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H8Rain

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"Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:28:11 PM »
I am looking to upgrade my gauge cluster lights.  As most know, the stock ones are dim.  Some of mine are out and I would like to change the color to a nice bright but warm Red-Orange color.

With that said, I was originally going to go with 168 bulbs and paint the housing red (like Ban One did for his).  But doing some additional research I see they now have LED replacement bulb in Red.  So now I have several options and I'm curious what you guys think.

1.  168 bulbs and paint housing red.

2.  White high output (bright) LED bulbs and paint the housing red.

3.  Red high output LED bulbs and paint housing a reflective silver.

PS:  I never saw an image of Ban One gauges lit up.  Is there one that I missed?

Thanks for any comments!
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 01:15:58 AM »
the trick is finding dimmable LED bulbs...some people are good with the bright non dimmable lights but its not for everyone. I intend to do the same mod for my dash...love the red glow!!
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2019, 04:01:55 AM »
I actually replaced all of mine with red LEDs recently in my 10th. While there is a significant difference it is not over powering or too bright. Just seems much more clean and crisp.
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2019, 02:17:53 PM »
Any chance of posting a pic of how they look at night?
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 02:22:02 PM »
Sure..... I'll see if I can find a pic or 2 from when I did them. otherwise the car is under cover now for the winter.
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2019, 02:22:02 PM »

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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2019, 06:44:24 PM »
Option 2 if you want even illumination.




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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2019, 06:25:50 AM »
The back of the cluster is painted florescent orange.  Saw it once years ago on a TATA I believe.  The blue would have to be painted over.  It worked very well when I did it years ago.  I have since changed to the LED's (red) and and it works even better.  In the pictures it looks slightly orange but in real life you cannot tell.  They are not dimmable but I'm sure you can find them.  If they are polarized, just be sure you put them in correctly or they will not light.  Also, get the ones with the SMD.  They will give your the best lighting without hot spots.  The dome ones will not light the cluster evenly.  I will post some pictures later if someone has not done so.  If you use a different color paint than the bulbs you are using, you will increase the chances of hot spots.  The same color will lessen effect.
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2019, 08:41:33 AM »
Here is a pic of TATA cluster.  I may have one of the whole thing somewhere, but this should give you an idea.  For reference, that is a Hansen socket tray next to it.

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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2019, 09:55:05 AM »
I've got a complete set of 10th or Pace Car red gauges that are for sale if you are interested in going that way.
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2019, 02:43:56 PM »
https://imgur.com/a/RjY69y8

Not the best shot but you get the idea.

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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2019, 06:03:34 PM »
Looks great!  Thanks for posting!
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2019, 09:41:48 AM »
When I did mine many years ago, I painted the inside of the cluster bright red-orange and used the normal bulbs with the colored nipple over them. Worked like a charm.

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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2019, 10:50:19 AM »
When I did mine many years ago, I painted the inside of the cluster bright red-orange and used the normal bulbs with the colored nipple over them. Worked like a charm.

What did you use, or get for the red nipple idea?...apologies for high jacking the thread a bit
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2019, 02:15:30 PM »
When I did mine many years ago, I painted the inside of the cluster bright red-orange and used the normal bulbs with the colored nipple over them. Worked like a charm.

What did you use, or get for the red nipple idea?...apologies for high jacking the thread a bit

I don't know if you can still get them since LEDs are now all the rage. At one time, you can buy elastic bulb covers that would slip over the bulb to give it color. They were used by the factory to tint things like the turn signals (green covers) for example.

These might be it: https://www.iowa80.com/pd/194-bulb-cover/200536/

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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2019, 02:41:01 PM »
Right on...thanks
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2019, 09:47:57 AM »
When I was in HS I painted the dash light bulbs in my truck with a spray bomb. It did the trick, not sure I would recommend that now though.
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Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2019, 06:58:55 AM »
I painted the bulbs too but I was way outta high school.  With what we have on the market now, and since your already got the gauge cluster in hand I would just go with the red (white) LED's and call it a day.  They will out last me for sure.  You may have to change one or two before you retire.  :-D

Re: "Red" Gauge Lighting Question
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2019, 06:58:55 AM »
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