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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 09-02-2011, 18:33 Thread Starter
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Exclamation CRITICAL UPDATE on TF Led Interior LED Lighting

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with ref to TF Led Interior LED Lighting

i purchased a TF clock and oil temp gauge for my f to do blue led back light
any way read the attached how to and made a discovery that you don't need to put any resistors on the clock or oil gauge as they already have them on (i just traced the circuit with a DMM)
if you use LED'S with 30mA max current then you will be fine
so here is the proof

the 475 ohm resistor on the pcb for the original LEDs (clock)



LEDs fitted 3mm 30mA 30deg angle 3000mlcd


LEDs working on 13.5v supply


here is the oil gauge resistor


here is the LEDs fitted (same as the clock) and polarity of the LEDs


here is the LEDs fitted (same as the clock)


so there you have it just solder the LEDs the correct way round so no more fiddly fitting the resistor
hope this helps
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Unless of course you find the leds are too bright, and then you pop a resistor on
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Nice - I knew you would figure it out mate!

You need to edit your picture links so the [img] after each one is [/img] (there's a sneaky foward slash in there!)

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Mark, did you get the spare instrument cluster you were after????
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Unless of course you find the leds are too bright, and then you pop a resistor on
hi
i found that the slightly brighter leds give a more clear colur
ill send you the part number
i work with leds ect all day so have a wide selscton to play with
you can also get lower brightness with 30mA rated ones


ill go and get a photo of the oil gauge in the dark
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Mark, did you get the spare instrument cluster you were after????
not yet ran out of cash on other projects
perhaps next month
looking to do an extra lcd display with clock and temp (inside the car outside and engine bay temp)
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hi this is what it looks like in the dark




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looking good, remind me to get you to do mine in red lol
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looking good, remind me to get you to do mine in red lol
i have the same LEDS in red
but you need TF clocks to do it so yep ill do them for you no probs
the old F clocks will not give an even light over the face
i have tryed several ways of doing the f clocks to save buying the TF clocks
i paid 14.00 inc post for these
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... and I have found that the red needle can be a little difficult to see so I have removed some of the red paint from the tip to allow the blue light to show up a bit more.

Still not great but an improvement

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not yet ran out of cash on other projects
perhaps next month
looking to do an extra lcd display with clock and temp (inside the car outside and engine bay temp)

give me a shout I have one I dont think I need, all I want to do is back light with LED and think its pretty straightward, no needles on the instruments though as I have removed them for possible future needs

If you do manage to change the lighting of the mileage bit thought, thats the cost of the cluster ...........
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if i have a mk2 mgf does that have the same clocks as the tf
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if i have a mk2 mgf does that have the same clocks as the tf

hi nope you are in the same boat i was in you will need to get some clocks

if you do get them post to me and ill do them asap
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Hi folks!

Can I just say that I am amazed that the ntlworld webpages are still live - I left NTL/Virgin ages ago!

I've not been around much for various reasons, but wanted to point out that I think PeteVick has a copy of my webpages on the central pages.

I'm chuffed my old guides are still sort of useful.

Bob is in for a new clutch - ouch. He is green LED at the moment, Loaky has my blueness!

Well done Mark on a great thread.

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Hi Iain, how's it going matey ??. I have indeedy got a copy of your web - http://www.mgf-tf-central.co.uk/iainross/index.html
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thanks Ian R for the kind words
just continuing what was started
also adding some extras like washer bottle liquid level and washer bottle heater so no frozen washers in winter
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Bob is in for a new clutch - ouch. He is green LED at the moment, Loaky has my blueness!



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hi
had a thought
as the blue leds dont show the pointers you could put a red led in the middle to give the pointer a different color

ill try this on sunday and post new thread
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