How to replace your dash lights with LEDs


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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:50 pm



I *think* they are 194, if memory serves. Bulbs are cheap - if you're worried, buy a couple of each and have them on hand so you're good either way. :)



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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Wingsconsin » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:43 am

WingAdmin wrote:I *think* they are 194, if memory serves. Bulbs are cheap - if you're worried, buy a couple of each and have them on hand so you're good either way. :)
Thanks -- not worried...just like to be prepared ..once I tear into it I like to work until it is DONE without interruption
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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by dj norm » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:36 pm

They are the exact same size and you can use them interchangably. Different is that the 168 will be brighter than the 194. Although it is brighter, the 168 will not last as long as the 194. use the LED suggested by the one on list .....
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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Wingsconsin » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:40 pm

dj norm wrote:They are the exact same size and you can use them interchangably. Different is that the 168 will be brighter than the 194. Although it is brighter, the 168 will not last as long as the 194. use the LED suggested by the one on list .....
Thanks but I want not to use the leds due to them needing an inline resistor ...leds on the rest... ;)
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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Fiberthree » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:13 pm

There are other methods of diffusing the LED. One is to scuff the surface with a ScotchBrite pad. Get it to the point where it isn't shiny any more. Another way is to use a jewlers file to slightly flatten the top. After all it is only plastic. If you still want to glue something to the top, take a hole punch to a milk jug and make a bunch of dots to use. They should fit in the hole for the bulb without any interference. I used SilverStar 194 bulbs for my instrument illumination. They are a little brighter and have a slight blue tint to them. Hence I left off the blue caps that had solidified and stuck to the old burned out bulbs. I didn't know about the one behind the LCD though! I will be going after that one soon, as I do have a dark area on the bottom. Great article and very easy to understand descriptions! Thanks.
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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Bobwquinn » Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:14 pm

I recently replaced my handlebar lights with leds ( January) and I just replaced my dash lights last weekend and they turned out amazing! I would never have attempted without your clear step by step and pictures. Thank you so much! My next project is the radio lights to leds.

Keep up the great projects!

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Wingsconsin » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:16 pm

I did this maintenance today.
It never looked better..
The tutorial here is spot on!
Read the entire thread to find the alterations and suggestions made by everyone who contributed..
But special thanks to Wing Admin for his great pictures and information...
Now all I need to do is button it back up...
WOW -- I can hardly wait to ride in the dark again now that I can see the dashboard......... :mrgreen:
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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Don LaPorte » Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:44 am

I am 85 years old and have spent most of my life w :?: orking from and teaching from manuals and this is the best !!

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by peppilepew » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:42 pm

I installed the LED package today. Also did the cornering and position lights. I expected this since LEDs are voltage sensitive. I modulate the position and cornering instead of the headlight, which can't be modulated because it has been converted to HIDs. Instead of modulating, the LEDs flash on and off. I like the color and brightness. Now for the dash I did everything except for the low fuel light which is inop anyway. Not going to correct that circuit problem. I used all 90 degree LEDs where I could. From looking at the LEDs my take on the difference between 90 and 32 degree is light emits in a full 90 degree pattern and not strictly at 90 degrees. This means the hot spots will still be there. I sanded the surface and installed the blue condom from the original bulbs in an attempt to prevent the problem. I still have hot spots. The red on the needles is visible so it must have helped. I am thinking that sanding the entire lens will help. The sides too. I might even take some black paint and do the heads. LEDs with 50% less lumens would probably do the trick. Great article Virgil. TY. The dash has great visibility. With everything you contribute to GoldingDocs, whenever do you find time to ride? :) Yes I know anything other than a modulating headlight is illegal. Other than a few LEOs turning their head and one signaling me that my flashers were on I have yet to be stopped. I can flip them to solid with a flick of a switch.

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Big Blue UK » Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:55 am

I have mine stripped to replace LCD display and fit metrix Audio front speakers, and dash led conversion and a Road Sofa amongst a few other jobs

From what I have read about hotspots, have these been tried with the tip diode covered up, i have some of these I might try.


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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by peppilepew » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:32 am

The hot spots are quite visible. I would try them at night before buttoning it all up. Easy to remove bezel and play with different diffusing solutions. GL.

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Big Blue UK » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:33 pm

Well I was hoping to take some pics this evening, my shoulder started to ache driving back from PO, a hour later it had frozen, so it is passenger seat and not much else for a few weeks.
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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:38 pm

peppilepew wrote:The hot spots are quite visible. I would try them at night before buttoning it all up. Easy to remove bezel and play with different diffusing solutions. GL.
I used someone's suggestion of gluing cut-out pieces of plastic milk bottle to them. It works quite well!

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by peppilepew » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:05 pm

WingAdmin wrote:
peppilepew wrote:The hot spots are quite visible. I would try them at night before buttoning it all up. Easy to remove bezel and play with different diffusing solutions. GL.
I used someone's suggestion of gluing cut-out pieces of plastic milk bottle to them. It works quite well!
How about the LCD information display? Did you use the same technique?

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:15 pm

peppilepew wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:
peppilepew wrote:The hot spots are quite visible. I would try them at night before buttoning it all up. Easy to remove bezel and play with different diffusing solutions. GL.
I used someone's suggestion of gluing cut-out pieces of plastic milk bottle to them. It works quite well!
How about the LCD information display? Did you use the same technique?
I don't know yet. :) I actually used the technique on my wife's Pacific Coast. I still have the hotspots on my GL1500...when I get around to tearing the front end down to the dash again for one reason or another, I'll get to doing mine.

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by peppilepew » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:36 pm

I used someone's suggestion of gluing cut-out pieces of plastic milk bottle to them. It works quite well![/quote]

How about the LCD information display? Did you use the same technique?[/quote]

I don't know yet. :) I actually used the technique on my wife's Pacific Coast. I still have the hotspots on my GL1500...when I get around to tearing the front end down to the dash again for one reason or another, I'll get to doing mine.[/quote]

Practice makes perfect. :)

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by seering » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:25 am

So last night was the first time I rode mine in the dark after this mod. Man is that high beam indicator bright, causing a fair amount of glare when you are driving down a country road in the pitch black. I think I'm going to tone that bulb down a bit with some sort of opaque diffuser the next time I open it up. Still love the mod though!

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by peppilepew » Sun May 12, 2013 12:33 am

I recommend to those installing this LED mod that you cut small pieces of white .010 or thicker plastic and epoxy them to the fronts of the light to act as diffuses. I would do all of them except for the turn signal ind, oil and side stand. This includes the two small LEDs for the LCD display. Now this is where practice makes perfect, I did the diffuses and put it all back together. It worked great except for on tiny little problem. The left turn signal indicator decided not to work so its a third time I take the dash apart. :( Almost wish I put it back stock when replacing the bulbs. In the end it will have been worth the time.

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Big Game James » Sun May 19, 2013 3:08 pm

:D Good evening from Gates, NC. My wife and I just finished changing the bulbs on my 1999 Goldwing LE. We used this post (DIY) to the letter and everything turned out fine. Thank you very much. You saved us a lot of money.

P.S I'm changing the plugs next week using this site and then I'm off for my first bike trip to Shreveport, La (my hometown).

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by WingAdmin » Wed May 22, 2013 11:49 pm

Big Game James wrote::D Good evening from Gates, NC. My wife and I just finished changing the bulbs on my 1999 Goldwing LE. We used this post (DIY) to the letter and everything turned out fine. Thank you very much. You saved us a lot of money.

P.S I'm changing the plugs next week using this site and then I'm off for my first bike trip to Shreveport, La (my hometown).
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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by ronrws » Sun May 26, 2013 5:13 am

Excellent post and really enjoyed reading everyones input - I have a '92 GL1500 Interstate, very basic, no radio no reverse gear, just a functional instrument panel and just ordered LED's and resistors as suggested here.

Can hardly see the instruments at night so hope to change this soon.
Can hardly see the instruments at night so hope to change this soon.

I will also be doing Gear Shifter oil seal change and try to fix the muffler at the joints. :)

I live in Ontario, Canada and just love the wealth of information on this site. I will post some before and after pictures of the LED mod here and any other work, now that I have found this place.

Thanks to all for your contibutions and love your post WingAdmin, Excellent work !

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by Mag » Sun May 26, 2013 9:46 am

Welcome in to the site Ron, you will find many things to do to your bike....or keeping it simple, which ever you prefer ;)

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by steelersman72 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:07 am

Can I replace the console lights on my 1976 GL1000 with LEDs? Also is it possible the use LEDs in the front and back turn signal light? Thanks for all the help and this is the greatest site for all the info on my bike.
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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:52 pm

steelersman72 wrote:Can I replace the console lights on my 1976 GL1000 with LEDs? Also is it possible the use LEDs in the front and back turn signal light? Thanks for all the help and this is the greatest site for all the info on my bike.
I don't see why not. I'm pretty sure the bulbs they use in the dash are going to be much the same as are used today, so there will no doubt be LED replacements. There are definitely LED replacements for the turn signals, keep in mind you'll need to replace your flasher with an electronic one if you switch your turn signals to LEDs.

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Re: How to replace your dash lights with LEDs

Post by OlsonBW » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:08 pm

Top and bottom LCD Illumination (Blue, Qty 2): 74-BHP3 is out of stock. I wonder if they are planning on getting more. Is there another one that would work?



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