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Instrument Illumination

PostPost by: TeeJay » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:55 pm

Stu, PM sent.

Did you get all the info you required?
I have all the instruments removed from the dash and the old wiring harness laid out.
Pleased to photo anything as required.
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PostPost by: collins_dan » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:04 pm

James, Did those 8 watt bulbs fit in the existing sockets? Any noticeable difference in heat of the wires or gauge? They do look brighter. Dan
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PostPost by: stugilmour » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:41 pm

TeeJay wrote:Stu, PM sent.

Did you get all the info you required?
I have all the instruments removed from the dash and the old wiring harness laid out.
Pleased to photo anything as required.



Thanks Trevor. Think I am good for now.

A few updates. I tried to order some of the Smiths Gauge purpose built ES LED's from the link above, and it is a minor PITA for our side of the pond. The web site delivers a message that 'the package is over weight'. I contacted the vendor by email, and he recommends custom processing the order by email and providing credit card info by phone. Didn't order, as...

Checked my two main gauges and had completely forgot I had used the new plastic replacement sockets during my re-wire, so I will be sourcing some brighter 'Capless' or 'Wedge' bulbs to suit (the push-in tubular shaped ones with no metal base on them). As I might have to remove dash for a separate repair this week, will probably be checking the small gauges shortly to see what I did there. Great there are lots of options for fixing.
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Tue Feb 02, 2021 7:37 am

Anyone have LED bulbs that are working well?
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PostPost by: 69S4 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:21 am

h20hamelan wrote:Anyone have LED bulbs that are working well?


Yes, I replaced all of my instrument light bulbs (except the ign warning light) with led bulbs some years ago. Much brighter - the old ones were barely visible at night - and so far its been fit and forget. Also replaced the interior lights (mine's a coupe) but I may revisit those this year to lower the colour temperature. I used 6k bulbs and they work well in the instruments but 'feel' too cold as interior lights.
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PostPost by: ericbushby » Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:30 am

No problems and pleased with the results.
I changed every bulb in the car except for headlights and ignition warning.
Supplier was Classic Car LEDs in the UK. Duncan there is very helpful and seems to know his stuff.
I chose the warm white option which is similar in colour to incandescent bulbs, just brighter.
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PostPost by: Elanman68 » Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:06 pm

Same for me, all bulbs apart from ignition warning bulb replaced with LEDs. I also sourced these from Classic Car LEDs and received an excellent service. I went for the 'warmer' white everywhere I could and interior illumination is much brighter but a lovely yellow/amber tone. My reversing bulbs (S4) are bright white as warm white wasn't available for these and I reasoned that as they are only on when needed, all the light possible was no bad thing. If anything my main beam indicator (blue) is too bright!
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