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Smile A new lighting mod..... and it's for everybody!

I have figured out how to get the window control switches apart and thus have also found out how to change the LED inside the switch!

Yes folks..... the little green things in the middle of the switches can now be any color you want!

How to get in: CAREFULLY pry off the button tops. the child lock switch is FRAGILE, you must pry on the little tabs that hold it onto the switch, not the button itself. The toggle tops are removed by prying on each side, this is difficult and requires you to lift each side off of the tab on the clear inner plastic of the toggle.

Once that is done, get out your soldering iron! Desolder the main connector to free the circuit board from the bottom plastic. Then desolder the toggles. Once that is done you will see a T3 size green LED. You can solder another T3 size led of any color you want. There is a resistor that leads to this LED, it may need to be changed to achieve desired brightness.

Once that is done, reverse the procedure.

Yes, it is a pain but there is hope for people that don't feel like soldering. This summer when I can work (college ties me up!) I will make custom LED mods for people. Yup! That's right! Radios, ATC units, clusters, switches, you name it! The cost of the projects will vary depending on difficulty and the LEDs you use.

I hope to mod my ATC unit, headlight switch, EVIC and RBQ radio to match my cluster illumination.... that will be cool!

Possible colors:
ATC: Green to blue
Radio: Green to blue
Cluster: Green to blue
EVIC/OTIS: Green to blue
Door switches: Any color
Headlight switch: Green to blue

I tried changing the color of the fluorescent displays like DCellBatteries did, but the result is a VERY dim display (think headlights on dim!) and I reversed the mod. Older (1st gen) cars seem to have slightly brighter displays for some reason. Maybe there is a resistor value I could tweak. The blue with green contrast is cool though, I like it! The green could be a little richer though.

Why is it so dim? Because you are double filtering. The factory gray filter reduces light output already, so when you introduce another filter the display is very dim.

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That's neat man.......doesn't sound WAY too complicated....maybe I can make all my stuff Red and I'll look like a ghetto Pontiac.

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Dat sound real tight bro. hope 2 c sum pics soon.
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Due to the blueish coating on most of the inside of the devices, red will be VERY dim if it shows up at all.

LEDs are monochromatic so they will NOT make purple as there is no blue emitted from the red LED at all.
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I hope I can show pics of the cluster tomorrow when I get a hold of the digital camera..... it's nice!
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Due to the blueish coating on most of the inside of the devices, red will be VERY dim if it shows up at all.

LEDs are monochromatic so they will NOT make purple as there is no blue emitted from the red LED at all.
Well.....I just installed a license plate light (which I can almost guarantee will get me pulled over by the end of the year) that changes with 7 colors...from red, blue,green, purple, teal, yellow, then white. All of this is done with just 3 leds, a red, green and blue one, then various combinations give the other 4 colors. However, I think it would be impossible to stick 2 leds in there......worth a shot though.
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Those three LEDs make colors by a process called additive blending. The primary colors are different when you add lights than when you subtract light as in pigments such as ink.

Additive primary colors:
Red Green Blue

Subtractive primary colors:
Red Yellow Blue

With that said, I'm afraid a tricolor LED will not fit in the space we have to work with inside the switch, also, there is no facility to wire and control it unless you want to do custom wiring and don't mind a risk of destroying the switchboard.....

However that leads me to my NEXT lighting mod..... a QUAD led cluster, RGB + UV! Yup, any color you want for your courtesy lamps, blacklight included!

I hope to build that puppy this summer.

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A blacklight?! Now that will really f**k with somebody in ur car if they are high and or drunk.......I like it!!
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Yeah, a blacklight! Oh man..... and I'm the usually the designated driver...... I could have SO much fun with my friends if they tap the keg a little too hard.

Being sober can sometimes be MORE entertaining..... try it sometime, I'm serious! I'm sure I'll see PLENTY of drunken freshmen at the dorms here in a week.... I'm transferring from a university in town to UT Arlington and I had to get a dorm because the apartments were full and I don't have time to get an off campus one....... oh well, I'll make the most of it eh?

There is NOTHING more fun than making a drunk THINK he is hallucinating the image of someone that is really there.

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I've had this done to my 1g for a long time. i've tried a set of 2g switches, compaired to a 1g set, the 2g's are a royal pain.

*yes, i've done the cluser, doorlocks, window, a/c, headlight and otis*
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so has anyone tried blue? do the resistors need to be swapped out to get a bright enough effect?
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wow, 3 year old thread i'm sure someone has done it by now
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thats what i figured.... now trying to find the one who has........
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I thought about it, i opened up a master windows switch from a yard a while back and found the little 3mm bulb, there is no way i would successfully accomplish that change. I would burn myself, half the control board, and some of the plastic before i failed. lol. just too small.
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dexterity is definatly a plus for this mod.lol
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