Joined: 18th Feb 2014
Ride: 1999 Falcon Forte
Location: South Launceston
Anyone here ever tried searching for new globes to suit the AU Power Window switches? I have. It's a pain. So I decided to make my own. With LED's. Now I'm sure this has been done before, and I've read a post somewhere about it, but it required soldering, and it used old LED's, not SMD LED's. So, here's my attempt!
First of all, what you need:
go to eBay and buy the T4 Neo Wedge LED's, you need 7, most will sell in lots of 10, so bonus, you get a couple for the switches in the dash too!
(I sourced mine here: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/161723674214 ... EBIDX%3AIT)
Fine flat blade screw driver.
A lot of time.
Crack open the switch. I'm using a single switch, but the principal is the same for the master unit.
This is what it should look like, with a blue silicone cover on the globe.
Remove the globe and the silicon/rubber base from the switch assembly, and remove the blue silicone.
Now turn it over, and carefully unravel the wires from the back.
Slip the globe out, and throw it away, like a piece of rubbish, into an old dark storeroom. Then, from outerspace, a spotty man brought him to life with his cosmic dust............... Wait, flashbacks to childhood.......
Next, take one of the neo wedge globes.
Have a beer.
Start to unravel it, should unwind. Be aware when buying the globes that some sellers have soldered units, and can be cheaper. We don't want these. We want something like what is in the link.
You'll also notice that unlike stuff you'd have to solder yourself, these actually have the resistor you need mounted on the back of the PCB.
You can choose to straighten the legs, or not. Up to you. I had hells bells working with them until I straightened them, so up to you.
Feed it through the silicon base.
Wrapping it back up is a pain. The wire is thicker, and is a pain to work with, but you don't have to wrap it as it was done originally. It takes time, and a little bit of effort, but as you can see, it will go together.
Install the LED back into the switch, check polarity, once happy it's powering up as it should, reassemble the avengers, I mean, the switch, and away you go! Allow an hour for the first one, half hour for the second, and 15 minutes for the third. Do the singles first. Once you're all good, do the main.
If there are any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this inspires others, and I hope this isn't already covered.
Joined: 6th Oct 2005
Ride: 93EB Fairmont / BA Falcon
Location: Western Sydney
Nice write up mate. Well done.
Topic moved to technical documents.
93 EB II Fairmon8 with 17' EL GT's / Clear indicators / H.I.Ds / Sports exhaust / Lowered 2' / K&N / XR6 ECU.
looks killer too!
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