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post #1 of 20 Old 07-18-2013, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Upgrade yo cluster lights dawg!

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Pair 25SMD 25 3528 SMD LED T10 W5W 194 360° Green Interior Dome Wedge Light Bulb | eBay
(or a different color, if you prefer)

Break off these tabs inside:


Insert new led bulb, although it won't go all the way in without contacting your guages, just push in till they touch:


Now take the circuitry and guages back out and install an o-ring to keep the bulb from backing out of the socket/housing:


I installed reflective tape on the inside of the housing to spread the light around (so the guages arent brighter at the top than at the bottom) I also will block the top led somewhat so there isn't a bright spot at the very top of the guages:


Now light it up up up!


Can't wait to see how they look mounted on the bike. My lenses are scratched, so I'm currently trying to smooth out the lenses, or I would have a finished picture by now.

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YEEAAAAA BOIIIII!!! Actually that's pretty damn cool. Dig the green

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That last picture, all lit up, is before I installed the reflective tape and I didn't block off the top LED. So for all I know the reflective tape won't make a difference, but it took 10 minutes, so it can't hurt.
Within the week I should have a final example, so long as my lenses aren't ruined and I have to buy a new front cover.

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Not a fan of the green for the sole reason that green light is brightest to our eyes and might be overly bright at night.

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Not a fan of the green for the sole reason that green light is brightest to our eyes and might be overly bright at night.
The eye is quite sensitive to green light, but of all the gauges I have viewed at night the least intrusive were universally green lit. The advantage to green is you would be surprised how little light is needed to make the gauges perfectly visible. If they are too bright it is a simple task to insert a series resistor into the illumination power feed to bring down the brightness.

By far the worst color is blue: it may look "trick", but staring at the gauges for more than a couple seconds absolutely ruins my night vision for the better part of half a minute.

Great job EatDirtFartDust!

As to the gauge lenses: there are many plastic headlight lens restoring kits out there that do a pretty good job of it. Not too expensive either.

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Nice!

I'll definitely have to do this one day.

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Looks awesome man. Looking forward to see 'em installed.

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Interesting. I'm curious how it will turn out. I've always been in the camp where I want my dash lights as dim as possible. I want just enough light where I can still read the numbers.

I agree with Rob. Blue is terrible... But I always thought that had something to do with my color blindness.



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The eye is quite sensitive to green light, but of all the gauges I have viewed at night the least intrusive were universally green lit. The advantage to green is you would be surprised how little light is needed to make the gauges perfectly visible. If they are too bright it is a simple task to insert a series resistor into the illumination power feed to bring down the brightness.

By far the worst color is blue: it may look "trick", but staring at the gauges for more than a couple seconds absolutely ruins my night vision for the better part of half a minute.

Great job EatDirtFartDust!

As to the gauge lenses: there are many plastic headlight lens restoring kits out there that do a pretty good job of it. Not too expensive either.

Rob



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In my work (electronics optics technician), I have learned that green is simply put "the easiest on the eyes".

little note from a website....
The characteristic green tint is by design, for a few reasons. First, device makers have experimented with a few different colors and found that the different shades that make up the monochrome night vision image are most accurately perceived and distinguished when they’re green. In other words, while the night vision images you’ve seen in Silence of the Lambs and Call of Duty might seem a little clunky, green presents a night vision device wearer with the most accurate and user-friendly picture possible. What’s more, because the eye is most sensitive to light wavelengths near 555 nanometers - that is, green - the display can be a little dimmer, which conserves battery power.

Read the full text here: Why Does Everything Look Green Through Night Vision Goggles? | Mental Floss
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Looks fantastic! Got pics of the completed project?

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Thanks! I haven't taken many pictures because I'm embarrassed that my lenses are all cloudy and scratched. BUT, my new gauge lenses showed up today, so I'll get them put on later today or tomorrow and get some video and pictures.

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I'm getting some footage off my gopro right now while riding at night.
I really like how the green light reflects off the tank, and my helmet. It's bright where it lights up really good, but doesn't affect my night-vision.

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I have them in red, works great.

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Excellent!! Good shit man

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I'm sold. Nicely done, and thanks for the vids.

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Just saw the newer video you posted. This looks great! Pretty much like stock from what I can tell and a little brighter. Thanks for posting.

Reminds me a lot of the new CB1100 gauges.

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Just saw the newer video you posted. This looks great! Pretty much like stock from what I can tell and a little brighter. Thanks for posting.
My pleasure, and thanks for the compliments.

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I just put some red ones in my gauges. All I can say is wow! Thanks for the great idea Edfd!

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