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    Thread: how to make dash lights brighter?

    1. 04-29-2003 08:41 PM #1
      I realized that in my gauge cluster... my lights are way too dim for my liking... so what can I do to make them brighter... or even change the color.... can I put in some LED's??

    2. 04-30-2003 12:25 PM #2
      go to pepboys lighting section. they sell European bulbs that fit in the stock sockets .
      thsoe are rated at higher wattage than the stock ones.

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      04-30-2003 12:43 PM #3
      Do they really sell bulbs that fit into our gauge clusters?? When i changed my light filter i remember the bulbs being very strange looking.
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    4. 04-30-2003 12:55 PM #4
      this is a really dumb answer but if people didnt know, did you try turning that little dial above the headlight switch?

    5. 04-30-2003 02:52 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by Shislerocco »
      this is a really dumb answer but if people didnt know, did you try turning that little dial above the headlight switch?

      You know even when it is at the highest, it is still not bright enough. When I bought my MKIV GTI after my first scirocco. I was like damn, the lights were so bright compared to the scirocco. even with my old MKI gti I had.

      I would love to get again the look and colors of the MKIV dashboard lights.


    6. 04-30-2003 04:27 PM #6
      Mine are plenty bright, maybe you should clean your connections. Or perhaps you're going blind

      -Rob


    7. 04-30-2003 05:08 PM #7
      dealer sells 4watt bulbs (instead of 2watt bulbs) that fit our dash.. like 2$/each

    8. 04-30-2003 05:09 PM #8
      I seen a tech tip somewhere where a guy added an extra light, and just got the power by splitting the wire going to the other light. I'll try and find out where this is, it looks pretty straight forward.

      rankin


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      04-30-2003 05:33 PM #9
      WHat about that indeglo sheet stuff? Maybe someone could make some gauge faces from that? I would think that would be a good idea, I would be willing to work on that project but being that I don't know where to get the stuff I can't.
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    10. 04-30-2003 06:11 PM #10
      I was wondering if I could place some LED's in where the lights are above the gauge cluster. Use the light wires to give power to the LED's... you guys think that would work?

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      04-30-2003 07:39 PM #11
      LED's would work but you need to install a resistor to lower the voltage to the required Volts.
      Quote Originally Posted by Ice Karl
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    12. 04-30-2003 08:28 PM #12
      howwww?

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      04-30-2003 11:01 PM #13

      This guy did it in his Corrado, he is on the Vortex under the handle Oichan


      His site:
      http://www.oichan.org


    14. 04-30-2003 11:04 PM #14
      What kind of keyboard is this? is this vietnamese? chinese? Thai?



    15. 04-30-2003 11:25 PM #15
      laf laf... ok if I only knew how to wire up led's hahaha

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      04-30-2003 11:52 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by E-MALE »
      What kind of keyboard is this? is this vietnamese? chinese? Thai?


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      05-01-2003 02:20 AM #17
      LED's only hooked up one way. The resistor is usually wired into the circuit before the LED (disputable but make things uniform). I believe it was figured out you needed something like a ~470 ohms resistor.

      The guy that did his corrado lights know his ****!! It is very clean and makes me want to get my $hit together and get my dash lights working again!

      Quote Originally Posted by Ice Karl
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    18. 05-01-2003 05:12 AM #18
      http://www.oichan.org
      definately worth a look.. they've got some pretty krazy japanese vdubs over there..

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      05-01-2003 11:37 PM #19
      Quote, originally posted by DaiKa »
      http://www.oichan.org
      definately worth a look.. they've got some pretty krazy japanese vdubs over there..

      I agree. This guy is like a Japanese ATS. Great tech note write ups. Makes me want to get a Corrado to try some of this stuff out


    20. 05-02-2003 02:07 PM #20
      If you like the stock green color keep the colored plastic on top of the cluster. take out the lights /sockets, replace the bulbs with a clear LED, solder the ground electrode to the ground socket connection and use a resistor in between the (+) LEd connector and the socket contact. you can calculate the resistance, if the LEd operates at 3.6V and you have 12V the difference is 8.4V. Divide the 8.4v by the LEds operating amp and get a resistor of that size.

    21. 05-02-2003 05:05 PM #21
      I changed my rocc over to superbright LEDs. I have these LED kits for ricers that have 4 leds with little resistor packs in line. They run on 12 Volts and can be dimmed with the factory dimmer. I hooked them up to the factory dashlight wiring. As it turns out, the factory setup was brighter. I think maybe I don't have the led's in the right spot. They are poking into the shroud just like the factory bulbs. Maybe they should be mounted right where the green strip is like that guy did in his corrado. And I only used one on each side, maybe that's not enough.

      Just for the record I did the heater control bulb too. The color is the big benefit. I used white bulbs and it gives that expensive-car look. It's just the brightness issue. I think maybe it's because it's going through the dimmer. I didn't have time to measure the voltage but I bet it's shwag.

      Vince


    22. 05-03-2003 09:43 AM #22
      here is how im making my cluster brighter these guys are great and prices are very good check out the site the even send you a cluster on loan while yours is getting done if you email these guys tell them andre told you about them you may save a few bucks
      http://www.duostyling.com







      Modified by wolf rocco at 2:47 PM 5-3-2003


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      11-26-2003 12:32 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by ATS »
      dealer sells 4watt bulbs (instead of 2watt bulbs) that fit our dash.. like 2$/each

      You don't happen to have a part number do you?


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      11-26-2003 05:02 PM #24
      did LEDs in my dash, made a HUGE difference, and people were inpressed too i hooked the wires onto a switch and to the battery, but i now know that wasn't a good idea but i'm doing them prolly tomorrow again, except i'm goin to try somethin a lillll different, i'm going to see insted of putting the lights where the stock lights are to making something small to go around the speedo and tach and put LEDs in there, wish me luck!!
      BTW an easy way to find out which wires are the positive and negitive, get a 9v battery and put one wire on each one, but dont hold it there to long! but if i remember correctly, the long wire is the postive one

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      11-26-2003 05:41 PM #25
      Yes the long "wire" is the postive. if you hook it upo to a 9v you might dramaticly decrease the life of the led, or burn it out. I personally used short cold cathodes for my guage cluster. nice and bright, and blue. and, they operate on 12v, so I dodn't have to do anything but wire them up. looks great. I shoulda used black lights tho. I think it would light up the guage face really nice.

    26. 11-26-2003 08:35 PM #26
      Cold cathodes...good idea. Pics???

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      11-26-2003 09:13 PM #27
      I don't have any pics, my camera sucks. I tried once, it looked greenish/yellow. I can try again, but it looks really good.

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      11-26-2003 09:22 PM #28
      Ok, here's a pic, I couldn't get past the glare tho.... Maybe one of my tubes is going out. lol. I got a new one, and used an old one I had.


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