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Post by craig2859 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:28 pm

Does any one know the size/code for the Hijet Bulbs that illuminate the Dash.

I want to swap them out for some brighter LED ones, but am unsure on the correct size?

Are they T5 Bulbs?

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Post by FrontBackSide2Side on Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:38 pm

Yes mate they are T5 wedges. The picture shows them inside the bulb holder which you won't need to buy as you'll already have them in the back of the dash. I tried putting LEDs in yesterday and it hasn't made any difference to the brightness of the dash and the one I tried in the check engine light changed the colour from orange to a washed out yellow colour so I swapped it back to the conventional bulb.
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Post by craig2859 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:42 pm

hmmmm .... may need a rethink then, I was going to whip it out tomorrow too. Did you remove the green film at all, or just swap out to white LED's ?

I was thinking of removing the coloured film and adding blue LED's.
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Post by FrontBackSide2Side on Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:47 pm

I just swapped them for white LEDs. Main reason for having the dash out was the engine light wasn't working. I had some T5 leds lay around so I thought I'd try them to hopefully help the poor illumination. If I had known about this green film you talk of I may have given blue LEDs a go myself Smile
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Post by craig2859 on Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:55 am

Well I removed the old bulbs and also took out the Green plastic covers over the three bulbs, and added three Blue LED's:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350949108033?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

Although my dash is a nice blue, they are not that much brighter still, which has surprised me ??
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Post by FrontBackSide2Side on Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:06 pm

I know, i was expecting it to be brighter when i put my leds in Sad
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Post by craig2859 on Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:43 pm

FrontBackSide2Side wrote:I know, i was expecting it to be brighter when i put my leds in Sad

There must be a reason why though, I have done this on other vehicles and seen a huge improvement?
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Post by FrontBackSide2Side on Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:42 pm

Yeah and me. Ive read that people who have had their hijet from new or nearly new have said they used to be brighter so im guessing there maybe a reflective surface in the clocks somewhere which fades/ flakes off over time. But like i say thats just me guessing Smile
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Post by PFM on Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:21 pm

The original bulbs are 1.2w. Yes, mine got dim after 18 years and, when replaced, weren't as bright as my newer vans but I can't see any reason for this unless the plastic through which they shine gets more opaque over time.

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Re: Dashboard Illumination Bulbs

Post by rich the mechanic on Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:30 pm

There is no reflective in the clocks just white plastic I used the stick on alloy tape as a reflector which helped then I put two bits of the led tape freebie in and now with the white dash I have a blue filter to dim them back down again.
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Re: Dashboard Illumination Bulbs

Post by FrontBackSide2Side on Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:33 pm

The LED tape sounds like a good solution, might have to try that Smile
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Post by rich the mechanic on Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:35 pm

The way I have it means that I can't see very well at night as the light now reflects off the steering coloum and gives a head up display where I want to look.
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Re: Dashboard Illumination Bulbs

Post by FrontBackSide2Side on Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:39 pm

Ah, right. Maybe not then ha! Might get hold of a spare set of clocks to have a play with Smile
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Dim instrument panel lights

Post by Evangelion on Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:46 pm

Had the same problem with my 1994 hijet instrument panel,used the stock bulbs,took off the green film covering the bulbs then enlarged the light opening slot on top of the display with a hacksaw...seems the original opening was way too small, so not enough light got through, it's alot brighter now. just my 10cents on the topic. Laughing

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Re: Dashboard Illumination Bulbs

Post by FrontBackSide2Side on Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:03 pm

Brilliant, always good to hear how people get round these issues, i think i'll try that as my first port of call.

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