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6th Gen ('00-'05): Anyone install LEDs for their dash?

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Old 09-27-2017, 12:44 PM
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Default Anyone install LEDs for their dash?

I was curious if anyone had installed led lights behind their speedometer and other gauges, and what color they used.

I was thinking about taking out the dash to get access to this, but don't want it to look "tacky" or be too bright at night.

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Old 09-27-2017, 04:09 PM
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I recently got finished with converting my entire interior lighting to white LEDs. I had a hard time finding cheap LEDs for the certain white I was looking for with a wide enough angle to not look like crap. I stumbled upon these and bought quite a few packs from this site:

5mm LED - Cool / Clear White - Ultra Bright Flat Top
It doesn't list the color temperature but I would say it's probably ~6000k.
These are also really bright (14,000 mcd) so if you think the stock lighting is a bit dim then these are brighter.

They are flat tops which I think makes it a wider angle. On my last Monte I did a blue LED dash conversion with 10mm round top LEDs and the hotspots were terrible. These looked pretty good after I lightly sanded the tops and put some glue on top of them to help disperse the light even more. I think it looks great.

Not sure if you plan on doing the radio - LEDs are kind of hard to get in there and only have a few holes because the incandescents can spread quite a bit farther. The 10mm LEDs will not fit in the radio.

The HVAC took me quite a few tries because I kept lifting pads on the PCB but eventually I got it all working.

I'll try to snap some pictures tonight.
 
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Old 09-28-2017, 08:03 AM
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Nice, yeah that'd be great if you could share some pics. Little nervous about the project but it seems it's a fairly simple process.
 

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