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Number of bulbs and quantity of each?

Unread post by Kent1915 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:09 pm

Hi, I’m contemplating replacing all the instrument lights with LEDs. I have a 68 500. I’m looking at superbrightleds.com but need to know how many of each bulbs I would need. Anyone done this and have a material list? Thanks in advance!


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Unread post by 66vairguy » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:43 am

The Superbrite site has a cross reference for each specific car model. Although I didn't agree with some of the suggestions they had. And in some cases you have options for different colors. YOU have to decide what you want.

LEDs for the fan and oil warning lamps WILL NOT WORK in a LM Corvair because of the polarity.

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Unread post by Kent1915 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 10:48 am

Thanks for the heads up. Would have tried fan and oil without that.


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Re: Number of bulbs and quantity of each?

Unread post by 66vairguy » Sat Jul 08, 2017 1:59 pm

Superbrite now sells "Warm White" that has the same color range as an incandescent, but brighter. The standard LEDs tend to be a little bluish and wash out the orange needles of a Corsa instrument cluster, but might be fine with the 500 instrument cluster. Just my opinion.

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Unread post by Kent1915 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:01 pm

Yeah I have leds in house. Warm white is less harsh for sure. I appreciate the help.


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Re: Number of bulbs and quantity of each?

Unread post by dave t » Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:42 pm

I Don't have a count but... make sure the led's shine light to the side, not straight forward. Otherwise you will get poorly lighted gauges. Also, only use standard incandescent bulbs for the gen light. Otherwise it won't work.

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Re: Number of bulbs and quantity of each?

Unread post by bbodie52 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:25 pm

:think: You can use the schematic diagram below to count the number of bulbs installed on either the Monza/500 or Corsa instrument panel. The second image shows the rear instrument panel detail for the Corvair Monza/500. The last image shows the bulb application details from the original 1965 Corvair Chassis Shop Manual.

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Re: Number of bulbs and quantity of each?

Unread post by 66vairguy » Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:48 pm

dave t wrote:
Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:42 pm
I Don't have a count but... make sure the led's shine light to the side, not straight forward. Otherwise you will get poorly lighted gauges. Also, only use standard incandescent bulbs for the gen light. Otherwise it won't work.

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The Superbrite do have LED chips all around so the have a 360 degree illumination. They DO dim, but not like the original lamps, very narrow range. However - considering everyone complains the stock lamps are too dim the "dimming" function is kind of a moot point.

I have a 66 Corsa dash and used the "BA9S-WWHP5" warm white. Be aware that the plastic bulb domes in the tachometer must be removed for either the LED or the newer incandescent bulbs due to clearance. I was pleased with the color rendition of the gauges and the increase in illumination - just right for city driving.

A HUGE improvement was the turn signal indicators - I used "BA9S-GHP5" green LED. Much brighter without overheating the socket.

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Re: Number of bulbs and quantity of each?

Unread post by Kent1915 » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:43 pm

Thank you all. I've got my order placed and by the time I get home from a work trip I should be able to get to work!

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