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      10-23-2020, 06:50 PM   #1
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Hey guys, so I recently upgraded the radio trim to the led one, and had an idea of extending the led's along the dash trim like the red line in the photo.

Has anyone tried this with leds like these? I was going to splice the wires one with the radio trim wires so they only come on at the same time? And would it work or look tacky?
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      10-23-2020, 10:22 PM   #2
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You aren't the only person. If I can find a vender who would sell me just the leds and connector, I'm sure I could make something work. The trick is getting the same color as the hvac trim. I have an idea, but it would involve buying the door set of ambient leds and taking the strip out to connect to the hvac wire and control through IDrive.
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Not opposed to the idea at all as long as it is dim enough to to not interfere with night vision.
For my illuminated center channel I just reused a cup holder led module.

The issue I see with it is that you will need to space out or trim back the trim to provide an area for the light to shine thru/on like the radio does. I’d probably try using a semi opaque white plastic as a light strip and standard 1206 cool white and amber leds.
That’s what my illuminated b pillars have in them.

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You aren't the only person. If I can find a vender who would sell me just the leds and connector, I'm sure I could make something work. The trick is getting the same color as the hvac trim. I have an idea, but it would involve buying the door set of ambient leds and taking the strip out to connect to the hvac wire and control through IDrive.
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Not opposed to the idea at all as long as it is dim enough to to not interfere with night vision.
For my illuminated center channel I just reused a cup holder led module.

The issue I see with it is that you will need to space out or trim back the trim to provide an area for the light to shine thru/on like the radio does. I'd probably try using a semi opaque white plastic as a light strip and standard 1206 cool white and amber leds.
That's what my illuminated b pillars have in them.

Best of luck.
Yeah I ended up buying a strip on eBay with 120leds/metre so hopefully don't see individual spots but that what I'm worried about is the led colour not matching.
Was only a few quid so thought it was worth a try and I was gonna splice the wires into the radio trim so hopefully I can dim them the same as those, and if you take the dash silver trim out I could stick it to the back of there which would give the same effect as the radio trim I think. If it works I'll post some pics😂
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      10-28-2020, 09:54 AM   #5
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I was able to find this, and shows the f10 with this "upgrade." I'm debating if I should just order it and connect a strip to the HVAC connector for power and all the hard work is done. All I need is one strip however.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/292773376528
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I was able to find this, and shows the f10 with this "upgrade." I'm debating if I should just order it and connect a strip to the HVAC connector for power and all the hard work is done. All I need is one strip however.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/292773376528
Yeah that looks good nearly £70 thought so if the colour doesn't match or brightness a waste of money, I bought some cheap ones from China as I ain't fussed if it doesn't work.

I'm just gonna splice the wires in with the radio trim led wires so they'll come on the same time
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From the visual, it should connect right on into where under the radio led comfort light. Perhaps a y wire that most people use to retrofit the LCI radio trim will work. I have both on order as a little experiment
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From the visual, it should connect right on into where under the radio led comfort light. Perhaps a y wire that most people use to retrofit the LCI radio trim will work. I have both on order as a little experiment
Yeah hopefully just hoping the led colour matches, still haven't received it yet but as soon as I do I'll update you
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So the led arrived today, light colour and brightness luckily is pretty close and works well. Problem is fitting it, for some reason I thought the upper trim was sitting away from the dash like the radio trim allowing it to fit under and glow around it. But it sits flush with the dash.

I guess the other option is cutting the lower dash part away to allow the led to shine out ?
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That’s why I was suggesting using a plastic diffuser under it.
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From what i have looked at by taking my own car apart, we will have to slightly grind away underneath on the trim piece for the light to shine through (thinking little grind wheel to make 1mm of space and fit the led strip just above it
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That's why I was suggesting using a plastic diffuser under it.
Yeah I just wanted the light to shine like the radio surround so it's the same rather than it glowing through the plastic
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That's why I was suggesting using a plastic diffuser under it.
Yeah I just wanted the light to shine like the radio surround so it's the same rather than it glowing through the plastic
Yeah that's what I was thinking, but the trim towards the door side doesn't have a lot of room so I'm hoping the led isn't exposed
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Do kindly post pictures of the results if you have any
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This LED chain crap is way too much. Just change the referring SMD LED into the fairing and you'll get a very clean result with minimum efforts.
View my change from amber/white (aka classic/sport) to blue/white.
There are more colors available and the change had cost me less than 30 minutes plus the intense and brightness is much more visible.
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