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The Cars => 1969-1970 Shelby GT350/500 => Topic started by: Mark500 on February 25, 2019, 11:02:00 AM

Title: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: Mark500 on February 25, 2019, 11:02:00 AM
Has anyone installed LED lights in 69/70 console gauges?  Suggestions and recommendations welcome. Thanks, MM500
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 69 GT350 Vert on February 25, 2019, 11:17:16 AM
I did.  They are much brighter now and can actually see the readings at night.  I did a full review and post on the old forum about this subject.  I can't remember the company I bought from.  I did my dash gauge lights in LED also from the same company.  I will try to find my receipt and let you know.
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: Mark500 on February 25, 2019, 11:46:45 AM
That would be much appreciated.  I am sick of the dim light.
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 69 GT350 Vert on February 25, 2019, 02:01:01 PM
I pulled my receipt.  I bought 4 of the lights at the link below.  2 for clock, if memory serves, and 2 for console gauges (mine are factory cup style).  I used warm white color. I used their factory color dash LED gauge light conversion kit and was very happy with increased brightness and clarity.

https://www.hipoparts.com/ultra-bright-5-smd-15-led-bulb-ba9s-bayonet-base-super-wide-angle/
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: Mark500 on February 25, 2019, 03:18:56 PM
Perfect. Thanks... you made my day bright...
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: Side-Oilers on February 25, 2019, 03:31:16 PM
I did the same on my '68. But the color of the light (at least of the LED bulbs I bought) is noticeably more blue than the OEM bulbs.
 
That doesn't bother me enough to change them back, but it might others.
 
I do like to actually be able to read the gauges at night now.
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 1967 eight barrel on February 25, 2019, 07:18:00 PM
I went all LEDs in the instrument cluster and the guage pod under the dash. I replaced the bulb filters in the dash and I also recommend going to a solid state voltage regulator.
                                                                                  -Keith
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 69 GT350 Vert on February 25, 2019, 08:08:59 PM
I did the same on my '68. But the color of the light (at least of the LED bulbs I bought) is noticeably more blue than the OEM bulbs.
 
That doesn't bother me enough to change them back, but it might others.
 
I do like to actually be able to read the gauges at night now.

One of the reasons I went with this hi po parts company's LEDs for my gauge cluster was that they assured me it would be a factory color.  All of the other companies just offered colors and left you guessing to get green, blue or white color bulbs.  I think mine look pretty true to original color, but just brighter. 

 
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 1967 eight barrel on February 25, 2019, 08:27:00 PM
I used the green factory filters with the leds. Here are pictures in my 67 Shelby.
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 69 GT350 Vert on February 25, 2019, 08:45:41 PM
Pretty sure my filters were a blue color in my 1969 shelby.  The owner of hi po parts knows a lot about getting the factory final color lighting for each year of mustang/shelby, and what filters to use.  I ended up keeping my original filters. 

Your lights do have a blue color to them.  It is interesting you said your filters are green.   

 
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 1967 eight barrel on February 25, 2019, 09:01:36 PM
They are a blue/green filter. Drake makes the reproductions.  I see I posted a picture of the MD80 I was flying.. Oops. 

                                                                                   -Keith
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: shelbymann1970 on March 03, 2019, 02:25:01 PM
I pulled my receipt.  I bought 4 of the lights at the link below.  2 for clock, if memory serves, and 2 for console gauges (mine are factory cup style).  I used warm white color. I used their factory color dash LED gauge light conversion kit and was very happy with increased brightness and clarity.

https://www.hipoparts.com/ultra-bright-5-smd-15-led-bulb-ba9s-bayonet-base-super-wide-angle/
I know Bill and would recommend him. He was the first to start doing the LED after leaving mgt at Ford in Dearborn and moving "up North" to Gaylord Mi.  Gary
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: shelbymann1970 on March 03, 2019, 02:34:02 PM
Also I did an LED conversion for my tail lights for safety reasons and got my kit with sequencer  from one of the Cougar stores a few years back(NM?)  I highly recommend the LED in the tail lights because I have been almost rear ended a few times in broad daylight. Gary
(https://beta-static.photobucket.com/images/w61/shelbymann/2015-08-05%2022.28.49_zpsh8g7ar54.jpg) (https://beta.photobucket.com/u/shelbymann/p/4ff8c29d-1aa5-4c4a-bd0b-7d0ff2fadadd)
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: BGlover67 on March 03, 2019, 02:39:43 PM
I just picked up a '65 Mustang convertible, and the previous owner changed every bulb in the car with modern LED's.  Wow, what a difference!  I now can actually read the gauges at night.  The headlights are super bright and the taillights and turn signals look really nice.  I would highly recommend for any drivers out there.
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: mygt350 on March 03, 2019, 03:32:01 PM
Bill, owner/operator of HiPo parts is great guy to talk with. I have a set of his LEDs for a 65 A-code I am fixing....
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 2112 on March 03, 2019, 04:42:37 PM
I just picked up a '65 Mustang convertible, and the previous owner changed every bulb in the car with modern LED's.  Wow, what a difference!  I now can actually read the gauges at night.  The headlights are super bright and the taillights and turn signals look really nice.  I would highly recommend for any drivers out there.

Brian, the headlights are LED too?
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 1967 eight barrel on March 03, 2019, 04:43:52 PM
Yes, they make LED headlamps in the 5 3/4 size bulb.  They aren't cheap!

                                                                      -Keith
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 2112 on March 03, 2019, 06:12:34 PM
Yes, they make LED headlamps in the 5 3/4 size bulb.  They aren't cheap!

                                                                      -Keith

Anyone have a link to one they have experience with?

Since LED draw so much less amperage, you get much brighter using stock looms and switches, correct?
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 1967 eight barrel on March 03, 2019, 07:21:06 PM
This is also an option. You can run even the 100W with this one. It is plug and play and very hard to notice. The relay can be hid easily.

                                                                                      -Keith
https://www.rccinnovations.com/index.php?show=menu-hrk-all

https://www.npdlink.com/product/bulb-set-led-generation-4-by-mustang-project/204064?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fsearch_terms%3DLED%252BHeadlamp%252Bbulb%252Bset%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D1969&year=1969
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 2112 on March 03, 2019, 11:39:50 PM
Is a relay circuit  even necessary with LED lights?
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 2112 on March 03, 2019, 11:51:27 PM
Just found this;

http://www.mustangandfords.com/how-to/paint-body/mump-0909-mustang-project-led-headlights-install/

Edit, I hope that they look better than they did in that 10 year old article.
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 1967 eight barrel on March 04, 2019, 12:32:06 AM
 Vic at Cougars Unlimited in Alburqurque, NM. is a great source. Those with sequential units cannot just throw LED's in without changes.


http://www.thuntek.net/cougars_unlimited/
                                                                                -Keith
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 69 GT350 Vert on March 04, 2019, 06:24:58 PM
Vic at Cougars Unlimited in Alburqurque, NM. is a great source. Those with sequential units cannot just throw LED's in without changes.


http://www.thuntek.net/cougars_unlimited/
                                                                                -Keith

+1. I used Vic's 1969 rear LED sequential system in my Shelby and it made a huge improvement and works perfectly.  Thanks to Gary for the recommendation.  I put Halogen bulbs in my front headlights from Virginia Mustang.  They made a big improvement and were not too expensive.  I might do the front turn signals next.  My rear tail lights and turn signals are super bright now. 
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 8T03S1425 on March 04, 2019, 06:50:37 PM
Do the dash LED lights work with the dimmer functionality of the headlight switch?

Steve
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 69 GT350 Vert on March 04, 2019, 08:44:34 PM
Mine do. 
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: Side-Oilers on March 04, 2019, 11:14:48 PM
Mine too.
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 1967 eight barrel on March 05, 2019, 04:07:39 AM
They sure do.
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: 69 GT350 Vert on March 05, 2019, 12:18:16 PM
I remember speaking to the owner of hi po parts about the dimming of dash lights.  He specifically told me they may or may not dim depending on some factor.  I don't remember what he said now.  Might have had something to do with the dash voltage regulator and/or headlight switch. 
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: shelbymann1970 on March 18, 2019, 06:46:37 AM
Vic at Cougars Unlimited in Alburqurque, NM. is a great source. Those with sequential units cannot just throw LED's in without changes.


http://www.thuntek.net/cougars_unlimited/
                                                                                -Keith

+1. I used Vic's 1969 rear LED sequential system in my Shelby and it made a huge improvement and works perfectly.  Thanks to Gary for the recommendation.  I put Halogen bulbs in my front headlights from Virginia Mustang.  They made a big improvement and were not too expensive.  I might do the front turn signals next.  My rear tail lights and turn signals are super bright now.
I love how bright the tail lights are. My headlights are Marchals(think originals for Europe?) and are not sealed beam. I was told back then they were "50-100s" and that bright was brighter than what was allowed in America. That was 1985. Anyways my brights are really bright so I have not gone to LEDs on the headlights and my pic shows how bright the tail lights are with LEDs. I'm happy with them. And those that use Bill from HiPo parts you won't be disappointed. Great guy.  Gary
Title: Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
Post by: cobra427 on June 14, 2019, 04:00:52 PM
So I ordered the LED box C9WY-13A366-AL for mine 69, do I need the flasher unit also? D0WY-13350-AR4 .