1998-2002 Honda Accord Gauge Cluster LED Conversion

I did this a long time ago and I had a hard time looking for information online on what bulbs you need for the conversion for 98-02 Honda Accord so I decided to take some pictures and label each bulb in the cluster. I’m also going to show you how to take the gauge off when replacing the bulbs.

Car used: 2001 Honda Accord Coupe V6

1. Remove the two screws on the top of the panel and remove the panel by pulling it out. It’s just attached by tabs.

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2. Remove four screws. Two are located on the top and two on the bottom of the cluster.

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3. Pull it from the top so you can have cluster facing down to get to the connectors.

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4. Remove the three green connectors and pull out the cluster.

Here’s the diagram for the bulbs:

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Blue – T5 Wedge

Red – T10 Wedge

Yellow – T3 Neo Wedge

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**I did not change Airbag, SRS, TCS, Oil, Check Engine , Park and Neutral bulbs. I believe they have a yellow/red film in there.

There are two more T5 Wedge on the top of the gauge for spotlight.

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5. The bulb sockets are twist type so just twist and pull to remove those. Pull the bulb out (if they are removable, most of them are) and replace. LED lights have polarity so if it does not light the first time, try reversing the installation of the socket/bulb.

**For T3 Neowedge LEDs you can use a small screwdriver to twist it.

6. Just put it all back and don’t forget the connectors and you’re done!

These are  pictures of my conversions.

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White LED without the odometer light

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Blue LED conversion without spotlights

Video on How to Remove Cluster

 

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27 Replies to “1998-2002 Honda Accord Gauge Cluster LED Conversion”

    1. Yes I used the same bulb type for the white LEDs. Not so much hot spots. I heard that if you actually cover the top led, it would be less hot spots. I have not tried it though.

      1. What shade of white of LED did you use?

        I tried some “pure” white LEDs and they made the cluster gauges look blue. Almost as blue as in your blue LED setup.

    1. I have listed the type of bulbs if you look at the post and pictures that I posted. As far as how many bulbs, it really depends what you want to replace. I only replaced the speedometer, odometer, tachometer, gas gauge, temp gauge, high beam and signal lights.

  1. I’m curious as to where you bought your bulbs, too. I found a site called ez-motoring.com, but they don’t have the T3 Neowedge bulbs.

    Also, I’m wondering about the T10 and T5 bulbs. Those wedge-type bulbs look like they get their power from a socket connector; however, the picture of the back of your cluster shows that the bulbs just twist in and appear to get their power from the PCB, like the T3s. How does that work?
    Thanks!

  2. Are all the bulbs 12V? What wattage bulbs did you buy? Like the last commenter, can you please post the link to the bulbs that you bought?

  3. Just wantd to thank you so much for your tutorial, its EXACTLY what i was looking for as i’m about to do this to my 01 accord 5spd. anyways, i ALMOST was thinkin about maybe doing some sorta multi color scheme,, you have any opinions/tips/thoughts about doing this? anyways, thanks again

    1. Never really thought about multi-color scheme. I mean I have white LED’s for all other than gauge, thermostat and clock. That would be interesting! You should post a picture once you get it all done

  4. The problem with using blue LEDs is that it will not make the red pointers stand out during the night. In fact, I have a hard time reading the needles at night.
    I still enjoy the blue lights thught 🙂

  5. Im getting ready to do this in mine but is it possible to change the color of everything the spot lights illuminate or are those areas red no matter what?

  6. Thanks for this writeup.
    Is there a trick to getting the T10 wedges (Temp, R and L speedometer, RPM) out of the cluster?
    I tried unscrewing them but they are either really tight or I’m not doing something right. I dont want to brea them. TIA

  7. I’m thinking of doing an LED conversion, but the one thing I can’t seem to get an answer to is how to make the needles glow bright RED against the different colors available (I like the contrast). Also, since the needles are orange by default, do they have to be modified to make them appear red, or do the LED’s take care of that? Thanks.

    1. As far as from my experience, it is by design that there is no dedicated bulb for the needles. If you look at the pictures, the white LEDs light up the red needle just fine and compare it with the blue. The easiest solution I can think of is making your own gauge cluster and making it the color you want and then light it up with white LEDs. There are great tutorials out there on how to make your own design. This way, your needles stay red.

      1. Thanks for the response and thanks for this write up. I’m not sure if I was as clear as I could have been. My needles currently don’t glow red, they glow kinda orange. Not sure if they faded or if that is the actual color. Do the LED’s make the orange appear red? Or do I need to modify the needles to get them to show red. And I mean bright red like in the white LED with no odometer picture above. In the blue LED picture it seems the needles fade out to nearly invisible near the ends. I’m trying to avoid that. Thanks again.

    1. I don’t see why not as it is classified as T10. It is also less than an inch. Have you ordered it at all? Give us an update if this fits.

  8. Hi ! So I just read your commentary & I would like to know where I can get all the replacement blue l e d instrument cluster bulbs for a 2002 Honda Accord ex.

    1. You can get them on different websites. I have used ebay but a lot of people use ledautomotive.com and they sell kits over there.

    1. I got all my LED lights from ebay. I would say 90% of them is still in good working condition and got them on for a few years now.

  9. Hey there, hopefully you can help me out. I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m trying to order these off Amazon since I don’t know of any other sites.

    For T10 Wedge the only ones I could find were these, but they look different. The only other T10 Wedge i found, the only difference was the amount of LEDs they had on it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071LHP5WP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_VT2kAb1HQDMV2
    or possibly these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KVC78RU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i22kAbD3R28MH

    T5 Wedge I found this which looks like it fits? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KNSK432/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_B42kAb1YHM8TP

    T3 I found these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KVWQJM0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_H62kAbHV77TQP

    I’m trying to find higher quality ones since the ones I got a few years ago don’t seem as bright. Hard to do so though! If you can help me out, I’d GREATLY appreciate it!

    Thank you!

    1. The first link for T10s looks to be promising. It seems like they are all going to fit. Yeah I agree on getting a higher quality ones. I have gotten mine from ebay and my tachometer and cruise control are flickering once in a while. Check out ledautomotive as well. Not sure about quality but a lot of people buy from them.

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