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    Hi guys, I've been trying to change the colour on my aircon, computer and dash myself. I've managed to sort the computer using blue LED's and resistors soltered directly to the 4 x509t? in the top of the unit. I've removed and replaced the orange display filter and replaced with paper and a blue film filter with excellent results. I'm now waiting for the surface mount SIDE LED's to replace the 4, button lights http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...uct&R=654-6035 and similer for the 7 orange LED's behind the display http://uk.rs-online.com/web/search/s...uct&R=665-9383. I managed to find the same blue LED tactile switches from Rapide and i'll hook those in at the same time (good to know that someone else has found and used the same switch with positive results). I'll let you know how I get on with the surface mount LEDs. I've also change the switches to blue LEDs.

    I want to start on the instrument panel next! Has anyone done it yet? It looks like there are 3 bulbs that illuminate the dash but is there another orange filter that will need removing? any pointers for this bit will be much appreciated. I'll get a couple of pics of the work so far up a bit later

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    Right, managed to get a few photos!

    This one shows an opaque plastic over the square holes in the back of each button. This dims the LED, acts as a diffuser and helps with contact onto the tact switch itself. I found that you can play with the switch position until the botton works correctly and there is minimum play on the button itself. Once sorted, hot glue will keep the botton in its chosen position.





    This is the result. When the display and bottom buttom LEDs arrive tomorrow, I'll take another.



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    Hi this is something I would like to do also but I only have the 3 knob heater switch and an analogue clock, would it only be a matter of taking these parts out and replacing the LEDs, and would this also be the same with the dash?
     
     

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    Wow, you actually made do with those tactile little switches. I couldn't do with them being so small and mess about trying to get the buttons on the cover to NOT go really in. Am still trying to find low power 3mm LED's to replace the high power LED's I replaced the orange ones with.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by uv101 View Post
    This is the result. When the display and bottom buttom LEDs arrive tomorrow, I'll take another.



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    Ian, that looks awesome!!!

    how much would you charge to do another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uv101 View Post
    Right, managed to get a few photos!

    This one shows an opaque plastic over the square holes in the back of each button. This dims the LED, acts as a diffuser and helps with contact onto the tact switch itself. I found that you can play with the switch position until the botton works correctly and there is minimum play on the button itself. Once sorted, hot glue will keep the botton in its chosen position.




    Ian
    good tips on diffuser and I only ever got round to soldering one LED switch Can I ask how many of those switches you need for a complete car? cheers
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by uv101 View Post
    Right, managed to get a few photos!

    This one shows an opaque plastic over the square holes in the back of each button. This dims the LED, acts as a diffuser and helps with contact onto the tact switch itself. I found that you can play with the switch position until the botton works correctly and there is minimum play on the button itself. Once sorted, hot glue will keep the botton in its chosen position.





    This is the result. When the display and bottom buttom LEDs arrive tomorrow, I'll take another.



    Ian

    Iam how did you get your OBC like that?!?! PLEASE TELL ME!!! and if you want to do another one I could always pay you to redo mine!!
     
     

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