dash. (mine does)
Pics? What does it to the red tint for the heat side
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