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Dark Instrument lights...
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What's the trick to brighten up the lightning of the instruments (all of them,tach to oilpressure). Years ago ,there was a article in a Mustang Monthly-mag. Unfortunately, i missed that but i'm sure there is help in this one-of-a-kind-forum . Smile
I barely can read my instruments driving through the city at night. I can
regulate the lightswitch just from dark to even darker..........
uv
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#2
I hate to post and not provide an answer but I do know there is an answer. It is a common problem and I've seen the answer on the vmf forum. If I can locate that thread I'll provide the link.

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I think this is a problem with the lightswitch. When you dont can brighten up the light by turnig the switch , there is a potentiometer problem or the voltage is to low/bad ground conection (contact corrosion...). When i were you,i put the switch out and clean them (use contact spray). And check the voltege on the switch. Only my thought??

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Uv

I changed my dash lights over to LED bulbs and it made a huge difference, I also took my diffusers out.....I got the blue ones for my car but if I was going to do it again I would get the white ones and use the stock diffusers.

Ken

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#5
http://www.mustangproject.com/

They will not be this bright but it will be a major improvement over the stock bulbs.





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runninpony 
forspeed;11560 Wrote:What's the trick to brighten up the lightning of the instruments (all of them,tach to oilpressure). Years ago ,there was a article in a Mustang Monthly-mag. Unfortunately, i missed that but i'm sure there is help in this one-of-a-kind-forum . Smile
I barely can read my instruments driving through the city at night. I can
regulate the lightswitch just from dark to even darker..........
uv

UV, I installed the HiPo 5X dash lights in my 73 vert last year, I think I ordered it off of ebay at the time. Cost was around $50. Unbelievable improvement. With this kit you can keep the stock difusers on the cluster without a problem, with some of the cheaper kits the diffusers must come off.
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Thanx ,you guys are the best !
I tried everything with the lightswitch, cleaned it & checked the contacts also tried two other switches i have...the same result.They all work they should & i think it doesn't came brighter from factory.
The LED conversion sounds like THE idea ! So do i get it right-i don't have to alter any wiring, just pull the old ones and insert the LED's ????
When i use the white ones it will still look stock only readable ?
uv
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forspeed;11633 Wrote:Thanx ,you guys are the best !
I tried everything with the lightswitch, cleaned it & checked the contacts also tried two other switches i have...the same result.They all work they should & i think it doesn't came brighter from factory.
The LED conversion sounds like THE idea ! So do i get it right-i don't have to alter any wiring, just pull the old ones and insert the LED's ????
When i use the white ones it will still look stock only readable ?
uv

uv, if I remember right the kit came with 5x bright white LED and red LED bulbs for my cluster. My set had the red for the warning lights (non-TACH car). The bulbs simply replace the current bulb already in the socket. The only catch is the (+) and (-) sides of the bulb/socket must be placed on the printed circuit (back of cluster) as per the instruction sheet. (I guess the current flow must be right for the LEDs to work)Rolleyes. With the 5x brighter kit the wiring and blue difusers remain origional thus giving the factory "blue" look to the lighting. Hardest part is taking the left dash apart to pull the cluster. I've also replaced the door courtecy land map lights with LED bulbs. Makes a big difference and they don't get hot. Here is the web site for the company that made my kit. www.HiPoParts.com. Good luck
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I always wanted to get the LED lights for the dash...

but all the gauges eventually got replaced with autometer stuff, which are plenty bright.



I'd like to see some before and after pics of the LED's though.

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73greengold;11619 Wrote:
forspeed;11560 Wrote:What's the trick to brighten up the lightning of the instruments (all of them,tach to oilpressure). Years ago ,there was a article in a Mustang Monthly-mag. Unfortunately, i missed that but i'm sure there is help in this one-of-a-kind-forum . Smile
I barely can read my instruments driving through the city at night. I can
regulate the lightswitch just from dark to even darker..........
uv

UV, I installed the HiPo 5X dash lights in my 73 vert last year, I think I ordered it off of ebay at the time. Cost was around $50. Unbelievable improvement. With this kit you can keep the stock difusers on the cluster without a problem, with some of the cheaper kits the diffusers must come off.
Marty

I also just installed the LEDs.I bought the complete kit from "Mustang Project" I could never make the shift indicater light work so I reinstalled the factory.I replaced my under dash lights also.It really makes the white interior bright at night ! I don't think I would use the LED's for the turn indicators as was pointed out in another thread.Way to bright!


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