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+1 KFunk.


So, I just ran out to check:  my lights work !!  If I noticed that, I certainly don't remember.  I gotta learn to pay more attention to the obvious.





Booooo, me too.  Shoulda ran out to the garage before I posted.  I had no idea.

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"The slider faceplates were first illuminated in the 73's...."


Actually it was sometime in mid-1972, when the factory replaced the three lever, non-illuminated heater controls with four illuminated levers--one of those factory mid-year, unannounced changes.  They did that a lot.



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have replaced 9 bulbs for cluster, what lights up the climate control sliders?

they used to light up. thanks for help.



Instrument cluster lights- did you replace with clear bulbs? 194, correct?


When I did this, I was loving the red glow in (then brand new) E28 clusters, so I had myself a tint-festival and dipped them all in red theatrical gel.  Turns out this stuff is no longer sold, toxic fumes or some such nonsense like that ;)


It worked like a charm, by the way.  VERY slick, just like a 'modern' BMW or aircraft instruments.




I still have the jar, 99 % still left, as itty bitty instrument lamps don't take much to coat. It's called 'Amber' but is really closer to red.

I used it in a pair of Taiwanese rear lights w/clear/smoke lenses, for an E30 in Canada.  He wanted help making them brighter, since it came with purple lamps-- dim, wrong color, just plain idiocy in plastic.  This 'amber' tint made them almost perfectly red, just like stock BMW lenses might.


Meanwhile, I came across some factory-coated 194NA (Natural Amber) lamps, a nice improvement over clear.


Anyone insterested? I have a few left over...  and could do more 'red' if anyone wants to try them out, upgrade the dashboard lighting.

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