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Hi all,

Hope you're enjoying the festive season.

Wondering if anyone has replaced the standard bulbs on the instrument panels to LED?

I find my instrument panels quite dark, so I'm considering upgrading the bulbs to bright white LEDs to make them stand out more.

Many thanks,
Dar
 

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I did all my dash bulbs with led except the indicator one.

Just get the same bulb in led version but remember it will only work in one of the 2 ways you can fit it as it's polarity sensitive.

The indicator one can't be swopped out as it's connected to some fancy diodes do ot only works half the time
 

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I did all my dash bulbs with led except the indicator one.

Just get the same bulb in led version but remember it will only work in one of the 2 ways you can fit it as it's polarity sensitive.

The indicator one can't be swopped out as it's connected to some fancy diodes do ot only works half the time
Thanks Andy, I'll have a search for those bulbs. I believe the indicators need a diode friendly relay in order to work, but I may well be wrong.
 

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Thanks Andy, I'll have a search for those bulbs. I believe the indicators need a diode friendly relay in order to work, but I may well be wrong.
Well. Me too I also changed all the bulbs with leds, except for the flasher's indicator.
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There are three different bulbs on that cluster.

One for the square box
One for the engine temp gauge. Quite small bulb
One for the speedometer and tachometer

Also, when selecting your leds, check the angle of illumination. It matters. ;-)

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Is it t10 in the instruments? I'd forgotten. If you can the side illuminating bulb are best for instrument as tge light goes through the plastic then the paint. The warning bulbs have relectors inside but light coming out the end is preferable. Worth noting.

Main beam is worth dimming down as it's quite distracting when bright. Dim it either electrically or add a bit of paper behind the lens.
 

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I've replaced my rev counter, speedo and temp gauge lights to LED. I just went down Halfords and bought a set of white ones. They aren't the "all over" glow type, but light up the dash a lot brighter and they are better than the standard bulbs...
 
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I believe you need 4 of the t10 type and 5 of the t5.you can get different sizes of bulb with the same base so t5 and t6.5 fit the same hole ☺

"T10/T12/T13/T15 Wedge(194 906):

* T”x”(T10/T12..etc.), “x” stands for the width on the top of bulb, there is nothing to do with the socket, basically T8/T10/T12/T13/T15 use the same socket in 10mm, that’s what we usually call T10 socket.

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Hi Lee, what about the instrument box lights?


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I don't remember. I know they were the same as in my BMW K1200RS and R1150GSA.
Looking at a tutorial I wrote over a year ago, I think they were #74/T5. Not sure though. Others could chime in. But hey. Those leds are so cheap, you can experiment a bit. who cares if you make a mistake. ;-)

Changing bulbs for LEDs in the instrument cluster - I-BMW.com

 

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Try to use the ones with the non-lensed glass and with a matt finish on them if you can for the dash illumination bulbs - if not they are too directional and throw shadows inside the dash which leaves you with dark areas - and yes, this has been covered well enough in the past............. :)
 
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