Lotus Elan

LED instrument lights?

PostPost by: billwill » Sat Aug 23, 2014 10:11 am

Has anyone found any source of suitable LED lights to replace the bulbs that plug unto our instruments from the back?

I reckon my old bulbs have faded; Replacement time and would like something a bit brighter.

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PostPost by: stugilmour » Sat Aug 23, 2014 2:58 pm

Bill, I changed all mine to LED's. I had difficulty finding LED's for the stock sockets. I changed to wedge sockets. I think I got the sockets here:

http://www.britishwiring.com/Bulbs-Bulb ... =50&page=1

I got the wedge bulbs locally in two sizes for the major and minor instruments.

I had installed a lamp brightness control from a Suzuki (I think) when I re-wired the car. It actually works correctly to dim the LED's; not sure if the Plus 2 stock pot will work or not.

I really like the readability of the LED's; huge improvement over stock. The light is a bit more severe in colour tone than the incandescents though, so might not be for everyone.

I can't remember details, but when I was looking at light upgrades, I found halogen instrument bulbs at the Little British Car Company.


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PostPost by: 69S4 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 6:03 pm

I've been meaning to do the same thing with mine but it's not been an issue during the summer months. This is a site I bookmarked some time ago for further investigation to see if the bulbs were suitable -


I also need to change the festoon interior light bulbs as heat from the bulbs melted the last two plastic covers.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:48 am

Bill, Paul Matty has a kit available for Elans.

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