View original topic: Another LED instrument cluster question
Santana Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:52 pm

I will start by saying I read all six pages of the original LED post on here.

I know that people are using the direct fit B8.3D supplied by What I am wondering is which B8.3D are people using??? There are 2 different options a regular and a high output.

B8.3D-R cost $1.59

B8.3D-BHP cost $2.59

Any info would be super helpful!

vwlovr Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:54 pm

i just installed the regular and it works great, i think high output would be too much. that said, you can dim them so i think either way would work.

a914622 Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:01 pm

I bought both the Blue and the UV and tryed them both. The UV seemed a little dark for me. The blue is what i have in.
Remember the dimmer works with leds but not as dim as the stock lights. I think the brights would not dim down enough..

They are cheap try them all :D


syncrodoka Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:56 pm

The HP version is new, I haven't seen it listed before. The leds put such a low load on the system that they only dim a little bit. The Hp version might be too bright, they are more than 2x brighter than the standard B8.3D led that everybody is using. If you don't mind experimenting buy 1 of any bulb that you are considering and them make the decision which one to keep and make a final order- that is what I did. The true test of which LED will make you happy is the lighting of the speedo and the clock(the clock is the real test). Good luck and let us know the results if you decide to throw in a HP.

Santana Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:18 pm

Thanks for your input! I was thinking that I would just order both and see what looks better. I just don't want to overload the circuit and burn up the instrument cluster foil. Should I be concerned about that?

I have already had to replace my foil once and found that it is not that easy to find.

syncrodoka Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:49 pm

The spec. on the leds show a lower current draw with the HP version, they are a different type. I have never burned up a dash foil so I don't know what it takes to do something like that- were you using some kind of superbulbs? Good luck.

Santana Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:37 pm

Actually when I bought the van the foil was melted near the 2 top light positions. Somebody was doing something funny.

I'll let you know how the high power bulbs work. If I have time I'll post up some pics, side by side.

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