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Question dash board brightness

Is there a plug and play solution to this “lack of brightness” problem in a 944 dash ?

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There is a thread already dealing with the problem. It stems from the silvering on several plastic pieces that transmit the light to the panel being discolored or flaking off. Do a search of the archives. All solutions entail removing the instrument panel to get to the plastic parts and then putting some reflective material on them. It is said to improve the panel lights dramatically. I prefer them dim so I haven't done mine yet.
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Here is an excellent article on dash lighting:

http://www.clarks-garage.com/shop-manual/elect-08.htm
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Thanks Dave,

I have read that article, I was after an off the shelves solution, something with backlit light ? I saw a thread with it and post a question but it seems to have been lost with all the other talk in there.
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From: D Corley (douglas.corley@alcatel.com)
Subject: dim gauge lighting
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if you want brighter bulbs for the 944 gauge lighting, use Sylvania #2825,
these are the 5W versions of the bulbs that came with the car (which are
Sylvania/OSRAM # 2821 3W rated),

the small indicator bulbs (used for the warning lights and such) are Sylvania #
2721 ....

All of these are available from your local autoparts store such as Kragen or
Autozone.
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Quote:
Originally posted by andrewgoh
From: D Corley (douglas.corley@alcatel.com)
Subject: dim gauge lighting
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Date: 2003-03-04 16:30:16 PST


if you want brighter bulbs for the 944 gauge lighting, use Sylvania #2825,
these are the 5W versions of the bulbs that came with the car (which are
Sylvania/OSRAM # 2821 3W rated),

the small indicator bulbs (used for the warning lights and such) are Sylvania #
2721 ....

All of these are available from your local autoparts store such as Kragen or
Autozone.
Good tip.

Thanks for posting that!
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I have my wife point the flashlight at my gauges at night when I tell her to, she's getting real good at it.

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When you get the assembly apart, try using Mirror paint. Buy a moirror kit or just the paint, any chain style arts and craft store.. A.C. Moore or Franks.. something like that. Remove the old reflective coating first though,,
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go to one of those same stores. and purchase clear Stained glass paint, (looks white when it's wet but dries crystal clear, mix a little with Silver metal flakes and paint it on ensuring even coatings. cover with foil tape if available. That may work also.. when yo look into the bulb housing it will be like a little mirror in there....

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