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Just got my glovebox light set up:hurray:
I had to reverse the polarity to the bulb because LEDs only work one way, bottom connection on bulb base must be ground on these old '69s but the LEDs come the oppisite way. My heater bulb was the same way. The only ones I've run into like that are the bayonet 1445 9 LED bulb. I know what you're thinking, why did'nt he buy a new glove box? Well I did'int know it was in that rough of shape or I would have. Does anybody know if the repo. ones are any good,or are they crap. Looks like getting stuff out of my glove box at night will be a lot easier now. Well I guess that about does it for the LED lighting project.
 

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Jeeeze looks like you could preform surgery in there its so bright.
 

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Thanks guys, its been kinda fun messin' around with 'em. Now I have to find another project for it,I get bored not working on anything especially in the wintertime. Do any of you guys have any idea if the reproduction glove boxes are any good or not?
 

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I've got a reproduction box in my '69 and it fits fine.

When you get a chance can you post up all the part numbers, quantities, and locations for all the LEDs you did? Thanks. I'm thinking about rewiring my dash lights to be on all the time. Either that or paint the needles with glow in the dark paint.
 

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I've got a reproduction box in my '69 and it fits fine.

When you get a chance can you post up all the part numbers, quantities, and locations for all the LEDs you did? Thanks.
I would like that too. I checked the web site for the bulbs and there are a lot of choices to make. At the per bulb prices I wouldn't want to order incorrectly. Thank you in advance.
 

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I would like that too. I checked the web site for the bulbs and there are a lot of choices to make. At the per bulb prices I wouldn't want to order incorrectly. Thank you in advance.
Yea,I ordered a few incorrectly,wasn't a big deal . You can send them back and get your card credited, just keep original packaging. In fact I tried a whole bunch and kept what I liked the best and sent the rest back. I do think that Superbrights is a really good company to do business with. I did find another one online that had some pretty potent looking LEDs. I think they were called Autoillumination.com,but didn't like their website as well as Superbrights.
Superbrights tell you the degree of light angles for all the bulbs and they have a brightness scale for most of their bulbs.
Anyway I can tell you what I ordered that worked the best for me. I used their vehicle bulb finder on their site. I can tell you that I went through approx.$325.00,but I'll never have to buy another light again,or have to worry about any"burning out",or getting pulled over because of that:thumbsup:. Also the Digitails kit is like $220.00 or so and that just does the tail lights only,and requires hacking of harness.

Ok, here goes,

instrument and gauges- WLED-XHP5: LED T10 Wedge Base Bulb:Green $5.95 ea.
courtesy lights-1156x12: 12-LED BA15Sbulb Cool White 100 Degree $6.99 ea.
dome and rear console-UPCB-xWHP30-FES 30 HIGH POWER Rectangle PCB Lamp w/Festoon Base $ 17.90 ea.
front turn signal-1157-x3X1W 3x1.3 Watt High Power LED BAY 15D bulb Amber $16.95 ea.
rear turn sig& brake-1157-x45HP-LED BAY 15D Tower Bulb Red $ 24.95 ea.
rear tail-1156x18-T: 18HP LED BA15S Tower Bulb Red $17.95 ea.
back-up-1156-x45-T: 45HP- LED BA15S Tower Bulb Cool White $24.95 ea.
side marker-WLED-x5 LED T10 Wide Angle Wedge Base Bulb $2.99ea. red& amber ones.
heater&glove box-BA9s-xHP9:9LED High Power Bulb green for heater& white for glove box $9.95ea. These are not polarized right for '69 Camaro sockets,so you will either have to switch your wires around to the socket or solder wires on the bulb and use a donor base from another bulb,that's what I did in my glove box,Hope that makes sense to you all.(see Glove box pic.)
If anybody has and questions just go ahead and ask.
I was tempted to try some different colors in the instruments like blue,because I have a blue interior but I thought I better play it safe and just stick with green.
 

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Oh, and on the courtesy lights I used the 12 LED , you can get 'em up to 30 LED if you want more area lit down there. I had to bend my courtesy light defuser sides out a little so the bulbs didn't touch the sides,cause if that happens your lights will not go out at all, because it creates an extra ground just like leaving your doors open. It took me a few minutes to figure that one out, lights on with the doors shut, hmmm, really freaked me out. So if you did get the bigger courtesy lights you'd have to bend the defusers out a little more, but I thought 12 LED was enough for me. You could even put a regular 1156 like a back up light 360 degree down there but that might be a bit much. Also on the front turn signal/parking light I tried a 45 LED tower "the big bad boy" but I liked the 3x1.3 watt spotlight type better. It seemed to flash brighter with the turn signal and emergency. And duh I thought the tail lights were all 1157, but just the outer ones are,the inners are 1156. You can probably save a few bucks going 18 tower on the tail lights instead of 45 tower they seem to be about the same brightness to me,but the Superbright site shows the 45 tower as being the brightest. The dome light I used is a little card with 30 LEDs in it,then I zip tied it to the festoon spring thing so it didin't just sit on the dome light cover. I'm pretty sure that is their brightest dome light.
You don't want a weak dome light. I think I had the most fun doing the Tach, Speedo. and Gauges, cause those used to be pretty weak and it always bothered me. Well I'm about typed out ( I type really slow) So if you do it good luck it's a pretty fun project. Damn I wish I would have ordered a new glove box LOL.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to do that, Eric.
 

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Sure, the way I see it is, You guys have helped my fix and improve probably 15 things on my Camaro. My back up lights didin't even work until I got on here and read about the hurst switch and steering colum trick. Just trying to give back some.
 

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Hey guys,
I almost forgot, there's one more. The license plate bulb, #67, the widest angle LED they had for that was 100 degree. Not so good, it only light up about 2/3rds of my plate. They sell a bunch of sockets that you can adapt different bulbs to. So I might try to get one that will switch me from 1156/67 to a wedge based bulb, then I will have the 360 degree lighting for the plate. I'm going to browse around their site and see what I can come up with. I'll keep ya posted.
 

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Just got my glovebox light set up:hurray:
I had to reverse the polarity to the bulb because LEDs only work one way, bottom connection on bulb base must be ground on these old '69s but the LEDs come the oppisite way. My heater bulb was the same way. The only ones I've run into like that are the bayonet 1445 9 LED bulb. I know what you're thinking, why did'nt he buy a new glove box? Well I did'int know it was in that rough of shape or I would have. Does anybody know if the repo. ones are any good,or are they crap. Looks like getting stuff out of my glove box at night will be a lot easier now. Well I guess that about does it for the LED lighting project.[/QUOTE


Could you explain why you could not use the non-poplarized LED's instead or would they not work?
 

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Eric has not replied, does anyone know if non-polarized LED's are an option?
 

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Well, I'm using the orignal 1445 glove box socket. The 9 LED bulbs that they sell are not polarized correctly for that socket. I could have used a non-polarized bulb like a wedge based bulb, but where would I find a switched socket that a glove box requires? I guess for my heater light I could have cut the socket off and used a wedge socket,but I didn't want to cut my harness. As far as I know all of their bayonet base 9 LED bulbs are polarized.
 

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Well, I'm using the orignal 1445 glove box socket. The 9 LED bulbs that they sell are not polarized correctly for that socket. I could have used a non-polarized bulb like a wedge based bulb, but where would I find a switched socket that a glove box requires? I guess for my heater light I could have cut the socket off and used a wedge socket,but I didn't want to cut my harness. As far as I know all of their bayonet base 9 LED bulbs are polarized.

Thanks, I want to use LED bulbs and wasn't sure. Anyway thanks for the information of the LED's you used; I will use this list too.
 
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