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Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:05 pm 
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Howdy Interior Gurus :)

On the weekend, I put in white LEDs for the instrument cluster - the problem I have is that the speedo needle, volt needle and oil needle don't light up properly...I know this is a common issue for most that have done this...is there anyway of overcoming this ? I like how it all looks thus far...but would like more consistency...I know it has to be possible, as I have seen some really well done LED clusters on here that all seem to light up properly !

I've used the ones in the doco - 7000cmd with 540 ohm resistors.

Any help appreciated lads !

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Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:08 pm 
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are your needles white or orange? if orange i've heard of people scratching of the paint. If they are white then im not much help LOL

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:12 pm 
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does your taco needle light up ok ... put some pics up of how it looks now

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:14 pm 
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colour of the needle shouldn't be an issue if using white LEDs. Its only a problem if using coloured LEDs such as blue. As for uneven lighting, try flattening the tops of the LEDs or sanding the sides.

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:43 pm 
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Thanks lads - ummm my needles are DF/DL ones - so they're white.

I'll get some pics when night falls :)

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 2:45 pm 
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yeh steve like the other bloke said, try sanding them down flat (the led's)

 

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sand them down flat....i actually filed them down flat and then sanded the sides. the light diffracts better so the light covers more of the area u want.

 

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Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 7:10 pm 
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OMG Steve asked a question...what is the world coming to?
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phongus wrote:
sand them down flat....i actually filed them down flat and then sanded the sides. the light diffracts better so the light covers more of the area u want.


Bingo.

 

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twirqurky wrote:
OMG Steve asked a question...what is the world coming to?


ROFL ! Hey, I'm not as adventurous as others on here...gimme a break man :P I do like the white LED look though...first saw it in Ch0c0's EL when he was in Melbourne for a bit...looked very well done IMHO...speaking of which - time to take some happy snaps...be nice if Dan could take some of his EL to refresh my memory again too though :)

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dcstraight wrote:
twirqurky wrote:
OMG Steve asked a question...what is the world coming to?


ROFL ! Hey, I'm not as adventurous as others on here...gimme a break man :P I do like the white LED look though...first saw it in Ch0c0's EL when he was in Melbourne for a bit...looked very well done IMHO...speaking of which - time to take some happy snaps...be nice if Dan could take some of his EL to refresh my memory again too though :)

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Thanks man...was beginning to panic a bit ! :)

 

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yeah i am curious to see this, don't EF/EL clusters light up white enough any way??

 

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