Instrument lights


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Instrument lights

Postby pshaginaw » Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:09 pm



How can I get the instrument lights in my '78 GL1000 to be brighter? Going through the tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I can barely see my spedo and tach, and I cannot see my temp, fuel, and voltage lights at all. In my garage, by cupping my hands around the guages I can see the lights are all on. I have stock bulbs in the fixtures and have replaced the 7v regulator. All other electrics work fine.



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Re: Instrument lights

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:22 pm

These bulbs after years of use, tend to coat the inside of the bulb with metal that is evaporated from the filament. The end result looks something like this:

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When this happens, the amount of light getting out of the bulb is minimal. I'd suggest replacing them with LEDs, which put out lots of light, won't go dark like this, and will last many times longer than the original bulbs.

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Re: Instrument lights

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:31 pm

1 smd led work great for most, I used 5 smd led for the tach and speedo and the results were outstanding. Pics on my build page at Ngwclub. Search Fred Camper Baddog.

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Re: Instrument lights

Postby pshaginaw » Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:36 pm

Took Fred Camper's advice and changed to LED's. Got some on-line that were for late model Ford dashboard illumination. Direct swap for the #53 incandescent bulbs I was using. Came in a pack of 20 for less than 5 bucks with free shipping. Real happy with the results. Bright enough to see now, but not distracting. Thanx for the advice.




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