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Old 04-09-2008, 09:00 AM   #1
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I want to replace the warning lights with LEDs on my flybridge controls as the bezels are cracked and Volvo wants a small fortune for new ones. Can I wire them right in or do I need to use a resistor with each light?

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Old 04-09-2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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RE: LED lights

Well you have a couple of choices. There are LED's that will run happily on 12 -14 volts direct and come in the usual variety of colors but they may be hard to find unless you have access to an electronics wholesaler. Might find some on E-Bay.
Run of the mill LED's will require a series current limiting resistor varying from about 470 ohms to 1000 ohms depending on the LED's characteristics and how bright you want it.
I see by your profile that you are in San Diego and I know there are several hobby / wholesale electronics outlets in town but I am sorry I don't know their names or locations. Was in your town a couple of years ago with a resident electronics type who was driving me around but we went to at least 6 shops that should be able to help you.
I would not rely on the likes of Circuit City or Radio Shack.
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RE: LED lights

Thanks for the info. I was able to find them at Fry's in either red or green.
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