I am trying to light my Heater/AC Panel on a 2003 Ford Ranger with LEDs. I purchased a new panel face with RED lettering and I can plug in LED Bulbs but I don't like the way the light pattern is, a few hot spots. What I want is a way to spread out the light from an LED Source and keep it even over the whole panel. I had a thought of using a plastic panel and a flexible strip light of 20 down firing LEDs positioned behind it, hoping for the light to be spread by the plastic panel. Questions: 1) Will the light actually spread out using the plastic panel ? 2) Will a frosted panel work better than clear ? 3) Do the LEDs need to touch the plastic to spread the light ? 4) if I drill small "V"'s in the plastic, positioned near the lettering and designs I want to high-light, will that help direct some of the light where I want it ? Thanks for any help.