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Kelley W King

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Instrument panel lamps
« on: December 06, 2020, 02:31:10 AM »
Any of you tried the led 194 bulbs to make things brighter? Dimmer problems? Color?
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Re: Instrument panel lamps
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2020, 12:17:42 AM »
This very topic has been discussed on other car sites. Let me explain how those lamps work: brighter is determined by one of two factors: voltage and color temperature. Color temp you say? A quick lesson on how it is rated: a 'low' color temp is like a burning candle, it appears orange, its Kelvin rating is around 800 to 1,200. A 'high' color temp appears white or blue, and is rated 8,500 up. 'Daylight' is 5,600K. Home bulbs are around 3,600K. Think of it as how film is rated: daylight, or tungsten. Its the same as bulbs or lights. Hope this helps.
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Re: Instrument panel lamps
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2020, 11:00:42 PM »
Boys,
Sorry If I was a bit too technical on the terminology describing the Kelvin ratings. Here is a chart to simplify the meanings:
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Re: Instrument panel lamps
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2021, 05:52:48 PM »
Thanks for the reply crossboss. I understand LED technology. What I really was looking for was someone who had tryed it in a stock dash. Since the bulbs really illuminate from behind the gage faces I was wondering how much the bright white appeared or if it appeared close to stock just brighter. Also if the stock dimmer switch worked with them? Based on what I have done with 120 volt bulbs some dim eraticly if at all without the proper dimmer. The bulbs are kind of pricey so I may try a couple in the clock on my midyear vette since the are easy to change just to compare.
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Re: Instrument panel lamps
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2021, 07:05:22 PM »
No prob. glad to help. The dimmer switch can be the issue. 50 plus year old parts do wear out. Also, as I have learned/read, on the aftermarket/re-pro switches are notorious for failures. Some guys are installing a blue gel (this increases the Kelvin rating), with out the removal/replacement of costly bulbs.
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Re: Instrument panel lamps
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2021, 11:03:52 PM »
I updated all my dash/instrument bulbs with Green/Red/Blue LEDs for the various locations/indicators when I replaced my dash wiring harness. 
They are much brighter than stock.
I just selected the LEDs recommended on SuperBrightLEDs.com for our application (69 Camaro).
They recommend using the colored LEDs and not white.
Easy peasy.
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