How "tall" can a bulb be in a gauge cluster socket?
I'm planning on puting in some 194 led's when my Concorde gauges get here... I have some white 5 smd ones like most seem to use but am interested in going red on my gauges.
As I understand red is a problem because it's dimmer and was looking at the specs for the 9 smd tower bulbs at superbrightleds.com... they are 0.74cm, (about 3/10 of a inch), longer but are rated 70 lumen vs 40 lumen for the 5 smd. Has anyone tried taller bulbs like these? I don't have a spare cluster so I cant see how deep the sockets are.
If no ones tried it I'll be sure to measure when I have em out!
You have roughly, 1/4 maybe 1/2 an inch max. I'll snag some photos for you.
When doing the LED swap on my cluster, I ended up breaking the bulbs out of the plastic screw-in bits and placing 5mm LED's in place. Ran a wire to feed all the bulbs off one lead. Works nice, BUT I suggest no matter however people decide to do it, use multiple LED's per a bulb location for better results.
Not much "taller" than the stock bulbs. I was planning on using 68 SMD-LED bulbs but they were way too long. I had to buy 25 LED bulbs and those did fit. The turn signal indicator on the cluster is the same. I was only able to fit 25 LED 194 bulbs.