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How To: 1999-2002 Silverado Gauge Bulb Swap

Discussion in 'GM Electrical Tech' started by pmf608, Dec 8, 2008.

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  1. omar104

    omar104 New Member

    Need a Quick Info.

    Hey bro, I have a quick question. Could I use these LEDs for the Cluster? I have a 99 silverado.



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  2. pmf608

    pmf608 New Member 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    Those will work, but I would personally recommend bulbs that have a little plastic diffuser cap to even the light out because that forward facing LED on those ones will cause major hotspots that will be a lot brighter than the rest of the cluster.
  3. omar104

    omar104 New Member


    Bulbs like these?

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    Also, whats a good website to find a good HIDs?
  4. Stonewall42

    Stonewall42 New Member

    Yeah but what I like about the ones omar posted is that they are BRIGHT & throw color in 360 degrees but the LEDs I have liek those do not have hot spots but they are also under my dash & nor confined. But as far as HIDs go I bought some off ebay for like $35 & theyre 9005 8000ks where as you might find some on other sites for a minimum of like $70 for the same amount of light & they do put out A LOT of light & if I can remember I will post some new pics of my HIDs
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  5. omar104

    omar104 New Member

    Okay, so I will search on ebay for some HIDs, i have a Grey truck, so I think White HIDs would look alright? Wouldnt it?
  6. pmf608

    pmf608 New Member 1000 Posts 100 Posts

    Those LEDs you posted the second time will be better. Basically, the one thing to look for is that they have a wide beam pattern (at least 120 degrees). If they don't they will only send the light forward instead of through the plastic diffuser. As a result, you will have bright spots where the bulbs are and darker spots everywhere else. As long as your LEDs meet that criteria, you should be ok.

    As far as HIDs go, I think 6000K would look good one your grey truck. 6000K are the white color with just a hint of blue. I had them on my 01 Silverado and loved them. 4300K gets you the most light, so 6000K is usually a good trade off between having the most light output and that nice HID color. ddmtuning.com and vvme.com are places a lot of people get their HIDs from and I've heard good feedback. theretrofitsource.com also has HID kits. It's their own brand that they stand behind and I've heard about very good customer service. Their prices are a lot higher than ebay, VVME, and DDMtuning, so its up to you which route you want to go.
  7. Splash4195

    Splash4195 New Member

    Can I ask what size socket is used I just ordered the LED's for my Silverado!
  8. Stonewall42

    Stonewall42 New Member

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