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Old 10-12-2018, 11:54 AM   #1
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Replacing instument panel lights with LED

I finally installed LED bulbs in our dash instrument lights. Our instrument lights are so dim it is difficult to read the gauges even at full brightness. This is something I have been meaning to do for a while, but it was difficult to find LED bulbs that would fit into the bayonet holder and also work with a dimmer.
Our dash had ten #161 bulbs in the instruments and one #37 mini bulb in the boost gauge.
I used these LED bulbs in place of the 161LL instrument bulbs:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
They are 3 times brighter than the original halogen bulbs and use 35% less power. They are also a different color light (6K).
I ordered these bulbs to replace the #37 mini bulb in the boost gauge.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The instrument panel is easy to remove with just 4 screws. However, working on it is a challenge as there are so many wires. A very small pair of needle nose pliers works well to remove the bulb holders. Install 1 bulb at a time and check it by turning on the parking lights.

The speedometer and tach have 2 bulbs each. My recommendation: Only replace 1 bulb on the speedometer and tach. The speedometer and tach have an aluminum bar that holds them in place and it is directly over the bulbs. I used a small 9mm wrench to remove the left side nut holding the bar in place and just loosened the right side nut. This is enough to access the left side bulb. (Be careful not to drop the nuts as they will easily get lost in the wire maze.) When dimmed, this resulted in the right amount of light on each instrument.

The attached picture shows the dramatic difference at full brightness. The LED bulbs are just right at ½ on the dimmer.
Hope this helps.
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Very Nice. I've considered doing something like this, but didn't ever do the research for the correct bulbs. I'm running out of excuses now.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:14 PM   #3
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Dash Lights

Nice job on the lights mine to are very dim Ill see if mine are the same I would like to change the switch panel lights there always on the hot side but nice to see what you've done


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Perfect. I have been putting this off!!!
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Installed the #37 LED T5 base mini bulb today. They are very dim. Actually dimmer than the original 37 halogen. I'm returning them.

I'm very happy with the larger T10 bulbs but now searching for an equivalent T5 mini LED.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:12 PM   #6
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I found a good LED replacement bulb for the # 37 T5 mini bulb.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These match the T10 LED bulbs well with similar brightness.
Do not purchase the WLJH mini bulbs!
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I finally installed LED bulbs in our dash instrument lights. Our instrument lights are so dim it is difficult to read the gauges even at full brightness. This is something I have been meaning to do for a while, but it was difficult to find LED bulbs that would fit into the bayonet holder and also work with a dimmer.
Our dash had ten #161 bulbs in the instruments and one #37 mini bulb in the boost gauge.
I used these LED bulbs in place of the 161LL instrument bulbs:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
They are 3 times brighter than the original halogen bulbs and use 35% less power. They are also a different color light (6K).
I ordered these bulbs to replace the #37 mini bulb in the boost gauge.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The instrument panel is easy to remove with just 4 screws. However, working on it is a challenge as there are so many wires. A very small pair of needle nose pliers works well to remove the bulb holders. Install 1 bulb at a time and check it by turning on the parking lights.

The speedometer and tach have 2 bulbs each. My recommendation: Only replace 1 bulb on the speedometer and tach. The speedometer and tach have an aluminum bar that holds them in place and it is directly over the bulbs. I used a small 9mm wrench to remove the left side nut holding the bar in place and just loosened the right side nut. This is enough to access the left side bulb. (Be careful not to drop the nuts as they will easily get lost in the wire maze.) When dimmed, this resulted in the right amount of light on each instrument.

The attached picture shows the dramatic difference at full brightness. The LED bulbs are just right at ½ on the dimmer.
Hope this helps.


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Wow, Vito, EXCELLENT!
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