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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-09-2007, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Gauges to [email protected] Bright!!!

Hey guys, i just installed Auto Meter NV series gauges. Beautiful looking gauges. But, at night the are so freaking bright!!!!!! Is there some kind of lense or something I can put over to dim them a little? I didnt think that they'd be that bright!!!!!
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i'll trade you for my autometer ultralites silverfaced egt and boost.
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scrap that idea
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Hmmm...I seem to remember that there was a way to tie into the dimmer on the IC lights, provided the gauge lights are regular bulbs and not LEDs.

You can pull the cluster bezel off, remove the dimmer switch, and find the dimmer output. I THINK its the brown/white wire, but use a test light first to be sure.

You could also tie into the MBEC on the floor to the left of the brake pedal.
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Autometer does sell a box to allow LEDs to dim. http://www.autometer.com/cat_accesso...l.aspx?vid=185

Here is a pic of the MBEC area, with arrow showing the pinout.

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dimmer, or inline resistor

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The thing with the lights annoy the heck out of me too. I hate the "bright" high beam indicator light on the dash from most new vehicles with the high beams on.
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There are several little cars that have a control for the dash lights that is just a little knob that does one thing - dim the insterment panel.

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I had the same trouble in my old truck with my cd player...almost couldnt see at night but I liked the head unit so I decided to tint the screen...I had some tint left over from my windows and it went on like a charm...now I would have to say that your gauges are a little more difficult to do but if you find or make a template the same size as your gauge and cut the tint and apply...it could be a simple fix without cutting or splicing any wires...

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Didnt think of this before, but you could buy some cheap resistors of different ohms at Radio Shack and splice them into the lighting wiring to find out which would work best.
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