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Smiths warning lights bulb type

PostPost by: JonB » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:13 pm

Hi

Does anyone know what type of bulb is fitted to the speedometer's warning lams (indicator / fuel warning lights)? I know they are pretty small but I am not sure what type they are for ordering purposes.

It's a '73 Plus 2 S/130 by the way.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:25 pm

All the bulbs are listed in the Technical Data section of the Workshop Manual. Assuming it's the same as the 2 seater Elan the warning lamps are listed as 2W type 281
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:42 pm

Why.. so they are!

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PostPost by: MarkDa » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:17 pm

If all else fails - read the instructions!
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:02 pm

Replace them with equivalent and brighter LED versions, you?ll never have to replace them again.
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PostPost by: JonB » Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:46 pm

MarkDa wrote:If all else fails - read the instructions!


Except - the bulbs fitted to my car are not that type. They are type 501, which are 5w glass bodied with wire connections ("capless", as opposed to the bayonet type 281).

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Steve, those LED bulbs are expensive, but I can see the sense in it if my coloured lenses are a bit opaque (the blue and green ones are pretty poor even after cleaning with a cotton bud).
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