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Old 08-12-2010, 05:45 AM   #1
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Dashboard light? Possible to change the color?

Well my topic says it all. Is it possible to change the Dashboard light to another color? Like blue??

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Old 08-12-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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Search the forum, somebody already did it... you will need to do a lot of soldering for your new LED's
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:09 AM   #3
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just need a soldering iron and a bunch of fairly bright plcc-2 leds from digikey or wherever. not sure if i am feeling the purple any more, i might do mine over in white.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:41 PM   #4
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:48 PM   #5
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I've seen like three different threads about this today
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:23 AM   #6
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Talking Dash board lights change

hi i am new to this forum, i own e46 320d 2004 its my third BMW for sure it an addiction one thing i hate its an orange (amber) light on dash board and all the buttons! I did my research and i sort of know how to change smd`s on a dash board, but i cant find any information's on how to change led's on air con buttons, window switches, and i would like to find out what kind of diodes i need for it and how many.
Can anyone hepl please ?

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Old 06-28-2012, 07:38 AM   #7
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I changed mine to green...didn't like it. Tried blue...same thing. White was too bright so I went back to the original color.

Which is my way of saying that there are more important things you should be studying up on how to do, I can virtually guarantee it. Might I interest you in something like a cooling system overhaul or ccv replacement? Maybe a nice ofhg or vcg/vanos seals? How's your lower intake boot and icv? Just asking.

If your cluster lights are working, I'd try to stay content with it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #8
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The center cluster picture is the OEM color for comparison. Pictures were taken with identical white balance, exposure and dash lights intensity.
The white really is beautiful and modern looking. The only problem is the LCD display color really isn't changeable. There is a orange filter on the back of the display. Changing those LEDs to white just makes it look salmon colored.

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Old 06-28-2012, 03:01 PM   #9
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Hi thanks they look a lot better in diffrient colour i manage to find how to change led in cluster and rest of the buttons in the car it will be fun aparently you can carefully take that orange filter out and replace it with white paper and it works

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Old 11-26-2013, 11:35 PM   #10
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Can somebody please tell me how to change my dashboard lights?
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:54 AM   #11
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Can somebody please tell me how to change my dashboard lights?
Search the forum- a diy has already been done. I hope you are comfortable with soldering because there is a lot to do.


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Old 11-27-2013, 06:36 AM   #12
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Can somebody please tell me how to change my dashboard lights?
This is your first post on fanatics, so I'm going to suggest that you stop thinking about something as silly as this (nothing personal).

First post of yours...so I'm going to assume, correctly, that there are about 259 more important things you should be doing.

You want the list?
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:10 AM   #13
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This is your first post on fanatics, so I'm going to suggest that you stop thinking about something as silly as this (nothing personal).

First post of yours...so I'm going to assume, correctly, that there are about 259 more important things you should be doing.

You want the list?
You mean like huge Ricey wing for the deck lid?
Or LED strip high mount brake light?
Maybe retro neon underbody lighting?


OP, BMW uses that color for a real reason and it has to do with night vision, not fashion. Looking at the red light causes less night blindness than other colors.
Of course there are ways to light a dash that help to offset the effect of the color but given the technology of the dash you have, I would be very slow to change it.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:01 AM   #14
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This is your first post on fanatics, so I'm going to suggest that you stop thinking about something as silly as this (nothing personal).

First post of yours...so I'm going to assume, correctly, that there are about 259 more important things you should be doing.

You want the list?
I do. Please go on. PM me would be greatly appreciated good sir. For I am a bimmer noob and need correct guidance so I don't break anything of importance. Good day.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:08 AM   #15
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Keep in mind that the back lighting is that color for a reason. Red/orange is less detrimental to your night time vision.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:13 AM   #16
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:18 AM   #17
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I do. Please go on. PM me would be greatly appreciated good sir. For I am a bimmer noob and need correct guidance so I don't break anything of importance. Good day.
I don't really have a list, but you could read all my posts and you'll get an idea of what I think you ought to be doing.

But, cribs? Start with things that if they fail they'll cause you to die (like brakes and tires), then that will cause the car to die (like cooling and battery/alt), then things that will get very expensive if they break (like cooling again).

Try to work on systems and get them right.

Read fanatics until you puke...you'll find almost everything here more important than the color of the lights on the dash.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:19 AM   #18
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Get a blue sharpie and go to town.
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Old 11-27-2013, 04:20 PM   #19
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The center cluster picture is the OEM color for comparison. Pictures were taken with identical white balance, exposure and dash lights intensity.
The white really is beautiful and modern looking. The only problem is the LCD display color really isn't changeable. There is a orange filter on the back of the display. Changing those LEDs to white just makes it look salmon colored.
Scott, are you no longer offering this service through your website? Or are you just reluctant to advertise it....
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Can somebody please tell me how to change my dashboard lights?
1) Take your dash out.
2) Open it
3) Remove LED's
4) Install LED's
5) Close dash
6) Install dash

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