This DIY has been sponsored by Diode Dynamics. All SMD's and LED's used were provided by Diode Dynamics.
I have decided to make a DIY on how to convert all your interior lights, to any color of your choice. This DIY will show you how to convert your:
-Clock (03-05 AND 06 clocks)
-Fog Light Switch
I am using a local member's car as the "project car" for this DIY. He chose to have a white interior, hence why *most* of these will be conversions to white, but any color you desire can be done, you just need to find that color LED.
-Needle Nose Pliers
-3mm LED's - color of choice
-SMD's - color of choice
-Liquid Electrical Tape
LED / SMD Quantity List:
Window Swtiches - 3
Fog Light Button - 2
Dimmer Switch - 1
Cig lighter - 1
Ignition Ring - 1
Gauge Faces - 27
Needles - 4
Center Digital Display - 3
Turn Signals - 2
Warning Lights (seat belt, e-brake, etc.) - 1 each
'03-'05 Clock - 4 (or more if you choose)
'06 Clock - 8
For the HVAC:
If converting to white...
3 - 3mm LED's
22 - SMD's
If converting to blue, red, etc...
15 - 3mm LED's in color of choice.
3 - SMD's in color of choice.
7 - White SMD's.
I tried to take pictures of every step to make this is clear and easy as possible to follow, however I may have missed a few steps. If you have any questions, feel free to post up or PM me.
Courtesy of stevey-wonders
Alright, first off, you have to take the window switches out. You can do this by taking a flat head screwdriver, and prying it up at the marked areas.
Next, unplug the 2 harnesses connecting the window switch assembly to the car.
Now, taking a small flat head screwdriver, pry the tabs up on the window switch cover to get the window switch out. There are 3 tabs on each side (as marked in the picture), you may break a few of them, if you do, don't worry about it, the switch will still stay in place.
Now you should have the window switch as a whole.
Do the same for the passenger side.
Now, you should have this:
Take the passenger side switch, and begin to pry the back face off. There are 4 tabs holding it in place.
Once you have the cover off, you should be able to pull the circuit board out of the casing.
Leaving you with this...
Next, you'll need to disconnect the old crappy orange LED. Flip the switch over so you're looking at the side with the white plastic harness. Then, using your soldering iron, heat up the solder that is holding the LED's in place, while pulling it through the circuit board.
Now, using a resistor, solder it onto the side of the LED with the long lead. You can also look inside the LED and see that one side is bigger than the other. You want to solder it to the side with the small metal piece inside the LED.
Your LED should look something like this...
Now, you're going to want to cut off the little "holder" that held the stock LED in place, so you have room for the resistor.
Now, it's time to solder the new LED in. Solder it just like this:
Alright, it's all set, now go test it out and make sure it works.
WOOT! We have light! Now, just piece the switch back together just as you took it apart.
And voila, one side is DONE! That was easy, wasn't it?
Now moving onto the driver side switch. First, pry off the window lock button with a small screwdriver.
Now, take the back casing off just as you did with the passenger side switch, and disconnect the LED's the same way.
Cut off the "holders"...
And solder the new LED's with resistors in.