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Old 03-06-2005, 07:09 PM   #1
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Instrument cluster, light bulb replacement / color change / LED conversion

I was wondering if there's an easy way to change the color of the light bulbs that illuminate the instrument cluster.

After removing the cluster, I see a ton of small bulbs that are in removable "Toshiba V2" housings (or something like that).

Is there a simple way to make these say, blue?
Or replace them with LEDs?

Also, does anyone know where to find these housings / replacement bulbs (other than my neighborhood honda dealer)?
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Old 03-09-2005, 02:21 PM   #2
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Re: Instrument cluster light bulb color change

i found some led bulbs at www.discountleds.com and www.lightlens.com ...the size they have is 74 ...not sure what size the e uses
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Old 01-30-2006, 02:33 PM   #3
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Re: Instrument cluster light bulb color change

How-to on changing instrument bulbs here.

I found colored incandescent ($0.99 ea.) and LED ($2.50 ea.) #74s here.

The new bulbs are the same size as stock, and they pop right into the quarter-twist mounts. The factory bulbs can be tough to pull out.






Also, I recommend these padded pliers specifically designed for removing small bulbs from their bases:


Harbor Freight (Pittsburgh) item #65520, inexpensive.

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Old 02-11-2006, 05:52 PM   #4
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Re: Instrument cluster light bulb color change

YouTube video (thanks to Eedviking for finding this one):

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Old 02-11-2006, 05:59 PM   #5
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Re: Instrument cluster light bulb color change

Wow that looks real slick...do the bulbs light up a true red or somewhat orange? Can't wait to see your usual thoroughly detailed how to on replacing these bulbs.:)
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Old 02-12-2006, 01:20 PM   #6
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do the bulbs light up a true red or somewhat orange?
True red. Haven't tried it out at night yet, but there was definitely no orange tint visible in the dark garage.

Accessing and replacing the bulbs was amazingly easy. Thanks Honda!

Unlike many E owners, I'm satisfied with the visibility of the gauges in daylight. I also prefer the gauge lights super dim when driving on a dark road, and the minimum setting just wasn't low enough.

I didn't replace the two bulbs that backlight the odometer with red because I was afraid it would be too dim. If the odo is too bright at night, I'll probably buy two yellow bulbs for that purpose. I bought an amber for the brights-on icon and was going to simply remove the bulb for the CRUISE CONTROL message, but it turns out those aren't accessible without taking the instrument cluster apart, and then who knows what kind of bulb they use. [EDIT: LED.] So I'm staying with the gray window film (brights) and rubylith tape (cruise) for the time being.

Also, I didn't see an unused "low washer fluid" imprint on the gauges (as discussed in this thread), so anyone doing a retrofit would have to get a Canadian instrument cluster, which I assume has kph on the outside and mph on the inside. So we might have to wait for the next Generation for Honda to give us a low-fluid warning in the U.S.

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Old 02-12-2006, 08:23 PM   #7
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Re: Instrument cluster light bulb color change

looks like you've went with red as well. i just had mine stained red with stained glass paint. Yes and don't we all just love Honda for making so easy for us to replace the bulbs. There's one thing that you won't be seeing in other manufacturers. Thanks Honda.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:09 PM   #8
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OK, the answer is yes! The new bulbs are the same size as stock, and they pop right into the quarter-twist mounts. The factory bulbs can be tough to pull out. Will produce a how-to, but in the meantime here are a couple of pix.



Thanks dude!!! Looks good!! Hey never bothered to look at how to get to intrument bulbs but, Is it really easy to get to?
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Thanks dude!!! Looks good!! Hey never bothered to look at how to get to intrument bulbs but, Is it really easy to get to?
Very very easy. Open driver's side door and you'll see a small panel to the left of the instrument panel. This panel will pop right open. Next take a philips screwdriver and remove the screw holding the instrument trim in place. Then after you do so, lower the steering wheel so that it doesn't get in the way. Starting from the left where the screw was, hold tightly and pull towards your body. After that just grab underneath the trim and pull again and it will pop out. Next step is to remove the four screws holding the gauges in place. There are one on each side to the left and right and two at the top. After removal, pull the top of the gauges towards you and remove the two cables that send information and electricity. (Note: I have also noticed that the annoying door open alarm comes from the instrument gauges and that the smaller connector sends information for that and have yet to figure out which wire sends the current for that **** bell). On the back side there are nine sockets. Turn each one counterclockwise and pull out. And there you have it. For installation, just do the reverse of removal.
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Re: Instrument cluster light bulb color change

is there any benefit geting the incadescent over the LEDs? Should the LED's be plug and play too? thanks!

also...and this may sound like a really really stupid question, but you need to disconnect the (-) side of the car battery when doing this, right?
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