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Old 01-03-2013, 10:15 PM
7Rage 7Rage is offline
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interior lighting question

so i have been browsing the forums and the DIY but am easily distracted by the other threads and the mountains of info they contain... however i ahve not come across anything but the sticky regarind LEDs and angel eyes... this kinda glosses over interior and dives into angels eyes....

I really like the orange glow that is the signature of our cars.... but my favorite color is blue... I was in some one elses car (different make) and they had all dome lights blue and yes I was turned on....

I went autozone and got 2 bulbs and tried them in differnt locations... i like the look and with the orange turned all the way down they go well together. so two parts to my question.

1. can one disable the orange lights in the cab. I want it to be reversible so changing the leds is not an option.. i was thinking in like programming or something... or breaking the circuit (fuse or dimmer switch) but I want the cluster lights and conrols to be lit. So my main concentration is the leds where the dome lights are and over the cup holder (basically the accent lights but not the lights that illuminate the controls and switches)

easiest solution to me would to use electrical tape in the housing to just block the light.

2. will using LEDs trip the computer... I notice there are CANBUS leds but I want to know if I can just use regular ones. The angel eyes I know give errors when leds are installed improperly.

two reasons for this is price and availability. the can bus bulbs are 5-10$ more per bulb... as far as availabilty there are different styles in bulbs (amount of leds and color, not socket) that i want to employ.

front and rear dome light, front foot well, rear foot well, -BLUE
front and rear map/reading light, step lights under door and licence plate - BRIGHT WHITE

as well as rear foot well uses festoon style bulb and i want to use directional bulbs under doors and in reading lights..

anyone here changed their interiors lights.. know a good place to get bulbs?

I want to do the angel eyes too but that comes later....

I really want the out side to match... the is halogen in the angel eyes, halogen in brights, halogen in the fogs, and Xenon for the headlights and then handles have white led and the step lights are halogen...

I want to match the hi-beams and fogs to the headlights as close as i can with higher temp halogens unless someone says leds work better and are brighter and as focused..I actually like the brights on this car and the coverage they provide. the angels eyes I want bright white.
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