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Mark500

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LED lights for Console Gauges
« on: February 25, 2019, 11:02:00 AM »
Has anyone installed LED lights in 69/70 console gauges?  Suggestions and recommendations welcome. Thanks, MM500

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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2019, 11:46:45 AM »
That would be much appreciated.  I am sick of the dim light.

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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #3 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/

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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2019, 03:18:56 PM »
Perfect. Thanks... you made my day bright...

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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #5 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.
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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #7 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. 

 

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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2019, 08:27:00 PM »
I used the green factory filters with the leds. Here are pictures in my 67 Shelby.
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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #9 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.   

 

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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #10 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. 

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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #11 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
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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #12 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
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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #13 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.
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Re: LED lights for Console Gauges
« Reply #14 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....
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