LED dash lights work great but...................


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LED dash lights work great but...................

Postby ram11397 » Wed May 06, 2015 10:46 pm



Have trouble with the neutral switch i think?
new LED but light doesn't go out it dims when in gear real bright in neutral


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Re: LED dash lights work great but...................

Postby WingAdmin » Thu May 07, 2015 9:48 am

LEDs require very little current to light up, unlike incandescents. You may have some carbon build-up in your neutral switch that is allowing a small amount of current through when it is not in neutral. For a regular incandescent bulb, this won't make any difference, but the small current flow on a LED will actually light it up, albeit dimly.

You can either remove the switch and clean it, or (easier) insert a small resistor in series with the LED.

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Re: LED dash lights work great but...................

Postby ram11397 » Thu May 07, 2015 9:12 pm

being the electrical simpleton that i am how would i do that? hell i dont even know where neutral switch is just read it on here so resistor might be easier how do i do that? thanks
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Re: LED dash lights work great but...................

Postby WingAdmin » Fri May 08, 2015 11:01 am

ram11397 wrote:being the electrical simpleton that i am how would i do that? hell i dont even know where neutral switch is just read it on here so resistor might be easier how do i do that? thanks


Cut one of the wires that leads to the neutral light. Then get a resistor (I would make a guess of something in the range of 50 to 100 ohms) and solder each lead of the resistor to the wires you cut, so that it is in line with the wire.

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Re: LED dash lights work great but...................

Postby ram11397 » Fri May 08, 2015 1:51 pm

great seems easy enough thanks
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Re: LED dash lights work great but...................

Postby tomos » Sun May 10, 2015 5:19 pm

Hi from Ontario , I have had same problem .
I have only moved wire away from casing and made sure that it is not bent or kinked.
Everything is normal now.
Regards Zoran

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Re: LED dash lights work great but...................

Postby ram11397 » Sun May 10, 2015 6:05 pm

ok thank you, will look at that next time i have Fairing off shame that's not quick release would make life easier lol


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