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Green interior LEDS to White Conversion Thread

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I am changing all interior leds from the stock ugly green to white. I don't have a problem with the green but it's annoying the the gauge cluster is white, and the rest of the car doesn't match... If the gauge cluster was green I could accept all of

Anyways, I started with the HVAC since that's the easiest to change. I bought 40 different white SMD leds to test brightness and color/hue. I ended up going with one that matches pretty much identically to the modern Lexus line up of interior white lighting. It's not pure white, more of a toned downed yellowish/whitish white if that makes any sense. Pure 5k white is too harsh for interior lighting in my opinion, to the same point too bright is super distracting and blindng. Pictures make it seems like it's pure white, but it's not. My phone has no way of capturing what it looks like.

Anyways, here is the start to the process. I'll be doing the rest of the center console items once my leds come in this week. I'll tackle the navi unit shortly. I have to open it up and verify which leds it takes. Then I'll do the steering wheel controls, mirror/left side of steering column area. Then ending with the window control switches, which arguably is the easiest of them all since I believe they just take 3mm leds.

New White:
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With overhead lights on:
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Middle LEDS make it seems brighter due to white lcd panel/plastic right above them. They aren't' this bright.
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Overhead lighting on:
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Desoldered LEDS showing the pads:
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5050 SMD leds soldered in place. I am getting another test unit so I can play around with more things to utilize another style led.
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Stock green... time to go!
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My silly notes:
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If you were to ever offer it ($$$), I would consider sending you mine to have it changed to white!
I've actually had quite a few people now on FB message me saying the same thing. I wouldn't mind doing it for people. I'm actually looking to source both the nav/non nav units because they are slightly different. Nav unit don't have the clock option buttons on the unit, where as the non nav have 3 extra switches.

I would imagine it would take me about one day to swap the LEDS and get it back in the mail to people so they wouldn't be without it for long. Or, if I can get source a couple units, people can buy the board and then once you get it, ship me yours and a core would be refunded, then we just keep that going for people and it would be a simple swap...etc.

I imagine the LEDS dim with the car's interior dimmer wheel?

I was planning on replacement my non-navigation climate controls in the future. Mostly because the LCD screen is scratched. I don't believe it's possible to buy just the clear plastic that goes over the screen. I'll be your first customer :).
When you do the center console conversion, I'd love to see a guide. I might tackle this whole thing if it's not too much a pain. Same as before, if you were to offer it I would ship you my pieces. :p

I'm hoping the brightness of the LED's like you said and aren't blinding. Subtle, but clear LED's are the way to go for me. Too bright and they get annoying. I personally leave the dimmer wheel on the dash all the way up, but clicked down one position to lower the cluster display. Works great 24/7.
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