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Looking at you exterior lamps at night you will think that they look fairly white. However, it is not until you compare them to true white that you realise how yellow they are. Replacing these will W5W-501 fitment Philips Bluevision lamps (or similar) will make a noticable improvement and not break the bank in the process. Here is a comparison of the standard filament lamp with Bluevision ones.

Click here for a list of all the lamps on a Roadster.

Pull the fitting down from the top of the car. Don't use a tool to lever it out as you risk damaging the interior plastic.

Press the two retaining clips in. The fitting will separate into two parts.

You now can pull out the old lamp and replace with a new one.

Fed up with the orange look or your indicator lamps? Osram Diadem lamps are a direct replacement for the standard ones and offer a blue dichroic look when off whilst still illuminating orange.

The following show how your Roadster looks as standard and then with Diadems.

Click here for a list of all the lamps on a Roadster.

For such simple lamp holders, replacing the front side lights is a real pain on the Roadster. It is made complicated by the washer bottle located on the right hand side of the car. In order to get to this one, it is necessary to remove the headlight cluster first.

Remove the bonnet bin first. Use a TX25 bit to undo the two retaining screws on the headlight cowl.

The cowl is held in with two strong clips on the panel side. You need to be firm but careful in order to release these! As it becomes free, the cowl will hinge towards the front of the car and can be removed.

Once off, loosen the 5x TX25 screws holding the headlight cluster in place.

Once free, move the headlight cluster out of the way.

Looking between the front of the car and the washer bottle, you will see a hole where you can get to the sidelight connector.

Using some long nosed pliers, it is possible to release the lamp by turning it a quarter of a turn clockwise.

Reach under the washer bottle, pull the lamp free and replace the bulb.

Replace the lamp and use the pliers to secure it back in position.

Test the lights and refit the headlight and cowl.

Fortunately the left side light is not as hard! Simply reach underneath and undo the holder by hand. If this proves to be awkward, then repeat the headlight removal as before.

Replace the lamp and refit.

Click here for a list of all the lamps on a Roadster.

All the graphics for the fan / heater selector switches are illuminated from 1 509T 1.1W lamp. This is held in the 'safety triangle' on top.

Pop out the triangle by gently levering it from the front.

Disconnect the wiring and remove the section from the car.

There are four T8 screws which hold the back plate on. Remove these and take off the back plate to reveal the PCB.

Unscrew the lamp and replace it with a new one.

Note: If you are replacing with an LED, ensure that you observe correct polarity.

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