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How to do back lighting on a dash

another hard one to solve

OK been at the idear for about 3 weeks and spent over 50hrs working on the way to get to the finished result. so here we are the final version and the how to (for any one brave enough to try)

got some strip boad to make a pcb so the leds canot short on the main pcbs for the 2 clocks




cut to shape and placed in the dash






then placed the special leds in place and wired them up




switch on and hey presto all light up (thank goodnes)



now for the dials
i used a drimmel with a cut of wheel to cut the slots for the light to shine through






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i turned over the dial and cleaned the back up and removed the burs
as you can see from the photo against a bright light



and here we have a finished dial



so now place dials back into the dash and see if the light shines through



set correct brightness



this is what happens if to bright (0.33amps)

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now set and no light spots



now time for the front lighting i used blue on this one
so placed the 2 leds in the best position



set at 1/2 brightness






set at full brightness

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so all assembled and ready to go (one side any way)

red background and blue front



and just a touch brighter





but how about a white front lighting to show off the sparkle on the dials



a bit brighter ?




and really over the top in blue note this draws 1.4A




hope you like it as i reckon 1 dash will take 20+ hrs to do to my standard
the LED's are expensive and very high powered I'm running them at 30% of what they are capable of

if you would like to have a go ill send the templates for the pcb if you pm me

so all i need to do now is finish the dash and do 2 more this one is taken
1 for me with blue back lighting
and 1 for some one else

id like to say thanks to the 2 other .org members who pushed me into doing this and hope they Will like it when installed in there car

if you have a go your self and need help ill always be willing to answer questions

mark

Just a note i would liked to of offered a service to do this but finding 20+ hrs to do is hard with a full time job which includes travel

right what next
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im liking the blue - might do the blue without the back lit - whats the dial back made of plastic ?
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im liking the blue - might do the blue without the back lit - whats the dial back made of plastic ?
the origional dials are glued to clear plastic so yep easy to do if you find the leds that work
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they look fantastic Mark blue fronts with red backlights really go well together
much respect for giving this so much effort i am sure the orders will soon be flooding in
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here something that you might find it easier to cut the grooves, it will still go into the dremel

http://www.suttontools.co.uk/cgi-loc...=Go&PR=-1&TB=A
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Mark you are genius and a man with lots of skill and patience
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Great stuff Mark, looking very good, you damn people with your how to's, a car used to be just something that got me to the golf course & back!!
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Great result Mark, that looks fantastic.
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another idea for you mate, drill the dots out aswell.
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Mark, did I miss the reason why the F either Mk1 or 2 clocks cant be done?
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You're a star Mark, absolute whizz with the electrics, looks great. Sadly for me it's way out of my league to do myself.
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Mark, did I miss the reason why the F either Mk1 or 2 clocks cant be done?
Hi Teri

i was talking about the oil temp and time clocks the only ones that can be done to a good quality are the TF ones

ill be bringing some leds with me to the Dog inn so you can see the brightness and get some idears for tigger

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You're a star Mark, absolute whizz with the electrics, looks great. Sadly for me it's way out of my league to do myself.
hi
as a thougth i am thinking of a kit you do the cutting of the dials ect and i send the pcb with the leds on and wired up

but that will be a while away
but if your intrested keep in touch

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Ahh I see, thanks Mark, well like you say, have a look at mine and see where we go with it
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Is it all MK1 F clocks/dials etc you have been doing? If so can all this work on MK2/TF stuff?
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Is it all MK1 F clocks/dials etc you have been doing? If so can all this work on MK2/TF stuff?
all mk2 and tf will be done with this kit
the dash i have is a mk2
i dont plan to do a mk1
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have you thought about electroluminescent sheets for backlighting the dials ?

they have A4 sheets that you can cut to any shape, looks interesting.

http://e-luminates.com/osc3/
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Fair play.. I love what you have done..

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