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Old 03-21-2005, 12:01   #1 (permalink)
Allan Shearer
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Mini dash lights ... where to buy?

Hi Everyone

Where can I buy a pack (bulk) of the mini lights for the dash
components. e.g., radio, illuminated switches, etc...

Recently I bought a 2nd-hand Volvo radio for my V70 and it had some
lights burned-out ... so, I scavenged the ones from my old radio and it
worked perfect. Now ... I'd like to get more lights and replace all
burned-out lights elsewhere.

Thanks in advance.

Yours,

Allan Shearer
Canada
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Old 03-21-2005, 16:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?

i have had to get mine @ the dealer...they are funny
little bulbs.......

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Old 03-21-2005, 16:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?

I've been shoppin' around in my wee town today, and sure enough, no
auto-parts store carries these bulbs. Guess I'll have to go straight to
Volvo.

Thanks

Allan


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Old 03-21-2005, 19:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?


"Allan Shearer" <allan@REMOVEshearerREMOVE.ca> wrote in message
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> I've been shoppin' around in my wee town today, and sure enough, no
> auto-parts store carries these bulbs. Guess I'll have to go straight to
> Volvo.
>
>


What do they look like? I regularly replace oddball bulbs with LED's, they
never burn out again.


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Old 03-21-2005, 20:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?

They're very (very!) small - well, I guess the same size as an LED. I
believe they're referred to as 'capless bulbs'.

In the Volvo, they are actually clear - but you slip on a soft-rubber
(blue) shieth which gives it a softer colour when illuminated.

I suspect (so far as I've found to date) that all of our illuminated
switches, dash components, etc... are all powered by these little bulbs.

And they're quite easy to replace! Just, a little difficult to find online.

I'd like to buy a WHACK of 'em so that I can go through my car and
replace and/all bunrt-out bulbs. Right now I'd estimate that I have
about 10 bulbs burnt-out.

Allan


.... and James Sweet spake, saying:
> "Allan Shearer" <allan@REMOVEshearerREMOVE.ca> wrote in message
> newsOI%d.4326$JK1.288962@news20.bellglobal.com...
>
>>I've been shoppin' around in my wee town today, and sure enough, no
>>auto-parts store carries these bulbs. Guess I'll have to go straight to
>>Volvo.
>>
>>

>
>
> What do they look like? I regularly replace oddball bulbs with LED's, they
> never burn out again.
>
>

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Old 03-22-2005, 00:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?


"Allan Shearer" <allan@shearer.ca> wrote in message
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> They're very (very!) small - well, I guess the same size as an LED. I
> believe they're referred to as 'capless bulbs'.
>
> In the Volvo, they are actually clear - but you slip on a soft-rubber
> (blue) shieth which gives it a softer colour when illuminated.
>
> I suspect (so far as I've found to date) that all of our illuminated
> switches, dash components, etc... are all powered by these little bulbs.
>
> And they're quite easy to replace! Just, a little difficult to find

online.
>
> I'd like to buy a WHACK of 'em so that I can go through my car and
> replace and/all bunrt-out bulbs. Right now I'd estimate that I have
> about 10 bulbs burnt-out.
>
> Allan



Sounds like a "grain of wheat" lamp, try doing a search for that, also look
on ebay. Those are the same type I've replaced with LED's in Saab window
switches and similar stuff, if you use the little 1/8 W resistors they fit
quite nicely, just mind the polarity.


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Old 03-22-2005, 05:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?


>
>
> Sounds like a "grain of wheat" lamp, try doing a search for that, also

look
> on ebay. Those are the same type I've replaced with LED's in Saab window
> switches and similar stuff, if you use the little 1/8 W resistors they fit
> quite nicely, just mind the polarity.
>

You mean something like these?
http://www.cablesandconnectors.com/24000-24.HTM

ahmet


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Old 03-22-2005, 06:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?

I spent several hours shopping for those bulbs online and was never
able to find them. I did realize a small chance that you could remove
the bulb from the cradle and replace it with a bulb from autozone, but
i didn't risk it. I paid $9.81 at the dealer for 1 bulb.

Vadis lists three PN's for the bulbs: 9459780, 9472403, and 9472549.

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Old 03-22-2005, 07:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?

Yup, that looks like 'em.

I've learned a few specs about the specific bulbs I'm looking for:

- 4.6mm (height, I guess)
- 1.2watts
- 12volt (well, I guess that's a given)
- generally referred to as 'capless bulb'

.... and from experience, I know that you can buy either the bulb by
itself or with it's plastic/twist-in enclosure. However, while in my
'98 you can easily remove and re-feed-in a new bulb into these
enclosures, I don't think you can in the newer models (2000+ ?) since
they have melted two spots on the back of the enclosure to keep the bulb
leads in place (for no reason, I'm sure - other than to prevent misers
like me to reuse what's not broken <grin>).

The wattage seems significant ... as the other 'grain of wheat' lamps
I've found can be VERY low wattage (e.g., for model railroad use), yet I
think we need 1.2 watts for that soft/gentle illumination and yet,
*enough* illumination.

I think $1-2 per bulb is a little steep ... don't you all? I'd like to
buy in bulk and get 'em for .50 ea, or less.

Maybe I should look to my model railroad store and see if they have
slightly higher wattage bulbs! I'll keep you posted.

Thanks

Allan


.... and dragon spake, saying:
>>
>>Sounds like a "grain of wheat" lamp, try doing a search for that, also

>
> look
>
>>on ebay. Those are the same type I've replaced with LED's in Saab window
>>switches and similar stuff, if you use the little 1/8 W resistors they fit
>>quite nicely, just mind the polarity.
>>

>
> You mean something like these?
> http://www.cablesandconnectors.com/24000-24.HTM
>
> ahmet
>
>

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Old 03-22-2005, 09:02   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Mini dash lights ... where to buy?

there is small.....then small small....then damm small....
then there are these volvo bulbs....."mini bulbs".....the
good news is it is the 1st time i have swung by the dealer
for parts and not dropped a butt load of $ on the counter
for whatever i needed .....

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