Now that I have solved the problem of the switches, I have decided to have them light up. The little jumper plates have been located and installed. So now, they light up. Everything is fine...or is it? You know that I cannot just this go without more modification. The lights are green, using an incandescent bulb and a green lens. I like blue, and LED's...just like how I prefer Luke's blue lightsaber over the green on. Wait, wrong trilogy.
Here are my two options for LED window switches.
1. In addition to the incandescent ones (K101177) for $70 a pair, DMC sells an LED version (K101177A) of the light switches for $85. I already have the incandescent ones and I am too cheap to pay another $85 for another set. I am not even sure if the LED ones are green or blue. Which leave me to the other option.
|K101177(A) - DeLorean Window Switches|
|Green lens with incandescent bulb|
Now, I know very little about electronics. I know how to solder and to line up "+" and "-"...but that is about it. So, I enlisted help from co-workers and staff from the Electronics Lab. These guys in the Electronics Lab are crazy smart. My though was, "just solder some LED bulbs onto the contacts and call it a day". I was informed that I needed resistors for the LED's. I told him there would be twelve volts running through this thing and he did the math on what resistor I need...right there, in his head. It was like Rain Man. I got my LED bulbs and resistors and ready to go.
|Surface mount resistors are really small|
|L to R: Original lens and bulb assembly, custom made platform, surface mount blue LED's, 560 ohm resistors|
|Soldered parts, LED with resistor|
|Incandescent bulb with lens vs. my LED assembly, no need for lens|
|New blue LED's vs. incandescent bulb with green lens|
|Completed LED modifications|
|Cool blue lights in the center console|