Blue LED 'Engine Start' button :: How to - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
 11Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
MadMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Central Coast, CA
Posts: 54
Blue LED 'Engine Start' button :: How to

When I purchased my Elise, the ‘Engine Start’ button LED bulb was dark. So, I found the OEM data sheet. Surprisingly, blue was one of the color options. If you’re interested, here’s the bulb P/N and order info:

Mfg: Apem (OEM for switch assy)
P/N: A0142M4
Supplier: Onlinecomponents.com | Authorized Distributor of Electronic Components
Cost: ~$25 (pricey, but guaranteed fit)
Alternate: Wamco WL-1512125B3 for ~$7, but not sure if they are as bright. I found these after I ordered the OEM bulb. For the $$, they’re worth a try.

Of course, red, green, white, and amber are also available (see pg G-5 of Apem data sheet).

Data sheet: http://www.apem.com/files/apem/broch...02-A03-ENG.pdf

NOTE: If you’re ordering a different color, be sure to order 12V version!

To change the bulb, loosen the switch assy, so the front cover (button piece w/‘engine start’) can be grabbed with fingers. No need to remove switch assy completely. Just pull gently (friction fitting) on cover, it will pop out easily. Bulb is now exposed; it’s also a friction fit. Use non-metallic tweezers or protected needle nose pliers to remove bulb. Insert new bulb of choice, and reassemble. Verify function before replacing panel.
I performed in-place; but you can easily disconnect cables and perform ‘operation’ in warmer room. Expect this to take half hour or less.
There are several threads w/more install pix and instructions.


Name:  engine-start-blue-led.jpg
Views: 3825
Size:  48.1 KB
Smoky, VisualEchos and addliteness like this.
MadMan is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 03:20 PM
Registered User
 
sturgeongeneral's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Sacramento, Ca.
Posts: 5,176
That looks sweet!

05 Elise
56 VW Dune Buggy

GGLC-Sacramento Chapter Membership and Recruiting
[email protected]
sturgeongeneral is offline  
post #3 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 05:40 PM
...call me a space cowboy
 
moorparkian's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Where Google Can Find Me
Posts: 252
Thanks for the info

2005 Elise (Build #65) - Nightfall Blue| BOE QS!!| BOE Clamhinge| REV400TVS | JCR Race Prepped Cylinder Head | ACT HDSS | BOE Wet Sump v1.1 | Oil Pump Gear | BOE Surge Tank | BOE Catch Can | RLS Wide Scoops w/NCI-BOE Conversion Kit | MP Custom Carpet Kit
2002 Dodge Dak 4x4
1992 HD Fxstc
1967 Sunbeam Alpine or Triumph Tr4 (Future purchase)
moorparkian is offline  
 
post #4 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 06:01 PM
Registered User
 
Kamsden's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Yucaipa
Posts: 742
Thanks for the info, that's why I love this blog!


Sent from AutoGuide.com App
Kamsden is offline  
post #5 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
MadMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Central Coast, CA
Posts: 54
Yeah, I forgot to mention...it looks friggin' awesome!
MadMan is offline  
post #6 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 09:50 AM
Gamera The Atomic Turtle
 
komiko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 3,349
i did the same "blue conversion" , but the LED was $4 from Superbright LED's. Shipped i believe. Proper brightness, and looks so much better than the orange thing. MG-B-WV part number, 5mm bayonet base.
Attached Images
 
VisualEchos likes this.

Lotus Elise #134 - S O L D BOE REV400 street car built at BOE in KC. , Stock motor, low boost w/stock cat/mani, 292whp, (5.95 lbs/hp) passes all 50 states emissions/OBD, BOE ST exhaust, ACT HDSS, BOE Clam Hinge, BOE Oil Cooler Relocation, BOE Surge Tank/750cc injectors, BOE Race Links, MWR Rear Lift Kit etc. 0-100 = you bet!
Build thread :
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f160...seline-114302/

Last edited by komiko; 12-30-2013 at 11:43 AM.
komiko is offline  
post #7 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 09:12 PM
Registered User
 
chiarov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Burlingame, CA
Posts: 1,250
Garage
Whoa, cool little mod. Looks great and thanks for the detailed write-up!

2012 Porsche 991.1S white
2007 Exige S arctic silver (project)
2005 Elise magnetic blue/biscuit
2014 Audi Q5 3.0T scuba blue
chiarov is online now  
post #8 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 11:28 AM
Registered User
 
dcat151's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Gainesville, GA
Posts: 177
That looks pretty great.

Of course the stock orange light seems to go well with the 1980s LCD odometer display.

2006 Lotus Elise
2006 330i 6MT ZSP/ZPP/ZCW
dcat151 is offline  
post #9 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
MadMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Central Coast, CA
Posts: 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by komiko View Post
i did the same "blue conversion" , but the LED was $4 from Superbright LED's. Shipped i believe. Proper brightness, and looks so much better than the orange thing. MG-B-WV part number, 5mm bayonet base.
Thanks for the hot P/N tip!
If mine lasts life of the car, it was worth the $$$; otherwise, I'll order the SB one. Since many of the original LED bulbs have failed, I surmise there was a latent defect in them....time will tell.

2005 Lotus Elise #1630 - SOLD :: Chrome Orange :: Sport & Touring Packs, Hard/Soft Top
MadMan is offline  
post #10 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-03-2014, 04:09 PM
Older but getting faster
 
Man of Steel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Lexington, SC
Posts: 523
Garage
Be very careful when removing the switch panel to access the bulb. The panel is often snugly fit and may require "persuasion" to remove. The start button assembly is VERY FRAGILE and expensive to replace.

Sent from AutoGuide.com App

2006 Ardent Red Elise
Touring, Star Shield, hard top, remote V1 display and bracket, sun visor delete, micro mirror, shifter fix, Stage II exhaust, de-snorkeled, ITG air filter, Nautilus horn, black LSS wheels, ARP wheel studs, upgraded oil line fittings, ProAlloy radiator, s.s.brake lines, BOE Race Links, Innovative rear motor mount, plastic grills out, all aluminum mesh, Total Oil Control Wet Sump V1.1, s.s. caliper pistons, BWR sway bar, Penske NA coilovers.
Man of Steel is offline  
post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 03:34 PM
CMP
Registered User
 
CMP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 788
$25?? it shows $43.49...

Oh snap! I'm on fire!
CMP is offline  
post #12 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 06:32 AM
Registered User
 
05 Elise Freak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 280
Garage
Are all these LEDs? Or did the earlier ones have bulbs? Mine has never worked on my car, in fact I had never been in another Elise until this summer and I was blown away when I saw my buddy's start button light up. It is really ugly though. So since mine apparently needs to be replaced, I may as well do it with a blue one, it'll look nice against the orange I think too

Is it April yet? I want to pull my car out and work on it!
05 Elise Freak is offline  
post #13 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
MadMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Central Coast, CA
Posts: 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by CMP View Post
$25?? it shows $43.49...
Ouch!...they torqued up the price! I would not have paid that. Supply must be shrinking.

Go with alternate or the superbrightleds P/N.....I would have.

2005 Lotus Elise #1630 - SOLD :: Chrome Orange :: Sport & Touring Packs, Hard/Soft Top
MadMan is offline  
post #14 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-10-2014, 04:52 PM
Gamera The Atomic Turtle
 
komiko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 3,349
i first saw the blue start button from this girl's Lotus commercial...


Lotus Elise #134 - S O L D BOE REV400 street car built at BOE in KC. , Stock motor, low boost w/stock cat/mani, 292whp, (5.95 lbs/hp) passes all 50 states emissions/OBD, BOE ST exhaust, ACT HDSS, BOE Clam Hinge, BOE Oil Cooler Relocation, BOE Surge Tank/750cc injectors, BOE Race Links, MWR Rear Lift Kit etc. 0-100 = you bet!
Build thread :
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f160...seline-114302/
komiko is offline  
post #15 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 12:30 AM
German Reimport
 
Mr.C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Stuttgart, Germany; Portland, Oregon
Posts: 2,942
Mods: can you move this thread to electrical where it belongs so it is easier to find?

If I die, my biggest fear is that my wife sells all my toys for the price I told her I bought them for...
Mr.C is offline  
post #16 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 08:05 AM
Registered User
 
jjdrivesajazz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 235
so this is a bulb replacement and nothing more? seems simple enough!

-2005 Krypton Green Lotus Elise SOLD SOLD SOLD
-2012 White Diamond Cadillac CTS-V Wagon

-1993 Krypton Green Mazda RX7 with LS1 swap (RE-Amemiya, AirRex, Volk Racing, Stoptech, Toyo Tires equipped SEMA car)
--------------------------------------------
WTB: 2006+ Krypton Green or Isotope Green Elise/Exige
jjdrivesajazz is offline  
post #17 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 08:46 AM
tmr
Registered User
 
tmr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Posts: 1,098
Quote:
Ouch!...they torqued up the price! I would not have paid that. Supply must be shrinking.

Go with alternate or the superbrightleds P/N.....I would have.
Do the alternate bulbs fit as well? I would assume so, since they are both 5 mm bayonet bulbs.

'05 Lotus Elise (Arctic Silver) Sport, HT, Stage II, Odyssey PC925, Cup 240r Wheels
'11 BMW 335i (Alpine White) M-Sport, Premium, Heated Seats, HK, Ipod adaptor, 6 MT, Performance Power Kit - Euro Delivery 5/11/2011 - daily driver
'87 Nissan Pickup (Burgandy) King Cab, used for hauling stuff
'17 Audi A4 Ultra (Monsoon Gray) Premium Plus - Wife's car - Delivery 2/17
tmr is offline  
post #18 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-15-2014, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
MadMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Central Coast, CA
Posts: 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by tmr View Post
Do the alternate bulbs fit as well? I would assume so, since they are both 5 mm bayonet bulbs.
Most likely, since other threads have mentioned them. Plus, the price is minimal to try/verify.
Please post results if you install an alternate.

And yes, it is just a bulb swap. I've received many compliments; plus not too bright as to be annoying.

2005 Lotus Elise #1630 - SOLD :: Chrome Orange :: Sport & Touring Packs, Hard/Soft Top
MadMan is offline  
post #19 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-15-2014, 11:08 AM
Gamera The Atomic Turtle
 
komiko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 3,349
its easy. What to be aware of is accessing the bulb. I found it easier to remove the whole cubby panel, with the switch still in it. Leave the switch intact, pull off the front "start" lens - i used hemostat to grab the original bulb iirc, replace with new bulb, put cap back on, then reconnect the panel connectors and button it up. It was my first mod. I needed something easy to start.

Lotus Elise #134 - S O L D BOE REV400 street car built at BOE in KC. , Stock motor, low boost w/stock cat/mani, 292whp, (5.95 lbs/hp) passes all 50 states emissions/OBD, BOE ST exhaust, ACT HDSS, BOE Clam Hinge, BOE Oil Cooler Relocation, BOE Surge Tank/750cc injectors, BOE Race Links, MWR Rear Lift Kit etc. 0-100 = you bet!
Build thread :
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f160...seline-114302/
komiko is offline  
post #20 of 43 (permalink) Old 03-08-2014, 01:23 PM
Registered User
 
Dephcon5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Queens NY to McKinney TX
Posts: 273
LED Lighting / LED Lamps LED GROOVE BASE LAMPS

$2 + ship for any one who has yet to do this mod. I just got mine in red from the link above and it looks just like the pic earlier in this thread. All the other colors are available as well, same price.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. - Yogi Berra -

2005 Elise #49
Dephcon5 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community > Lotus Discussions > Lotus Elise

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome