Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

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Postby Denver_whiteST185 » Tue Jan 09, 2007 5:12 am

justjoe wrote:I don't see why you cannot do it in Blue.. since Blue LED's are available..
on SuperbrightLEDs.com


I ment more that I am not that talented at electrical stuff and would probably break everything and electrify myself in the process of doing it. and also i would have done it in blue cause i think it would look really sharp (think black and blue interior) :D
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Postby toayoztan » Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:05 am

Denver_whiteST185 wrote:wow brian, those gauges look amazing. now only if i could only do that mod in blue....


Thanks for the comment!

I did the rest of the HVAC with bulb covers and i'm amazed the color is ALMOST even. I will double up the bulb cover to make them a deeper red since i'm very picky.

I'll be taking a pic of my dash area soon to show you guys.

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Postby Simba » Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:52 pm

justjoe wrote:And Simba.. how many did you have to order from LEDtronics? like 100 pieces?


Yup, to the tune of $90 bucks or so. :twisted:

As with everything else on this stupid car, a "what if" quickly became an obsession.

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Postby bigacuralvr » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:27 pm

toayoztan wrote:I will double up the bulb cover to make them a deeper red since i'm very picky.
Bryan


I told you to double bag them son! ;)
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Postby toayoztan » Wed Jan 10, 2007 7:51 pm

bigacuralvr wrote:
toayoztan wrote:I will double up the bulb cover to make them a deeper red since i'm very picky.
Bryan


I told you to double bag them son! ;)


Haha yeah, but when i did that, i ran into problems of the "bulb with covers" being too bulky to fit through the holes. Thus, they would squish the rubber and stick out of the circuit board, making the bulbs have bad contact. So i'll have to go back and trim the covers and then slap them on, and should be good! The bigger bulbs like the fog light button is doubled up, and it is slightly more red and perfectly matched with the cluster.

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Postby Simba » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:00 am

Well, here's the HVAC controls with 120 degree LEDs in them. Much better than before, and about as bright as they're going to get given the design of the buttons, which pretty much sucks.

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I have 95 120 degree white LEDs left if anyone needs some. Only $9 for ten. :twisted:

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Postby Aaron » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:03 am

That's with LEDs behind all those buttons? 'cause it only looks like they're behind a few of them (like the rear defrost, 2 of the fan speeds, and the temp select knob). :shrug:
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Postby Simba » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:14 am

Aaron wrote:That's with LEDs behind all those buttons? 'cause it only looks like they're behind a few of them (like the rear defrost, 2 of the fan speeds, and the temp select knob). :shrug:


No, that's with the four illumintation bulbs replaced with LEDs. The light gets "piped" to the back of the buttons by a plastic matrix, and the bulbs shine into it.

Like I said, stupid design.

The temperature knob and areas around the four backlight LEDs, as well as the defrost button, are much brighter than with the bulbs in there, as there are LEDs directly behind those locations. The rest of the buttons are about as bright as stock.

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Postby justjoe » Sun Jan 14, 2007 1:52 am

Bryan, Did you get new bulbs? If so, which ones.. part #'s?? etc. =)

Also, did you have any bulb covers left over? I am going to be doing this on 3 cars.. and I just don't think that I can get the LED ones working for the illumination yet.

I just got done resoldering my HVAC.. went from Clear green to Red.. just like you. :D Put it all back together.. sans the illumination lights.
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby toayoztan » Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:27 am

(bump...so I don't have to keep searching this :P)

I'm going to make another pictorial DIY on changing out the lights, with better options...

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby silence » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:36 pm

Holy "old thread revival" Batman!
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby justjoe » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:01 pm

Oh.. and just for the record also..
I have ordered from Superbrightleds.com in the past, and had issues with some LEDs crapping out. (after a very short time.. 1-2 months)

And when I wanted to get 1 LED replaced, it was such an ordeal where they required me to send the "defective" LED back in FIRST before issuing a replacement.. What a pain.

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby mike325ci » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:35 pm

looking forward to the updated info, bryan...

LED development / products have come a long way since 2006, so I'm sure there's better options out there now.
for example, i know now we have SMDs on multiple axis that gives good output angles now...

someone should sticky/pin this thread so you don't have to bump it after 5,6 years or have it buried in search results, lol...
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby toayoztan » Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:16 am

Good stuff coming guys, will let you know tomorrow if all is successful.

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby Landon » Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:55 am

So glad I wasn't the only one to want to bump this thread. lol. I think I have figured out what bulbs I need for gauge cluster, but if I want to change just the backlighting on the HVAC controls, not the 'on' lights, what bulbs do you use to match the HVAC backlight to the gauge cluster?

And I have prosport amber guages, do you think amber from superbrightleds would be a close enough match? or would red...? :?
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