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Adjustable illumination for console gauges?

I recently installed a center console in my car and discovered that the lights for the console gauges are not affected by the dimmer function of the headlight switch. I assume this was the stock setup for the console gauges. Has anyone tried pulling power for the gauge lights from the wire going to the illuminated heat/defrost indicator which is adjustable from the headlight switch?
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My center console lights dim. I have a '73 and I beleive that it is stock. I can take a good look at my car later to tell you what needs to be done exactly. I do however think that the gauges are hooked to the wrong power line. Perhaps the headlight power line instead of the power line for the dash. This would cause a const voltage to run regardless of the dimmer. Look to see what line runs to the gauges that dim, splice into it and then run a line for the center console to that. you should see that they now dim. I you solder that together and shrink wrap it, you have yourself a fix.
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My stock 74 center console lights do not dim.

But I have a similar question...My main gauge lights seem very dim to me even when fully turned up. Is this a common condition with 914's? I can barely see my gauges sometimes...let me know your experiences
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Check the voltage at the bulbs. Our 1974 had several poor connectors and a couple of bad sockets and after replacement of the parts and bulbs with new ones the lights are much brighter. Should have 12 volts or so I think. Might want to check the ground connectors as some gauges use the body as a ground and some have ground wires connecting all together. Finally check the fuses and connectors on the fuse block to make sure all connections are good. Good luck.
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My experience with three different 914's is that the dash gauge illumination is pretty low even at full "brightness". John's suggestion is a good one, but don't expect miracles!
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