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Installing LED instrument lights - HOW TO

 
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Another question that come up a lot here and as I had to replace a couple of DUD LED's I thought a how to would be in order.
 
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I had to go into Melbourne last week and came home in the dark, something I don't too often these days. Well the dash lights were so dim (even though I had upgraded to LED which was marginally better than the OEM) I could not read the speed.

I have had the LED strip lights for some time now, just haven't done anything with them until yesterday. I cut them into lengths to fit around the gauges and glued them in with contact cement. They are wired to the back of one of the globe carriers. WOW I can see the speedo now at night.



 
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No night dash pic? Love to see the results!

I assume from the wiring that the strips are not dimmable. Do they dim with the instrument dimmer, or just shut off unless on full?
 
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The LED's will dim but only to a point when they turn off.

I'll need to replace the dimmer pot now, I never used it because the dash lights were always too dim and I ran it full.

 
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Did you put the strips only along the top, as shown in your photo, or along the bottom too (where you cannot see in the photo ?
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They are along the bottom under the speedo and tacho only.

 
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where did you buy your led strip light ?
 
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eBay...... I bought them years ago and put them behind the AC controls as my optical fibres had broken. I used the leftover ones in the instrument cluster. AC ones have been in there about 6-7 years now.
 
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Good source for LEDs. This is in the facelift cars.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/...ype,B8.5D,1,28
 
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Very helpful, my dash lights went dead so I might do this but blue LED is bad for the eyes, red would cause less strain.
 
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After living with the blue now for a couple of years I don't like them. Luckily I very rarely drive at night these days.
 
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