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#1 wv@gt

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 15:59

Im converting the dash of my 03 Subie to leds. I have tried both red and blue leds. If I go with blue the dials come out a lighter blue because of the green tint behind the plastic. Red show rights through. My needles are painted yellow though and show up yellow with the blue, but red with the red leds. I was curious though, I know red is better on the eyes at night which is why most cars now have them. Does anyone like blue over red clusters? I posted some example pics. I wish I could use white leds, but I would need to sand the green tint off.

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#2 HawkMan

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 16:05

It's not that red show up better at night, in fact it's closer to the opposite. Red however preserves your night vision better.

Blue looks cooler and more unique.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 16:17

It's not that red show up better at night, in fact it's closer to the opposite. Red however preserves your night vision better.

Blue looks cooler and more unique.


I love red at night, its not in your face making your eyes hurt (some blues are bright and cause eye strain at night)... I can't stand white, and blue colors on gauge clusters.... and some shades of blue are actually hard to see at night if you have astigmatism in your eyes like I do... they can "band" / star glare or make halos

I know red is better on the eyes at night which is why most cars now have them.


really? I find it the opposite, the only car I have seen recently with red is Pontiac's... everyone else seems to be going cool white/green, what other car makers use Red right now?

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 16:24

My parents '10 Mazda 3 has red numbers with white needle, Audis use red, BMW uses orange. I already have the red in place, it looks much deeper than the pic above, but Im not set on it. Im thinking of getting the blue leds and trying them. Wondering if anyone else has converted their dash to all blue and like it?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 17:19

Definitely red, because it's easier on your eyes at night. Blue just looks miserable, and I hate anything with blue LED's - automatic no for me.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 17:24

Looks good red and now I'm tempted to do red with my 02 WRX, hmmm.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:34

Im going with the red, however its a little too red. Tomorrow I am going to try using some orange stage gels to make it more of an orange ish red. My original plan was to actually sand off the green film behind the cluster as well as change the needles from the yellow color. The yellow needles with red backlighting looks odd, but I have heard the process of taking the needles off is a pain in the rear. I like the look of a red dash with white needles, but thats looking a little harder to to. Now I am thinking of just keeping the entire dash redish orange, but add some blue rings around the edges of each gauge like the Mazda3.



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