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    Which one looks better?

    Ok, I really did not like the orange color controls so I am experimenting with changing the led's. Which one looks better?

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    The blue one on the left, by far. I always thought the orange was atrocious, particularly in a Cadillac, and should have been black/blue/silver/white, etc. look instead. Red/orange can be done well (Audi), but this isn't one of those cases.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    Its actually white but looks a little on the blue side like the HID's do.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    That is holy freakin awesome, how are you doing that? Are the LEDs what determines the display color? How hard is it to change em out, post some pics of the exposed electronics. That is one mod thats definatly worth the trouble.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    Here is the circuit board and there are 16 Orange LED's for the background of the display. (The rectangle white colored area) I changed them with 16 Hyper White LED's. They are surface mount leds and its not too hard to unsolder them and replace them. (Took 10 minutes) They are available in numerous colors but I wanted the controls to match the speedometer and nav so I went with white.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    that looks very nice. I would like to learn how to do that myself. Im only going to have my car for a little bit longer, but i would like to do this conversion. Where do you buy the LEDs?? Is it hard to take it apart?

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    I purchased the LED's from Digi-Key.com

    http://rocky.digikey.com/scripts/Pro...T67C-T2U2-3C5D

    I used part # 475-1010-1-ND

    Its pretty easy to take the climate control apart.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    so they were only $1.28 each??

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    Yep, It costs around $20 plus it was around $5 for shipping.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    and how do you take the soldered LEDs out? do you have to solder the new ones in?

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    Yes, You have to unsolder the old ones and solder new ones. Its really not too complicated.

    I have also noticed that the climate control unit for the 03/04's might be slightly different than the 05's. The test unit I am testing with was from an 03 and I picked it up on ebay for $30. When I connect it the outside temperture was reading -3 degrees when it was 57 degrees. It could also be a defective unit but I dont really care since I was just using it to test to see how it would illuminate before I mod my factory controls.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    Would this also work for the DIC lighting..or does each section of your dash has a different LED circuit board?

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    I would bet that they would be the same LED's since these are standard automotive grade LED's. I have my old radio sitting around and when I have some spare time I will take it apart and confirm it.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    Thats hot... The orange/amber lights look old and dated. Those will give the cabin a fresher look. Nice work.

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    Re: Which one looks better?

    I would use red leds since my CTS is red ...

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