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    2002 Arctic White T/A Ws6islife's Avatar
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    so i want leds...

    on my dash and shifter..i want them blue..how would i do so...because i dnt know much about them and today i had a blue led i got from radioshack along time ago when i put them on my brothers xbox and i was like hmm leme try it adn i put the pos and neg wire to it and poof there goes that led..man they stink when they burn..hwo do i go about this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ws6islife View Post
    on my dash and shifter..i want them blue..how would i do so...because i dnt know much about them and today i had a blue led i got from radioshack along time ago when i put them on my brothers xbox and i was like hmm leme try it adn i put the pos and neg wire to it and poof there goes that led..man they stink when they burn..hwo do i go about this?
    LEDs have a resistor on them for a specific voltage- you probably put one made for 12v on a 110v... I built an LED setup a few years back for my old motorcycle:




    The resistors are different depending on voltage, color, and number of LEDs you're running in a series. I had over 130 LEDs on the bike (above each bank of the motor with a sequential strobe controller, under the rear fender, in the front spoiler, under the motor... it's been 5 years so I don't remember all of them). I've done sets in boxes, interiors of cars... they can go anywhere just make sure you wire them right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ws6islife View Post
    on my dash and shifter..i want them blue..how would i do so...because i dnt know much about them and today i had a blue led i got from radioshack along time ago when i put them on my brothers xbox and i was like hmm leme try it adn i put the pos and neg wire to it and poof there goes that led..man they stink when they burn..hwo do i go about this?
    Do a seach I know this has been coverd several times. Silvanya or how ever you spell it has a list of all the bulb sizes and were they go. From this you can cross referance them to led's made to direct replace the bulbs in your dash. This is one I pulled for my 97 but go to thier web site and put your year and modle in and it will tell you.
    1997 CHEVROLET Camaro

    Low beam headlamp
    H4351
    H4351XV XtraVision Halogen - The Brighter Light

    High beam headlamp
    H4352

    Parking light
    3057
    3057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Front turn signal
    3057
    3057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Rear turn signal
    2057
    2057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
    3057
    3057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Tail light
    2057
    2057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
    3057
    3057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Stop light
    2057
    2057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
    3057
    3057LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    High mount stop light
    921
    921ST Silverstar Signal Lighting: Complete the Look: Crisp, Clean, Style
    921LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Fog/Driving light
    885

    License plate
    194
    194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Back up light
    1141
    1141LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Front sidemarker
    194
    194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Rear sidemarker
    194
    194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Ash tray
    194
    194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Glove box
    194
    194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Map light
    212-2

    Dome light
    906
    906LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Step/Courtesy light
    194
    194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
    562
    74

    Trunk/Cargo area
    562

    Instrument-general
    161
    161LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
    194
    194LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp
    37
    73

    Check engine indicator
    161
    161LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Hi-beam indicator
    161
    161LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Seat belt indicator
    161
    161LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Brake warning
    161
    161LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

    Automatic transmission indicator
    73

    Directional signal indicator
    161
    161LL Long Life Upgrade: Up to twice the life of the standard lamp

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    oops- I thought you meant custom LED setups- if you're just looking to replace the bulbs that's a breeze!

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    well i want leds on where my gears are and where my gauges are and the ac controlls..

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    Most of those are 161's and 194's. See the list above and then go to superbrightleds and buy them. Not really sure how many you'll need to complete the project- I've been thinking about doing it myself but I've got way too many other projects ahead of this one.

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    See I on the other hand am looking for custom LED's. I like the look of the pontiac dash and have a lovely firehawk faceplate in pontiac orange lighting over my stereo. I think some matching footwell lighting would set off the interior nicely. Sadly I have no clue how to match the color and wire everything up right. I was hoping to get a good look at the ford ambient lighting system to see how they integrated it and get some ideas from there but nobody I know has one. tempted to go to the ford dealer and just ask to look at it.

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    The deal with ambient lighting you'd need to tuck wide-angle LEDs out of sight so that the bulb is not directly visable. As for the lighting around the cupholders, you could try something like "neon string lights" (search for it, you'll see what I'm talking about) and you could channel out the cup holder enough to install it and then cut it to length.

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    Then again, you could just order the Ford kit for about $270 but you could build your own for under $100 easy.
    Last edited by bberretta; 02-01-2010 at 12:23 PM.

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    Oh, and most of the lights in our dash have color condoms on them to make them red- I'm not sure if any are colorized by the actual guage plates, but you should be able to buy blue LEDs for most of them to change the color. I know the door panels have little red plastic pieces in them to make them red, so they'd need to be popped out. I'm probably going to do a big LED change-out in April if all goes well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSCyaL8R View Post
    See I on the other hand am looking for custom LED's. I like the look of the pontiac dash and have a lovely firehawk faceplate in pontiac orange lighting over my stereo. I think some matching footwell lighting would set off the interior nicely. Sadly I have no clue how to match the color and wire everything up right. I was hoping to get a good look at the ford ambient lighting system to see how they integrated it and get some ideas from there but nobody I know has one. tempted to go to the ford dealer and just ask to look at it.
    Use this and put in the red leds. http://www.jegs.com/i/Painless+Perfo...30710/10002/-1

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    So do our cars come with the red or orange leds already and we can just change out the color or what is it that needs to be done i look the th site do it the blue bulbs from there??

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    ok so i cross refrenced the lights im about ready to order all i need..not expensive at all how bright are these tho? will they be about as bright as our stock lights? and are these just plug and play??

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    Here's some instructions even though they are for a Camaro:
    http://www.keliente.com/LED.htm

    Most will be plug-n-play but ones like the TCS, Headlight, and fog light switch all use soldered LEDs. You'll have to match the resistor to the LED so as to not burn up the LED. Also, the radio is going to be red- you can swap it out with a Camaro radio or go aftermarket.

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    thanks dude alot of help..

    can people post up their setup as in dash,dome,dors or anythign that has leds and what kind so i cna kinda refrence what i really want..please and thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ws6islife View Post
    ok so i cross refrenced the lights im about ready to order all i need..not expensive at all how bright are these tho? will they be about as bright as our stock lights? and are these just plug and play??
    You cannot use the gauge cluster from a T/A. You need to get one for a Camaro. They are red painted on the back, so you need to sand off the paint. As far as the LEDs go, buy high powered. The high powered LEDs will light up your needles better. I'll take some pictures and post what I've done.

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    ok cool thanks for the info dude..would liek to see pictures also thanks tpilews

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    I know when I did the guage in my wife's old Lancer, I was able to sand down the paint/tint on the gauges using a light wire wheel on my dremel. Real easy.

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    yea im just worried that maybe it wont light up enough i might as well change my needles to blue as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bberretta View Post
    I know when I did the guage in my wife's old Lancer, I was able to sand down the paint/tint on the gauges using a light wire wheel on my dremel. Real easy.
    The T/A's red is impregnated with the plastic, so it cannot be removed. Only the Camaros were painted on.

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