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Old 01-29-2003, 04:19 AM
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I would like to add a dimmer switch to my console lights. Can anyone tell me what kind of switch I need and where I can get it.

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Old 01-29-2003, 06:18 PM
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They're not cheap, $40 to $60, but available at Boater's World, West Marine, or Boatfix.com among other places.

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Old 01-30-2003, 06:45 AM
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For goodness sakes, just go to your local Radio Shack and ask for one. You'll have to mount it in a somewhat protected area, but I'd guess and say you could walk out of the store, switch in hand, for less than five bucks.

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Old 01-30-2003, 02:42 PM
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Yeesh ... [ Thom this isn't directed to you, we love your posts ! ] ... but the last time I recommended Radio shack parts on this board I was nearly keel-hauled .

That said, here's some info you need to know as the rheostats are rated in watts, see link: http://www.fanbus.com/thelab/Rheo_Ti...ostat_tips.htm

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Old 01-31-2003, 10:10 AM
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What are console lights?? Are these your instrument lights or what? Not so simple to just get a dimmer without knowing what you are dimming.
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Old 01-31-2003, 03:11 PM
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Yes, Gil
The instrument lights. Some times when I am running at night the light from the instruments is bright enough that it is hard to see beyond them. I just want to be able to lower the output so that I can see them and what is past them.

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Old 01-31-2003, 05:28 PM
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quote:Originally posted by Gil Morgan:
Not so simple to just get a dimmer without knowing what you are dimming ...

What Gil says is true, you need to know the MAX load of the circuit your dimming. Keep in mind that rheostats give off heat as a by-product of the energy regulation so you want it sized right. And if your R-Shacks stores are like the local ones near e ... they know diddly about electronics nowadays.

One tip to try: Take out the clear bulbs and "paint" them with a red Sharpie magic marker, let dry. They'll glow red and won't hurt you're night vision !

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Old 02-04-2003, 08:23 AM
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Reel-Rascals, you are right. The R-Shack people are real nummies, so you better know what you want when you go in. Also, you may have to visit several stores to get what you want.

NPH, you have to define all of your instruments that are to be dimmed, at least with regard to lamp wattage or lamp resistance. With that information, it is easy to establish the total current for the dimmer and the dimmer size. If you do not feel talented enough to undertake that task or have a friend who can help you, I don't think anyone can give you a solution.

Other than engine instrumentation such as Voltage and Temperature/pressure, hour-meter, what other guages are involved?? Also, what engine(s) do you have??
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Old 02-04-2003, 02:17 PM
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I just had a simple on-off switch on my dash lights. I could flip the lights on for a minute if I had to change speeds and sync the RPMs or something, then flip them back off for the best night-time visibility. It was very simple and worked very well.
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