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Old 10-02-2008, 01:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a '98 1500 SE and the instrument lights seem dim, but are lighting the panel evenly. I can read the panel when it's totally dark, but it's not easy. I'm not sure how bright they should be, but my friends '93 is much brighter. I have to assume that my lights should be much brighter. Should they be?

I thought that a bulb or two may have burned out, so I opened it up (what a pain) only to find that all of the bulbs are lighting. Since I opened it up, I'm going to replace all of the bulbs anyway. I'd hate to put it back together and find one burnt out tomorrow.

Is there a brightness adjustment like in my car? I haven't checked the voltage yet, but the other lights seem bright.

Any insight into what I should expect or check would be appreciated.


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Old 10-02-2008, 02:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The instrument panel that has the white background is not great especially around sunset. Don't know why, just that it is.
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Also, do not put #194 bulbs in it. They will melt your cluster. Use #168 bulbs. But redwing52 is correct, the white background instrument clusters just don't seem as bright as the earlier black instruments, although they look better in the daytime.

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Has anyone used LED bulbs in their instrument panel? Do they light the panel well?
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I have LED's close to my inst lites outside the plastic cover. They would be bright enough but tend to be very "directional" ie. where they are pointing. I"m not sure if you could get them pointed at the face plate & far enough away to provide the illumination you are looking for.
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I have the 93 with black instruments and I can't tell if there on or off in the daylight.. At night they look fine.. Why would you need instrument lights in the day anyway?? If you're talking about the idiot lights I can see them in the day light fine.. The only one that's hard to see is in the far left.. The high beam light.. But I think it's because of the location..
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The #168 and #194 are both 4.6W, so I was concerned about melting with either one. I passed on them. If I hear from others that have successfully used either, I might try them the next time I open it up.

There were #158 bulbs installed when I opened it up. These are the correct wattage, 3.4W. The bulbs were discolored, so I was hoping that new ones would show an improvement. They didn't, so I guess it's just a poor design.

Foodman, The problem is during twilight and after dark and is mainly with the speedometer and tach. The temp and gas gauges are readable, but could be better.
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I have a 98 Aspencade with a white face also. I thought the same thing at dusk or night about how hard it is to see the gauges. Yes my gauges are lit evenly also. I am thinking about putting some kind of extra little lightto show on the IP panel. Has anyone ever added a extra light of some sort to see the gauges at night better? If so what kind?

I think Nooobie and I need to do that along with anyone else out there who is having the same problem and it sounds like anyone with the white gauge face has the same type of problem.

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