Just saw a car on www.trueblueford.com, with Bright blue Dash lights. Any one have any idea on how this is done???? I have posted this question on the website, but no-one seems to be replying. Has anyone done this, or knows the cost involved ??? The page is http://www.trueblueford.com/MattsEF_ghia.html
Any ideas would be appreciated.
by the sounds of the time he took and the cost, he has just soldered HI LED's into the bulb sockets. from what i can remember from mucking around with dick smith kits as a kid, you would most likely have to work out the voltage required for the LED and fit the right size resistor behind them to bring the voltage down.
i would suggest going and chatting to someone at dick smith or tandy or something and telling them what you want. if you don't i'm going to anyway.
The Tandy man comes to the rescue. I will take my dash out over the next couple of days and will try some LED's of our shelves to see how it goes. If anyone wants the details, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and when I figure it out, I will email you back with the part numbers and wiring proceedure.
Hi Guys, Yeah thats actually my car featured on the page. I actually hunted around a bit to find the right LED's. I originally had Hi Red's that were 2200mcd. (From Dick Smith). It worked, but the dash was a fair bit dimmer than stock, so I ended up taking them out. The Place I got the LED's was from Jaycar, And the Blue LED's are 4000mcd. These were actually the dimmest of the range of colours that they had, (Blue, Red, White, Yellow, Green). The Resistance Value is 560ohms, and the Resistor, and LED's are soldered on to the Bulb holder, with the Resistor being placed inside the Holder, and covered with Heatshrink tubing.
Finally, Doug Bevan will be putting a doco on trueblueford, on how this is done, complete with formulae for the LEDs, Pics, etc. This should be ready very soon.
P.S. Exedious, My Laptop was stolen, so I lost the emails that U sent me, and was wondering how your beast was coming together. Id love to see some pics of what its like !!!! Cheers, Matt
Thanks for all your help guys !!!! Im going to give the Clock a go today, and see how it goes. (If I stuff the clock, then big deal I guess).
P.S. This is fantastic how every one helps each other out here. I have never seen this much dedication to any make / model car before. Many Commodore owners are more concerned about just HOLDEN together their cars, and not with modifying them or anything. Fantastic stuff guys, and thankyou again !!!!
your clock will look extremely wrong/stupid/ugly/spastic if you put blue into it.
there is a orange film inside it to make it orange on the lcd display, dont try it ! :) lol
i have yet to change mine and will be changing in the next few weeks, normal celafane film doesnt work either! :)
matt: my car is doing quite wel, blue came out fine! and sorry to hear about your laptop being stolen. my car is also lowered now too on stock rims (sleeper) and stereo soon to be put in, what tv unit you running etc? indash popout or seperate lcd? just curious on your stereo specs. ps. what resistor did u use for the light above ur keyhole? mine lights up the street still! lol
also i have found a way to change your lcd display for your odo as well, i will be posting pics/info soon as well.. but ask xphoid.
also, you will need to know how to solder, because if you dont, well.. aRGH! :)
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