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Old 01-30-2017, 01:24 AM   #11
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I'm assuming the PU bulbs and lenses are very similar to the tri five cars. They never were very bright by design. Bulbs are over rated to increase their life. The weak green glow is nostalgic but not very useful for "at a glance" night time display. I'm considering swapping all out for LEDS.
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Thanks Jim
i'm also looking at swapping out to LED.
I just ordered some new LED for the gauges.
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Thanks Ram for asking this question..
I don't know much about the led lit , but they do need a resistor.


I'm having the same problem with my 57 chevy 3100 pick up.
my dome light only has a single contact for the bulbs and is very very dim,I had replace the wiring for the dome light and the cover is that tan color..Not a clear lens.

My question is my light are very dim,Head lights are ok, but I can barely see the dash when it lit up.
and my gauges are dim also...but when I remove them and test the bulbs out of the dash there very bright..
when i'm talking about testing the bulbs i mean i'm using the same circuit and just removing the socket from the dash and grounding it to the frame..
I have the original Stewart Warner gauge and you can read the gauge at night.
I was told this was because the reflective coating is worn off the gauge face.
any idea on what I can do
Do you have the headlight switch rotated to full brightness? Twisting the knob one way will dim the gauge lights and the other way will brighten them.
Also, if swapping to LEDs, make sure to get the dimmable LEDs for the gauges. Normal LEDs are not dimmable. If you order LED replacement bulbs and order them for 12 volts, you do not need to add dropping resistors.
Just do an eBay search for automotive 12 volt dimmable LEDs. .
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