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Instrument Panel Lights

emunder
My instrument panel lights are a really dim green. Is this a pretty easy fix? Thinking just pull the panel & replace w/ better lights or are their other causes for this? The small lights under the pull switches for the headlights & dimmer are bright but these are really hard to see even at night time, in the day you can't even tell they are on.
1986 Ford F150 XLT 4X4. 300 I6 w/ 4 speed manual.
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Dorsai
emunder wrote
My instrument panel lights are a really dim green. Is this a pretty easy fix? Thinking just pull the panel & replace w/ better lights or are their other causes for this? The small lights under the pull switches for the headlights & dimmer are bright but these are really hard to see even at night time, in the day you can't even tell they are on.
The usual cause for this is the colored lenses over the bulbs darkening with time.  If you like the green color you can just remove the lenses and replace the white bulbs with colored LEDs, or you can do like I did and remove the lenses and leave the bulbs white - and now I have very easy-to-read instruments at night.
Matthew
1980 F-150 Custom 2wd longbed, 300-6, C6, 2.75 rear axle
Atlanta GA
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emunder
Ok good to know. I'll have to pull the panel and see what's going on back there. Thanks!
1986 Ford F150 XLT 4X4. 300 I6 w/ 4 speed manual.
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1986F150Six
There are 5 bulbs [194] behind blue filters. Over time, the blue plastic filters become opaque. I have gone the LED route, but later decided to remove the blue filters and replace the clear bulbs with 194B [blue tint] and the result is what I imagine the dash looked like when new.

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Gary Lewis
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Or, I'm told you can polish the blue filters/lenses and remove the oxidation that is causing them to be dark.  I've not tried it, but I wonder how long it lasts.

On Big Blue I'm running blue LED's w/o those filters and don't particularly care for it.  Too much blue.  David/1986F150Six is running blue-tinted incandescent bulbs w/o the filters, if I remember correctly, and really likes the setup.

EDIT: David beat me.  
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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1986F150Six
We were typing at the same time, Gary.
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emunder
Cool! Where are you guys getting the LED bulbs?
1986 Ford F150 XLT 4X4. 300 I6 w/ 4 speed manual.
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FuzzFace2
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1986F150Six wrote
There are 5 bulbs [194] behind blue filters. Over time, the blue plastic filters become opaque. I have gone the LED route, but later decided to remove the blue filters and replace the clear bulbs with 194B [blue tint] and the result is what I imagine the dash looked like when new.
I went with green LED's with out the filters on the gauge panel.
The head light / wiper light I left stock as I could not find a LED to fit in that space, same for the HVAC control panel factory stock.


Gary Lewis wrote
Or, I'm told you can polish the blue filters/lenses and remove the oxidation that is causing them to be dark.  I've not tried it, but I wonder how long it lasts.

On Big Blue I'm running blue LED's w/o those filters and don't particularly care for it.  Too much blue.  David/1986F150Six is running blue-tinted incandescent bulbs w/o the filters, if I remember correctly, and really likes the setup.

EDIT: David beat me.
That work be fine to try if they did not turn to dust in your hand when pulled
I had 1 set that's what happened an dif not then the little ears broke off turning it  to junk.
Dave ----
81 F100 flare side 300 six/T18 project
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81 F100 style side 300 six/SROD parts truck
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emunder
Nice! That looks great!
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emunder
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Found a bunch of sets on ebay. I kind of like the ice blue...ordered! Can't wait to swap them out.

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Gary Lewis
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That's probably pretty close to original.  Mine is much more BLUE than that.  I think I'd like Ice Blue.
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI
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Rembrant
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emunder wrote
Found a bunch of sets on ebay. I kind of like the ice blue...ordered! Can't wait to swap them out.
Can you post a link to the Ice Blue ones you purchased?

Where did you get the picture of the dash with these lights installed?
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Fresh Medium Blue Metallic in August 2019.
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emunder
Here you go! Pic was in the listing. Gary they had a set that was much more blue but I thought these just looked more factory so went with them. Below was another blue set they had but they seemed pretty bright. Never noticed they had the warm white...those may have matched the headlight switch lights better.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/80-86-Ford-F100-F150-F250-F350-Truck-Gauge-Cluster-LED-Dash-Kit-Ice-Blue/273534768705 




1986 Ford F150 XLT 4X4. 300 I6 w/ 4 speed manual.