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lucifer1 12-15-2014 11:50 PM

INT: Illuminated Window Switches
I have been wanting to illuminate my passenger window switches to match my Legend illuminated master switch panel. After coming across a CR-V in the junkyard with an illuminated master switch(only certain years are), I finally have the means to do it. After that I did the Accord master switch.

  • Philips Screwdriver
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Soldering Iron and Solder
  • Drill and Drill Bits
  • Wire Cutter and Wire Stripper
  • CA Glue
  • Shrink Tube and Electrical Tape

  • 2 CR-V Master Window Switches
  • 7 3mm Leds
  • 7 Resistors To Match Leds
  • 22g Wire

Start by removing the door panels http://www.cb7tuner.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=198613. On the passenger and rear doors remove the single Philips screw from behind armpull and push out window switch.

On drivers door remove Philips screws and spring clips to remove armrest. Then remove the Philips screws holding switch assembly to armrest. Finally remove Philips screw holding to front trim and separate the switch.

Remove the 2 Philips screws from passenger and rear switches then remove front trim

Remove the dust seal

With the dust seal removed you will be able to see the actuator pivots. Carefully pry out the actuator.

This is what it looks like apart

The CR-V actuators have the same mounting points


Install the CR-V actuators into the Accord switch

To illuminate the CR-V actuator, drill a hole for a 3mm led. Don't drill too big or it will need to be glued in.

Press in led and reassemble switch.


To wire the leds there are a couple methods. The proper way to do it is to run 2 new wires into each door and connect to the dimmer. The led positive goes to Red/Blk and led negative goes to Red. This turns on switch backlighting with the lights and dims/brightens with dash dimmer

For those who do not want to run wires nor care if it dims, connect the led positive to window switch ignition feed inside door and ground the led negative wire inside the door.
LF door + wht/yel
RF door + blu/blk
LR door + grn/blk
RR door + yel/blk
ground - blk

Switch burning bright

Moving on to the driver's master switch.

Remove dust seal from switch


The drivers master passenger actuators come apart just like the rear.
The auto switch has a shaft that slides out. It is shaped different from the others but CR-V matches the Accord.




Drill holes for 3mm leds as shown for passenger and rear actuators. The driver's auto led needs to be placed closer to the actuator so cut the plastic and glue led in. Use CA glue not hot glue as pictured. You will need to power the led and make sure it illuminates properly while gluing.


Run wires out to the side and reinstall the dust seal. Wire to car as desired.

Front finished. I ran out of blue leds so the auto received a red one.


PhatAccord 12-16-2014 12:59 AM

Wow you sir, are talented.

steelbluesleepR 12-16-2014 04:31 AM

yeah, THIS is cool. I love that no matter how old these cars get and how much has been done, more can always be found to do.

cp[mike] 12-16-2014 11:14 AM

wow this is cool! . Definitely something I am going to do for myself! Excellent work figuring that out.

Jarrett 12-16-2014 11:41 AM

This looks a lot easier, and with a better final product, than my Legend window switches. Good job!

c91bse7 12-16-2014 10:30 PM

What year was the crv these came from?

PakaloloHonda 12-16-2014 11:00 PM

very very well done .. :tu:

Maple50175 12-16-2014 11:37 PM

Sweet mod man.

802cb7 12-17-2014 12:38 AM

way to go. I actually messed around with my rear defrost switch last night. For some reason every bulb I get for it from the junk yard is blown, so I fashioned in a blue led just to see if i could do it, and it works great. A little out of place with everything else being greenish/blue, but its was a great way to learn. Awesome MOD and a great write up!!!! will be doing this in the future.

ambientwater 12-17-2014 10:24 AM

anything different on a coupe? I assume everything would still fit the same correct? Awesome DIY though:tu:

lucifer1 12-17-2014 02:50 PM


Originally Posted by Jarrett (Post 3220119)
This looks a lot easier, and with a better final product, than my Legend window switches. Good job!

Yes, much easier. I wanted to do this before I did the legend ones but did not want to pay ebay prices to try.


Originally Posted by c91bse7
What year was the crv these came from?

1st gen cr-v later years 99-01


Originally Posted by ambientwater
anything different on a coupe? I assume everything would still fit the same correct? Awesome DIY though

I don't know. If they are sourced from different manufacturers then maybe not. I know 7 gen civic coupe actuators are different from the 4 doors, rsx is same as coupe but 2nd gen cr-v use the same as 4 door civic.

DAKOTADEMON7 12-17-2014 05:24 PM

Very cool..Rep given.

1badacc 02-03-2015 03:54 PM

TTT great mod!

cp[mike] 02-03-2015 09:36 PM

in case the LED wiring is unclear to anybody:

Each LED should be wired to the 12-volt "illumination" power source, by way of its own resistor. A resistor reduces the power leading to the LED to a range it can handle, so it doesn't burn out.

These tiny 3mm LEDs tend to require a voltage range around 2-3 volts, but as a general ballpark, usually a 560 Ohm resistor would work fine. 560-ohm resistors come in various sizes/wattages. In this case, a 1/4-watt resistor would be fine. The resistor can be connected to either pin of the LED, inline between the LED and the power source. Here's a wiring diagram as an example:


lindiz 02-04-2015 05:52 AM

Great thread, really interesting. So only certain models have the "AUTO" letters on drivers switch illuminated? Is there a way to tell if it lights up by just looking at it on pics uninstalled?

lucifer1 02-04-2015 01:26 PM

The lighted switches have an extra separate two pin connecter for the lighting. This connector has the standard red/blk and red backlighting wires in it.

jdm_inspired 02-04-2015 06:15 PM

You're awesome bro! Definitely will be doing this in the near future.

excalibur02 01-05-2018 04:11 PM

Reloaded the pics for lucifer1 since photobucket is blocking 3rd party hosting.

zedjr10 05-15-2018 01:31 AM

so 99-01 crv would work. Does anyone know what other models would work on 92 coupe.

NH-503P-3 05-15-2018 01:25 PM

Don’t bother with 91-95 legend lighted switches. They don’t fit or match up in any way.

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