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Yep, it depends on what's in there to start out with. If they're surface mount (SMD) LED's, then you're looking at a rather fiddly job to replace them. Not beyond the realms of the competent individual with a steady hand, a low wattage soldering iron and a pair of tweezers, but there's plenty of scope for doing damage to your instrument panel, so don't go into this without the right tools and a reasonable amount of confidence. If they are LEDs, then I think blue ones generally run on more power than orange ones, so if you want decent brightness, you might have to identify and change some SMD resistors as well.

On the other hand, if they're bulbs, you can usually get blue LED replacements that will fit in the original bulb holders. They tend not to be quite as bright, but they'll last forever and they won't blacken with age. If you go down this route, then remember that LED 'bulbs' are polarity sensitive, whereas normal bulbs are not. Be sure to test that all are working before refitting the panel, as you may have to put some of them back in the opposite way around to get them to work.
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