Originally Posted by O. L. T.
1- same size bulb in every model (1st gen that is) 2- NO plug and play will work any better than the other, they will all spot. Order a few of each one, knock yourself out.... they' all look the same. *BLOTCH*
As noted by O.L.T. "they all will spot," below is a pic of my dash/speedo. I got these on eBay from Warden_jp2002 about 3-4 months ago...10pcs COLOR="Blue"]286 Wide Angle LED (Spark Blue) Dash Wedge Bulbs
. I ordered 6 pair (12 LED's) and 12 5MM wedge base to simply plug & play. 8 LED's are needed for instrument panel so I got a few extra just in case. This all was done on my 96 ES300, 2nd generation.
His costs have risen a bit since I made my purchase - about 30% over the past 6-8 weeks - but the total incl. mail from China (He Is Not In The USA
) was less than $20 USD. They will not respond to inquiries after a purchase is made (only when they're trying to make you commit to a sale) so I'll try to give a concrete guesstimate
on delivery time. I ordered on a Tuesday and they were delivered the next Wed (8 days to N.Y. State). The site you found on eBay looks like a very good cost: 2pcs T3 T4 T5 Neo Wedge Dash LED Bulbs(Blue/White)
, $1.50 USD. Be sure you get 286 which is a 5mm wedge base bulb
. Also be sure to make numerous purchases (2, 3, 4 pair or more) at the same time to avoid excessive/additional freight fees. You can even email the seller a question ([email protected]
) before buying to request they come in same shipment, he had no problem doing that for me.
Climate control is tricky so I just sucked it up and bought 3 new OEM bulbs from Toyota (Part # 8499-60440 SP Bulb, $10.95/ea) to avoid frustration of them not fitting after ordering online from the other side of the world. I know it's kinda absurd to pay that for bulbs, but I knew they would fit and I'd only have to do the R & R once. ps, Lexus didn't know what size or even what these bulbs were for, Toyota had 'em in stock. Yes, climate and instrument cluster are same size.
Photo is at night and you'll see the shadows and the brighter numbers are directly over the LED. Photo on next link is the removed climate control, again, this is 1996 ES300. Good Luck! daytime photo to follow...