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 Post subject: AU Falcon 4 Door Electric Window Button Lights/LED
Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:58 pm 
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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)
Your switches
Fine flat blade screw driver.
Tweezers.
A lot of time.
Beer.

Step one:
Crack open the switch. I'm using a single switch, but the principal is the same for the master unit.
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This is what it should look like, with a blue silicone cover on the globe.

Step two:
Remove the globe and the silicon/rubber base from the switch assembly, and remove the blue silicone.
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Step Three:
Now turn it over, and carefully unravel the wires from the back.
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Step Four:
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.......
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Step Five:
Next, take one of the neo wedge globes.
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Step Six:
Have a beer.

Step Seven:
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.
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Step Eight:
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.
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Step Nine:
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.
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Step Ten:
Feed it through the silicon base.
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Step Eleven:
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.
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Step Twelve:
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.
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If there are any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this inspires others, and I hope this isn't already covered.
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 Post subject: Re: AU Falcon 4 Door Electric Window Button Lights/LED
Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:37 am 
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Nice write up mate. Well done.
Topic moved to technical documents. :)

 

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 Post subject: Re: AU Falcon 4 Door Electric Window Button Lights/LED
Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:43 am 
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thats awesome!

looks killer too!

 

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 Post subject: Re: AU Falcon 4 Door Electric Window Button Lights/LED
Posted: Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:28 am 
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A finished product from the main switch, and my new cluster and heater controls.

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