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LED bulb gauge cluster?

Postby mr2quick [OP] » Dec 12 2011, 2:16am

Hello,

Did some searching and couldn't find concrete evidence for my question at hand: I was thinking about switching out the bulbs on my 2011 Silverado for some blue LED's. Is it as simple as replacing he bulbs or are the gauges themselves green from the factory? The reason I ask is because my 06 Envoy has standard white bulbs behind it but there is a green film on the gauges to give it the green look.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Re: LED bulb gauge cluster?

Postby Bruin08 » Jan 03 2012, 7:23am

I member reading about the fords that the actual face was green and that is what gives it the green color. They said they had to use some kinda chemical (I dont remember the kind and dont want to tell you wrong and have you mess up your gauges) and that is what he used to get the green film or whatever off and that allowed him to have led blue lights.
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Re: LED bulb gauge cluster?

Postby hevyrockerdk » Mar 13 2012, 3:58pm

Digging this one up. I've been interested in turning my cluster red, if possible, blue otherwise. I've never been a fan of that muted green color. I understand that there may be a film behind the cluster, or maybe the lights behind are actually green. If I were to change my light color, how would I go about doing so?
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Re: LED bulb gauge cluster?

Postby schmaltzygk » Mar 13 2012, 4:29pm

If it is anything like they toyotas and nissans and older fords you would have to take the actual lights off the computer board behind it and sauter(sp) the LED's onto the board itself. Lot of time involved and have to have the proper tools.
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Postby hevyrockerdk » Mar 13 2012, 4:49pm

Maybe I can go about this a slightly different way... What color are the bulbs behind the panel as they sit? White or that greenish color? If they're white, I could just take out the dashboard and put a red film behind it, after getting the green out of it if need be. I'll have to do some further research if it's chemically treated to get that green effect...
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Re: LED bulb gauge cluster?

Postby 02CrewCab » Jul 26 2012, 5:41am

Sorry to bring up a dead post. But I just switched the lights for my gauge cluster. I'll be posting a how-to soon. I've done it on several vehicles actually and it's quite simple if you can handle a solder iron.
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Postby carsonhowe22 » Jul 26 2012, 5:51am

I know for 99-06 it's just a bulb replacement. Pretty much plug and play.
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Postby 02CrewCab » Jul 26 2012, 5:54am

Well you can buy bulbs but I actually physically wired my own in. I like to wire my own stuff and don't care too much for the SMd lights.
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Postby schmaltzygk » Jul 26 2012, 1:05pm

02CrewCab, when will you be posting the how-to?
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Postby 02CrewCab » Jul 26 2012, 1:39pm

Today with any luck.
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