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Old 10-03-2009, 02:59 PM
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Yeah.. a long time ago

Use white leds and a purple translucent film.

There is no such thing as a "true" purple led. So, they make white leds with a purple tint on them, which are known to fade over time (just like pinks) or UV leds, which are bad for your eyes and usually even have a warning on them to this point.

You apply the purple film to the parts of the gauge faces you want purple and use the white leds in place of the stocks.
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:04 PM
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White LED with purple filter will make the brightness dim..
First of all purple color aren't a bright color...
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Old 10-03-2009, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by engifineer View Post
Yeah.. a long time ago

Use white leds and a purple translucent film.

There is no such thing as a "true" purple led. So, they make white leds with a purple tint on them, which are known to fade over time (just like pinks) or UV leds, which are bad for your eyes and usually even have a warning on them to this point.

You apply the purple film to the parts of the gauge faces you want purple and use the white leds in place of the stocks.
Sorry, I'm a newbie

That sucks that the purple fades b/c my guess is that it would turn pink and I freakin hate pink...I suppose that I should go with blue. Enginfineer, are you still doing LED swaps? What do you charge?
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Old 04-08-2011, 01:51 PM
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I did this...gauges look sick...but then cracked my hvac and had to purchase another....$$$ then sent it to someone to change the colors...what a pain. bit its sweet looking!! totally worth it in the end.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:22 AM
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and people keep wondering why there are people that do this professionally.. lol

you gotta be careful man!
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:03 AM
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is there anyone in san diego that can change out the gauge cluster/ middle console on a 2005 scion tc? let me know. email me
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Old 07-02-2011, 04:44 AM
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nice write up, i been deciding what led to go with and the i would probably go with the same red led, thanks for the good instruction
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:58 AM
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did you use your stock gauges? or did you paint them ?
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:29 AM
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Thank you so much this helped out so much! good thing i have an electrician in the family
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Anyone that has done this and still on this forum?
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:22 AM
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I have a question regarding the LED swap. Can you help?
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:03 PM
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I've done this twice on two different tC's. What's your question? Hopefully I can help.
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Old 10-27-2017, 10:10 AM
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Finally did my gauge, next up... Everything else that lights up! Lol. Not bad for first diy customization... Only thing was the leds are super bright even at lowest dim, guess that makes it easier for me when I do the hvac and Hu illumination =)
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:38 AM
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i ordered some blue LEDs for my gauges and just now reallized im pretty sure ill need different resistors. Can anybody tell me what type of resistors id need and possibly where to get them?
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:27 AM
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thank you so much for this write up just got my 2005 and was hoping to change the yellow out
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