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TJones 12-16-2018 09:18 PM

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.

Thanks

Ted

CaptSquid 12-18-2018 01:56 PM

Go with the blue lights. White is much too bright and the red just is obscene.

TJones 12-19-2018 12:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptSquid (Post 301733)
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.

Ted

EastCoastCB 12-19-2018 06:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TJones (Post 301790)
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.

Ted

I find red to be the least fatiguing to my eyes at night.

ComfortEagle 12-19-2018 12:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CaptSquid (Post 301733)
Go with the blue lights. White is much too bright and the red just is obscene.

You're obscene... kidding of course...
https://photos.smugmug.com/1986-Gill...2558917-X4.jpg

FWIW, not VDO but...
https://photos.smugmug.com/1986-Gill...VER_TOP-X4.jpg

Also FWIW, the gauges (from Speedhut) came with their own dimmer, but I did just install one of these dimmers for my switches

BlackJohn 12-19-2018 01:38 PM

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!


John

ComfortEagle 12-19-2018 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BlackJohn (Post 301830)
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.

TJones 12-19-2018 10:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ComfortEagle (Post 301823)
You're obscene... kidding of course...
https://photos.smugmug.com/1986-Gill...2558917-X4.jpg

FWIW, not VDO but...
https://photos.smugmug.com/1986-Gill...VER_TOP-X4.jpg

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.

Ted

Tango 12-20-2018 08:24 AM

Red light at night = MilSpec.

ComfortEagle 12-20-2018 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Tango (Post 301907)
Red light at night = MilSpec.

Milspec... just like me.


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