[Healeys] LED panel lights

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Thu Aug 2 22:22:24 MDT 2018

I put an LED in there and it seemed to work fine as well.  The only 
difference I noted is that a bulb increases/decreases its glow with 
voltage, whereas an LED is on/off instantly.

Someone, maybe here or on the Forum, explained that the bulb glows due 
to different potential on the generator and battery sides (the exact 
electrical explanation escapes me).  I did put the bulb back in because, 
well, just because.


On 8/2/2018 1:33 PM, Fred Wescoe wrote:
> Simon,
> I have read the same thing about not using LED bulbs in the ignition 
> and high beam indicators.  However, I did replace them in my 66 BJ8 
> and all seems well.  No problems at all. Very easy to see during the 
> day and at night.  The instruments are also easier to see at night, 
> not bight white but still easier to see.
> Fred
> 66
> On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 12:26 PM, <simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com 
> <mailto:simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com>> wrote:
>     I followed that thread with interest as my blue Main Beam and
>     green Indicator were always pretty dim.
>     I decided to get some of those little bulbs if I could find them
>     at a sensible price.
>     I decided to hunt down the size and reference of the bulb holder
>     and then seek the appropriate LEDs.
>     The bulb holder is an E10. Over here at least one can buy 10 of
>     the short flat ones for £12:95 inc P&P. The longer ones are a
>     little more, but only pennies really.
>     I only point this out as people have been mentioning prices
>     approaching that for one single bulb. Just to let you know……
>     Now, I’ve put the bulbs in and they make a noticeable difference
>     to the Main Beam and the Indicator. The instruments? Not sure
>     until I go out at night….they were OK anyhow. (I do hate
>     fossicking around behind the instruments. Always worry that I’ll
>     detach some vital wire or two.)
>     Question……haven’t I heard that LED bulbs aren’t suitable for the
>     red Ignition light? Why? Is there a way of making them work there?
>     Thanks,
>     Simon

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