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Old 08-18-2011, 12:51 PM   #35
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Ok I am wanting to do this in the winter. I am going to change my interior accents from silver to white. I want to also change my abl to a nice blue led like what I bought from Ivan. I would also like to have it run across the dash.

Now just within the past few months I found that AAC has a dealer in Richmond,Kentucky. Would they be able to do this mod for me? Or is this something I need to go someplace else to have done? I just do not trust myself with soldering things.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:23 PM   #36
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I just did my passenger door. Looks good but the red is way too dim. Is there another LED I should get to increase the output?

I used a 5mm LED from Radio Shack (2.6 volt, 28mA, 10mcd) and 1k-Ohm Resistors (1/4 watt, 5% tolerance). I just noticed there's a Resistor color code on the back that says First and Second color, Red = 2. Not sure what this means, I'm new to the LED world, lol. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:29 AM   #37
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I just did my passenger door. Looks good but the red is way too dim. Is there another LED I should get to increase the output?

I used a 5mm LED from Radio Shack (2.6 volt, 28mA, 10mcd) and 1k-Ohm Resistors (1/4 watt, 5% tolerance). I just noticed there's a Resistor color code on the back that says First and Second color, Red = 2. Not sure what this means, I'm new to the LED world, lol. Any help would be appreciated.
If you use a slightly smaller resistor the LED will be brighter. Try a 500ohm or even a 750.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:53 PM   #38
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so the smaller the ohms the brighter the LED?
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:05 PM   #39
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That's correct but there is a risk of burning out your LED. Less resistance allows more current through, which makes the light brighter. Your running it "harder" though so it MAY bring down the lifetime a little. It's ok to experiment with varied resistances though, you won't hurt anything but the LED which is like 50 cents. I'm not sure which LED's you've got but I typically use ones rated at 5-10 mA and run them up to 15 mA with little to no issue. Just remember V=I*R and you can pick a resistor to run a desired current and you won't have to guess and re- solder a whole bunch.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:30 PM   #40
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That is why you dont buy at Radio Shack, You are using the right resistor for that LED but you need a better one then that, Have you tried from any one other then Radio Shack
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:36 PM   #41
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Are there any other local shops that may carry stuff like this? Or should I just order off a website? I'm impatient when it comes to mods, so I tend to go for anything local where I don't have to wait for shipping.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:38 PM   #42
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That is why you dont buy at Radio Shack, You are using the right resistor for that LED but you need a better one then that, Have you tried from any one other then Radio Shack
I need a better resistor or a better LED? Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:16 PM   #43
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Sometimes the LED quality makes a difference. There's many different types as well, but really even if you have the cheap ones, just feed them more current and they'll brighten up. Even if you burn 'em up to find the limit you're only out a few cents and you can just dial it back a touch.

Try a 750 Ohm resistor, you'll be pushing about 18 mA though it when your at max voltage (13.5 V ish) That should be lots. If it's still dim after that maybe try a new LED.
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:12 PM   #44
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Cool, thanks again. I'll rip the door panels off when I get home.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #45
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Ok, just changed out the resistor in the passenger door with a 470-ohm resistor, and wired the driver door with the stock resistor. Both lights are the same intensity, and they look great. Thanks again for the help guys.

I searched around on the forums but can't find a thread on how to change the power window buttons' colors. Anyone know if it's possible? I think I remember reading about it.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:03 PM   #46
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To expand on this a bit further, since it looks like it's only one led per door. I was going to wire up an Arduino and multicolor leds and then you can change it to what ever color you want. Should be easy if I have the time, and I'll drop a new write up on here if I get the time.

Does anyone know where I can get just the lighting unit so I can keep a stock one laying around?
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:29 PM   #47
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What is the max size LED the factory holder will allow?

Is the max 5mm? What size is the factory aqua blue led? What type of resistor would I need if I used a 3mm rainbow or a 10mm rainbow led which can be purchased btw from Chaney Electronics online. Forget radioshack!

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Old 04-05-2012, 02:38 PM   #48
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Speaking of 4 Pack Gauges, does anyone else that has installed the HUD have a problem with the cigarette lighter on it or am I wrong that it is even able to provide power to charge or etc.
ummm yea forgot about it, couldnt understand why mine stopped working... woundering if that had somthing to do with it....
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Can someone with better eyes then mine please help me see what those colors are on the resister? It looks like white, brown, brown, gold. If so then it's a 910 ohm resister.

I have the yellow trim kit and I'm getting tired of the green lights. I wonder if a white led will make it glow yellow.
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Old 07-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #50
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I'd like to do this mod as well. Anyone have a good source for 5mm leds?
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:38 PM   #51
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I'd like to do this mod as well. Anyone have a good source for 5mm leds?
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