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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 11-15-2004, 11:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got bored and made up some circuit boards, 4 boards one for each hole in the top of the dash. I need to put a couple of covers to block the light filtering back at you.
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Old 11-16-2004, 09:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Very snazzy. It'd be nice to have a color in there that head units can acautlly match, it's hard to find stuff in orange.
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That's different.

How long did that take you?
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couple hours, just etched the boards myself and soldered away. the most amount of time was spent figuring out the layout and componet values.

You can get orange LEDs not sure if they are High output though

Cool thing with these LEDs is that the dimmer works to a certain level so you can dim them down a bit. I went with the blue as it matched the CD/MP3 lighting.

You can do it for a back lit dash also

any hints or tips needed just ask away, playing with the LEDs is pretty cool.

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Old 11-17-2004, 02:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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nice, i kind of like the looks of that, you should post up a diy for people like me who know nothing about how to make stuff like that work well
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Well relatively new to this forum is there a section to post DIY
I can write it up if you want no biggie.
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honestly you should have added more lights....the visibility looks kinda bad...when i did this to my previous cars i added another 12-13 bulbs (LED's) just because LED's are focused light and will not supply enough lighting...just a though but it looks good just needs more..
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Old 11-18-2004, 06:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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well the vis looks bad as it is a pic taken with my phone so the res is not that good.
As for the intensity of the lights 4 is more than enough, any more and it would be blinding in the vehicle. I used hi-intensity LEDs but if I used Lower level bulbs I would agree with you. Since there are only 4 main indicators on the dash speedo, tach, fuel and temp. the 4 LEDs focus very well on those gauges. I can get another cam and retake the shot for clarity if needed. Thanks for the comments though
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im about to go nuts with LEDs and change my Dome and Floor lights to that, My Guages and the lights that shine onto the Licence plate. Im all about LED's
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im about to go nuts with LEDs and change my Dome and Floor lights to that, My Guages and the lights that shine onto the Licence plate. Im all about LED's
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I'm working with dome lights now, trying to figure out how to stick as many super white leds as posible. Then, tail lights
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Originally posted by Paraklas+Nov 21 2004, 11:36 AM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Paraklas @ Nov 21 2004, 11:36 AM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-theratdude64@Nov 19 2004, 03:29 PM
im about to go nuts with LEDs and change my Dome and Floor lights to that, My Guages and the lights that shine onto the Licence plate. Im all about LED's
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I'm working with dome lights now, trying to figure out how to stick as many super white leds as posible. Then, tail lights
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superbrightleds.com has some that just pop in like a standard dome bulb, but are 3-5 LEDs
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[quote=wcleafs,Nov 17 2004, 01:44 AM]
couple hours, just etched the boards myself and soldered away. the most amount of time was spent figuring out the layout and componet values.

You can get orange LEDs

Cool thing with these LEDs is that the dimmer works to a certain level so you can dim them down a bit. I went with the blu

any hints or tips needed just ask away, playing with the LEDs is pretty cool.

yes and thanks for the ability to ask or hint

i have recently had to replace one bulb from the dash and it sort of snowballed, luckily there was a juckyard with a few of these, so i grabbed all the bulbs i could and they sort of poppped right in..however...

can we make a black light dash... meaning phosphorouse numbers and a phosporouse needle set to have the GLOWING BACKROUNDS. as i just dont like any direct lights...

which is why the orange/red is soo great... our eyes NEVER FATIGUE in red light...
which is why the red lights are mounted in every military submarine and fighter jets...and most other high end visual products...like our bimmers ..

but again the black light idea is a CAPITOL IDEA... if you work on that and sell it,,, we will buy it...and love you for taking our petty cash off our hands for your effort and ability...
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the ultraviolet LEDS are available on EBay and with the white lettering on the instruments it would probably look rather cool

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