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 Post subject: power window switch lights
Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 10:36 am 
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I drove my new EL fairmont for the first time last night, I noticed the power window switches (front and back) didnt have any lights in the switch.
Im assuming they are supposed to have lights in them ??
is there a bulb or something that I can check or a fuze ? thanks for the help guys
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Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 10:47 am 
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None of the EF/EFII/EL/ELII switches for the windows light up, upsettingly.
There is no globe in there, its normal mate sorry to say lol.
You will get used to it soon; the only time i remeber they dont light up is when i got a mate in my car n they go wheres the button or which button is it lol.

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 10:58 pm 
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Spewin, like you said, Ill get used to it............ lol
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Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 11:01 pm 
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you could maybe do what neo_nick has done with the chrome door handles, and fit LED's behind them?

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 11:58 pm 
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uglybob wrote:
you could maybe do what neo_nick has done with the chrome door handles, and fit LED's behind them?

Have u seen the switches?
There isnt any room for an led from what ive seen - plus they arent clean plastic as is - itd be very time consuming!

 

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Posted: Sun Dec 26, 2004 12:05 am 
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Daniel wrote:
uglybob wrote:
you could maybe do what neo_nick has done with the chrome door handles, and fit LED's behind them?

Have u seen the switches?
There isnt any room for an led from what ive seen - plus they arent clean plastic as is - itd be very time consuming!


yep i've got a few here - but where there is a will, there is a way! was only a suggestion though if someone was really serious about the idea thats all :wink:

 

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Posted: Sun Dec 26, 2004 12:01 pm 
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only AU and some BA window switches light up.. e.g. fairmont etc.. not forte and xt. We've got an XR6T and the window switches didn't light up (all 4), i got blue LED's soldered into them and now they do! haha :lol:
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 Post subject: Lights in power window buttons
Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 1:15 am 
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Hey all,

I have added blue/yellow led lighting to my EF power window buttons!

The switch assemblies come apart easily, i drilled a small hole through the centre of each switch and glued a 3mm led into each. soldered on some thin flexible wiring, put the switch assembly back together and hooked up the leds to the rest of my blue led interior highlighting via a regulated voltage circuit and dimmer control.

Looks awesome at night!

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:48 pm 
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Another option would be to run some fibre optic cable into a hole in the switch. Easy enough to do I should think. But youve got power windows! quit complaining. At least ill never lose my window winder :P

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:52 pm 
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Surely getting some sort of light behind the switch would see some light 'escaping' around the edge of the switch and provide a nice backlit outline?

 

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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:57 pm 
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4.9 EF Futura wrote:
Surely getting some sort of light behind the switch would see some light 'escaping' around the edge of the switch and provide a nice backlit outline?


yeah that was my thoughts too martin - same sort of idea. you could do that with a few things inside the car i'm sure - lol maybe a/c vents & the like! :lol: you're only limited by your imagination! :wink:

 

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 Post subject: power window switch lighting
Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 8:55 pm 
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Sorry guys,
i tried back lighting the whole switch panel but could not achieve a satisfactory even effect, so holes in the buttons is best option.

Blue+/Red leds in the airvents do look good....I have mounted both colours in the front l+R vents and in the rear centre console vent also so far......blue when aircon is on for those hot nights and red when the heater is on, helps give you the warm feeling. (at moment i switch between colours manually, but am looking into having them auto switch via the cli/cont.

Have also run Blue Electroluminescent wire along the headlining plastic trims, with a dimmer module. this looks awsome at night as it glows from behind the plastic trims accross the edges of the roof lining!!

will try and post pics if my friend ever gives my camera back!~!!

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Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:14 pm 
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Wow, so youve lit up the window switches!?
Where does the light come from?
Around the switch or thru it?

Id rather have the U and D light up, but doubt its easily possible.
I dont mind the idea of lighting around the switches from beneath - id have to see it 1st.

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 Post subject: power window switch lighting
Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 8:08 pm 
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At the moment my blue lighting just comes through a small hole in the middle of the buttons via a 3mm led, which looks good at night.

I recently aqquired a spare switch console and am slowly but surely attempting to "drill-out" the lettering on each switch with a .8mm drill i got back in my jaycar employee days. Once completed i will mount 4 leds under the switch panel and hopefully it'll work out how i envisaged it...

I've put blue led's in each footwell reflecting of the cherckerplate mats, 1 in the centre armrest, glovebox, rear a/c vents, front a/c l&r vents, the pwr wind buttons, 3 in the boot highliting the 2 blue coned subs and blue jaycar amps all running off a "voltage regulating adaptor kit" from jaycar also...this allows them all to be turned off/on at will and gives the ability to dim them!

Have just added auto window closers today (closes all windows when alarm is armed) and picked up a spare ign barrel so i can get the remote engine start alarm i installed last weekend to work.

 

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Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 8:36 pm 
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Where did you get the auto window winders and what did they set you back?
Ive wanted to do this for ages!
Also which alarm did you use for remote start, cost?

 

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