Radio controls hard to see at night


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Radio controls hard to see at night

Postby rartmayer » Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:05 pm



The Clarion II radio controls on my 83 Aspencade were really hard to see at night. I found that the original bulb for illuminating them had failed. I replacement the stock 5 volt incandescant bulb with a 12 volt version from Radio Shack, and bypassed the stock resistor, but it was still a dim yellow and not much help. I then bought the brightest white 5mm LED (part number 276-0017) that my local Radio Shack had in stock, and replaced the stock Clarion 47 ohm resistor with a 330 ohm, also from Radio Shack (271-1315), and now things are much brighter. Not like back-lighted controls, but at least I can see the knobs. And I guess I won't be doing it again for a long time.



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Re: Radio controls hard to see at night

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:12 am

I've thought about doing exactly the same thing, that bulb is so dim it's virtually impossible to see the knobs at night. However I don't have the key that removes the radio controller from my fairing (it's obviously not original) so I have no way of getting it out! :)

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Re: Radio controls hard to see at night

Postby rartmayer » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:08 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I've thought about doing exactly the same thing, that bulb is so dim it's virtually impossible to see the knobs at night. However I don't have the key that removes the radio controller from my fairing (it's obviously not original) so I have no way of getting it out! :)


The light on my Clarion II is actually part of the housing into which the control module locks. Thus it is accessible by removing the four Allen screws and pulling the housing out of the fairing. Two Phillips head screws hold the lamp assembly in place. The blue wire is the hot and the light green is the ground.

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Re: Radio controls hard to see at night

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:13 pm

Hm, you know what, now that I think about it, you're right. I'll have to put that on my to-do list!




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