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Old 12-28-2010, 07:48 PM
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So,I know that 99% of you on here..it seems... use LEDS with resistors after you paint the gauges or AC controls, but i was wondering if i have to do that or if i can just keep the stock bulbs in there, because im not good with soldering etc.. Thanks
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:50 PM
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So,I know that 99% of you on here..it seems... use LEDS with resistors after you paint the gauges or AC controls, but i was wondering if i have to do that or if i can just keep the stock bulbs in there, because im not good with soldering etc.. Thanks
Using paint (which is basically a filter) is a poor decision when using LEDs because LEDs are monochromatic. They output around one constant wavelength by design. Chose a wavelength that you like, and use no filter (simply sand off the factory green)
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:58 PM
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Hmm okay, do I need to solder them in, etc or can I get plug ins that are a direct replacement? Id so where? And as always thanks JP
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:05 PM
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Hmm okay, do I need to solder them in, etc or can I get plug ins that are a direct replacement? Id so where? And as always thanks JP
Many of the people on here will say that "plugins work fine" but I am really dissapointed with the results they give.

I've used strips, but PCB gives the best results.

my projects with strips:







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Old 12-28-2010, 08:17 PM
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lol, I'm one of the "plug-ins work fine" guys, at least for my hvac.



I switched out the green filter for a blue filter & used a set of the white 5smt plug-in led's. Also used a set of blue insert knobs.

Not as bright as Jp7's yellow/amber hvac, but they're a lot brighter than the incandescent bulbs that were in there.

My cluster has my modded plug-in bulbs. I left the blue filter color on the back of the overlays (I was lazy & didn't want to deal with calibrating the needles) and modded my own 3mm white led bulbs with 3mm green led's. The green still shows through the blue filter fairly well & it's much easier to see now than the old bulbs were.



I'm planning on switching my cluster back to blue as soon as I get my 5smt blue led plug-in bulbs.
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:34 PM
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Thanks guys, where did you get your blue filter? So everyone agrees about definetly needing Less as opposed to. Just painting the overlays and keeping the bulbs
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:38 PM
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Thanks guys, where did you get your blue filter? So everyone agrees about definetly needing Less as opposed to. Just painting the overlays and keeping the bulbs
The blue filter I believe comes free from the OEM the year his was.
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:40 PM
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Ahh gotchaa!
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:48 PM
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I think my hvac filter was blue OEM, but I've changed it around so many times I can't remember.
One of the guys on the forums found me a green filter when I had my hvac green.

The hvac filter is just a thin piece of plastic & if you can't find one, you could make one using some 1/16" Plexiglas or lexan & some duplicolor metalcast blue (or whatever color you want) spray paint. I used it in green for an experimental cluster & that paint worked perfectly... took about 3 or 4 coats to get it dark enough.
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:53 PM
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Hmm alright thanks man!
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