LED dash lighting part 2

SMD 5050 LEDs vs single LED

The replacement BA9 LEDs have arrived. Each one uses 5 of the latest SMD 5050 surface mount diodes and so should be much brighter than the previous LEDs I was using

Initial results were definitely an improvement…

Ferrari 308 LED dash lights

The minor gauges were definitely more visible than before and I am now  happy with them.There was also some improvement in the tachometer lighting but still not enough to see the needle.The tachometer dimness is due to a design issue. All the other gauges have a plastic ring around the circumference to refract the back-light through 90 degrees onto the gauge face and needle. The tachometer has no such ring, just a small gap for the light to shine through. I have an idea to improve things which I’ll address in a future post. Another issue that I will have to attend to is the difference in colour and intensity of the speedo that you can see above.

2 Responses

  1. Don Bartz says:

    June 28, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    On my ’79 308 GTB, I found that after disassembling the gauges, specifically the Tach and Speedo, the instrument face is too wide and goes almost to the instrument housing, This prevent the light from behind to go around and illuminate the face.
    I simply trimmed the outer edge of the faces with very sharp scissors (which did not distort the face) and ta da! MORE LIGHT!

  2. Rami says:

    Hi please if anyone can help me I have a ferrari 308qtv 1985 all the inner lighting in the car car is not working plus dashboard light what do I have to check thanks

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