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Old 08-24-2006, 09:42 AM   #1
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Default Blue console lights

I've done it!
16 Blue LED's later, i have finally transformed the lights on the centre console from orange to blue.

I know it's nothing new, and many have done it, but i'm just really happy with the result.

things, changed:
power window switches X 2
sunroof switch X 1
Ashtray X 2
cig lighter ring X 1 + 3 burn out
Clock X 4
light angle adjust X 1

oh, and 1 in my alarm keyfob
and 1 for the flashing alarm inside the car.


the climate control and Dash will not be able to change with just LEDs

My Head Unit also has Blue lights. looks really good in the dark.
i'll post some pics once i find out how to do it
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Old 08-24-2006, 02:51 PM   #2
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Upload the pics to your gallery
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Old 08-24-2006, 11:15 PM   #3
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Yeah, that's what i meant.
i couldn't work out how to upload to my gallery. (a silly as it seems)
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Old 08-24-2006, 11:48 PM   #4
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these pics were taken when i first attempted the mod.
haven't done the clock yet.

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ok, worked out the pic thing after several edits. here are some more.
i'll take better pics tomorrow...which shows the finished console with ashtray light.

here are some more:

close up of console:


wide view showing sunroof switch also:
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Old 08-28-2006, 10:59 AM   #6
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OK, here are the pics of the finished product.

This one shows the clock with the Head unit:



wide view showing light inside the ashtray, (which i use to hold my coins):
That really bright blue light at bottom right is the alarm LED:


The whole console:


There's also the light for the headlight adjustment, but wasn't worth posting

what do you think?
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:46 PM   #7
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i think that looks fresh as hell!!!!! i wish i had four hands so i could give that four thumbs up!!! where do did you get your leds from???
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I like the factory orange lights.

This is what i did...

http://www.318ti.org/gallery/showpho...500&ppuser=912
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Thanks Will,
got the LEDs from ebay. heaps cheaper than the electronic stores.
for the price of 2 from the stores, i got 10 from ebay

That looks pretty cool, Tyler!
I didn't like the orange lights. can't think of the right word to describe it, but the cool blue was a nice change, even though i've onlyhad the car for a bit over a month.

i might do some mood lighting in blue too. and eventually get the electro luminecent dials.
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I like the idea of the blue lights but imo the orange is easy on the eyes. I swapped out all the interior bulbs with leds and the picture doesn't do justice,they are mega bright.

If you do decide to do lighting this is where i bought my bulbs from. www.superbrightleds.com
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is any store have that kind of led bulbs?
I wanna change couple of them but i don't wanna order online.
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Old 08-29-2006, 05:57 PM   #12
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what size bulb do i need to get for the console? (the window buttons, clock, etc.) and what size do i need for the lights that are down by my feet?
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Old 09-04-2006, 09:45 PM   #13
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i only bought a bunch of 3mm LEDs.
the window switches could possibly take the 5mm LEDs.
but i bought the 3mm's just to be safe.

i only bought them online coz they were alot cheaper than buying from stores.
but if you wanna buy from the stores, you should be able to get them from electronic component stores. dunno what type you have in the states, but in the UK, they have them at Maplins. in Aust, you can get them from either Dick smiths electronics, or Jaycar.
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Old 09-05-2006, 02:12 AM   #14
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Does it look good considering the lights on the dash are red? How does it look
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Old 09-05-2006, 02:50 AM   #15
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I think it looks great, but coming from a VW and entering the bimmer world, I'm used to the blue lights. I think the orange looks very normal and bland. The blue interior lighting is actually the reason why I got a VW. Anyways, how does your new blue console look with the orange dash? I'd really like to see the dash lighting. I want to change that to blue, and do the console like you have. I fall asleep at night driving with orange.
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