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Old 15th December 2008, 01:05   #1
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hi guys. even my esteem's instrument cluster or speedo had the boring green back lighting so thought of changing it to something different. saw the snaps of the baleno whose backlighting was changed to red so thought of going with red. i also read some posts in which people mentioned that the backlighting of esteem cannot be changed easily so i decided to try it out. i replaced the old bulbs with new ones & covered them with the same red plastic sheet which the baleno guy did. got the sheet for Rs.3. it was hell of a tough job atleast for me. you can see in the pic that the red light is softer on the eyes than the original green one.
now i am done with it but unfortunately i didnt have a cam with me when i was doing it.
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Old 16th December 2008, 12:46   #2
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Cool Bro!! Congrats!

Thats useful for me atleast.

I had given up the idea for my esteem but now after you have done it, I have got the spirit back..Will do it this weekend.

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Old 16th December 2008, 15:59   #3
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@shreyasma: be sure to document the whole process with pics. i'll follow in your stead
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Old 17th December 2008, 23:16   #4
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@shreyasma

best of luck brother. take care while removing the speedo cable.
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Hello folks,


Any one tried it on a Santro?.. eagerly waiting for reply. Already fed up with the original green lights.


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Old 17th December 2008, 23:50   #7
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Any one tried it on a Santro?.. eagerly waiting for reply. Already fed up with the original green lights.


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What's there to try? just go ahead and do it.
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Old 18th December 2008, 01:26   #8
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i have also done the same trick with backlighting of the ac switches but as it has a green stickering on it which i didnt try to remove, it is not giving that bright red look instead its looking light pink. will try to post pic soon.
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I have changed the bulbs to white led bulbs in my eld m100 shape type 1 Esteem, but no luck, no doubt the coour changed but its again dark as before.
Is there any way to make them brighter?
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I have changed the regular bulbs to white led bulbs, but no luck, no doubt the back light colour has changed but still dark as before.
Is there any way to make the speedo cluster bright.
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is it the same process that was followed for the baleno one or does something different need to be done for esteem?
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HO HO!!

Lots of encouragement. Thanks guys.

Will take a lot of pics and share it wid you all

Cheers!
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I have changed the regular bulbs to white led bulbs, but no luck, no doubt the back light colour has changed but still dark as before.
Is there any way to make the speedo cluster bright.
What mm white LEDs did you use? Also, how many LEDs did you use?
You can use more than one LED connected in series to get more light.

Quite a few threads on similar lines now on the forum. Do check them out.
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Old 22nd December 2008, 12:23   #14
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Finally...finished the DIY

Took many pics but unfortunately, the quality was very very bad for posting.

You might wonder whats with the color blue..It is the roof lights.
I had a blue rubber tube. I just pushed the bulb inside it...

The out come of the roof light is that its not very blue..but looks close to white...

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@shreyas: great stuff. no pic of the roof light? you have posted the final product snaps, none of the process? opening the console etc.?
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