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Color change leds

been tired of my stock white 04 guages and thinking about throwing some new led blubs in there that change colors i think they do every color
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I don't think so... I have only seen LEDs that change from red to green and I think that's about it.

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they have em...i just dont know if i want to get em....
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Where do they sell them at?? Radioshack?? All would have to do is make sure they have the correct resistance and receive the correct voltage and then crimp in a connector...

I guess.
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How do you change the color of the LED? You'd have to rig up some way of being able to adjust whatever it takes to change the color, otherwise the color changing part is moot.
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Awesome.. I want to trick my car out :(
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Then do it!
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Well you first have to remove the green tint from your factory gauge overlays. You can't change the color properly shining tricked out bulbs through a green filter.

Check out here or on my Cardomain the "gauge color change" how-to I wrote. If you find your bulbs, follow my instructions for removing the stock tint from your overlays. Then they will shine "white" with regular bulbs -- or whatever color system you come up with will work through them in that color.

There can be an issue with light distribution and eveness of the lighting when you put LED's in. Guys have done it, but expect to "play" with it a bit to get it right.
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I was reading something the other day about LED's that changed with voltage, they started red and went through the whole rainbow with the more voltage you feed them.

Edit: I am not sure exactly how they work if they change with voltage or current or what.

Have you seen the new mustang gauges they have a package that has something like that.

edit: here is what the mustang option is called

"special bright polished 6-gauge cluster with MyColor feature (color-configurable cluster with up to 125 color choices)"

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sorry guys my mistake there color change bulbs...
http://www.electronic-devices.net/Ca...tor_bulbs.html

7 colour change LED T-10 wedge bulbs. The 5 built in LEDís gradually fade from one colour to the next. Far brighter than a standard T-10 wedge bulb. This bulb has a built-in electron resistor, so the bulb lasts almost forever. This product is not like the other cheap LED T-10 Wedge bulbs on the market. This LED wedge bulb features the never-fade bright colours throughout its whole lifetime
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^^ I'm guessing that's a quote from the website?? Good find, maybe you could post the link.

I'll have to check Griggs' How-To, who has a pic of the gauges like that???
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wow I'm stupid... you did post the site...
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As far as my gauge change how-to, it's here on my Cardomain: http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/24

Here's more of less what mine look like now. I have some stuff that's not showing, like my blue button, white display radio I have now -- but I'll get pics eventually.





And prior to my EATC, I'd done my heater controls also:



I did finally get the green off the "pointers" of the HVAC *****, but never took a pic. I made them blue.
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I did finally get the green off the "pointers" of the HVAC *****, but never took a pic. I made them blue.
Oh oh oh.. how did you do that?
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I don't know why but I find the AC gauges neat, maybe its all the different colors
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I don't know why but I find the AC gauges neat, maybe its all the different colors
It's yours if you like it. I still have it around. I liked it too, though others opinions varied, lol. All that mattered was that I liked it, lol.

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Oh oh oh.. how did you do that?
As far as the pointers, it's like this:

take off the ***** and place them face up on a table. Take a blunted nail or similar thin-but-blunt pointed object and place it against the white that shows on the face of the **** and press down hard. The clear piece inside will simply snap out of the ****.

Now take fine sandpaper or scotch-brite or scraper and removed the white coating and green underlayer, leaving a smooth (doesn't matter if it's hazy though) surface.

Paint a layer of the color of your choice (using the glass paint or equivalent from my how-to) on the area you just sanded/scraped whatever. Now put a thin layer of white over that. Reassemble. Looks stock, light up blue (or whatever color).
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Offtopic but john by chance do you know the Police frequency channel numbers?
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