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#59555 - 10/20/04 11:40 AM My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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I decided to change my interior light color mostly because of the new head unit I purchased. I got my gauge cluster done recently and got a chance to take some pics.

A huge thanks to NeoNoodle for his write up on the climate control color change. I first did my climate controls in the spring, liked it, drove with it for the summer, and then decided to tackle the gauge cluster just this past couple of weeks. I basically used the same steps in the climate control write up for the gauge cluster. The whole thing lights up evenly except the area around the ď140Ē on the speedo. The odometer gears are in that whole area and blocks the light. Itís not that bad though. I may try to fix it later, but for now, it doesnít really bother me.

It took about 40 LEDís. I had to remove some of the tabs in the cluster to make room and to let the light distribute better.



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#59556 - 10/20/04 12:09 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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oh man, that looks soo sweet! madd props to you...
i have no luck with electrical work but id love to pay someone to help me do this!!
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#59557 - 10/20/04 01:08 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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Looks real nice..
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#59558 - 10/20/04 09:39 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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BuZiiZzzNatcH!!! That looks better than MINE!!! Haha awsome work man.. Did you remove the amber from the gauge faces in the cluster? Or is that why you needed 40 leds?
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#59559 - 10/21/04 12:26 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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ok, so does the stock unit have lights or leds? my EG has lights, and I want to change it all, but I don't know how to do it.
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#59560 - 10/21/04 12:29 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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no offense, but at first when i read the title, i thought this post was gonna be dumb. but, that looks pretty cool man . nice job
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#59561 - 10/21/04 05:59 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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BuZiiZzzNatcH!!! That looks better than MINE!!! Haha awsome work man.. Did you remove the amber from the gauge faces in the cluster? Or is that why you needed 40 leds?




Thanks for compliments.

Yes, I had to remove all the amber paint from the back of the numbers. If I didn't, all that blue light comes out amber through the gauge. It's weird. I had to use so many LED's to get the even pattern of light, just like you had to run 6 LED's in the climate controls. I had to run them in the same spacing all along the outside curve of each gauge.

Because I had to remove all the amber from my gauges, I did purchase a backup stock Si cluster in case I wanted to go back to stock or sell the car.

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ok, so does the stock unit have lights or leds? my EG has lights, and I want to change it all, but I don't know how to do it.





The stock has lights. I followed NeoNoodle's write up on changing the climate control lights and applied it to the cluster as well. It was a challenge, that's why I put off doing it till now.
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#59562 - 10/21/04 09:04 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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you think it'd be ok to just buy the LED things that are already made to fit the light sockets?

http://www.superbrightleds.com/1157.htm I was thinking something like the wedge lights to put in there so I don't have to go through the trouble of wiring everything.
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#59563 - 10/21/04 11:45 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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you think it'd be ok to just buy the LED things that are already made to fit the light sockets?

http://www.superbrightleds.com/1157.htm I was thinking something like the wedge lights to put in there so I don't have to go through the trouble of wiring everything.




Good question, it would depend on how large of a pattern of light it puts out. LEDs tend to concentrate the light in one direction unlike a bulb.

I used to have my climate control lit with blue leds over a year ago, and just one led in the same spots as the bulbs. It was really really dim. I then saw NeoNoodle's write up and re-did them.

If you are using a cluster that lights up white to begin with, then you don't have to mess with the gauges like I did. As long as the LEDs your using are really bright and spread a large fan of light it should work.

If they aren't too expensive, you could buy them and try it out. I don't think they sell small wedges like that though. I think it's only for tail lights. I don't know
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#59564 - 10/21/04 03:33 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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I think there are some. It says they are for dashes and gauge clusters. They are pretty expensive. I'll try to find something. They also have regular blue lights. Sometime I'll get like one of each and see how they work
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#59565 - 10/21/04 03:38 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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what did you use to clear up the back of the gauge face?
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#59566 - 10/21/04 03:56 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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what did you use to clear up the back of the gauge face?




Automotive paint reducer. It cuts through the coating pretty fast. Much much faster than nail polish remover.
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#59567 - 11/10/04 12:57 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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looks great man!

kinda funny though cuz the buttons on your headunit are the stock color of the AC guages / cluster... but if blue is what you wanted, it looks tight!
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#59568 - 11/10/04 07:07 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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looks great man!

kinda funny though cuz the buttons on your headunit are the stock color of the AC guages / cluster... but if blue is what you wanted, it looks tight!




they look red to me....which isnt stock at all. stock is amber. the cluster, ac control, and head unit are all red and blue..
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#59569 - 11/10/04 08:31 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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looks good,

took you 789 miles to complete eh
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#59570 - 11/10/04 08:40 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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Looks nice! Does your dimmmer/brightness control thing work or is it one brightness and that's it?
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#59571 - 11/12/04 05:57 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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The stereo buttons are red, not amber. I got a little confused when I read that.


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looks good, took you 789 miles to complete eh




Ha ha, no, the first pic is one I snapped a month before when I first got my CTR trim. It took me about a week, and the car stayed in the garage the whole time. No false mileage for me thanks.



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Looks nice! Does your dimmmer/brightness control thing work or is it one brightness and that's it?




Yes and no, the climate controls dim a little, but you can turn them all the way down and they just go a little dimmer than when it is all the way up. On the gauge cluster, I didn't tap into the dimmer wire so that brightness is fixed.
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#59572 - 01/11/05 10:03 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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ok, sorry for bumping such an old thread, but i need some serious help...
me and my friend tried this out and it worked pretty well....

only thing is, you have blue AND red, and we cant figure out how you did it!!!
do you have seperate LEDs back there? some blue, some red? if so, how did you keep them apart? as you can see, we used all blues, and we couldnt figure it out. Any help would be great!
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#59573 - 01/11/05 10:31 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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^ i have never done this, but its just a suggestion. did you scrape off the red part behind the climate control maybe? if so, that is your problem.
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#59574 - 01/11/05 10:43 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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off topic, but for the top pics, you know what would be cool is if you could get the red part to glow on the tach as well........that would definately be hot..............
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#59575 - 01/11/05 10:46 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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hey buzzbomb, can you give a short quick write up on how you did the tach, speedometer, etc? the whole other part is in the other write up...........but the guages arent............i love the way yours looks............
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#59576 - 01/11/05 11:46 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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^ i have never done this, but its just a suggestion. did you scrape off the red part behind the climate control maybe? if so, that is your problem.




there is no red part..
there was an added in plastic piece that was removed, but now there seems to be a permanent plastic filter that is impossible to scrape off...

i dont know...
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#59577 - 01/11/05 11:47 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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As for the tach/speedo, its the same thing as the write up for the climate control, except you have to use automotive paint reducer to take off the amber, as shown for the lighting of the Si trick... now as far has him making that light up red, as long as the other parts, is a mystery to me
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#59578 - 01/12/05 09:00 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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ok, sorry for bumping such an old thread, but i need some serious help...
me and my friend tried this out and it worked pretty well....

only thing is, you have blue AND red, and we cant figure out how you did it!!!
do you have separate LEDs back there? some blue, some red? if so, how did you keep them apart? as you can see, we used all blues, and we couldnt figure it out. Any help would be great!




I'll have to PM you on that one.

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off topic, but for the top pics, you know what would be cool is if you could get the red part to glow on the tach as well........that would definately be hot..............




I know, I tried it with a different tach and it didn't light up correctly. For some reason the light pattern was splotchy. I may try to mess with it later, but I don't know. It lights ups for the most part from all the other light, but the camera didn't pick it up, so I'll probably not mess with it.


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hey buzzbomb, can you give a short quick write up on how you did the tach, speedometer, etc? the whole other part is in the other write up...........but the guages arent............i love the way yours looks............




It's done exactly like doing the climate control, but you have to remove the amber coloring behind the gauges, as mentioned above by PurduinaSi. That's the only difference. I would have done one, but I didn't have a digital camera to take pics of my progress.
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#59579 - 01/25/05 06:43 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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ok, sorry for bumping such an old thread, but i need some serious help...
me and my friend tried this out and it worked pretty well....

only thing is, you have blue AND red, and we cant figure out how you did it!!!
do you have seperate LEDs back there? some blue, some red? if so, how did you keep them apart? as you can see, we used all blues, and we couldnt figure it out. Any help would be great!




yeah, i would like to know how to do this as well before i go and actually try to do it............can someone post up a how to for the red parts?

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#59580 - 01/26/05 10:23 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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I had to make dividers in the climate control to seperate the colored LED's from bleeding into each other. I used black plastic to make the dividers. I had no digital camera, or I would have taken pics during my build of it. I used white for the center knob, and blue everywere else, except for the defrost, where I used a red one.
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#59581 - 01/26/05 10:58 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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ok just one more question...........for the climate control middle knob where there is the blue stripe and the red stripe right next to each other, you put both blue and red leds back there using a divider to separate the colors? i can understand how that would work for the top knob..........
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#59582 - 01/26/05 11:02 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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No, I used white for the middle knob, I let the colored strips do the work there.
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#59583 - 01/26/05 12:58 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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Ok, so what did purduinasi do wrong that theirs came out all blue, did they take something off in the back that they shouldnt have?
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#59584 - 01/26/05 02:55 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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Please PM me so this thread doesn't stay up.
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#59585 - 02/25/05 08:16 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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hey can you tell me where that thread is by neo needle about the climate control?
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#59586 - 03/08/05 07:05 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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#59587 - 03/11/05 03:06 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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Where did you get the carbon fiber gauge overlay. I've found JDM ones one ebay but it says they wont work with cruise control for some reason.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayIS...sspagename=WDVW

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#59588 - 03/18/05 12:19 AM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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nah they work with cruise it just covers the light. your cruise still works just the light wont come on. Or you can cut it out so it can...
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#59589 - 03/18/05 06:21 PM Re: My blue and red LED interior, props to NeoNoodle
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nah they work with cruise it just covers the light. your cruise still works just the light wont come on. Or you can cut it out so it can...




Yeah, that is what i did. I also cut out a rectangle for the maintenance button as well.

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