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actually you will not hack up you switches at all unless you are a complete knob. here is the led conversion outcome i did the defrost but it was done after these pics. i know they are not the best i will work on it....
little camera tip when taking pics like this, turn the flash off and have the camera sit on something steady so it doesn't move, put on the 2 second timer so when you click the picture and take your hand off it'll give you a few seconds to move your hand, also go in the "tv" mode (full manual) and change the shutter to 2 or 3 seconds and see how the pics turn out.
As for the camera, increasing the exposure time is one good method, I would recommend setting the F stop to the lowest number possible, this increases the cameras aperture, and lets in more light.
In my '99, there's green film or green lenses that turn a yellow/white incandescent bulb's light green for the gauge cluster and accessory lighting. If I had put anything other than white LEDs into mine, it'd come out some odd shade because of the green tinting.
On the other hand, the needles are white, so they'd probably take on whatever color the LED is. The needles used to look yellowish-orange from the old incandescents, now they look glowing-white.
See some of the pictures above - I know on some of the switches/buttons, it's possible to pop out the chunk of green plastic "lens" and allow the actual LED color to flow through. On the gauge cluster itself, though? If it's even possible, it's probably a fair amount of work.
heres mine in white, yet to finalize the heater controls and shifter lights (UK spec) iv bought white dials that glow in dark to solve trhe green film issue and look much better, dont foget the bulb in the headlight switch.