Dash bulbs


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Dash bulbs

Postby 1200Doug » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:21 pm



i could not source dash or headlight side bulbs (running lights) locally that were a perfect match. However I found I believe effective substitutes.

Dash Bulbs: Phillips 12505 or Phillips 74.
Both are about a watt less than the originals which are 3 watts. The 12505s are rated the brighter of the two so if you've got a choice maybe get those. Either are a touch shallower than the factory bulbs too.

This was tested on my GL1200 gauge cluster but may work equally well on GL500, GL650, GL1100, GL1500 as it appears to share the same factory bulb.



The upper right bulb is a factory original. The next one to the left is a 12505 and the left two are 74's. I can barely discern a difference.

I also picked up Phillips 24NA. They are Amber colored but rated 3.4 watts (.4 above factory spec). The amber color did work to wash the red out a touch. Hardly noticeable. I'm skipping them because they don't fit the socket as well and may be too hot or as they are a bit larger than factory, scorch the plastic. If you do mess with them, push gently and wiggle them in. I popped one trying to jamb it a bit into place.

I know some guys complaining online about a lack of dash brightness. I would then as always exercise caution and if you don't want the risk go for factory originals.

For the running lights in the clear housings alongside the headlight I picked up Phillips 1893. They are 0.4 watts beyond the factory 4 watt bulbs (4.4 watt). But I suspect that won't overload the charging circuit :lol:


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Re: Dash bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:18 am

Honestly, if you are worried about dash brightness, color, and longevity, then replace the dash bulbs with LEDs, and you'll not have to replace them again at least in your lifetime.

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Re: Dash bulbs

Postby 1200Doug » Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:24 pm

I know not all LEDs are created equal. Rather than go hunting part numbers and such I opted to stay with stock. I have a relative idea how long they will last and it's plenty of time on these low output bulbs. Brightness isn't an issue for me.
But I would be interested in LED tail lights!
Any tips on that?
I know some LEDs don't always show as well at obtuse angles as standard bulbs.
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Re: Dash bulbs

Postby tprender » Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:59 am

I just had to replace the right turn light on my '86 last month. Ended up at the Honda shop after trying the local AutoZone. Was able to get the bulb for $2.50 from the dealer. I thought that this was not a bad price from the dealer. The worst part was taking everything apart to get to the bulb.




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