Got the leds, and started the replacement project Saturday. Timing couldn't have been better. Three of the existing bulbs, all original equipment (5½ years, 130k miles), failed just from being pulled out of the dash panel. Replaced one to check, and naturally, it didn't light. Rotated it 180° and voila! Red light. So, with that little check out of the way, took the rest of the originals out (all were slightly back inside the glass), tossed 'em, and put in the LEDs in the other four light holders. You'd figure with 4 more, at least half would light up. Nope. Had to rotate every last one of them.
It's enough light to read the gauges in normal traffic, so they're not too dim in traffic with all the head lights and tail lights your vision has to deal with. Clock and gear indicator are real easy to see. You don't, though, get to see the red lines for the tach above 9 grand, or the red hot zone on the temperature gauge. Not that it's critical, as by now you probably have those parts memorized. Odometer and trip odometer are just as dim as before, so that's more the design than the amount of light.
Overall, I think it's a great improvement.
Don't expect your non-BMW riding buddies to notice anything different, though. None of mine did.
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