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Old 30th-April-2006, 01:44 AM   #1
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Brighter dash lights

Any ideas on how to make my dash lights brighter? Maybe some different bulbs or LEDs or some extra lighting wired in?
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Old 30th-April-2006, 01:34 PM   #2
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Hey, that's really insightfull! the other way around LEDs.
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Old 30th-April-2006, 01:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I'll mess around with it some more today!
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Old 30th-April-2006, 02:35 PM   #4
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I would also make sure you are getting full voltage to the lights. You may have some poor connections or voltage drop at or before the headlight switch.
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Old 30th-April-2006, 07:48 PM   #5
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Grounds ??

Make sure the instrument cluster is grounded properly
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Old 4th-May-2006, 02:50 PM   #6
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I added an extra ground wire to the back of the cluster and the lights are nice and bright now. I would like to try some red LEDs. Here are the ones I'm thinking about:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/10-HI...spagenameZWDVW
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Old 8th-May-2006, 03:08 PM   #7
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This may seem odd, but I put head light relays in a few months ago and the biggest difference I saw wasn't in brighter headlights but the dash lights. The head lights were a tad brighter but the dash lights were way brighter. Maybe becuase the headlights were draining all the juice from the dash and they now have a power source directly off the battery.
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Old 8th-May-2006, 03:53 PM   #8
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Get Jonesy outta yer car!!!! That guy can suck the brightness out of a million candle power spotlight!!!!

When I had to replace some of the dash lights in my Nova, I found that one of the light companies makes a "bright" version of the dash light bulbs. I think it was Sylvania. You might wanna check it out!

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Old 8th-May-2006, 05:47 PM   #9
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Sylvania bulb #2825 are the ones!
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Old 8th-May-2006, 07:55 PM   #10
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Would painting the backside with white instead of the metallic silver do the same? Or would it be worse?

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Old 10th-May-2006, 10:17 AM   #11
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You can put in white backgrounds www.whitegauges.net pretty reasonable.

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Old 13th-May-2006, 06:41 PM   #12
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Nice job on the white gauges!

Well, I recieved the LEDs and installed em. They aren't bright enough to illuminate my Autometer gauges!

Looks like I'll be using the Sylvaina 2825 bulbs
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Old 14th-May-2006, 07:17 PM   #13
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Make sure the instrument cluster is grounded properly
Speaking of grounds..........what (if any) if the best place to take ground from?
I always try to scrape paint off of a surface if I am ground there.......but is there the ideal spot on the car to draw a good ground? (especially under dash) Mr. Moderator?
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I used the area just above the park brake pedal. I think this is where the factory ground wire is connected. After adding the extra ground wire, I cleaned the area and used a star washer to bite into the metal. My dash lights are nice and bright now.
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Old 15th-May-2006, 01:05 AM   #15
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ok, wheres the best place to add the cable to the cluster? i need one bad because i can hardly read my spedo.
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