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Hi all,
last night on the way home from the all cougar show in daytona(great show) i noticed i had a bulb burnt out on the temp side of my 70 convertible.Now i know how to replace them but my question is.Is there a bulb that really brightens the instrument cluster up more then the conventional bulbs? My headlight switch was turned all the way to the point where it is about to turn the interior lights on so i know its ok there, but the dash lights are just to dim. Anyone know how to brighten them up or a brighter bulb?
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Mine are also dim, can barely see the instrument cluster at night, I would guess that in the last 30 odd years they must have brought out a bulb that is brighter but still the same amperage, my son has just put led's in his dash, but my knowledge on resisters etc for those things is limited, I tried to put a little blue light in cos I thought it would make the dash look blue, nope, just looks worse. I have to go into town tomorrow to check out whats happening with mine [at suspension place] and am going to go check out some bulbs as well, let you know what I find out, we have this cool little shop that specialises in electrical things for cars and the guy is always very helpful, something of a rarity these days.
 

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Do you all think its the bulbs or the green plastic filter the bulbs shine through?

WHen I was working on my instrument cluster I noticed that the green lens that the lights shine through was bubbled and really dark (from age or bulbs that are too hot?). I thought I had a bulb burned out my cluster was so dark but all of my lights were working just cant see them through the filter...
 

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Pat -

When you pull the dash to change the bulb I'd check inside to see if it is dusty. Also change all the bulbs as they yellow with age.

You need to be careful if you increase the wattage of the bulbs as they will generate more heat and cause additional problems - like burning parts of the panel.

You could have a look at the dash you just pulled from the convert to see how clean it is inside.

I can't remember if the 70 dash has any green diffusers but if they are burnt you can buy coloured bulb covers from Bosch that will allow you to remove the bad plastic and get colour back (I was going to try red or orange on one of my cars)
 

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I was looking at some cougar stuff on ebay and found that someone was selling these really cool kits that will give you white faced guages and different colored bulbs to choose from. They are made by Faux Glo. I don,t know the web site but you can probably search them on the net. Definately not stock but if you dont care about that they might be what you are looking for. They do make a kit specific to the 68 cougar.

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I also had dimbulbs...(*snicker* Get it? "dimbulb"??? *LOL* I kill me...)...oh...guess you hadda be there.

Anyway, I had low light as well, but since I had to go through the cluster and repaint the day-glo stuff, I repainted the inside of the unit as well...I used flat white paint. It REALLY brightened things up. I know that the original paint in there had yellowed ALOT over the years.

Probably alot more pain that you'd like to deal with, but it worked for me, and I had to take the assembly apart anyway..
 

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My bulbs are too dim as well. Even after cleaning the gauges and the bulb lenses. There is very little ageing in the cluster lenses, so it must be that they were always like this surely. Until I drove the car in the pitch dark for the first time I always assumed they were broken. I have to struggle to see what speed I am going at night, especially just after dusk. Are there any original owners out there who remember these problems?

I too thought of upping the wattage on the bulbs, but went off the idea when I saw how thin and flimsy the colored filters were. I suppose you could get rid of the colored filters altogether. That should do it. I don't like breaking stuff like that though. I think the white faces look out of place on an old car too. Just my .02

BTW, does anyone know what the wattage should be? It is all in Candle Power in the shop manual. I don't know how to convert CP to watts. Is there a direct correlation????
 

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Sorry I guess I should have said "brighter lights, same wattage" not amperage, oh well, I am sure you got the general idea, the 72 has little pieces of clear blue plastic where the dash lights fit in, I don't think it makes the dash look blue, but when we took it all out the other day I gave the entire thing a real good wash, and specially the glass, its amazing what a difference it made, worth the schlepp of removing the instrument cluster, now I guess I will have to do it on the 70 as well, never did get to the shop to see my cougar or to look for bulbs, its raining like you won't believe here and freezing cold, I overslept and found that my kids had taken full advantage of the fact and none of them had gone to school........!

Leon, well done to Oz on winning the cricket cup.
 

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The white face gauges are from RPM Overlays the bulbs wont work in our Cats to big and wont fit in o the socket.you have to tap into the harness.I sent him the 69XR-7 clock face so if you order a set you can get the clock face too,the site is www.rpmoverlays.com and follow the review section here you cant go wrong
 

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Bulbs are dim and fogged lens and dusty filters are part of the problem. Make sure your light switch is fully turned to bright. Its a common problem for these cars and something I don't like but its really only a problem at dusk or dawn. If you use brighter bulbs I think the plastic filters will melt.
Dan I see you got the clock face ok then?
 

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yep I got it thanks again Ray,Now to get the clock fixed and I will be all set.Intereior wise.
 

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Ray
"Make sure your light switch is fully turned to bright."

Explain that bit please..
 
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