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Old 12-15-2014, 11:50 PM   #1
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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.

Tools
  • 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


Parts
  • 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.



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Old 12-16-2014, 12:59 AM   #2
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:31 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:14 AM   #4
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wow this is cool! . Definitely something I am going to do for myself! Excellent work figuring that out.
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:41 AM   #5
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This looks a lot easier, and with a better final product, than my Legend window switches. Good job!
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:30 PM   #6
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What year was the crv these came from?
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:00 PM   #7
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very very well done ..
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Old 12-16-2014, 11:37 PM   #8
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Old 12-17-2014, 12:38 AM   #9
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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.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:24 AM   #10
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anything different on a coupe? I assume everything would still fit the same correct? Awesome DIY though
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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.

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What year was the crv these came from?
1st gen cr-v later years 99-01

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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.
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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:

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Old 02-04-2015, 05:52 AM   #15
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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?
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:26 PM   #16
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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.
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:15 PM   #17
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You're awesome bro! Definitely will be doing this in the near future.
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so 99-01 crv would work. Does anyone know what other models would work on 92 coupe.
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Don’t bother with 91-95 legend lighted switches. They don’t fit or match up in any way.
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