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Hi again!

Well, after 2 or so years with my reverse indiglo gauges, they're starting to fade/flash/shut off at the wrong time, and they're driving me nuts!

I know there's a way to change the instrument cluster lights with LEDs, but I'm having a hard time finding a worthwhile site that had direct replacement LED's for the wedge lights I have in there now.

If there's anyone who attempted this mod, could you please point me to a good site that has direct replacement LED's for the ho-hum stock instrument cluster? I guess if worse comes to worse, I'll do the LED and resistor thing, although I'm not looking forward to soldering.

Thanks All!
 
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I wish that the gauge night lights were white on my rav. I find the yellowish-green makes it look so old fashioned.
 

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I wish that the gauge night lights were white on my RAV. I find the yellowish-green makes it look so old fashioned.
they all are white i think some of them have cover green covers over white if you remove your cluster you will see what I mean trust me they are white
 

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Yeah, as franco said, they have this green cover on them. You should be able to easily peel them off if you want and get them to shine white...in fact, I think I'll do that first.

And franco, thanks for the link. That was EXACTLY what I was looking for. I might order some if the white doesn't look nice.

Anyone know how to change the bulbs in the climate control cluster and the switches there (ie, AC light, Rear defroster light and the button lumination lights). Thanks again!
 

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Yes, you can remove the green cover but if you're expecting white light, you will be disappointed.

I tried it a while back and what you'll end up with is a yellowish / orange light (think of a nigh llight).

I ended up putting the green covers back on.
 

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the bulbs in there like what everyone else mentioned here is cover with a green condom. but the bulb is a candlelecence yellow.. not white.. I ordered from autolumination.com before. and the LED bulbs were pretty alright... it's white, but the spread of LED is not as great as I hoped for.

If you're using the original panel face, I guess it's alright. My project was to make a custom face and so far... my only roadblock is the material to print it on. If you do a search in here, you can actually see how my DIY cluster face looks with the light. I have a better camera now, and I think I'll go back to the project sometime in the near future.
 

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nl4jy: I'm looking at the page now. You know exactly which one, with the base (http://autolumination.com/74.htm ...on this page) I need to get to replace at least the main gague lights? I beleive the one with the slightly bigger base?
 

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#74 Wedge Based Bulbs

these are the one I bought.

you don't need the base as it would fit in the same base as the one in the cluster...

it may not look like it, but you can pull the bulb out of the base on the OEM bulbs that has the green condom... It's kinda hard to pull it out.. I use a plyers with very light clamp and pull it out.

the led is kinda small, but the wedge will fit perfectly.
 
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hey hey hey .....

white, yellow, green ... c'mon guys ... i was into that mod in my last Toyota ... had all the dash lights changed to orange .... just to mtch my Head unit (Bremen) ... well that mod looked awesome ... until some guy approached me in a parking once ... (he happened to be a car tuning specialist) ... he congratulated me for the mod and told me this ... You know orange interior lights are OEM BMW stuff (most german makes as well) ... whereas Toyota is green ... when you do a mod try to be inline with OEM standards but with a little personal touch of improvement ... That was his definition of a nice mod ... i gave that some thinking and I think he's right (my personal opinion) ...
So in this case, i would go out and change the bulbs to leds (green ones of course) thus upgrading the OEM setup of dash lighting ...
Maybe it's a lot of bla bla from my side .. but i'm happy to share my opinion and experience.
 
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