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  1. 1997 E36 323i - Dash instrument bulb color change. Who's done it? 
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    Hey guys, while my speedo pod is getting stripped out and having the Drift gauges fitted with blue dials, I want to get the rest of the dash color changed to blue too. I remember a while back someone here was changing their dash lights to blue, but can't find it.

    Does anyone remember who it was, and how they got on? Did they use 12v LED's to replace the filament bulbs?
     
     

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    I've looked into it by a massive degree. I think i was possibly one of the first to have an all blue dash, but when i did it, i discounted the idea of just using blue bulbs from the orange backing on the dial printing.

    since then, i've seen people who have tried just fitting blue bulbs and aparently it has worked.

    I've always stuck to 3.3v LEDs replacing LEDs or 3.3v + resistor replacing bulbs
     
     

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    Ic, have you got a pic of your whole dash with blue lights? I know how to open the OBC, but havn't seen any write up for opening the climate control box. Are they leds or bulbs in there?

    What resistor did you use for the led+resistor circuit? On the - or + leg?
     
     

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    After thinking and planning, i found a dial kit that was silverish backing, with blue OEM lights, and i left the rest of it.

    I have seen someone else somewhere that did just use blue bulbs, and amazingly, it seemed to work straight off.
    Climate control is LEDs, they might be surface mount square ones rather than the usual ones you see, resistor can go on either leg when you are replacing a bulb.
     
     

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    Square ones??Hmm, Guess I'll have to have a check inside the climatebox, see whats there.

    Went to Maplin today to get some blue LEDS, 3 and 5 mm, got 5x3mm, but only had 2 normal blue and 2 super blue 5mm's. I got those 4 too. Total price.....£17.01. Yup, that last penny was a bit random. Wouldn't take 17 straight for cash either.
     
     

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    should have got them off ebay, far cheaper, Maplins takes the P on most prices

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/10-x-ULTRA-BRI...#ht_1334wt_930

    that's probably the type you'll see in the C/C panel
     
     

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    Is this what you were looking for?
    BMW EL Dials
     
     

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    Yeah, I found some afterwards when I got home. oh well, nvm.

    STK, no those are just the original gauge covers aren't they. I'm getting DRIFT plasma gauges fitted into a spare speedo pod, I'm getting blue speedo, tacho, fuel and water temp gauges fitted, so want to change the rest of the prange illuminated window switches and climate control and OBC chnged to blue lights.

     
     

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    Oh my gosh, they really are tiny End. Will have to crack open the c/c box, see whats inside before I get any, or see I can fited the 3mm ones in somehow.
     
     

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    The only awkward bit is the headlight switch. It was sort of a joint project/race between me and another guy called DJ on another forum.
    When i found these dial inserts, i gave up on that, and left it at that stage, later Chromeline design got some custom made in blackened stainless steel, and DJ figured out a way to do the headlight switch.
    A blue bulb might just work, but look a little muddy, in depends on the insides, some had clear light carriers, other had orange plastic, so the orange plastic ones needed that bit taken out.

    I think the solution was a blue LED and then using clear silicone to move the light to the little pictures of the headlights/sidelights etc.
     
     

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