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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:36 pm 
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Car Model: 1992 Saab 900 s
Hi lads probably a daft question but is the instrument cluster backlit or is it just lit from the 2 little green lights shining down from the front?

Also while i have you, does anyone has a list of the little dash bulbs needed for replacing the lights behind the heater control knob, fan speed knob and switches etc ?

It’s like a blackout in the car at the moment!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:53 pm 
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Car Model: C900 T16S
The instrument cluster is only lit by the two bulbs above the instruments.
I don't have the part number of the other bulbs to hand but they're readily available is most car parts places. They're all the same type including the one that lights the ignition switch.
If you're changing them now would be a good time to upgrade them to LEDs.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:20 pm 
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Car Model: 1992 900i, 1984 T16S “Snufkin”
Any info on what LED's to get and where from...?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:24 pm 
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Car Model: 1987 SAAB 900i
The bulb type is a 286 capless 1.2 watts for the ignition switch (and the often forgotten one in the middle of the headlight switch)
Never had much luck with LEDs, they seem to die too readily. There must be a place that does 'good' LEDS at a price, but when bying online, how can you tell between overpriced rubbish ones, or good ones? If anyone has a good source as Dr Rock says, please enlighten!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:36 am 
You need T5 LEDS for the pilot lights and T10 for the illumination. Cheap eBay LEDs work fine in my C900, I found coloured ones to match the lenses work best. There are numerous topics on this, see amongst others here, here and here for some of my contributions.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:55 am 
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Cheers Melle! I knew the answer would be here in the collective ‘mind palace’.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:38 pm 
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CaptainBoom wrote:
The bulb type is a 286 capless 1.2 watts for the ignition switch (and the often forgotten one in the middle of the headlight switch)
Never had much luck with LEDs, they seem to die too readily. There must be a place that does 'good' LEDS at a price, but when bying online, how can you tell between overpriced rubbish ones, or good ones? If anyone has a good source as Dr Rock says, please enlighten!


Thanks lads for the info, i bought 5 of the little 1.2w bulbs, not with the car at the moment but I’m assuming they are in some saab specific bulb holder? i just pull out the dead bulb and pop the new one in? I had a old bmw before that the bulb was part of a bulb holder, took about 40 mins worth of messing around and soldering to swap the little bulb out..


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:27 pm 
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The bulbs will just pull out and the new ones slot straight in, there's no faffing about with soldering etc.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:33 pm 
Polarity matters with LEDs though.


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