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Old 10-29-2012, 10:32 PM   #67
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Originally Posted by Tiger-Heli View Post
I'm really wanting to see how that comes out.

I didn't realize the Metra kit was also surface mount LED's.

I would think gels would work - it also would probably be possible (but expensive) to use the surface mount LED's that Ford probably used in the headunit, window switches, etc.

(Assuming they are blue led's - on the Gen 1 Focus, they were often white lights shining through green plastic with translucent white paint.
It looks like I won't get a chance to install the stereo until the weekend due to all this crappy weather from the east coast hurricane, but I played with the control panel a little. It looks like the LEDs I ordered are too small. I measured the Metra ones, and they're 3.25mm x 1.65mm, so it looks like they're 1206 SMT package. I found these on ebay in blue:

Here's the same thing in green:

Here are the gels I ordered:

I thought about using the Ford LEDs, too, but I can't find them anywhere. Any part that has enough of them would be at least a couple hundred bucks, and you'd probably destroy half the LEDs removing them anyway, so I'm just gonna go with cheap LEDs and try to match the color with gels.

I'm not sure if a blue LED with a green gel filter or a green LED with a blue gel filter is best, so I just ordered both. There are 14 LEDs total on the board, but I think a couple should probably stay the reddish color for the hazard button and the lock indicator. With 20 of each color and a bunch of gels, I should be able to screw up quite a bit and still have plenty of spares. The light conductor on the Metra buttons is just clear plastic, so whatever color the LEDs emit will be the button color. The LEDs are actually mounted upside-down from the component side of the board, so it'll be really easy to glue the gels on the button side to shift the colors.

Wish me luck hacking up on my $180 bezel. LOL

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