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Old 10-07-2001, 09:38 PM
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change instrument lighting colour?

I wondered if any of you has tried changing the instrument lighting colour to either red like a BMW or Audi or blue like a new VW? Should be very easy to do... just remove the bulbs and paint with a solvent based glass paint, which is available in any art and craft shop. I haven't done this to mine but I have coloured indicator bulbs orange to go behind the clear euro indicator lenses.
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Old 10-07-2001, 11:01 PM
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Don't change the instrument cluster light to blue, blue light is the absolute worst for night vision.
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Old 10-08-2001, 01:15 AM
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Yes, agreed. I have heard (I think from Larry Bible and others) that looking into the night after looking at blue lighting (IE instrument cluster), makes it very hard to see. I would just keep the lights the way they are... Mercedes knew what they were doing when the put the lights in!
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Old 10-08-2001, 06:16 AM
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Yeah, I had tried several coloured bulbs before, and the blue and red were awful in the dark. What I found quite pleasing (IMO) though were orange coloured bulbs that are normally used for side indicators.

Still using them.
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Old 10-08-2001, 12:14 PM
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Interesting, that the new SL's cockpit gauges are illuminated with BLUE!!! The engineers must not read this forum.
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