Lotus Elan

Gauge Lights

PostPost by: chickenstock10k » Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:08 am

I just bought an Elan Plus 2 and this may be a bit of a silly question but are the gauge lights supposed to come on when the headlights are on?
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PostPost by: vxah » Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:27 am

Yes, at least on the S130 they come on with side or head lamps however, there is a switch to turn them off!
iirc it's first position is off, then dash lights on, then interior lights on... Have not sat in it for a while though!..
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PostPost by: theelanman » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:12 pm

no......
on my early +2 you had the pull switch for the headlight up....the twist to turn them on....
then a flick switch on the dash that said panel.......this turned the dash lights on

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PostPost by: chickenstock10k » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:51 pm

Is it the panel switch? Second to the left on the top row?

http://classical-dash.co.uk/product-det ... an-2s-130/
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PostPost by: JonB » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:13 am

A +2S130 has a three position switch (labelled PANEL as you said) that controls the interior lights. On my car (which seems to be pretty original), the function is as follows:

  • Up - Gauge and interior lights off
  • Middle - Gauge lights on if side lights are on, interior lights off
  • Down - Gauge lights on if side lights are on, interior lights on

The middle position is the normal setting. No idea why Lotus chose to have the gauge lights user switchable... there is no situation I can think of where this might be desirable.

[edit: Just as vxah said...]
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PostPost by: vxah » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:19 am

JonB wrote:A +2S130 has a three position switch (labelled PANEL as you said) that controls the interior lights. On my car (which seems to be pretty original), the function is as follows:

  • Up - Gauge and interior lights off
  • Middle - Gauge lights on if side lights are on, interior lights off
  • Down - Gauge lights on if side lights are on, interior lights on

The middle position is the normal setting. No idea why Lotus chose to have the gauge lights user switchable... there is no situation I can think of where this might be desirable.

[edit: Just as vxah said...]


… Parked on the road with the sidelamps on and dash lights off? Might give the battery an extra 5 minutes ;-)
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:49 pm

I had always been told that the three position switch was;
Off
Dim
Flicker.
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PostPost by: chickenstock10k » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:51 pm

Well it looks like I have some troubleshooting to do since there appears to be be no sign of life with the gauge lights!
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PostPost by: JonB » Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:59 am

vxah wrote:… Parked on the road with the sidelamps on and dash lights off? Might give the battery an extra 5 minutes ;-)


Hmm, good one...
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PostPost by: davidc » Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:08 am

Do all gauges go off? If speedo stays on it might be an early SAAB cockpit light switch version to have interior dark for better night driving :D

Cant say I've used mine at night to recall what happens.
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