Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Arlington Texas
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!
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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