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cruise control, fog light switch bulb question
Posted 15 June 2007 - 01:06 PM
I took the switches out to find two tiny bulbs for each switch that screw in similarly to the bulbs in the instument cluster, except much smaller. The on/off bulbs have brown backs while the illuminating ones have black ones. I tried replacing the bad bulb in the cruise control switch with a working one from the heated mirrors switch to verify it was just a bulb issue, and it burned out the bulb? So now I have two bad bulbs.
The bulbs I need are marked TSN & and TSE on the plastic backs but look identical. Are they indeed different?
And are these dealer only items?
Posted 15 June 2007 - 01:22 PM
Go to Radio Shack, and in their drawers of discreet parts, find a 12v 'grain of wheat' bulb. 2 to a package. Either $1.29 or 1.99 for a package. Then remove the old bulb from the base, bend the wires around the old base, transfer the colored lense 9 covering and cut the wires.
Posted 15 June 2007 - 02:02 PM
$1.49 for two 12v/60mA bulbs, which are shorter but are brighter than the oem ones. My car has orange coverings for on/off indicator bulb and none for illuminating bulbs -- the buttons themselves must have a green in them.
It's a good idea to disconnect the battery or at least turn the ignition to off when removing and replacing the bulbs as it's very easy to short them out. I thought there might have been a short in the wiring, but I shorted a couple of the bulbs when removing them. Good thing I bought some spares.
Posted 16 June 2007 - 04:07 PM
Mine's a '99 Outback, if it matters.
Posted 16 June 2007 - 10:28 PM
So for example if your LED wants 20mA @ 2V and you are running it off a 12.8V system, the proper resistor is R=(12.8-2V)/.020A = 540 ohms.
Posted 17 June 2007 - 12:23 PM
Posted 17 June 2007 - 04:16 PM
Maybe there's some new fancy LED's made for vehicles that can just run on 12-14V?
Posted 22 June 2007 - 02:34 PM
There is a big looooong FAQ sticky on this topic.
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