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Replacing bulbs in factory switches

I have a hand full of fog light switches laying around and I need to replace the bulbs in some of them of them as they don't light up with the guage lights. I went to Radio shack looking for replacement and they said they didn't have anything that small. Anyone know where to get replacement bulbs or LEDs for these. If they're LEDs I need 12v ones as I don't want to mess with resistors on them.
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Honestly, figure out what you want and hit up eBay. I got 100 5mm 13000mcd blue LED's WITH resisters rated for 12V for like $10 shipped from china. This was like 3 years ago....i'm sure they're even cheaper now. The store I remember is called BestHongKong. I'd NEVER go to radioshack for LED's or any small stuff....it's REALLY REALLY expensive doing so. Plus, they're product is weak and not bright at all. And unfortunately, you will have to deal with resisters.

Here's links to John Griggs' / N3elz's how-to pages....

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/12

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/296394/23


There's no replacement bulbs out there for the switches..... you could do what I did when I went back to green illumination: kept putting in stock bulbs from my huge inventory til I found ones that worked! lol.
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Ditto on evilBay for LED's.
I just ordered 100 green 15,000mcd LED's with resistors for 12v (470ohm I believe) for $5.00.
The higher the mcd rating, the more light output you'll get.
They'll probably take a month to get here like everything else that comes from China.
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OH....and FWIW, those green 'crystal clear' 5mm LED's from radio shack.......and literally INVISIBLE when in the truck. Did my brother's headlight switch with one.....you can't even tell it's lit.


I've ordered several component LED's off eBay from China...generally takes as little as 1 week and up to 3 weeks to arrive. But the price and quantity IMO, is worth it.
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"partial thread jack"

The water clear led's are awesome.
I'll be using some as indicators for my 12v outlets... whenever I'm able to work on the truck again.
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there we go...."water clear" is the term I was looking for. lol. I don;t even know if you can get high power, high mcd that are NOT water clear.
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Sure can, give me a few weeks for mine to come in & I'll try to get some pics.

The highest mcd I've seen in the clear LED's have been 20,000.

For the OP, you'll probably need to add resistors to any single LED, unless you find some that have resistors & pigtail wiring already installed.
I've seen them, but they might be more difficult to use in this application because the wiring may be too large to slide between the switch & housing.
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sorry...another hack....

I've got 55,000 mcd whites that I've not even used one of yet. lol.

/end hack.




In addition to what buggman said.... hit up ebay and search 5mm pre-wired led. They are pre-wired, pre-resistered LED's. They just have a positive wire and negative wire. Price is alot more than just the components, but I'm sure you can drill out the 4x4 switch and headlight switch bulb 'holder', slide the pre-wired led in there, and just wire it up to the switches wiring on the pigtail. Maybe use a dab of hot glue to secure it to the holder. For the fog switch, I'm sure something similar to above can happen....but dremel to the fog switch bracket would have to be done.



here's some links...

http://cgi.ebay.com/20-pc-5mm-Prewir...item4a9cccefac

http://cgi.ebay.com/100PCS-12V-DC-20...item5d291ddd03

http://cgi.ebay.com/20-x-5mm-Amber-O...item35a869ac1b

http://cgi.ebay.com/20-pc-5mm-Prewir...item4a9cccefa1

http://cgi.ebay.com/20-pc-5mm-Prewir...item4a9cccefac


EDIT: appears as though the price is very reasonable. I remember them being about 10 times as much when I bought mine back in the day. lol.

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55k?!?
Holy Underwear, Batman!

I'd be afraid to hook those up, they'd probably burn right through the table, the floor and half way to China.
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i think my e-bay source is the same shane was talkign about, i buy my led's off ebay for dirt cheap, any colour and any intensity you want... i'm going to start my led interior conversion in a month or so, only thing holding me back is having no dash for a while...
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After posting this I went back to my old source for LED's on my other projects and found that they have LEDs in bases ready to go.
Super Bright LEDs - Instrument Cluster and Gauge Backlights

I think the ones for the fog light switches would be the 3mm Neowedge series. Anyone else agree?
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Heck, for that price it would be worth buying a few of each size in case one doesn't work.

You could get a few extra for the rest of us too
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