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Yes, the interior lighting in a stock Sky is very disappointing. Making matters worse for me, when I purchased my Sky, the 3-pod climate control light bulbs and the power window switch light bulbs were burnt out. My back-lit LED radio buttons didn't light up from the failed circuit board in the face of the radio. Floor lighting was installed by a previous owner but the LEDs were that weird spooky dark blue, and they did not operate properly with the doors. So when forced into addressing all those issues, I figured I would just go crazy and try to optimize lighting throughout including the IP gauges. I bought a 20-pack of micro-12V daylight LEDs which is plenty for the entire project. I am not done yet. Still remaining are power door lock switch bulbs, fog light switch bulb, and the steering wheel button bulbs.
Some day I'll do the same. OR we could meet in Indy and you could do it for me. 馃槀
 

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My Sky has flush steering wheel buttons which I am fine with. I have a spare pair of raised buttons that came with a steering wheel I bought months ago. Instead of disturbing my Sky, I investigated a spare.

I opened it up, hoping to see light bulbs but these have LEDs just like the radio illumination. I would have to replace the circuit board to change the color. Given other electrical incompatibility issues between my flush and raised buttons, I don't think I will attempt this, but I will ponder this a while. I think I am done with my LED conversion for now.
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Some of you mentioned you prefer raised buttons. I wonder if just the upper left portion shown, could be swapped, keeping everything else electrically compatible.
 

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Oh, one more thing. I am in the middle of installing power door lock switches. The passenger door is complete.

I converted the switch illumination to daylight LED like everything else.
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My interior daylight LED illumination conversion plus additional lighting took serious determination, but both I and my wife really like the results. The car works and feels so much better at night. I am surprised that we also liked the color choice so much. Daylight LED is not what we like at home.

Once I am 100% complete, I will post a couple more pictures to show the final results, though it is hard to capture the reality of it in pictures.
 

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The wiring schematic is different on the left side of the steering wheel for the raised buttons...2 of the 4 wires must be juxtaposed....the right side is identical as I recall. I would assist u but sorry, not removing my air bag to get to these wires...By your pictures...I see your car came with the chrome package but u r missing the chrome footrest. Mine came missing also and I have automatic....had them ship it to me...easy install
 

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The wiring schematic is different on the left side of the steering wheel for the raised buttons...2 of the 4 wires must be juxtaposed....the right side is identical as I recall. I would assist u but sorry, not removing my air bag to get to these wires...By your pictures...I see your car came with the chrome package but u r missing the chrome footrest. Mine came missing also and I have automatic....had them ship it to me...easy install
I woke up this morning with an idea. Earlier, I switched radio face circuit boards with a Cobalt to get brightly lit buttons that are a close match to my new interior illumination. Maybe I could try Cobalt steering wheel buttons too. If so, I would likely need to swap the 2 wires you mentioned. I might be willing to try that if I could get the details on that along with a set of Cobalt buttons.

Yes, a chrome foot rest would have been a nice compliment, but I could not secure one. People selling them want to sell all the chrome pedals as a set for a lot more than is worth to me.
 

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I woke up this morning with an idea. Earlier, I switched radio face circuit boards with a Cobalt to get brightly lit buttons that are a close match to my new interior illumination. Maybe I could try Cobalt steering wheel buttons too. If so, I would likely need to swap the 2 wires you mentioned. I might be willing to try that if I could get the details on that along with a set of Cobalt buttons.

Yes, a chrome foot rest would have been a nice compliment, but I could not secure one. People selling them want to sell all the chrome pedals as a set for a lot more than is worth to me.
Go and find a junk yard with a R/L....just call them and they will get it for you. Reach out to Hoosier...although that may not be an option he carries uness he has a parts car.

Regarding the Cobalt steering wheel...I am not familiar with that. When it comes to LEDs on your radio....my personal like is the Solstice...the red and white is rich looking. Remember on most GM cars LEDs are white. It is the plastic that gives it color.
 

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Regarding the chrome footrest, I did reach out to HoosierGXP. He sells only all pedals as a kit. I like your idea of reaching out to someone parting out a RL. I will try that.

The Cobalt & Sky radios, and the Sky steering wheel LEDs are not "lens" colored. The lens is white. The color is within the LEDs. So I think just maybe the Cobalt steering wheel buttons are in the same manner. I am on the lookout for used Cobalt steering wheel buttons.
 

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It's not the buttons that u should be concerned with as the wiring positioning. When they raised the buttons...they changed everything on the left side...it was much testing until the right sequence was found. PERSEVERANCE. The raised buttons have a different logo for incoming calls...the right side of the steering wheel. The best thing about raised buttons....u do not mute the radio when turning your wheel....the flat buttons would always mute the sound from the radio when turning...that is why GM changed to raise.
 

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It's not the buttons that u should be concerned with as the wiring positioning. When they raised the buttons...they changed everything on the left side...it was much testing until the right sequence was found. PERSEVERANCE.
So it is a matter of trial and error? Is there any concern of electrical damage when wired incorrectly?
The best thing about raised buttons....u do not mute the radio when turning your wheel....the flat buttons would always mute the sound from the radio when turning...that is why GM changed to raise.
Hmmm, I would have thought it is easier to accidentally hit a raised button.
 

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So it is a matter of trial and error? Is there any concern of electrical damage when wired incorrectly?

Hmmm, I would have thought it is easier to accidentally hit a raised button.
NO! You can feel the raised button....the other way, your finger has no resistance and it pushes the button when turning...some time logic is not logical.
 

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Ah, I get it.
By the way...go for the foot pedal chrome rest....nobody notices it but you do....it makes u feel better. It is a true match. All junk yards have them....they were included in N/As if u bought into the chrome package and most of us did. I don't know if the Solstice had it.
 

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By the way...go for the foot pedal chrome rest....nobody notices it but you do....it makes u feel better. It is a true match. All junk yards have them....they were included in N/As if u bought into the chrome package and most of us did. I don't know if the Solstice had it.
I have been trying to secure one but no luck yet in finding one at a reasonable price. I don't want to pay $130 for the dang thing.
 

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I researched that broken one for $30. There is no way I could successfully mount that on my generic dead pedal. The clean-up broken one would not fit properly on it so I ruled it out.

Inspired by marlboromike's comment above, I bit the bullet and bought a brand new "Sport" foot rest on eBay HERE. I offered $135.00 (plus $15 shipping and $14 sales tax) and the seller accepted it. I had forgotten about the dang sales tax or I would have offer $14 less. I didn't want to pay more than $150 for a brand new one. Oh well....par for Money Pit.

Here is my new sport dead pedal installed. It is very nice, though "only" I appreciate it. I am sure that my wife will not notice the change, except when balancing our accounts.
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Tomato Soup,

Thank you, thank you, Wow, now it's perfect. My 3 climate control dials now match the rest of my interior lighting. Additionally, the project took all of a couple of minutes to accomplish. I deviated from your instruction a bit as follows.

I bent a paper clip paper your instruction as shown.
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Following your instruction, it was too weak for the task. So I got one of my automotive picks. It is much thicker than you recommend, but I decided to try it anyway. I selected the pick with the thinnest tip shown here.

The 3 pieces of plastic in this picture are the 3 "Base" model Sky light filters I removed. I think yours are red in the Red Line model.
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Per your instruction, I sneaked it between the cap and rubber grip, then behind the cap. BUT now comes my deviation. I pivoted the pick so the tip touched the back side of the cap as close as possible to the snap feature. Just a tiny amount of extra force/twist of the pick and the cap popped right off without stress to anything. I proceeded to do all 3 which went fast and easy.

As I had mentioned, I own a "Base" model Sky so my light filters are the color of chicken soup......not tomato soup....sorry I could not resist adding that. Here you can compare the difference in color between the right one changed, and the left two unchanged. The right one now matches my interior lighting perfectly. It is a bit brighter, but is still not too bright.
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I am extremely happy with the results.
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Again, I thank you Tomato Soup for sharing this with me. It is a simple modification that takes only a few minutes to accomplish. Unlike everything else I have messed with on my Sky, this mod didn't cost me any time or money.

Little by little, I am getting closer to the Sky I have always wanted.
Gramps, how did you get your knobs to look so white/bright? Mine still look like crap, albeit a slightly brighter (yellow) crap.
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I replaced the incandescent bulbs with daylight LEDs, then also removed the lime colored circuit board material light diffusers located right there in the dials. Read higher up on how to remove them. I used a pic to pop off the 3 dial faces, the rest is easier yet.
 

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I replaced the incandescent bulbs with daylight LEDs, then also removed the lime colored circuit board material light diffusers located right there in the dials. Read higher up on how to remove them. I used a pic to pop off the 3 dial faces, the rest is easier yet.
Yes, I removed the diffusers. I missed the part where you replaced the bulbs. Dont see where you go over replacing the bulbs. Mind pointing me in the right direction? Tnx
 
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