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Has anyone used LEDs in the instrument cluster on a 2nd Gen XLT?

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by spta97, December 18, 2004.

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      One of my instrument cluster bulbs went out last night (near the gas gauge - I guess the X was embarassed about the mileage :D ) so I'm going to have to replace it. I did some searching and found some good instructions as well as some talk about using LEDs behind it.

      Has anyone ever used the LEDs in the instrument cluster? A few people spoke about it but didn't seem that anyone actually did it. On my 2000 XLT it has a green color on the cluster which is probably filtered but I'm thinking if I use white LEDs at least my needles won't have a yellowish color.

      From what people said the cluster bulbs are 194 but that was for earlier years. Can anyone confirm this on a 2nd gen?
       
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      Haven't heard about using LEDs...might look cool. I recently replaced a #194 for the gas gauge. Took awhile to get to the back of the instrument cluster on my '97...lots of trim, etc. to remove, including the radio. Re LEDs: would they simply fit into the existing slot used by the 194, or do you have to use some kind of adapter? Good luck.
       
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      There are LED's with the 194 wedgebulb base so you can replace them easily.
       
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      Yea the ones I was looking at were these:

      Single LED Wedge Base Bulbs

      Scroll down to the bottom of the page. They have two, one single one and one 4-in-one. However, the 4-in-one is a very narrow pattern. The singles are not very bright.
       
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      I've always like those festoon bulbs.

      Why would you change to LED? The color wouldn't change as it's part of the overlay.
       
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      aint they a little bright to use in the cluster...may go blind from those things...lol
       
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      I don't expect the green to change, but I was hoping the needles would be whiter than they are now. Now they are a yellowish color that is typical from an incandecent bulb. I was thinking about the PIAA bulbs but they are too much $$$.

      edit: having said that I don't know if the needle lights are the same as the 194s I want to replace?
       
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      Some LEDs are pretty bright, these ones aren't. Also, since it would be covered by the gauge overlay I don't think much more light would pass through than from a regular bulb. I'm going to take it apart next week and I'll give it a try.
       
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      I heard the PIAA can get too hot and melt the plastic..
       
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      Ack! They have just been crossed off my list offically. I'm hoping if I replace all the bulbs with new 194s that I'll get a whiter light. After all, these are 5 years old.
       

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