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Radio bulbs

Postby boobear » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:57 am



Hey everyone I'm new to this site. Looking for info on replacement bulbs for radio on a 2000 -GL1500 se. any help would be much appreciated.



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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:03 am

boobear wrote:Hey everyone I'm new to this site. Looking for info on replacement bulbs for radio on a 2000 -GL1500 se. any help would be much appreciated.


You might want to read this: How to change your radio lights to LEDs

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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:48 pm

If you choose not to go the LED route, I found some bulbs that may be available locally from Toyota car dealers. I purchased a few, a while back, as back-ups, just in case I needed them later on. They were VERY hard to come by from any of the cycle dealers and suppliers (as in NOT AVAILABLE), when I was looking. There are a few out there that APPEAR to be the correct bulb, but will not fit, or will have reversed contacts on the plug. Anyway, the ones I know will fit are a Toyota part # 90010-09017 in clear, without the blue rubber cover that came OEM. You'll have to have a parts man search them out at a dealership, but they did exist from Toyota a couple of years ago. The blue rubber cover can be removed from the old bulbs, and installed on the clear bulbs, if they are not too fragile.

Also, I understand that the bulbs for a GL1800 are the same as the GL1500, and those are available from Cyclemax. I can't confirm the compatibility, as I have not bought or fitted them. But, they do look identical to the GL1500 bulbs in the picture. And, they do have the blue cover on the bulbs. See Link >>>>>

http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1800_ ... /73/105985



BTW, I did convert most of my bulbs to LED, as has been described by others on these pages. It came out really nice using the individual blue LEDs from 'Ozium', I think it was. However, I did leave one of the bulbs as a standard incandescent, for the push button that 'ejects' the cassette (as I recall). I did that because the blue LEDs transmitted virtually no light through that particular button. The arrow is meant to be red, and the blue light is almost completely filtered out by the button. So, all my lights in the radio are blue LED, except for that one that is an OEM type bulb, with no blue rubber cover. All has been good for the past 2 years. Looks great.

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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby boobear » Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:26 pm

I purchased the bulbs for a gl1800 from Cyclemax and they fit perfect. The bulbs for the control knob area at the bottom of the radio are a different style, have not found that type yet. Any help for that type bulb?

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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:01 pm

boobear wrote:I purchased the bulbs for a gl1800 from Cyclemax and they fit perfect. The bulbs for the control knob area at the bottom of the radio are a different style, have not found that type yet. Any help for that type bulb?


I believe these are what are commonly known as "grain of wheat bulbs" like these:

http://www.amazon.com/PERFECT-Grain-Whe ... ingdocs-20



The blue silicone cover peels off the old bulb and goes over the new one.

I just replaced mine (as seen in the page above) with LEDs, to avoid having to replace them again in the future.

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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby Big Bob » Wed Oct 28, 2015 8:51 pm

So if I'm reading and understanding this correctly, the bulbs for an 1800 radio will fit the 1500's radio no problem? And the grain of wheat bulbs will work for the radio control knob lights? Seems to easy, whats wrong here.......?

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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby Big Bob » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:33 pm

Bump!! Looking for an answer from my last post about the bulbs, anyone?????

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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:35 pm

Big Bob,
It looks like boobear confirmed the info I had posted regarding the 1800 bulbs fitting in a 1500 radio. As I said, they look identical. It's been a while since I did mine, but when you look closely at them, it is obvious the 1800 bulbs have the same technical structure, where many others "look the same" but are not.
It's been a while, and I used LEDs on most of my bulb replacements, but the 'grain' bulbs look about right. I don't recall those bulbs being anywhere near as difficult to fit, as the bayonet mount bulbs.
You should be good to go, with the bulbs specified above.
If you decide to go with LEDs, I recall that I had to use the 3mm bulbs all the way around, as the 5mm were too wide to fit the holes, and I didn't want to drill out the openings. Also, you have to use the blue bulbs in most of the openings (to match the blue filtration in the radio), and I used an OEM incandescent bulb for the 'tape eject' button to have enough 'red' light for that button to illuminate properly (it is apparently filtered red). I suppose you could use the 'red' LEDs from Oznium, but I didn't run into the 'color conflict' issue until I was doing the job. Not having a red LED, I just used an OEM bulb. It's the only incandescent bulb left in my radio.
The prewired LEDs from these folks work great, and will save a ton of time.

http://www.oznium.com/prewired-leds

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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby Rwilkerson » Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:11 am

I am also following the led replacement. Ordered from Ebay these http://www.ebay.com/itm/381642370394?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
And the resistors http://www.ebay.com/itm/381642370394?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
I will send pictures when parts arrive and note the quality total investment to date is $ 2.31 (that is 20 of each color) (50 metal film resistors they are more water resistant than carbon). testing will be done before install and will try to take some pictures. but for that amount of money I could throw the whole lot away if the brightness and quality is not as expected. And with the choice of colors then choose what I like. Details call them super bright with long life has to be better than OEM. I will putting them in my GL1800 I hope it will be them same for the 1500.
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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby TAZZ » Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:48 am

Ok Guys I just finish LED my radio start it last nite finish this morning it look good I used OZNIUM lights not a hard job I just don't want to do it AGAIN. WA thank again for the step by step photo it help a GREAT deal.

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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby Wingsconsin » Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:07 pm

Sierra Electronics can and will update your radio bulbs for the GL1500
While you have sent it in have them do the Aux Input as well... -->> https://www.sierra-mc.com/gl1500aux.asp
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Re: Radio bulbs

Postby TAZZ » Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:44 pm

Hey Guys I need to ask does the LED their RADIO when your radio dial is OFF and you turn your key to Acc does your radio lights go no cause my does with the Vol dial on or off is it all ways on, and one more question where the line the say Vol, Ic Vol, Mute, Avc, Tone I put new LED and they light up but I can't see the Vol, Ect have many off you ran into is problem and if you did how did you FIX it or did I do something.




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