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Before I start, I want to say that YES I KNOW this isn't a question/comment about engines OR drivetrain.... however, the amount of time i've spent in and around this forum has led me to believe that the engine & drivetrain forum is where most of us hang out. So, for that reason only I'm asking a LIGHTING question in here. Hopefully none of you are pissed.

I recently bought a nice radar detector, the Escort Passport 8500 X50 (with the blue display lights). The blue lights on the R.D. look so cool. I was on my way home tonight after work, and just happen to be analyzing my dash a little bit, and thought 'Wouldn't it be awesome if there was a way to change all the button lights and dash lights to BLUE instead of O.E.M. green (or any other color for that matter)."

Could we even do this? Does someone have to make aftermarket stuff for us to do this? Or is it as simple as pulling apart the dash and changing some bulbs?

Again, don't kill me for posting this here. I just know it would get buried if i actually posted it in the lighting section, or the interior mod section.
 

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Re: Please don't move this post, guys.

Yeah it talks about replacing the LEDs. I wish someone on here could guide some of the less electronic savvy through this one :whistle:
 

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Re: Please don't move this post, guys.

Yes, its possible. Yes, it would take alot of work that wouldn't be worth it IMO. To each their own tho. We do unfortunitly need to move this thread to the right section tho. It will get plenty of exposure in the correct section.
 

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You win :surrender:
 

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Do you see all the trouble this guy is going through on the Edge? Yeah, it would be at least that much of a pain in the butt.

After installing an Alpine head unit in my truck about 4 years ago I started researching how long (and how much) it would take to switch from green to blue. After the bill reached $1,000, I stopped caring and learned to accept the green.
 

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Geesh that looks sooooooo much better.
I am really considering doing this mod. It will match the blue lights on my DVD player!
 

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Here. I'm going to egg this on... I dare someone to do this mod. I bet it's not even possible. Hell, I bet no could "take pictures of this mod w/ a swell how-to-guide". Furthermore, I bet they couldn't tell us how much it would cost either. Yeah. Who wants to prove me wrong? ;-)
 

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[quote author=rikkross link=topic=89548.msg1746963#msg1746963 date=1191053842]
Here. I'm going to egg this on... I dare someone to do this mod. I bet it's not even possible. Hell, I bet no could "take pictures of this mod w/ a swell how-to-guide". Furthermore, I bet they couldn't tell us how much it would cost either. Yeah. Who wants to prove me wrong? ;-)
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Im removing my factory installed stereo. I am going to try the led+solder mod on that. I dont think there is much to do other than to pull off the solder on leds and replace them with different colors. Im not going to try it yet on the factory plastic panel because thats permanent, however the LEDs inside of the stock stereo I am not going to be using so Im going to pull em off and see what I can come up w/.
 

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I would love to change the color to blue or red
the led are tiny so be very careful not to much heat on the gun
and it will take a steady hand
I did this on a car I had in England a few years ago changed the
color from white to red although some of the guages were bulbs and
not leds like the fusion... door switches window switches were leds though
as for the dot matrix all We could do is use a red or blue film to cover
the green display while not the best way it would look better than total green
maybe a orange/red or a green/blue color

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You can find LED replacement lights for instrument lamps, closely matching the wavelength of common LEDs.

http://autolumination.com/74.htm Example.

Doing the radio/HVAC is the most annoying, having tackled them myself. Need a magnifying glass for the SMT LEDs on there. (Surface-mount LEDs which have a tiny solder pad). It is almost as simple as remove, re-solder...but make sure you get the polarity correct BEFORE you unsolder each one. In fact, I would suggest doing them one by one...testing every light as you replace it.

 

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I did this mod about 3 years ago on my old car, a '03 Ford Focus ZX3. I wanted to change the green lights to white. That project pulled every last nerve I had.

The problems I ran into were, on the back of my gauge cluster, the speedmeter and tachometer had a "green film" over the numbers. I didn't even know that was there because the numbers were always white in daylight. I managed to finely sand down the green until i was clear, but in the process it took some of the lettering with it. I ended up just buying an aftermarket cluster. Also, in the center console, I found the same thing on the back of a couple buttons as well (IIRC, it was the A/C, recirculate, and defrost) buttons. Those I was able to sand off fine, but the area was so small it made it extremely difficult to be precise and it was very time consuming.

The other parts were pretty easy. The window switch LEDs were a breeze and so were the air conditioner/temperature knobs.

To anyone that wants to do it, it is possible, although you'll probably never get rid of the green backlight on the crystal displays in our car. But I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, unless they have the patience and time to do this. I don't think I'd ever attempt it again. I think I put in over 30 hours of working on it. If anyone has questions, they can PM me about it.
 

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Anyone ever end up doing this?
 
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