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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:00 pm    Post subject: Dashboard LEDs Reply with quote

Afternoon all, hope nice weekend's are being had

Has anyone fitted these?

https://www.design911.co./mobile/#part;id=135270uk

Or these

https://www.design911.co.uk/mobile/#part;id=135269

Finding the dullness of the instrument lighting a real pain as doing a lot more miles in the dark recently and these look like a good solution. Has anyone fitted and any preference over the bright or "vintage"?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got mine from Superbrightled.com.

Per Tore B, the airbag bulb has to remain as an incandescent bulb otherwise you'll trigger an airbag fault warning.
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nickjonesn4
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sutton wrote:
I got mine from Superbrightled.com.

Per Tore B, the airbag bulb has to remain as an incandescent bulb otherwise you'll trigger an airbag fault warning.


Thx
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you sure it's not just some of the original bulbs have gone. I've recently replaced all my instrument bulbs with original spec bulbs and they seem more than bright enough.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mashby wrote:
Are you sure it's not just some of the original bulbs have gone. I've recently replaced all my instrument bulbs with original spec bulbs and they seem more than bright enough.


Could be I suppose, however I do find them a bit dim
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sutton wrote:
I got mine from Superbrightled.com.

Per Tore B, the airbag bulb has to remain as an incandescent bulb otherwise you'll trigger an airbag fault warning.


Do you have a list of the bulbs that are needed ?
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nik

If you're doing just the backlights for the five instruments, then 11 white bulbs will be fine. If you want to do the HVAC panel as well, then you'll need another 2 bulbs.

For the warning lights in the various instruments, you'll need:
4 x amber
4 x green
1 x blue
13 x red

The leds are polarity sensitive, so you may need to take them out and rotate 180 degrees if they don’t work first time.

I'm clumsy and broke some so I had bought spares for that eventuality. The friction tabs are deliberately loose to enable fitment to any thickness of circuit board - you need to bend them about 45 degrees to get enough friction to engage the circuit board.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nickjonesn4 wrote:
mashby wrote:
Are you sure it's not just some of the original bulbs have gone. I've recently replaced all my instrument bulbs with original spec bulbs and they seem more than bright enough.


Could be I suppose, however I do find them a bit dim


Just to check, have you turned up the dial to control dashboard light strength? When set to maximum, I find my incandescent bulbs more than adequate.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ch3tman wrote:
nickjonesn4 wrote:
mashby wrote:
Are you sure it's not just some of the original bulbs have gone. I've recently replaced all my instrument bulbs with original spec bulbs and they seem more than bright enough.


Could be I suppose, however I do find them a bit dim


Just to check, have you turned up the dial to control dashboard light strength? When set to maximum, I find my incandescent bulbs more than adequate.


Yep!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sutton wrote:
Hi Nik

If you're doing just the backlights for the five instruments, then 11 white bulbs will be fine. If you want to do the HVAC panel as well, then you'll need another 2 bulbs.

For the warning lights in the various instruments, you'll need:
4 x amber
4 x green
1 x blue
13 x red

The leds are polarity sensitive, so you may need to take them out and rotate 180 degrees if they don’t work first time.

I'm clumsy and broke some so I had bought spares for that eventuality. The friction tabs are deliberately loose to enable fitment to any thickness of circuit board - you need to bend them about 45 degrees to get enough friction to engage the circuit board.


This is super useful thanks. Do you have a link for one of the relevant bulbs?

Amusingly I used the design911 chat app to ask what bulbs were in the pack and what they were for today... their answer was

"12 led bulbs"


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nick,

Here's the link.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/instrument-cluster-gauge/b8-led-bulb-smd-instrument-panel-led-car/223/

You need the 8.4d version.

There's a choice of colour temperature too. Getting the tach out was a pain. The other guages were simple.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sutton wrote:
Hi Nick,

Here's the link.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/instrument-cluster-gauge/b8-led-bulb-smd-instrument-panel-led-car/223/

You need the 8.4d version.

There's a choice of colour temperature too. Getting the tach out was a pain. The other guages were simple.


Awesome, thanks v much Thumb Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello.
I replaced the incandescent lamps in my dials with LEDs.
After much research and buying of different types I ended up with the result below.
The light is slightly whiter than the standard bulbs and the dimmer still works ok.
I also replaced the lamps in the climate control unit (uses the same lamps) and the center console, although this uses different LEDs altogether that have to be soldered in.
To get the right LEDs that fitted properly (type B8.5D) I had to buy a batch of 200. I still have some left if you are interested. They were advertised on this very site many moons ago.
The only problem is; I now live in Greece and won't be back in the UK until just before Christmas. Drop me a PM if you are interested in some.

http://911uk.com/viewtopic.php?t=86019&highlight=






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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Citori - I hope you haven't posted a pic of a non-Becker stereo? That's a black-ball offence, you'll get tarred and feathered. I rather enjoyed it Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tobesetc wrote:
Citori - I hope you haven't posted a pic of a non-Becker stereo? That's a black-ball offence, you'll get tarred and feathered. I rather enjoyed it Wink


This is very true.
Should have seen what happened after they found out I put the wiper widget in the wrong place. Surprised
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