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Offline PaulP

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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2014, 02:16:58 am »
I replaced my instrument cluster lights with LEDs too. Check out www.superbrightleds.com, they have a wide variety in many colors and brightness levels.
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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2014, 03:55:43 am »
Where did you get your blue LEDs for the dash lights?  I've been wanting some brighter dash lights for years.

Ebay-ten pack for $10. Just search for the bulb # (186?), led and blue.

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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #27 on: September 18, 2014, 04:06:16 am »
I got mine from Adavanced Auto.  A bit pricey $10 for two, but enjoy the color.  Blueish white light giving them the modern day gauge look.  Not as dark blue as a lot that I have seen, so not so hard to read.  I got a clock from a fellow cogger, since it had a blue led light in it.  Mine is an actual bulb, single led, as opposed to the ebay that has a lot of tiny leds, like the clock.  The clock is a little too dim, but a nice color blue.  Will try and take pictures tomorrow night and post up for you to see the difference.  This is what I bought, so you can see the difference in style versus the ones on ebay:  http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/pilot-194-white-led-li-194w/6460030-P?searchTerm=194+led+bulb
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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #28 on: September 18, 2014, 08:45:53 pm »
These fit the dash -T5's.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-Ultra-Blue-T5-3-SMD-LED-Bulbs-Dashboard-Dash-Gauge-Side-Instrument-Panel-12V-/281406058206?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item41851baede&vxp=mtr

You can also find blue LED's that fit the clock.

For the price of these I figured a couple bad ones would be fine, but all were perfect. Gauges now look more modern and subtle.

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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #29 on: September 18, 2014, 11:37:01 pm »
I wonder if red LEDs would make the instruments more visible at night then the current incandescent bulbs?  I used to love the red instrument lighting of my '82 Suzuki GS750E.
 
I would not expect red to work very well with the C10 clock which I can not read at night with the OEM lighting.  I've taken to attaching a small LED flashlight to my front brake reservoir and using that to illuminate the clock when I want to check the time at night.
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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #30 on: September 19, 2014, 01:33:58 am »
I wonder if red LEDs would make the instruments more visible at night then the current incandescent bulbs?  I used to love the red instrument lighting of my '82 Suzuki GS750E.
 
I would not expect red to work very well with the C10 clock which I can not read at night with the OEM lighting.  I've taken to attaching a small LED flashlight to my front brake reservoir and using that to illuminate the clock when I want to check the time at night.


A new, good bulb makes a world of difference with the clock. I now have no trouble reading it with the BLUE led in it.

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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #31 on: September 19, 2014, 03:03:46 am »
Where did you get your blue LEDs for the dash lights?  I've been wanting some brighter dash lights for years.

Ebay-ten pack for $10. Just search for the bulb # (186?), led and blue.

FYI.  I ran Blur LED's on my ZRX.  Very hard to see.  Blue light is a dark color.  If your looking for a brighter light, try Amber.

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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #32 on: September 19, 2014, 04:08:53 am »
Where did you get your blue LEDs for the dash lights?  I've been wanting some brighter dash lights for years.


Ebay-ten pack for $10. Just search for the bulb # (186?), led and blue.


FYI.  I ran Blur LED's on my ZRX.  Very hard to see.  Blue light is a dark color.  If your looking for a brighter light, try Amber.

JimBob is running Ultra Blue 3 SMD LEDs which are supposed to be brighter than regular single SMD LEDs.  Certainly the eBay vendors pictures make them look brighter.


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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #33 on: September 19, 2014, 04:59:59 am »
tele 130, look at my post listed above.  They aren't dark blue dim lights, they are whitish blue lights, so very bright, but not annoyingly so, makes everything easy to read.  I got mine at Advanced Auto Parts.  Atatched are the pictures of what my gauges look like.  If you look at picture one with the flash, the speedo gauge numbers still have a bluish tint to them, which is the lights.  The other two are without flash.  Also, notice how dark the clock is.  As stated previously that is the multi led, as opposed to the single led bulbs from Advanced listed in earlier post.  Those bulbs are in all my dash gauges, to include the neutral light, oil light, and both blinkers.
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scroll left to see the other two  pictures w/o flash
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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #34 on: September 19, 2014, 12:10:48 pm »
tele 130, look at my post listed above.  They aren't dark blue dim lights, they are whitish blue lights, so very bright, but not annoyingly so, makes everything easy to read.  I got mine at Advanced Auto Parts.  Atatched are the pictures of what my gauges look like.  If you look at picture one with the flash, the speedo gauge numbers still have a bluish tint to them, which is the lights.  The other two are without flash.  Also, notice how dark the clock is, that is the multi led you can find on ebay, or pictured above. All other gauges are the single led bulbs from Advanced listed above.  Those bulbs are in all my dash gauges, to include the neutral light, oil light, and both blinkers.
 http://puu.sh/bF0PP/fda07f9001.jpg

 http://puu.sh/bF0QU/4e443c3813.jpg

 http://puu.sh/bF0RT/d9189f4118.jpg

Sorry for the links, but only way I could figure out how to get the pics in post.  Wouldn't attach in any format within the size parameters.  Tried creating a folder, and got told pictures didn't exist???

dan4aspen, I'll give you a hand with your photos.  All that was needed to post the photos was to use the button to enclose the url within "img" instead of "url".





The Advance Auto Part blue LED bulbs seem to work fairly well if you want a blue tint, although I notice the trip odometer in the speedo and the clock are still hard to read.  I suspect the trip meter's poor lighting might just be due to no bulb placement by the trip meter in the cluster panel.  The link you provided to Advance Auto is for Pilot 194 white LED bulbs not blue and a search on their web site does not show a blue version.  The Pilot 194 white bulbs got horrible reviews.

I'd love to see photos of JimBob's instruments lite by the Ultra-Blue T5 3-SMD LED bulbs to see how it compares.  JimBob's eBay vendor also offers Pure White T5 3-SMD Dashboard Gauge LED Light bulbs which should be even brighter.
Btw, lets hope the admin doesn't notice that we are  :offtopic: from Digital Gear Indicator.   :o :-[  ;D
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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #35 on: September 19, 2014, 02:25:53 pm »
COG-528, thank you, didn't know you could do that!!!  Learn something new everyday. 

That is the exact bulb, they have a bluish tint.  Didn't know until I installed them.  I have only had 2 issues with the bulbs.  I had 1 set that was bad, and worked intermittently, which I exchanged.  The other problem is you need to tighten the metal ends to the bottom of the socket base, so they can't move, and sit in the right position in our cups on back of gauges.  I think the not reading trip is an angle issue, as I was standing and not seated when I took the pictures. Even the with flash picture  it is hard to read. As I stated above, the clock bulb is designed like the 3 smd, and is a lot harder to read, as it is much dimmer and darker light.  But I can still read it at night.  A lot of people on another post had complained about the neutral light, blinkers and oil lights not being the right color when they used the blue LED's.  The advanced auto bulbs as you can see, have no problem.  Had them for 6 months now and love them.

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Re: Digital gear indicator
« Reply #36 on: September 19, 2014, 04:34:07 pm »
Personally, I don't care if a topic morph from gear indicator to colored lights. For one it's not like a member is stuck on the side of the road, or even in his garage, trying to track down a problem with his bike, and two, the OP hasn't complained... in fact he says he has the gear indicator and hasn't installed it. I reckon when he does, this topic will get back on subject.

If the OP was having issues installing the gear indicator I would certainly be inclined to keep this topic on the subject of his gear indicator installation. Otherwise it's too confusing to try and help someone with two or three topics in the thread, or with multiple people asking for help even if they are related.
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