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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:14 pm 
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i have just put the Narva blue LED's into my EF falcon (low series cluster). when i had a look at them in the dark, i noticed that the needles are MUCH brighter than the dials(especially around the 4k rpm mark on the tacho, and the 20km/h mark on the speedo) :? should i take the LED's out and give them a quick sand to help disperse the light better?? and should i only do it to a couple of them?? (i.e. the ones that are responsible for the lighting up of the dials) and if so which ones are responsible for the dials?

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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:05 pm 
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I put the identical LEDs in my low series EF cluster... but yes, i sanded the LEDs themselves with 150grain paper. Make sure to wear down the tip of the lens about 2 mm. Do this to all 6 LEDs. This has a much better effect of lighting up the cluster. Look at the pic for proof.

 

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:30 pm 
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shoony wrote:
I put the identical LEDs in my low series EF cluster... but yes, i sanded the LEDs themselves with 150grain paper. Make sure to wear down the tip of the lens about 2 mm. Do this to all 6 LEDs. This has a much better effect of lighting up the cluster. Look at the pic for proof.


thanks for that shoony, i will give that a try tomorrow... here is a pic of how it turned out, excuse quality, its on a camera phone...
u have to click the image to view it, dunno why :?

 

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:32 pm 
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yup, 'frost' all of them.

 

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Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:34 pm 
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150 grit sand paper do the trick as shoony said??

 

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yup, doesn't really matter, just teh 150 will be faster than a higher grade.

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:20 am 
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Personally i kinda like the groovy glowing needles, but hey, different strokes for different folks... must say i love my new dash tho. Enjoy working on it! :)

 

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i reckon looks awsome with the needles real bright like that

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:28 am 
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chunkz wrote:
i reckon looks awsome with the needles real bright like that

i agree, but i want the dials to be a bit brighter, u can see on the 5000 and 6000rpm bit on the tacho how it is a little dull, and the same at around 40km/h on the speedo, i just wanted the dial a bit brighter, i like the bright needles :)

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:33 am 
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see if sanding the sides of the led helps :P
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Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:42 am 
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u know how in the low series clusters there are 6 globes that light up the dials, needles etc.. is there one that is for the needles and one for the dials?? or do they all do the same thing???

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:55 am 
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Two LEDs are positioned at the diagonal extremes of the large dials, so they both contribute to lighting that face up - the needle appears brighter because it has less visual obstructions (ie backing plate). Then the third one lights up the fuel guage. I was going to experiment putting different colour LEDs in mine, but decided i like the blue too much to change it.

 

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yeah, the needles pick up their light the same way as the dials, there's no specific light sources for them - however that doesn't stop you adding some. A little wire and hot glue would get some LEDs right behind the needles, offering uber brightness. I haven't tried this myself, but I am planning some cluster mods, which would involve this sort of idea.

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:58 pm 
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yeah, the needles pick up their light the same way as the dials, there's no specific light sources for them - however that doesn't stop you adding some. A little wire and hot glue would get some LEDs right behind the needles, offering uber brightness. I haven't tried this myself, but I am planning some cluster mods, which would involve this sort of idea.


sounds good, and thanks for the info, i was just wondering if i would be able to frost just a couple of the globes to make the dials brighter and keep the needles the way they are as i like having them bright :) will just frost them all i reckon...

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Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 3:55 pm 
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Cool i gotta try this frosting.. cant wait to see the result

 

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