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Roberto Giannini
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As I mentioned before I say 2000+ Esprits but most of these mods can be done to most, must be slightly mechanically inclined and I mean slightly as it is Uber easy to do.

First and foremost lets address those antique looking lights on the guages. That green is soooooo 80's looking, it really cheapens the overall appearance of the car. I mean the outside is gorgeous, interior isn't to bad either then you turn on those lights and your sitting in a K-car stuck in the 80's for Gods sake :panic:

I was so happy to find out that the makers of the guage clusters were forward thinkers and made the bulbs green instead of the whole assembly. This was crucial to update the look, the guages are actually beautiful clear contrast. This is great because you can literally change the color to what ever you desire like blue, red, orange, violet. I personally like th look of my Audi dash which is white so thats what I made the Lotus into.

Now if you would like to upgrade your dash and use regular incandescent bulbs by all means you can, it still looks better than original.

In these next pics you will see 3 sets of bulbs as well as they look illuminated.
1-dated green bulb
2-incandescent white bulb that you can buy anywhere
3-LED bulb you see the big difference
 

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Roberto Giannini
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Now in the next few pics we will see the difference between all 3 and the dramatic look a simple upgrade does :cool:

Again I used the wedge shaped bulbs from Superbrighleds Miniature Wedge Base LEDs | LED Car Bulbs | Super Bright LEDs Again order a few different types but I found these the best as they had to be short 194 LED Bulb - 5 SMD LED Wide Angle Wedge Base | Miniature Wedge Base LEDs | LED Car Bulbs | Super Bright LEDs

As you can see you have many colors to choose from up to your personality :coolnana: (imo) this simple upgrade made my Lotus look as good inside as it does outside.

Next address the single DIN stereo

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1-shows the color change between the old green look on the fuel guage and the updated look with just a regular bulb.
2-shows the difference between all 3, you see the old style green on fuel and temp, the regular bulb in the tach, and LED in the speedo
3-shows the whole cluster with just plain regular bulbs
4-shows how good the LED look in just the tach and speedo
 

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Have you driven at night with the LED bulbs in the tach and speedo? I wonder if they are to bright?

Are you going to change the fuel and Temp to LED?
 

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Roberto Giannini
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Have you driven at night with the LED bulbs in the tach and speedo? I wonder if they are to bright?

Are you going to change the fuel and Temp to LED?
Hey Brotha :cool:

Answer your questions:

Yes I have driven with them at night time, and in the city they are not to bright. On the highway in darkness yes probably to bright

BUT! this is the beauty of LED's they can be dimmed like normal lights, so you can easily adjust the intensity of light from your control knob by the shifter.:up:

Yes I am changing over the fuel and temp guages as well, I ran out of bulbs :facepalm
In fact I just placed another large order for more LED's from http://www.superbrightleds.com/ :D
 

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If yours is not one already with round LEDs in rear or for those with non round for that matter, it is easy to change brake, turn and side markers to LED too

For turn and brake just need to get resistors so turn signal and ABS work as before
 

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Wingless Wonder
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For turn and brake just need to get resistors so turn signal and ABS work as before
Kenny,

How does an LED lamp affect ABS? :confused:
 

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Roberto Giannini
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Kenny,

How does an LED lamp affect ABS? :confused:
To be clear I never changed the dash cluster "warning lights" like abs turn signals etc..., you can but not necessary. The LED replacement come with built in resistor but the current flow in Lotus reverses when dealing with turn signal. Meaning when turning right current is positive turning left it switches which the LED is not designed for and will blow a fuse, Trust me on this I tried. Regardless the difference in the warning lights to LED is not that noticeable keep the stock lamps.
 

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Must be ??? Different on later models than my. 1994??

I changed to all outside lights except headlamps with LEDs and no blown fuses, no fast blink on turn signals or Ny other issues

IMHO LEDs are much better
- brighter
- better color
- much faster lighting
- lower voltage

And look much better
 

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Must be ??? Different on later models than my. 1994??

I changed to all outside lights except headlamps with LEDs and no blown fuses, no fast blink on turn signals or Ny other issues

IMHO LEDs are much better
- brighter
- better color
- much faster lighting
- lower voltage

And look much better
If your LEDs have resistors (as required for the stock turn signals to blink properly) don't they use the "power"? That is, the voltage drop would be the same.

(If the answers to my questions are part of a FAQ file such as superbrightLEDS.com, pardon me)
 

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Roberto Giannini
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Must be ??? Different on later models than my. 1994??

I changed to all outside lights except headlamps with LEDs and no blown fuses, no fast blink on turn signals or Ny other issues

IMHO LEDs are much better
- brighter
- better color
- much faster lighting
- lower voltage

And look much better
I think we are talking about 2 different things. I was refining to the interior dash warning lights on your guages, the tiny little warning lights i.e battery, turn signal, temp warning light, abs warning light, brake etc etc...

The exterior or side marker lights around the car can all be easily changed to LED.
 
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