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Dashboard bulbs

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This may be a really silly question but if I want to get new dashbaord bulbs for the BX and Xantia, do I need to go to Citroen and ask for X amount of dashboards bulbs or are they specific to different areas of the dash? Thinking if it is the former I can just buy a load and replace them as they go.

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The bulbs themselves as far as I know for the bx at least are all the same, the holders do differ, but if your careful you can remove the old bulb and slip in a new one without damaging the holder.

I wouldnt be going to citroen for the dash bulbs as they are a rip off, most motor factors will be able to supply them as they are not specific to citroens. As for Xantias I have only changed my heater panel bulbs but they were the same as those fitted to bx's. It advisable to get quite a few if they are cheap enough as we all know bx's get through bulbs with ease! 8)

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as far as i know the heater panel bulbs are the only ones that come fixed in the holders whereas all the other dashbulbs are just push fit into the holders
as tim leech said any motor factors will sell them much cheaper than a main dealer
may i respectfully suggest you replace all of them whilst the dash is out cos sods law states..................... :lol: :lol:

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Cheers for that Tim, I had a feeling you'd come through on this one as I know you've done a lot of bulb swapping of late.

That's cool thanks for the advise I'll go an get a load then I think, do you or anyone else know what type of bulb I'm asking for or should I just take one of the broken ones in?
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admiral51 wrote:may i respectfully suggest you replace all of them whilst the dash is out cos sods law states..................... :lol: :lol:
Yeh I think I will, ruddy things
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just take one of them in with you but do a little bit of shopping around halfrauds should have booklet with the ref number for the bulb type
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The price I have paid fo rthese have varied from 10p to over 50p each, so shop round, halfords arent renowned for being good value.

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What you want are fruit machine 1.2w bulbs. Buy a huge sheet of them off ebay for a fraction of the price :D

I get mine from a mate at work who services fruit machines.
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they are called 1.2w capless bulbs, on average i find artound 10 deeeeed, 99% of BXs use the ones which can be removed from there holders including heater control lighting, i belive some of the very last BXs used the ones you have to but complete with holders, as this type have the bulb legs spot welded into the holders, this type are £1 odd each, i take each one out in turn and put them across a meter, dont forget the ones behind the cover on the rear of the instrument panel
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Ian_Fearn wrote:What you want are fruit machine 1.2w bulbs. Buy a huge sheet of them off ebay for a fraction of the price :D
Mine cost £3 for 50 from the bay. All I've got to do now is to get round to installing them...
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oooh fruit machine bulbs sound good...I might go for that. Next silly question is do you need to buy green coloured bulbs or does the colour come from the dials and the coloured plastic :oops: ?
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The bulbs are called 'R286' in catalogues.

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nstarmore wrote:oooh fruit machine bulbs sound good...I might go for that. Next silly question is do you need to buy green coloured bulbs or does the colour come from the dials and the coloured plastic :oops: ?
not silly as you can buy them in a variety of pastel shades but the clear ones will give the correct colour for each ones as the colour comes from the plastic on the instrument panel

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thanks all for the advice, just bought 50 fruit machine bulbs from ebay for £5.00 all in (couldn't find them any cheaper) so seems like a good deal to me :D

I think the bulbs behind the Xantia dial's may be the ones I'll have to buy seperately but I don't mind paying a bit more for them, one thing is for sure I'll soon find out.
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halfrauds should have booklet with the ref number for the bulb type
Don't ever believe the Halfords book of lies! I've never, ever seen it get the correct answer for light bulbs or windscreen wipers.