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Homerun04 posted 06-03-2006 08:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for Homerun04   Send Email to Homerun04  
I am trying to find a source for wedge style, 12v 5w green instrument bulbs for my 1994 19' Outrage. The ones I had had a green sleeve over them that really made them look great at night.

Any advice on where I can find these? I looked everywhere but cannot find any bulbs that have the neon green covering. Help....!

Chuck Tribolet posted 06-04-2006 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
What brand of instruments?


Chuck

jimh posted 06-04-2006 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Almost all miniature electric lightbulbs have a two-, three- or four-digit number on them somewhere which is the universal reference for identification. Look for a number. You may need a magnifying glass.

You can find similar miniature electric lightbulbs from Chicago Miniature Lamp. or CML.

Browse on of their distributor's websites and see if you can match your minature electric lightbulb with a standard one:

http://www.mouser.com/chicagomin/

The green colored filter will be hard to source.

Homerun04 posted 06-04-2006 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Homerun04  Send Email to Homerun04     
It is a glass, wedge-base style bulb, and therefore has no base for identifying marks. All it says is "12v5w FEC" on the glass.......any thoughts?
davej14 posted 06-04-2006 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
I think you are going to have to go to the manufacturer of the instrument that had the bulb to get a replacement to match what was there. It is common practice in the automotive industry to use incandescent bulbs for illumination of the dash panel. The reason is that it is less costly to put a color filter over an incandescent to get a color match than to sort led's for color.

Unfortunately, the industry has no standards for this and the filters (actually silicon boots)are made to order. The marine instrument supplier will be the only one who knows exactly what you have.

Chuck Tribolet posted 06-05-2006 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
5W seems like a WHOLE LOT for an instrument lamp. That's
almost a half amp to run the bulb.


Chuck

jimh posted 06-05-2006 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Miniature electric lightbulbs rated for 12-volts tend to have a short life span and burn quite hot when run off a battery system where the voltage can be as high as 14 volts when the engine is running and charging the battery. You might look for a replacement lightbulb that is rated for 14-volts. It will last longer and not burn quite as hot.

If you browse the CML catalogue (see hyperlink above) you can probably find a miniature electric lightbulb with a similar base in a 14-volt rating.

Homerun04 posted 06-10-2006 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Homerun04  Send Email to Homerun04     
Well I finally found a place for green bulbs. I got them from www.autolumination.com. I went with 12v, but am thinking of going back and seeing if they have any 14v based on this thread.

Thanks folks.....you are the best.

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