How to Change LED Lighting on Alpine Decks

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Alpine decks are head units for automotive sound systems that come with a variety of features, in many different styles. Most Alpine decks use energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting to produce colored or white light that gives the unit a color scheme that stands out and makes the controls more visible. Some Alpine units even include controls for changing the LED lighting color to suit your mood or the car's color scheme. If your Alpine deck doesn't have this feature you can still change the color of the LED lighting on your own.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 Alpine bracket keys
  • Precision screwdriver set
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • LED lights
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water
  • Small paintbrush

Deck Removal

  • Turn off your car and remove the ignition key. Locate the fuse that controls the power to the sound system's head unit by consulting your car's owner's manual or fuse diagram. Pull the fuse out and set it aside.

  • Remove your Alpine deck's faceplate by pressing the release lever and pulling it toward you. Set the faceplate aside.

  • Insert the bracket keys that came with your Alpine deck into the narrow slots on each side of the deck. Press the keys into the slots until they can't go in any further.

  • Grip the front of the Alpine deck and pull it outward so the deck slides out of its mounting sleeve.

  • Disconnect the wiring harness that supplies power to the deck by unplugging the clip-in coupling once it's exposed. Remove the deck the rest of the way and take it to a clean work area.

Changing the LED Lighting

  • Open your Alpine deck by removing the small screws that hold the deck's case together with a precision screwdriver. Consult the Alpine owner's manual for screw locations and detailed disassembly instructions.

  • Locate the LED lighting inside the deck. In most Alpine decks, there are multiple LED light sources, including small bulbs and LED panels that provide backlighting for the main display.

  • Remove any screws that hold the LED lighting in place inside the deck. Organize the screws you remove by placing them on a white piece of paper and labeling their positions on a diagram or by making detailed notes.

  • Remove LED lights by unplugging them from their wiring harnesses, if possible. Replace the removed lights with LED lights of the same size in the color you choose.

  • Mix a thin solution of colored acrylic paint and several drops of water. Apply this paint solution to any clear bulbs that don't unclip from wiring harnesses, or if you don't have replacement LED lights available. Wait for the paint to dry before applying additional layers for a darker color or reassembling the deck for testing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Reassemble and replace your Alpine deck to test the LED lighting by reversing the steps for removal. Once the car's fuse is back in place, turn your ignition key to the Accessory setting and operate the deck normally.
  • Opening your Alpine deck to change the LED lighting will void the warranty, which means it's only a good idea if your deck is no longer under warranty or if you have experience repairing electronics.

References

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