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Nine 8mm blue LEDs (I did the heater display, too) a handful of resistors and a blob or two of solder. Total bill of under five quid. Bargain. :smoke:

I've got to do some headscratching over the switches as they're not suitable for LEDs, so I'm going to have to find some sort of blue condom for the bulbs instead.

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Like it very much. I wish Lotus had got some uniformity with the redesigned dash, it looks like a bag of wine gums when illuminated.

How are you changing the switch colour when the icons are tinted?

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at least you can't poke it through your finger :smoke:

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I like it!

I assume that would be possible with the old dash? I don't like the red/orange of the old dash, it would look better in blue and would match my radio. I think thats a job for the summer, wiring up won't be a problem, made loads of items with 12v LED's, I can see only one major job and that's to remove all the gauges coloured glass inside the dials. We once owned a VW Lupo, the dash was all blue with red illuminated switches, very smart at night.

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Nice stalks too...better than my Corsa ones :smoke:

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I like. That makes for a very modern look.

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Nine 8mm blue LEDs (I did the heater display, too) a handful of resistors and a blob or two of solder. Total bill of under five quid. Bargain. :smoke:

I've got to do some headscratching over the switches as they're not suitable for LEDs, so I'm going to have to find some sort of blue condom for the bulbs instead.

Can you get any translucent blue heat shrink plastic the size of the bulbs to put over them then heat the end where it comes off the bulb and pinch together to make your 'condoms'? Don't know how the bulbs fit in the switches as to whether there is enough room, but any electrical shop should have all sorts of heat shrink.

ps I really like the look of it as well. Very B)

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Graham, either you have far too much time on your hands or Louise is not keeping you busy enough!!

If I wanted to do it here's my instructions.

1. Buy LED's

2. Take to Garage and say "Fit these in there please", be sure to point so that they know what you are talking about.

3. Pick up the car and pay

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I don't feel so sure about writing a tutorial for others to do this, mainly because if you're at all uncertain there's a good chance you could do something nasty to the wiring loom of the car which may let all of the smoke out. However, I did it the inexspensive but time consuming way - if you want a quick but more wallet bashing way then read on....

Instead of using a handful of 8mm LEDs and resistors it's now possible to buy the correct LEDs which are exactly the same shape as the bulbs fitted to the dash clocks and are a direct replacement as they already contain a small resistor. In the picture below, the original dashboard bulb is in the foreground with the replacement LED behind it.

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The downside to this simplicity is, of course, the cost. Whereas I paid under 40 pence per LED, the ready to fit ones cost around

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I've got a cunning plan for the push switches (head/fog lights etc) which I'll expand on if it works, but this may take a few days to fiddle about with. There will be some dismantling of weeny plastic bits, so it won't be for the fainthearted.

Looking forward to this part Graham as it's the least pleasing part of the dash. They are horrendous to take apart too, cheap Peugeot crap. William Ives had a mini project going replacing these with Aston Martin items but changing the icons, but I never found out how he got on.

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Good work Pilko, you'll be doing your kitchen next!

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This place has a good selection of LED's for most applications, quite reasonable prices too :)

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Is this LED to small?

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Oh how I wish dashboard lights were all I had to worry about!! Does look good, though, and a very neat bit of wiring inside the switch, too.

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