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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Dukedesmo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Nov 2017 at 22:27
Originally posted by Tarquin Tarquin wrote:

 


If I buy them, will they work as soon as fitted or will they require and additional wiring?


LED bulbs will work fine, the only thing to watch is that they need the correct polarity - i.e. they only work if fitted the right way round, so if you put them in backwards they won't light. No damage will occur though so just turn them round if they're wrong. 

They can IMO be too bright though - the LED high beam indicator in my Ducati's dash is so bright it actually dazzles me when it's on, I have to stick black insulation tape over it so I can see where I'm going - and it still glows through that. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Nov 2017 at 07:41
No additional wiring, apart from the indicator repeater if only one is fitted. Just plug and play.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Nov 2017 at 18:14
Originally posted by Dukedesmo Dukedesmo wrote:

LED bulbs will work fine, the only thing to watch is that they need the correct polarity - i.e. they only work if fitted the right way round, so if you put them in backwards they won't light. No damage will occur though so just turn them round if they're wrong. 


Yes being wedge bulbs will be an advantage, can simply be turned around 180 dgrees to reverse the contacts. Thumbs Up



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iceni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 2019 at 07:37
Virtually all the warning light bulb holders on my 1000SP have more or less disintegrated due to age so I was considering renewing them. Having read the experience of others re LED's and resistors, and not being good with electrics, today I've entered gramophone mode and will be looking to find Morris Minor type warning lights.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 2019 at 08:17
You can get LEDs made to work at 12 volts with resistors built in.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iceni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Mar 2019 at 08:42
Thanks for the info. Maybe I'll go down that route.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2019 at 19:40
Originally posted by iceni iceni wrote:

Virtually all the warning light bulb holders on my 1000SP have more or less disintegrated due to age so I was considering renewing them. Having read the experience of others re LED's and resistors, and not being good with electrics, today I've entered gramophone mode and will be looking to find Morris Minor type warning lights.


I did once rebuild a panel with new wedge bulbs and holders I got off eBay. The PCB I cleaned up and retinned. (With solder.)




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iceni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2019 at 20:01
I’ve bought LED’s from Gutsibits, which are quite small, and 
I also have a query out on the wedge type bulb holders which are a bit bigger.  The original dash will be retained and I’ve made a couple of plates which will fit in the existing “dash”.
Ideally, I’d like to be able to renew the bulbs / lights without stripping it all down, so that’s the direction I’m taking.
Gutsibits said that the LED lights with resistor, are suitable for use in the charging circuit, so I’ll give it a try if I use them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Chris A Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Apr 2019 at 22:19
That worked fine for me...I've got the old cast ally dash and just used two stainless washers on either side to hold the leds in.....looks fine
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