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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-22-2010, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Auto dim mirror LED swap

Has anyone else changed the led light in the auto dim mirror? I know a lot of people have the blue swap..but I've never seen anyone do the mirror yet.. it's a little brighter than the factory one..but I'm cool with that...and the swap was overly easy to do


if you can take the mirror apart , figure out which side of the led is pos/neg, cut the new led terminals a little shorter, sand down the new led so it fits..put the mirror back together.. you can do this mod.. no soldering/de-soldering necessary the old one pulls out & new one pushes in.. $1.75 and about a half hour worth of time is all it'll cost you...

Used: Radio Shack Rectangular Blue LED 276-0013 (# on front) 05P10 (#on rear) .. I didnt use a resistor ..its only 350MCD bright and I figured the voltage being supplied to it was MUCH less than 12V with already installed resistor for the factory LED.. anyway.. If that's all you need to complete blue swap..there ya go..simple, painless, cheap

The new led will have to be sanded down to match the size of the old led..so it fits properly

When you take your old led out..lay it on the table as it came out.. or draw a simple diagram showing which side the short side/long side of the led came from.. cut your new led feet to about the same length(make sure to do the correct sides)..put the new led in..hook it up and test it before putting the mirror all the way back together.. you shouldnt NEED to do this if you made sure you knew what side is pos/neg on the old and new led.. but it's always good to be safe and test first.


And yes.. my mirror is white (actually white lightly over chrome).. why? because pretty much everyone else's is black! ....I also sanded down all the mold marks on the mirror and smoothed the texture.


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Nice... I'd go with red tho. Never attempted , since I figured it would be a PITA. But I might do this, later on down the line.

Nice job man
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Thanks guys.. I appreciate the comments
Wendell..it's def not a PITA ...I thought it would be too..
Side note.. the led is pretty bright..lights up some of the headliner..my right arm on the wheel.. so if you're not ok with bright lights.. you might want to try a resistor..or attempt to find a led with a lower MCD..oooor you can hit it with a quick blast of niteshade.. you be the judge.. Personally I dont mind bright light in the car as long as it dont make reflections on the windows.. I had 2 30" street glow gold series neon tubes in the car and it never bothered me..to each his own


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Nice job. I'll hafta look into doing this one too.
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Thanks guys.. I appreciate the comments
Wendell..it's def not a PITA ...I thought it would be too..
Side note.. the led is pretty bright..lights up some of the headliner..my right arm on the wheel.. so if you're not ok with bright lights.. you might want to try a resistor..or attempt to find a led with a lower MCD..oooor you can hit it with a quick blast of niteshade.. you be the judge.. Personally I dont mind bright light in the car as long as it dont make reflections on the windows.. I had 2 30" street glow gold series neon tubes in the car and it never bothered me..to each his own
Yeah, I'm definitely using a resistor lol
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You can also use a couple layers of tint to darken it.
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Yeah, I'm definitely using a resistor lol
If I knew how to use my volt meter.. I would have checked to see how much voltage is being supplied to the led.... maybe someone could find out ?

The space available in there isnt much for a resistor..It might be easier to hit it with a little white spray paint on the tip..(no primer)..after sanding it down to size..
Also I've heard of people putting a black spot in the center of the led with a sharpie to block out some of the light .. the good thing is..if the paint or sharpie deal dont work out..It can be sanded down a tiny bit more and you can try something new

I'm considering hitting mine with the sharpie trick.. If I take my mirror apart again I'll have to re-sand and re-paint the mirror..


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You can also use a couple layers of tint to darken it.
tint might be hard to get onto a sanded down 1/16"x1/8" piece of plastic..but you can def try it ..lol
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