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Old 01-11-2006, 09:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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can you change the dash light color?

Is the green color of the dash lights a changeable bulb or tinted plastic on the gauges? I would like to change it if fairly easy.

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Re: can you change the dash light color?

The green from the film on the cluster itself. If you change the color of the bulb the needle will change, but that is it.
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Re: can you change the dash light color?

The bulbs are clear; the tint comes from the gauge assembly itself.

The tint is not very strong, and if you put some red bulbs in there, you'd probably get red lighting. It might be a bit dimmer than you want, though, because of the green filter.

I've thought about LEDs for this. I'm OK with the green color, but I like the idea of never having to change them again. There are some LEDs made for that purpose that have an inverted cone in the front so that they shine out the sides. However, I haven't been satisfied with LED's for tail or backup lights, because they are not bright enough. They emit a strong narrow beam, but not a strong wide beam like an incandescant bulb does. So I'm afraid that, as instrument lights, they would be too dim. Here are some (red dash LED is last item on this page; scroll down to the bottom, click page 2 for other colors; first two items).
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Re: can you change the dash light color?

I changed mine to red,used the ones from autozone. The bulbs were pretty dk red not very bright. Then I found some at wallmart lighter color red much better your gonna need 6 for dash and 2 for heater controlls 8 total.
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Re: can you change the dash light color?

Hey just checked out that link and will place order in near future I want LED lights on my truck also. Thanks for postin that. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I just read what covah posted about how many are reqiured for dash illum and didnt even know my heater controls are supposed to be lit, god do I feel dumb I always fumbled for them @ night and was wondering why ford didnt put lights in there because mine have never worked! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Re: can you change the dash light color?

Not to hijack this thread, but that link that Shoebear posted with the LED's, anyone know why if you put them in the tail lights they blow fuses?
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Hey just checked out that link and will place order in near future I want LED lights on my truck also. Thanks for postin that. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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If you get them, please let me know how they work. If you could post it and and then send me a PM to alert me to your posting, I'd really appreciate it. I'm afraid they'd be dimmer than factory, and for me, the factory is just bright enough.

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Not to hijack this thread, but that link that Shoebear posted with the LED's, anyone know why if you put them in the tail lights they blow fuses?

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I tried one of their tail lights. It didn't blow a fuse for me, but it wasn't bright enough, so I took it out. I only installed the LED in one side so I could compare to normal. I also had trouble getting the LED to fit through the hole in the lens box, but did manage to get it through.

Maybe you got a defective one?

I tried both narrow and wide beam. From 100 feet back, the narrow beam LED looked about as bright as the incandescent, but it looked much dimmer if I went off-center. The wide beam was only half as bright from directly behind, but didn't drop off so badly when I got off center. Neither one of them illuminated to the side at all. IMO, both would be significant safety hazards compared to incandescent. I also tried white vs. red. The white was a lot dimmer than the comparable red.
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Re: can you change the dash light color?

I'm curious on this also. But did anyone try the LEDs in the taillights and see if the cruise control still worked? The LEDs are much less amperage than incandescent bulbs and the computer might read it as a burnt out bulb.

Check out the Tower LED bulbs.

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Re: can you change the dash light color?

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I'm curious on this also. But did anyone try the LEDs in the taillights and see if the cruise control still worked? The LEDs are much less amperage than incandescent bulbs and the computer might read it as a burnt out bulb.

Check out the Tower LED bulbs.

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Think those backup lights are any brighter?
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Re: can you change the dash light color?

I got white faced gauges with blue lighting of Ebay for 6 bucks, if you get em drive the truck around for a bit so everything warms up take a mental picture of where the needles go pull the needles and the white face go right over the top put the needles back and done, the blue looks great at night! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: can you change the dash light color?

They look brighter [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]

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They look brighter [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]

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Re: can you change the dash light color?

I have blue bulbs in mine. just changed the color of the needles.

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