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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:33 am    Post subject: Instrument cluster with LEDs?? Reply with quote

Recently i saw a vanagon with leds in the instrument cluster and the leds installed in the original plug of the vanagon. someone it knows where i can found the leds??
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try these guys- www.jameco.com

Remember that an LED requires a series resistor to keep it from burning out instantly. Some math required.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try an outfit like this one: http://www.superbrightleds.com/1157.htm
or one of the many others that you can find on the Web (I don't have any personal experience with or financial interest in this retailer). The lights they sell already have the dropping resistors and standard bases, so if you can find what you need you don't have to mess around trying to adapt an off-the-shelf LED and dropping resistor.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did this recently using blue leds from superbrightleds.com. You have to remove the bulb from their base and install it into the vw base, which is fairly easy but you have to be careful as the led legs which have a transistor attached are slightly delicate (I broke one so you might want to order a couple of extras, not very expensive) the lights look killer, they dim, and a huge energy savings. The light in the heater controls is a different story, a real pain. I had to modify a different led into the vw base by cutting the plastic base and soldering the led in, but I managed to break one of those also and then cracked the plastic of the heater faceplate in the process. I took pic's of all this to do a write up but haven't had time yet, I'll try to get them posted.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I did this recently using blue leds from superbrightleds.com. You have to remove the bulb from their base and install it into the vw base, which is fairly easy but you have to be careful as the led legs which have a transistor attached are slightly delicate


Do you know which part # of LED bulb you used from those guys?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this sites!! Cool

http://discountleds.com/74.htm

http://darkstar.frop.org/vanagon/leds/
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2008 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahollon wrote:
Do you know which part # of LED bulb you used from those guys?


For the instrument lighting in the dash I used superbright led's B8.5D Instrument cluster led bulb. These are a pretty straightforward affair to change out from the base they come with to the VW base. The light I used for the heater control panel is WLED 1-Led Bulb. This one takes some modification to make it work and you have to solder the led legs into the holder where you don't have to do that with the dash lights. Let me know if you have any other questions

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The leds from superbrightleds work great. I tried the blue and the UV and white color. The uv look cooler but are a little dark for me. I think the UV would work best with the white face gages. White was a little bright for me. Blue is cool. I also put a blue DOME light up front and white in back.
Iv change all the back lights with white and added a back light to the headlight switch.(the rocker part from a 91 jetta is the same except the light picture lets light thur, just remove the green film)
oh ya dont forget the license lights (looks like a beemer)
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to mention in my last post but I also used the blue led's for the dash lighting, it looks awesome!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

luvdavdhbs (sp?) did some fun things with cluster lighting. I believe you can find his thread via the Best Stickies. Click on the Best Threads in my signature below.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:46 pm    Post subject: led light Reply with quote

any pictures to show how it looks?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out this site. They have the Leds ready to go in the correct base for VW:

http://www.42draftdesigns.com/index.htm

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey I am gonna order a few of those.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

targis58 Posted: Yesterday, 1:46 pm Post subject: led light

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any pictures to show how it looks?


Targis58 visit this site to see the leds in action http://darkstar.frop.org/vanagon/leds/
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I used the 42 draft designs in mine
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

which bulbs from 42 designs went where?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kevinbassplayer wrote:
The light in the heater controls is a different story, a real pain. I had to modify a different led into the vw base by cutting the plastic base and soldering the led in, but I managed to break one of those also and then cracked the plastic of the heater faceplate in the process. I took pic's of all this to do a write up but haven't had time yet, I'll try to get them posted.


I was wondering if you could post those photos of the heater control panel MOD you did for the LED. I just ordered the LED's and will be attempting the same MOD. I am going to try the amber color in the instrument cluster, i also ordered the blue ones too.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahollon wrote:
kevinbassplayer wrote:
The light in the heater controls is a different story, a real pain. I had to modify a different led into the vw base by cutting the plastic base and soldering the led in, but I managed to break one of those also and then cracked the plastic of the heater faceplate in the process. I took pic's of all this to do a write up but haven't had time yet, I'll try to get them posted.


I was wondering if you could post those photos of the heater control panel MOD you did for the LED. I just ordered the LED's and will be attempting the same MOD. I am going to try the amber color in the instrument cluster, i also ordered the blue ones too.


I deleted the pic of the heater led mod by mistake:( sorry!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I used the 42 draft designs in mine

Is that a Lit Headlight switch? I would love to do that... or at least add it to the list of mods I want to do.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do we use the B8.3 base? No converting necessary! Only in blue tho.

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