Just got done with an upgrade to the lighting behind my new silver gage cluster I have installed in my ranger.
Basically what I used a combination of lighting this time around. First I installed blue led strips(similar to oznium strips) wherever i could on the back of the cluster(white piece). Secondly I used some five SMD 360° plug in the 194 sockets. Both products were purchased from superbrightleds.com. The plugin bulbs WLED-BHP5
where the most expensive at $5.94 each with five smd on them each with an individual mcd rating of 5500. The LED strips where also purchased here because oznium has been out of stock for quite some time and its unknown when they will get more. These NFLS-B30
come in 19.5" or larger strips (you can cut at every 3leds/solder more on) and use SMD that are individually rated at 1000mcd.
Anyways I wish i would have thought to take some pictures during the build process. Doh!
It actually turned out pretty smooth as there is only one hot spot where the 3 is on the tachometer(rpm gauge). I think one of bulb sockets is right under it.
There is this dull spot on 10 km/h between the odometer and trip mileage and I'm still not happy with the orange needles. The speedometer and tac don't seem to be bright enough. I'm not sure what else I could do about that? I'm wondering if i might be able to stick some led strips on top of the odometer and tac modules? got any ideas? the only other option might be switching to those component 13,000 mcd leds in the sockets but personally i doubt that will do any good as they seem to be overrated. I compared them with the SMDs and they seem about the same brightness. Superbrightleds rates theirs more realistically then the Chinese
The other thing is the light is still under the circuit boards thus blocked.