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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:15 pm    Post subject: dash lights Reply with quote

I've been looking for info on dash lights. I want brighter lights. I only see two lights in the dash and they hardly work.
LED might be better?
Where do you get them?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

Search this topic... for "Dash Lights" LED lighting upgrades FAQ
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:47 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

Just did mine - results are wonderful:
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Note pic is a trial fit on a junk instrument cluster, hence no speedo needle...
See more pics on page 9 of the link above.
Also see this link for details (available 9am-9pm pacific time).
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

re: LED dash lights...

I ordered two from some place, had 'em installed and neither worked. Phooey.

Next, I ordered two from Superbright LEDS. One worked, but the other blew out immediately. Being a cheapskate, I sent it back under warranty.

Immediately, Superbright LEDs UPS'ed me a new one. They lost money on that deal!

Now I have them both working and I am happy.

Those of us of a certain age need the extra brightness.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

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Those of us of a certain age need the extra brightness.

Extra brightness with magnified gauge lenses.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:46 am    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:04 am    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

While we're on this topic, does anyone have a recommendation for quality LED bulbs that will fit the wedge-based sockets in a VDO tach (333051d)? Trying to avoid buying low quality stuff that is DOA...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

I bought LEDs from SuperBrite. Blue, love them.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:13 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

telford dorr wrote:
Just did mine - results are wonderful:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

Note pic is a trial fit on a junk instrument cluster, hence no speedo needle...
See more pics on page 9 of the link above.
Also see this link for details (available 9am-9pm pacific time).


That looks almost too bright! Can you still adjust the brightness with the leds?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:52 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

Yes. An off-the-shelf LED dimmer works fine. I built my own, however.
The camera makes the pic look too bright. Actually, its fine.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

I bought my LED lights from Auto-Hub.

I bought the following:
2 for the instruments (clear)
1 for the turn signals (green)
1 for the oil (red)
1 for the parking lights (green)
2 for the dome lights (clear)

Do not replace the generator/alternator light as the alternator needs an incandescent light in order to produce electricity.

They have been great!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:17 am    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

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While we're on this topic, does anyone have a recommendation for quality LED bulbs that will fit the wedge-based sockets in a VDO tach (333051d)? Trying to avoid buying low quality stuff that is DOA...


I sent and inquiry to SuperBright LEDs a while back to track down the replacement bulb for a VDO bulb 600-815, Type E Wedge bulb that uses base VDO 600-840 and they told me to go with the 194 bulb.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:39 am    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

Thanks for the info.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:32 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

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I sent and inquiry to SuperBright LEDs a while back to track down the replacement bulb for a VDO bulb 600-815, Type E Wedge bulb that uses base VDO 600-840 and they told me to go with the 194 bulb.

Tried that: 194-W6. Even though they're not a large bulb, they just wouldn't fit into the tach - too big in diameter, and too long. Looked through their catalog for other part numbers. Again, no luck. The 194-WHP will physically fit, but is spec'ed as 'non-dimmable' (in fact, most of their 194 type bulbs are spec'ed as non-dimmable). WTF! Called the SBL people and asked about that. Couldn't get a clear answer, but I suspect that this means that there is some circuit inside the lamp which isn't compatible with a PWM type dimmer.

Now VDO makes the 600-886 'E-type' LED, but it's EXPENSIVE (like $16 a bulb - seriously?). Unfortunately, may not have a choice.

So: before I bend over and pop for these bulbs, has anybody found a (reasonable) plug-in LED bulb that will fit this tach (VDO 333051d) that is also dimmable?

Not having fun at the moment. Evil or Very Mad Can't get this done...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:40 am    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

Sorry to hear it didn't work out.. I didn't get the 194 myself, so I did not know first hand. $16/bulb does sound quite expensive, especially for those of us that added 2 VDO bulb bases to replace the stock background lights for the instrument cluster.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

I installed green LEDs and they work great. There are replacement bulbs available.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

That clock! Did you install it or your bus came with it aka unicorn?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

As you consider colors, keep in mind that there are physiological reasons to choose red. Ships use red light in the wheelhouse because red does not destroy your night vision.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:46 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

Gas heater timer clock produced for 6 months back in 1972 and about as rare as a stock VW Bus heating system keeping you toasty warm in sub-zero temperatures.

Took me 15 years to find it and a lot of treasure to get it.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: dash lights Reply with quote

I bet. my Westfalia came with factory BA6. It is my dream to find clock with timer but because it is 1975 the clusters are grey face. I only hope it does not take me 15 years Smile
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