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how to change dome light color?

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Ace 96

Joined: Nov 11 2006
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Location: MA


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Post Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:20 pm

I'm looking to change the color of my dome light from off-white to blue to match my cathodes.

what should I use/do to accurately match this color?


my thoughts:

-change it to led's (unsure how to wire it up/connect it though)
-use bulb condoms (gotta find a place that sells them)
-find a blue bulb (same as above)


thx for any ideas in advance
The_Mastor

Joined: Jan 23 2006
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Location: Idaho


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Post Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:09 pm

I went to shucks and bought a pack of 2 blue lights for my dome that fit, put them in front and back and they burned out in about a day or two, now they are a washy blue/yellow/white color and it's ugly. I will probably do LEDs now.

So there's my .02, i have had terrible experience with the blue bulbs that you can just buy. icon_smile.gif
GlowinPontiac

Joined: Mar 04 2004
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Post Tue Feb 13, 2007 8:28 pm

dont use bulb condoms. you will get a horrible looking washed out color and more than likely the condom will melt off the bulb in a day or two anyways.

get some perf board from radioshack and some superflux leds in blue and mount that in the domelight.
Tim

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Post Tue Feb 13, 2007 9:21 pm

I got some condoms on my bulbs in the GA and they're still there to this day. Not very blue though, very washed out.
Cyber Knight

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Post Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:08 am

I soldered aligator clips on the leads of a 9.5" white LED strip and set it in my dome light. Soldering aside, it was about a 1 minute install. You could get a blue strip.
Tat2Dragons

Joined: Jan 21 2007
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Post Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:28 am

How large is your dome light,can you fit some 4"cold cathodes in there?
I installed two 4"blue cold cathodes and a single 9 l.e.d. festoon style replacement bulb in my 00'Blazer and it looks great.Ohh and added some reflective tape to the inner top part of the dome light housing,since it didn't come with any type of reflector.

Heres some pics.

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/5/w...000-2297999/2297159_304_full.jpg
http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/5/w...000-2297999/2297159_303_full.jpg
Here it is with the plastic lens cover in place.
http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/5/w...000-2297999/2297159_305_full.jpg
Ace 96

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Post Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:31 am

i dont think i could fit 4" cc's in it

i do like the idea of a flex strip though


i'll have to take off the cover and see whats behind it before i choose what to do



really what im looking for is something to compliment my cathodes in the footwells
clutch1

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Post Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:03 pm

I used a red bulb condom from Autozone. It was pretty thick and was opaque red and gave a good red off, was in there for like 4-5 months until the car got totalled.
I HAD a pack of 2 red bulbs, but quickly found the red coloring burns off FAST. DON'T get colored bulbs whatever you do.
Go with LEDs if you want a project, it'll look better and has more of a cool "custom" hier to it.
However, if you just want quick colored light find some thick and opaque ones, not translucent.

The brand of my bulb condoms were "xtreme lites" if I remember right.
MustangAdam

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Post Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:24 am

I have used glass spray paint before. Works great just tape off the ends of the light. Do a coat and see how it looks turned on and if you want it darker than do another coat. repeat as needed. I would still rather do leds
RadioFlyer1998

Joined: Jun 25 2004
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Post Sat Mar 31, 2007 10:36 am

I just bought a dome light that has leds in it. Couple bucks and it works really well.
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