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danregs
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27th Jan 04 at 11:22   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

i'm gonna do an LED conversion on the dash of my Corsa C, but any1 got any idea how i get my heater control panel off to get in behind it to the bulbs, so that i can replace them?
cheers,
dan
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27th Jan 04 at 11:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I hav just replaced my dash and heater bulb controls m8!!!
To get your heater panel off just prise it it off wid screwdriver thats all i did !!
remove the knobs by gently pulling them off and move the white bit off plastic and the bulbs are sat behind them!!
just gently pull them out and swap them.
danregs
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27th Jan 04 at 11:40   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

cheers mate!!
i'll giv it a go!
dan
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27th Jan 04 at 11:48   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I also done me dash looks cool but they keep goin off with me heater control led's. i had to drive 30 miles without dash lights????
danregs
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27th Jan 04 at 14:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

uh oh! what LED's and resistors did you use mate? i've just tried mine and i've blown 3 fuses i cant seem to get them in and workin! i'm an electronic engineer too, which is a bit embarrassing!
Dave_Gordon
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27th Jan 04 at 15:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

So it aint just me!!!! dunno just asked for led's off cobra and he sent out plug and play ones, they plug but don't play.
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27th Jan 04 at 15:23   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

mine were the same, for the heater switch panel/center consol, they just keep blowing fuses!
Dave_Gordon
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27th Jan 04 at 15:36   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

can anything bedone or do i get theold ones out of the bin and hope they aint broke!!!
would bigger fuses work???
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27th Jan 04 at 15:39   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

nope, i tried that also, as i ran outs fuses so ran bigger ones, they went pop too! iv now got no center consol lights! these the ones with little circuit boreds on then
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well gutted cause they looked cool!!!
MFD works ok
but looks a little out of place!
danregs
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27th Jan 04 at 17:21   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ive just spent all avo trying to get mine to work. they just keep blowing fuses tho! i didnt buy plug and play ones, i bought superbrite blue LED's and rigged them in with some resistors that shulda worked ok.......but they dont
i'm gonna get out me multimeter and try matchin the resistance of my LED/resistor setup to the bulb. i'll let you guys know if i get anywhere wiv it!
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27th Jan 04 at 17:37   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok m8 let us nkow and gud luck!!!!
cobra148
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27th Jan 04 at 19:52   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Dave, if your dash and heater lights are all going on and off together, that sounds like an electrical problem.

Dan, whats the spec of the leds your using and what value resistor?
danregs
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27th Jan 04 at 20:15   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

no idea on the spec mate. got the LEDs from ebay and the guy said in the auction that they would work on 12V with the resistors he provided (which are 460-ohm). i guess i shouldnt have taken his word for it! gonna have to find my own resistors. what would you recommend for 12V application if i'm replacing a 1.2W bulb? i also noticed that now i've replaced my interior lights with LEDs (that did have 5W bulbs in them) the LED's stay on dimly when the interior light should be off
i'm still playing with the resistor values and my multimeter
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27th Jan 04 at 20:24   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Do you mean 470 Ohm, you can't get a stock resistor at 460. How are you actually fitting them, also, do you know the mcd (brightness) rating, you say they are "superbrite", I've seen 3000-4000mcd leds described as this, but they will be too dull for your dials.
danregs
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27th Jan 04 at 20:49   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yeh sorry mate - typo! i meant 470! and i'm pretty sure they are about 8000mcd. they are fookin brite!
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27th Jan 04 at 20:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Should be no problem then, a 470 resistor will let you run a typical 3.3v 20ma led at 12 volts or more no problem, thats what I've been using for nearly 2 years now.
danregs
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27th Jan 04 at 22:01   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

ok thanks for ur help mate. i dunno whats up with mine then u know where i can get some plug and play ones from by any chance, just for the heater controls (cos my dash setup works ok).
cheers
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28th Jan 04 at 18:05   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I've been known to sell one or two
danregs
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quote:
Originally posted by cobra148
I've been known to sell one or two


any chance you could sell one or two to me?
cobra148
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28th Jan 04 at 18:33   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I can only do the heater panel in red, blue, white or green at the moment in plug and play.
danregs
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28th Jan 04 at 18:49   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

yeh i was looking for some blue ones please!

 
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