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    beginners world to leds

    hey, im trying to do a little research into installing leds in the astra for example the lightswitchers heater control lighting up the astray and so on. i have alot of spare time on my hands at the moment so wanted to put it to good use and try learn a new skill lol. what tools would be required? and where is the best place to get them from.

    so far im thinking a dremel, solder iron, leds, resistors and a glue gun.

    not sure what sort of each of them things i need or whats better than others lol as im still trying to do some research upon it all.

    if anyone has any help or advice it would be much apprechiated thank you

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    Thats all the essential tools you need really. Though a 12v power supply would be handy, so you can test all the LED's are working without having to keep plugging it into the car.

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    i have a 12v battery so thats no problem just need to look for a good solderin iron. any ideas people? also on the leds the only work im gonna be doing is what i said above on the astra what size led would i need? 3mm? 5mm? etc

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    5mm are fine for light switch and heater controls. A couple of 3mm ones may come in handy though as space can be a bit tight inside the units.

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    and whats the difference in mcd they start at like 1500 and go to 10,000 is it the higher that is the brighter they are? i noticed they get more expensive the more there is.

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    Yeah higher is brighter. Some colours go higher than others as well. Like UV for instance is normally a much lower MCD.

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    im getting the hang of this now lol. i have a solderin iron but its as much use as a lighter and chissle im guessin im needing one with almost a needle tip? also with stand and grips to be able to hold whatever im soldering. any ideas on best types thats within a decent price range not too ott

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    I just got a cheap one from eBay, but yes as you said you need one with a small tip when soldering the LED's. As you need to solder them to the PCB and don't want to be de-soldering other components at the same time

    Also there is no need for a super hot one for the same reasons as above.

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    i have now brought the leds and the resistors just looking at soldering irons now

    seen this 1 : http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/st...oldering+irons


    and this on ebay :
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=120364261746

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    Pah, I was going to say PM OddJob for LEDs, I got the entire car interior bar the festoons for £10 delivered along with the relevant resistors...ah well.

    Many lights are hard to change from the orange OEM colours, namely the heater dials, since they have orange plastic built into most parts on the newer MK4's.

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