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Old 04-03-2017, 02:18 PM   #1
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VDO Red Replacement Bulb

I am planning to move the boat from GA back home to NC this weekend. Weather permitting we will run the ocean up to Cape Fear River. I am currently in NC and it occurred to me that during the last overnight run the backlights on the instrument panel were too bright. The panel is a standard Cummins with analog gauges 6bt circa 2000. Does anyone know the size/type of a red 12v bulb that will fit this application or the order number for an aftermarket bulb that works? It's not a critical issue but I would love to have 4 red bulbs in hand when I get on the boat.

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Old 04-03-2017, 02:30 PM   #2
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I have duplicate lights in all areas of the cabin with red led lighting but my instrument panel is not illuminated in red but does have a reostat for dimming the lights to a tolerable level while still allowing the gauges to be seen. Any DC lighting could be dimmed I would think.
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Mine is 1989 VDO and they use these little buggers. https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...trofit-car/10/
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:36 PM   #4
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Alan, the dimmer would work but tapping into the harness and mounting the switch would be a bit more difficult than just replacing the bulbs, I think! Dave, thanks for the link. I'm wondering if the gauges or their replacement bulbs changed over the 10 years between 1989 and 2000? I like the idea of LEDs. I converted the 14 overhead lamps to LED last summer and the amp saving is impressive.

If I don't get it fixed this trip it will be on the list for sooner than later.

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Many earlier (pre 2000 or so) VDO gauges used these colored covers with the incandescent instrument bulbs.

I just converted my generator remote panel to red lighting, and it is only a couple of years old.



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I put those little bulb condoms on, dimmed it right down and of course turned them red. Satisfied with night illumination now.
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Where do you get little bulb condoms?
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When I buy new vdo gauges, the condoms come with them. Probably can get them from one of the vdo vendors like eguages.
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Get a red magic marker and color the glass.
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or paint the glass with fingernail polish... lets you pick the shade
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Many earlier (pre 2000 or so) VDO gauges used these colored covers with the incandescent instrument bulbs.

That's is a BA7s bulb.



That's is a BA7s bulb.
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:22 AM   #12
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I would like to thank you all for the help and suggestions. I am going to try the magic marker/polish for this trip and when I know exactly what bulb it takes I'll go from there.

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Nail polish won't last too long, the red bulbs I got from VDO had some sort of paint on them, even that faded after a while.

I had a message asking for a dimmer instruction sheet, it's attached if anyone wants it. Mine works from this design, YMMV, the design is worth every penny you paid for it.
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Thank you Maerin.

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