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 Post subject: interior light change to led?
Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:30 pm 
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hey guys im a newby to this forum stuff so i kinda dnt kno wat im doin...

i currently own a 94 ef futura and i would like to know if its possible to change my interior light to a LED??

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Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:08 am 
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Certainly is possible.

Couple of options out there. You can either buy ready made LED bulbs (festoon/wedge/bayonet) that are a direct replacement for the standard incandescent bulbs. Not real cheap and rarely very bright.

Option 2, if your handy with a soldering iron and enjoy fiddly stuff, is to buy the individual diodes & resistors from an electronics shop or ebay (good bulk prices) and modify your interior light the way you want it to be. Power supply is already there and the interior light housing & cover have enough room to fit a few LEDs inside.
I've done mine using 5mm wide-angle, bright (13k mcd) blue LEDs, 10 of them at various angles where the festoon bulb used to be and 2 in each of the map lights. The LEDs & wiring have all been hotglued to the light housing to prevent any movement.
I'm making up another one with the LEDs flush mounted into the light cover to see if it looks any better.

And welcome to the forums :D

 

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Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:36 pm 
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fair enuf...u got any pics of urs? if i can get a hold of sum components i will have a try next week
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Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:37 pm 
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yeah it's easy enough to do i did mine in a blue smd
turned out good and is very bright during the night

heres the guy and the light that i used:
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/42mm-Festoon-SMD ... 5ad34f6090
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Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:02 am 
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effalcon94 wrote:
hey guys im a newby to this forum stuff so i kinda dnt kno wat im doin...

i currently own a 94 ef futura and i would like to know if its possible to change my interior light to a LED??

cheers...

1994 ef futura...on gas..2.5 inch straight pipe,ef xr6 snorkel with a pod filter :D


You should perhaps do a search man, has been done sooooo maaaannny time ffs.

 

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 Post subject: Re: interior light change to led?
Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:33 pm 
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cheers man...thanks for all the help!!! :D
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Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:47 pm 
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yes is possible to change to led and quiet easy if u get the right kit u can buy ready made kits from places like auto 1 and places like that i brought a kit which is made by monza i think by memory cost me about 20 dollars or so and makes a huge difference also if it helps i also brought replacement globes for my reading lights in the back made a bit of a difference they are made by narva and they are called arctic blue hope that helps
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Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:04 pm 
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thanks justin_el im also curious on how to do my cluster but ill have to search through the forum for that ey?
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Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:02 pm 
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effalcon94 wrote:
thanks justin_el im also curious on how to do my cluster but ill have to search through the forum for that ey?



no worries and yea search the forums for the led dash clusters
im sure there is something on here
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Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:09 pm 
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Matey I can post you a 10 pack of blue LEDs suitable for your cluster if you'd like for $20 posted.
You only need 6 to do the backlights in the cluster, 1 for the odo, 1 for the clock or 2 if you have a trip computer.
ford-interior-f14/pics-of-blue-led-dash-el-falcon-t78185.html
That thread is very useful, I just noticed my images are down, I'll reupload them. They just show how mine turned out.

 

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Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:43 pm 
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hey man thanx, ill have to giv it a miss atm coz im putting a new starter motor in the car this weekend...is it easy to the leds in? have to use any solder? or just put straight in? ph nd wats the odo? these leds...are the just the single bulbs or the mutli angle ones?

i was also looking thru ur pics and i was wondering how u wired up ur led footwells? i wana do it to mine nd my mates sed neons wud look gd?

thanx for the help champ!! :lol:
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Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 12:56 am 
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The LEDs I have are plug and play, though you do have to file off a mm or two off the head of them.
Odo=odometer=km reading, bottom centre of cluster.
They are single LEDs.
Footwells in mine are actually neons, tapped into the interior lighting wires which live in from behind the CD player area somewhere.

 

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yeah ur cluster is fairly bright with the single LEDS man good job nd yea im gona get the neons in the footwells but i wana get a switch so they arent on all the time so if the cops c*m sniffing ill just switch them of u know..
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Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:22 pm 
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effalcon94 wrote:
yeah ur cluster is fairly bright with the single LEDS man good job nd yea im gona get the neons in the footwells but i wana get a switch so they arent on all the time so if the cops c*m sniffing ill just switch them of u know..


I didnt know that neons in the footwell were illegal???

 

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 Post subject: Re: interior light change to led?
Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:28 pm 
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apparently if u have them on while driving it is but u can have em in there for show. i wana get a on/off button for them still.
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