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'03 Radio Plate light color change

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  1. novanutcase

    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    OK.....I took apart the '03 radio plate I just pulled at the JY to see what I need to do to do a color change out. This is what the board looks like inside.

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    I guess my question is how do I change out the light color? The bulbs look like they are coated with the green color except for the one that goes behind the hot side of the temp control knob which is red. They are soldered to the board. Can I just sand the color off the bulb or do I need to replace the bulbs? I'm thinking it may be best to just replace them as the other radio plate I have some of the bulbs are not working. I may pull that one too and replace all the bulbs so when I sell the other radio plate all the bulbs are working.

    John
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    I have some bulbs out in my 03 faceplate. interested to see how this goes.
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    After further inspection the bulbs look like regular LED's with some sort of mount to keep them in place. I need to show it to my computer/electronics guy and see what he tells me. He has a solder wick so I'll probBly have him pull the old bulbs off and solder on the new ones.

    Can anyone tell me which pins power the board? I'd like to be able to test the lights without having to put it all together to test it.

    John
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Now that I've had a second to really look at the board it looks like the color of the bulb is dictated by a colored sleeve.

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    As you can see I slipped off the sleeve and what is left is, what looks like, some micro incandescent bulbs. I'm going to swing by my buddies today to confirm. Hopefully he'll have a 12 volt power supply so that we can test the bulbs in there. I'd still like to replace them even if they are working as they probably have very little life left and I only want to do this one time.

    John
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    we used to call them mouse condoms.
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    LOL! The bulbs are surface mounted so to change them out I'm going to need to find a low profile 12v LED. I'm thinking a COB light be the answer.

    John
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    Can you get a close up of the bulb? Front and back?

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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Bulb closeup
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    Back of board
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    As you can see the bulbs are not through the board. If you look at the top view picture in other post you can see where they left one of the surface mounts unsoldered. Not sure if they missed it at the factory or not but I may add another light to it since it's there.

    You have a good grasp of these kinds of components. The bulbs are about 6.5mm tall(1/4")and snug up against the face plate so whatever replacement I use can't be any taller than 6.5mm and 12v. Do you know where I can find bulbs that will work within the constraints I noted? My buddy told me they make a 12v LED but he thinks they may be a bit too tall. I was thinking single surface mount COBS since they are low profile but I'm not sure how much width/length they are and if that will be an issue. Dependent on the availability of a suitable bulb I might have to go with the 12v LED's and grind out the room needed to make the bulbs fit.

    If there aren't any LED bulbs that will fit the bill then if you can link me to where I can get the same mini incandescent bulbs that are originally on the board it would be appreciated.

    My buddy told me that there are different methods to doing SMC's so once we acquire the replacement bulbs he can decide which would be best.

    John
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    How different is the 03 radio from the older ones

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    I haven't opened up the radio plate I have with the stock cassette player but I would imagine they are one in the same. I don't see why it would be any different.

    John
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Yikes John-
    interested in seeing how this project progresses. :)
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Cassette and '03 radio plate pc board are different.

    Been crazy busy along with the weather not cooperating but once I get a chance I'll put it all together.

    John

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