Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby Vicious » Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:45 am

hey guys i just threw a set of 194's like these http://www.ebay.com/itm/20x-T10-W5W-194 ... 22&vxp=mtr
into my 88 trac. they look killer and coultn have been easier to install. heres some pics, sorry for the iphone quality.
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby Hotrodhendrix » Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:49 pm

i have been wanting to do this on the alltracs for while now... Some how I didnt know this tutorial was ever posted in the first place. Your new updated how to will be used shortly after you post it. :)

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby toayoztan » Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:24 pm

Sorry for not updating yet. I'll be getting on it this weekend. I had to re-order some LEDs (indicators were too bright). And I'll be working on it.

Also been busy with a board exam (last one for a couple years!)...8 hour tests aren't fun.

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby brenm » Wed May 08, 2013 9:26 am

Is the new tut coming soonish?
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby soarer.jzz30 » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:00 pm

So I tried to replace all the 194 bulbs and it ended up crap hot spots everywhere, it just wont work even if you use the full sweep bulbs. So after some short research I figured out that there are three types of bulbbs that fit in the dash and climate control. They are called a "neo wedge" t3, t4, and t5. The t5 replace the 194 size with a 12mm base, i am using a 90 degree sweep t3 neo wedge in the climate control and everything looks great so far. as for my cluster... I went to autozone and thought about the options there.. I ended up purchasingg a package of led angel eye conversion lights that are adjustable and use double sided 3m trim tape to adhere, I did have to cut a little out of the white portion off the cluster so they fit but in the end I have no hot spots and it is connected to the fader like it should be. I went ahead and put in the t5 bulbs in the other lights like indicators and warning lights. I recently bought some white reflective gauge needle paint made for restoring old cars, since the orange sucks and its hard to see them. ill get the pics online and post them soon. my suggestion is to go custom and do it yourself, theres no way the small amount of lighting will ever fill that space and not leave hot spots.
Oh I forgot I had to use some side facing led strips to use on the bottom of the cluster to light the backing like it was stock as well and used the same style o lighting and had to wrap it in a circle around the boost/volt meter twice to light the left side up as one of the rings would not fit in the space because of the three sensors.
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby soarer.jzz30 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:39 am

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby soarer.jzz30 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:43 am

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Light up needles. This is really not worth the time, but no one else has it and looks stock
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby EvilStig » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:21 am

I just went off the deep end and am making my own LED bulbs to stand in for the neo wedge ones. Wish me luck.

I'll post pictures when I'm done, but I went with amber for the cluster backlight since I think it'll shine through the yellow and orange needles well, while not burning my retinas at night.
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby EvilStig » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:03 am

So what did y'all do about the rear defrost button?

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby underscore » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:43 am

Since this still seems to be a (somewhat) active thread, has anyone else got a car with no light dimmer knob? There's a hole for it in the dash with a blanking plate over it, and the lights all seem to be stuck at half brightness (compared to my GTS which does have a dimmer). The result being everything looks hideous at night, and I can't see a darn thing. I assume there's something hidden somewhere that's dimming everything but I can't find any trace of it in the parts diagrams. I want to find it and remove it so I get full brightness.
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby Mty Mous » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:18 pm

EvilStig wrote:So what did y'all do about the rear defrost button?

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So it looks like a good option might be the T3, T4 or T5 LED's from SuperBrightLED's ... but you will need to do some leg work on your end by taking some measurements of the base and bulb's dimensions to find the right one.

The link below is for the different sized T3 LED NEO replacements...
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinf ... l-led/221/

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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby r-town » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:54 pm

EvilStig wrote:So what did y'all do about the rear defrost button?

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Maybe this is off topic, but how does one take apart the hvac control unit without damaging the button covers? I want to change the bulbs as well.
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby FC Zach » Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:49 am

r-town wrote:Maybe this is off topic, but how does one take apart the hvac control unit without damaging the button covers? I want to change the bulbs as well.


I had one break into pieces and I wasn't even trying to take it apart, I think I was just removing it from the bezel. . . or maybe I was (I don't remember for certain) but regardless, I can say the buttons are delicate. I ended up gluing it back together.
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby Mty Mous » Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:26 pm

Yup, my Re-circ button fell off as I was taking it off of the bezel as well.
need to figure out how to pull that Rear Defrost switch like in the pic above.
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Re: Gauge cluster bulbs - LED replacements?

Postby aus jd 2703 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:18 am

has anyone found a way to use an LED globe for the fuel warning light?

might always dimmly glows since going to led. have tested with standard globes and works as it should just something to do with the LED's
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