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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 06, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

Hay guys, Does anyone know of an outfit that makes replacement light bulbs for a 67 instrument panel, the kind that attach to the printed circut on back of the speedo and tach? If so, are brighter bulbs available? I just installed a set of gages and the new gage lights are so much brighter than the rest of the dash lights. Thanks in advance, rat67
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 06, 06:54 AM
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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

These are standard bulbs available at any autoparts store.
The standard bulb is a type 194, and is a 4 watt bulb.
There is also a type 197 bulb, which is 7 watts. I use these, and they are definitely brighter than the 194's.

Also, did you tie your illumination for the new guages into the same guage light circuit? If not, you should. They won't be so bright, and will dim by turning the headlight switch. The guage light circuit is the GRAY wire under the dash, or the fusebox terminal marked "ILUM" or something like that.





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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

On a '67 there should be a male spade terminal marked LPS next to the short instrument lamp fuse.

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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

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On a '67 there should be a male spade terminal marked LPS next to the short instrument lamp fuse.
yea, that's it, LPS





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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

Thanks for the speedy response! I never would have guessed that those bulbs are still available at the corner parts house. Yes I did manage to hook the gages to the right circuit, at least I'm assuming I did because the dimmer switch works on the gages. One more question- Have you been running the 197 (7 watt) bulbs for long? if so have you experienced any heat problems in that old plastic carrier due to the higher watage bulbs?-rat67
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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

Does anyone make LED replacements for these lamps?
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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

I just tried some dash and gauge 194 type LEDs and they ain't bright enough.

I have some 2825 Sylvaina bulbs that are supposed to be the brightest available to try next.

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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

I've run the 7 watt bulbs for 2 years, no problems.
Had the dash apart 2 weeks ago working a speedo problem, bulb sockets and pcb were fine, no discoloration, sockets not getting brittle, no sign of overheating at all





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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

Dredging up an oldie but goodie.....

Anyone ever see a replacement bulb (incandescent) like the 194 or 197 that is colored? I want to change the dash lighting to red, but not with LEDs.
I'm thinking a red lens would kill some of the brightness, unless the 197's are really that bright.

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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

not colored, but my memory was bad when I posted that number oh so many years ago...

The bright ones are number 1893.

I also have some 161's in the drawer, don't know what they are.

Joe, on my 68, the "glow" is green. There's a metal peice with round cutouts, fits over the speedo and tach, it's painted green and that's what gives the instruments thier green glow. A 67 has a similar peice, I don't remember what color, but if you painted the back of it red, I'll bet the gauges would glow RED!





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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

Yeah, that 197 number was a no-go in my searches.

And yes, the '69 carrier has green (melted!) filters up above the two large gauges, but I imagine they'll be pretty dim. I suppose I can find some thick red filter material and try that with brighter bulbs. That 1893 is a twist in bulb, not a wedge base bulb, and it's 4.6 watts.

161's are 2.7 watts.
168's are 4.9 watts.
194's do come in amber.

The automotive wedge type bulbs we're looking for are T-3 bulbs by the way.

Very handy resource.... http://www.sylvania.com/ConsumerProd...lacementGuide/

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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

I used some blue 194's in my Toyota's gauges. I got them from Autozone. I wanted them to match my Sirius satellite radio illumination. They were blue for about a month, then turned back to normal. I guess the coloring burnt off.

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Re: Replacement instrument panel light bulbs

Bummer!
Maybe I'll try some LEDs and see how I like 'em.

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