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    Puzzled: Dash LED

    I have been searching the forum for the past hour, reading everything regarding changing the dash bulbs to LEDs.

    I bought some ice white LED's, which light up the speedo/rev clocks no problem. However, the odometer is completely blank. Its pitch black outside and you cannot see a thing.

    Everything I have read says that the orange diffuser found on post 2000 odometers and MFD only stops blue LEDs and that white show through fine. That makes sense, as the white light I am now using is similar with regard to the light spectrum.

    So why are my white LEDs not illuminating the odometer?

    Does the odometer have its own bulb, or does it get its light from the 3 bulbs accross the center (the ones changed to white)

    Help appreciated.

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    just checking but u rotated them in the correct direction yeah?.
    I had that prob when installing mine!
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    And yes the milage one has its own bulb (It's a frosted looking one) and LED's only work 1 way round.

    I have blue illumination and a red milage display in mine
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    Yeah, they're rotated correctly. The speedo, rev counter, petrol and temp gauges light up no problem.

    Would I be right in saying that since it is used all the time that the ignition is on, it will burn out quicker? If so perhaps the element was dodgy and moving the clocks around nudged it just enough to knock it out...

    I'll have a butchers tomorrow and update incase anyone has the same problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee gsi View Post
    And yes the milage one has its own bulb (It's a frosted looking one) and LED's only work 1 way round.

    I have blue illumination and a red milage display in mine
    any pics coz i debated this? but went all blue instead. what about your mfd...

    sorry for the thread hi-jack...

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    OK, there are 3 LED's across the middle of the clocks for the fuel gauge, rev counter, speedo and temp gauge. These need to be the same colour, as they light part of a dial not whole dial and would look poo if they were different.

    There is another LED lower down that does the ODO - if there's no light, take it out and spin it 180 degrees, as whether it looks right or not it might have been soldered in wrong.

    I have 4 white LED's in mine, and they are all the same. Didn't need to scratch the tip of the ODO one, or put tipex on it, it lights just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leemarksmith View Post
    any pics coz i debated this? but went all blue instead. what about your mfd...


    MFD is blue

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