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Old 12-16-2018, 09:18 PM   #1
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Vdo led upgrade

Has anyone replaced the original incandescent bulbs in their VDO gauges with the VDO upgrade LEDs? If so I'd like to see some pics (in the dark of course). I am thinking either HD white, red or blue. They are kind of spendy and usually not returnable so I'm hoping to avoid buying one of each just to compare.

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Go with the blue lights. White is much too bright and the red just is obscene.
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:28 AM   #3
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Go with the blue lights. White is much too bright and the red just is obscene.
I was thinking that red would be good for not interfering with night vision but it would take away from the effectivrness of warning lights. If the white is too bright I think it could be dimmed. The blue would be nice as long as the gauges could be easily seen without being too bright.

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I was thinking that red would be good for not interfering with night vision but it would take away from the effectivrness of warning lights. If the white is too bright I think it could be dimmed. The blue would be nice as long as the gauges could be easily seen without being too bright.

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I find red to be the least fatiguing to my eyes at night.
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Old 12-19-2018, 12:24 PM   #5
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You're obscene... kidding of course...


FWIW, not VDO but...


Also FWIW, the gauges (from Speedhut) came with their own dimmer, but I did just install one of these dimmers for my switches
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Old 12-19-2018, 01:38 PM   #6
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Dimmer will be nice when setup for sure.


Do you think they will effect your vision in that left rearview mirror, creating glare in other words I guess? Time for the dark test, lol


Looks great, nice installation!


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Old 12-19-2018, 01:49 PM   #7
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Dimmer will be nice when setup for sure.

Do you think they will effect your vision in that left rearview mirror, creating glare in other words I guess? Time for the dark test, lol
That's a valid concern; not sure, I will provide feedback on my dash thread (eventually...). One of my primary goals was to get the gauges out from under the steering wheel. I did not appreciate the amount of time I had to take my eyes off the road to scan them. There may end up being some unintended consequences moving them up from under that wheel.
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Old 12-19-2018, 10:03 PM   #8
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You're obscene... kidding of course...


FWIW, not VDO but...


Also FWIW, the gauges (from Speedhut) came with their own dimmer, but I did just install one of these dimmers for my switches
Those gauges are easy on the eyes! Thanks for the pictures.

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Red light at night = MilSpec.
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