At 07:39 PM 2/8/06, Rick Williams wrote:
>I'd be curious to see how these lamps perform. I looked at similar
>drop in replacements but I was concerned that the beam width would be too
>narrow to illuminate the Ten-Tec meters. Most of the light would go
>straight up rather than at 90 degrees towards the meter back.
You could be right. (I haven't used the drop-ins)
When one of my TT rig meter lamps go out, (or any other gear) I replace
them by hardwiring at least two white LEDs in parallel with enough dropping
resistance to get 15ma or so, depending on the diode peak current
rating. I don't use the socket, but solder the 1/2W resistor in series
with the diodes from the 12V connection to ground (or bulb socket
housing). I position the diodes horizontally about an inch and a half
behind the meter, pointing them toward the meter back. (The stiffness of
the diode and resistor leads holds them in place) Then comes the physical
positioning to get the 30 degree light pattern from each to flood as much
of the meter face as possible. Works well. Three diodes would be even better.
Stringing the LEDS in series would be even more efficient if the voltage
drop across each LED was equal or close to it. This would keep the light
For edgewise meters as used on the TT SP-325, ONE LED stuffed into the
meter back in place of the old grain-o-wheat lamp illumines everything.
But these particular edgewise meters are not tinted a darker color so the
resulting "blue" white light can be irritating as 15ma generates excessive
brilliance. Reducing current is the answer here.
I find huge assortments of LEDs at Hosfelt electronics, Steubenville, OH,
and pricing isn't bad. www.hosfelt.com
Hope these notes help those that haven't tried it yet.
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