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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Aug 11th, 18, 4:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Dash Lights

I have a 1972 Chevelle with special instrument dash. Can the original bulbs be replace with ones that put out more light? Even on high setting the lights are very dim. I have checked and all are burning but I wish they were brighter and easier to see. Thanks
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There are LED bulbs that are much brighter. Be sure to get the kind that have LEDs on all sides, those that just fire straight out don't tend to get the light everywhere you want it since the instrument lighting depends on ambient light inside the housing.

Attached is a photo of what my 69 C10 dash looks l like with all green LEDs.

NOTE: less expensive LEDs are not dimable, if you want dimable you'll have to look deeper and pay somewhat more.
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Bulbs get old and go dim, and sometimes the bulb glass "silvers" and the light can't get out. Have you looked at the bulbs to see if they are just dim or silvered or what? Buying new "standard" or Heavy Duty bulbs is a byte less expensive than LEDs.

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There are LED bulbs that are much brighter. Be sure to get the kind that have LEDs on all sides, those that just fire straight out don't tend to get the light everywhere you want it since the instrument lighting depends on ambient light inside the housing.

Attached is a photo of what my 69 C10 dash looks l like with all green LEDs.

NOTE: less expensive LEDs are not dimable, if you want dimable you'll have to look deeper and pay somewhat more.

That looks great. Do you have a part number of the LED bulb or a picture of it?

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Also , Something to consider. I installed " RELAYS " on my headlights. Now the dash lights are about 40% brighter, NOW I use the dimmer.
FACT: The interior lighting and the headlights are supplied power by one wire. When you wire relays for the headlights that is one big improvement and the interior gets more voltage.
Plus, With brighter headlights you see better at night. NOW when I flip on my bright lights ( Halogen bulbs & Relays ) in my 70, You will get a reaction from on coming traffic.
One of the best up / grades I have done, Very good headlights and very bright interior and dash lights.
Bottom line is the H. Lights are getting 12 Volts from the Batt. and NOT from inside the car. Two relays and some wire and about two hours of time equals,,,,, Bright dash lights and bright headlights.
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Pay the extra cash for the dimmable dash lights. It really sucks to go night blind due to extremely bright dash gauges.
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Part# and supplier would be great, help ime see better, love the bright lights
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I have a 1972 Chevelle with special instrument dash. Can the original bulbs be replace with ones that put out more light? Even on high setting the lights are very dim. I have checked and all are burning but I wish they were brighter and easier to see. Thanks
Did you verify your headlight switch is turned to the left when pulled out? Do you see a difference in the brightness of the dash lights when you do turn the switch from left to right? If you get no difference in the bulb intensity when you do this your switch could be suspect. You can replace the switch and all bulbs for 50 bucks or so. Pop the pad and check it out.

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Bulbs get old and go dim, and sometimes the bulb glass "silvers" and the light can't get out. Have you looked at the bulbs to see if they are just dim or silvered or what? Buying new "standard" or Heavy Duty bulbs is a byte less expensive than LEDs.

I have never replaced them so they are original bulbs . Guess its a wonder they still work at all.
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There are LED bulbs that are much brighter. Be sure to get the kind that have LEDs on all sides, those that just fire straight out don't tend to get the light everywhere you want it since the instrument lighting depends on ambient light inside the housing.

Attached is a photo of what my 69 C10 dash looks l like with all green LEDs.

NOTE: less expensive LEDs are not dimable, if you want dimable you'll have to look deeper and pay somewhat more.

Those look great , I will check into getting those for my car. Thanks.
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Did you verify your headlight switch is turned to the left when pulled out? Do you see a difference in the brightness of the dash lights when you do turn the switch from left to right? If you get no difference in the bulb intensity when you do this your switch could be suspect. You can replace the switch and all bulbs for 50 bucks or so. Pop the pad and check it out.



Yes , I can not tell they are even on unless I turn the knob all the way left.
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In my 69 I replaced all the bulbs with what I believe was a brighter 3 candle power bulb. They are still dim. Thought about using LEDs but talked myself out of it. In a 69 they are a real pain to change. My next move will be to use LED bulbx and I will be using these.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...ofit-car/2077/

I believe they are the ones to go with.
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In my 69 I replaced all the bulbs with what I believe was a brighter 3 candle power bulb. They are still dim. Thought about using LEDs but talked myself out of it. In a 69 they are a real pain to change. My next move will be to use LED bulbx and I will be using these.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...ofit-car/2077/

I believe they are the ones to go with.
Those are waaaaay overpriced. I've gotten entire sets of 10 for not much more than the price of one they are selling.

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That looks great. Do you have a part number of the LED bulb or a picture of it?
These are the ones I used.

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I also installed a relay kit a couple of months ago, Dash lights are very bright now, night and day difference 👍

Got the kit from EBay, $20 something I think, it was all assembled and wired, took me 20 minutes to install.
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