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LED replacements for License Plate Lights?

Doing a LED conversion on all the lighting on my 1980 ZX. I have found 4 bulbs which I can't replace yet, as I'm having a hard time finding a LED replacement. That's for the license plate bulbs (2), the map light (right behind the rear view mirror), and the glovebox light. According to the owner's manual, it's an 89 base. Sylvania references this as a 67 base. Looking on Amazon yields mostly 1156 base size bulbs which would be too large. I found a bulb on Amazon, but it looks like it's only a single pack, and they are about $15/bulb. Kind of pricey. I may have to just stick with halogen for these, but it would be nice to just have the same color light everywhere.
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Doing a LED conversion on all the lighting on my 1980 ZX. I have found 4 bulbs which I can't replace yet, as I'm having a hard time finding a LED replacement. That's for the license plate bulbs (2), the map light (right behind the rear view mirror), and the glovebox light. According to the owner's manual, it's an 89 base. Sylvania references this as a 67 base. Looking on Amazon yields mostly 1156 base size bulbs which would be too large. I found a bulb on Amazon, but it looks like it's only a single pack, and they are about $15/bulb. Kind of pricey. I may have to just stick with halogen for these, but it would be nice to just have the same color light everywhere.
try www.superbrightleds.com
i upgraded most of the lights on my 76, my 83zx, and my Z31's. good quality bulbs.

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Thanks for the recommendation! I ordered a few bulbs and it was just what I needed.

For some reason, I thought these were the same size as the glove box and interior swivel map light. But those bulbs are actually a BA9S base. I'll order a few of those to complete the LED swap for everything except for the turn signal bulbs (don't want to cut wiring for those resistors), and the gauge clusters. I'll tackle the gauge cluster later.
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There is no need to cut wires to add resistors for the turn signal bulbs. Just change the flasher unit to an electronic flasher. Amazon has lots of choices, and many allow you to adjust the flash rate. I've been using one on my 260Z with LED turn signals for many years.


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Thanks for the recommendation! I ordered a few bulbs and it was just what I needed.

For some reason, I thought these were the same size as the glove box and interior swivel map light. But those bulbs are actually a BA9S base. I'll order a few of those to complete the LED swap for everything except for the turn signal bulbs (don't want to cut wiring for those resistors), and the gauge clusters. I'll tackle the gauge cluster later.
i put cool whites in my ZX cluster (mains and centers) and though I do like the look, its just a bit too bright, but I think it would look better blue. the kick panel lights look real good when replaced with LEDs. they even dim out like normal just like the stock bulbs did. love my 280zx.

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