When I was replacing the AC Panel
a few months back, I realized that there were three tiny bulbs that I
for got to replace. Inside the light switch and hazard switch are two
very small incandescent bulbs. There is also a small bulb for the cigar
lighter. All of these just happen to be the same bulb
. These will be replaced by a #74 LED bulb. So, back in to the center console.
|Fuzzy picture, but I can almost do this with my eyes closed|
the easy one. Well, easy after you get the center console out. The
cigar lighter has a ring around it that lights up. Just unplug the
incandescent bulb and replace with LED 74-x.
|I like blue|
I went with a blue LED. Although the lens of the ring is green, I
wanted blue to match the rest of the lights in the interior. The blue
LED bulb give is ring an blue-ish glow...when it works. My cigar
lighter ring would sometimes work. Another thing I will have to figure
out later. So, sometimes, it looks awesome...the rest of the time, it
just looks dark. No matter, I do not use the lighter anyway, no need to
call attention to it. Heck, I even use the ashtray as my garage door
|Garage door remoter in ashtray|
Next up, getting to the light switches.
|DeLorean hazard switch|
you extract the switches, you need to take it apart to get to the
bulb. The bulb is hidden way in the center of the switches, like the
reactor core in the Death Star.
|Bulb location in hazard switch|
will need to pry the outer casing to get to the juicy center. The
switches work on a cam like mechanism. There is a wire that rides a
maze like path. Each depression of the switch 'guides' the wire along
this maze, giving you different positions of the switch. A simple
design, yet fascinating to see in action.
the bulb. To get to the bulb, you will need to guide this wire outside
of the maze. The two parts will separate. Careful of the spring. Now,
just replace your bulbs. I went with red for the hazard. Although I
have never seen this light up. Again, another wiring issue that I will
need to figure out later. But, at least I have and LED, instead of
incandescent bulbs in there.
|Blue LED indicator for headlight switch|
good news, I got the light for the headlight switch to work. This one
was green. It really stuck out when I replace my AC panel, everything
was nice and blue...then you have this one green light just mocking me.
I will show you.
One more light to deal with. Since I
have an automatic, the shifter plate illuminates in green. Well, not
anymore. My first attempt was to get some adhesive blue vinyl and stick
a piece behind the existing green shifter plate lens. This did not do
too much, as it still looked a little green.
|Modifying a white bulb into a blue one|
the real way to do this is to get a blue LED. You will need a BA7s LED
bulb. I already had a white one I replaced years ago. While these are
cheap, shipping costs nearly tripled the price of the bulb. Luckily, I
had a big sheet of that adhesive blue vinyl. You guessed it, I am
going to wrap the bulb. Yeah, totally ghetto way of doing things.
|Wrapping an LED bulb|
Yeah, I totally wrapped an LED bulb.
|Custom made blue LED|
You know what, it actually worked.
|Blue (ish) lights|
the fun part of putting everything back together. This takes up the
most time. Even though I have done this about ten times, now. It still
takes me a good fifteen minutes to take out and put back in the center
console. Lost of nuts, screws, and wires to maintain.
|Yeah, blue lights all around...and all LED|
with the exception of the battery light (which should remain
incandescent), headlights, and high beams, I have LED's all around the
car. At least until I stumble upon another hidden incandescent bulb somewhere. Ah, the perks of DeLorean ownership.
So what is the LED bulb size for the dash itself, minus the battery incandescent
The dash bulbs are A7 or BA7.
Have you figured out a way to diffuse the light better so all letters are illuminated? I'm running a green led and it completely bleeds out the red ticker next to the gear letter and it doesn't really illuminate parking or first gear very well at all.
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