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The mirror adjust isn't blue I kept it the orange color and if it wasn't lit at all it because the side selector probably wasn't in the middle spot. Good point about the clear peice I forgot to write that up in the how to.

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just wanted some feedback im about half way through this and am noticing the flat tops led arent as bright as the dome tops . i noticed in your video that your mirror adjust switch isnt lit up , after doing the driver side i kept having the leds come in contact with the clear plastic that they illuminate through. what i did was drilled a small 3/16 hole about 1/8 deep to allow the led to fit into , without doing so would not allow me to fully clip in the led/switch board. i tried but it popped the solder right off.

 

i also added an extra led into the "passenger" illumination cubby on the airbag switch , i was able to finess and solder directly to the film i got a weller solder iron and man is it bad ass , level 3 seems to be the best setting as for getting the solder melted without hurting anything .

 

what i want to try is get some dome led's and lightly sand each one making it a flat top , imo that will make everything much more uniform . i really dont like the hot spots im getting thus far.

 

i also picked up a lux nav with all the goodies , will be doing that in led as well as the lux bose audio upgrade. more bass here i come .

 

thanks for writing this up , it definatly helped me out with the positive and negative side.

 

i wouldnt want to do this again but honestly its pretty darned easy , just finesse and concetration is key .

 

Thats why I have added numerous leds so that I can get rid of the hot spots. I am actually thinking about testing something new out for you guys that wamt to do a true bright white in your gauge cluster that will look like the high end sport and luxury car cluster with no hot spots .

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Hey man how did you go about adding more LED's than the required, did you use 22 gauge wire or smaller?

MY RANDOM led PICS...

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video..

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i just finished the a/c controls and i went a little led crazy , one of the polarities is incorrect, its the 2nd manual a/c , the driver side slide cool/heat bulb is 180. ill double check but it got me stuck and luckily i had a multimeter and a 2nd unit to test against.

 

here is the a/c internally,

 

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i just lit it up and there are no hot spots what so ever but it also took me about 4 hrs to do just this part

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nice chase looks like you got the hang of it , looks great!

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thanks man , its really not that hard imo

 

im going to try something on the ac control , i want to use two blue and two red leds were i have the 3 in parallel on the slide's this way the colors of the leds are true to the colors on the slide , should look good .

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Yeah it will turn out good I've seen it done, and your right its not hard its just time consuming.

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I'm having a problem with mine. Idk what size resistors they sent free with the LEDs but they are getting hot to the touch. I didn't think LEDs are supported to get hot. Almost burn u hot! Had em done and one by one they are goin out. Within 5 mins I had 5-6 bulbs go out.

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Does the higher the mcd the hotter n brighter?

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Do you have a meter to measure the resistors?

The bands should be yellow, voilet, red and one other color

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I have one yes but haven't checked it. What should it read?

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Does the higher the mcd the hotter n brighter?

If you didn't buy 1/4 watt 470 ohlm resistors then you just wasted a bunch of your time. If they burnt out right away like your saying then the resistors are all wrong. You need to read the first thread of this post I explain which ones to use for a reason and it wasn't for my health... sorry man.

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Ok Ty. If it's lower would that make em hotter? Is the bulb blowing or resistors?

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If you didn't buy 1/4 watt 470 ohlm resistors then you just wasted a bunch of your time. If they burnt out right away like your saying then the resistors are all wrong. You need to read the first thread of this post I explain which ones to use for a reason and it wasn't for my health... sorry man.

 

Seen it bud. They threw in some resistors in free so I assumed they was the right ones and didn't have a label on em. I have some 470 but haven't used any. I just kept using the others cuz they were working now I gotta redo. But Ty for the help.

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