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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwinds View Post
    The ice blue/white is my favorite for the meters. I did not like the Marantz/McIntosh blue at all. Made the registers look weird

    Here is Silvara (400) with the color I am referring to

    Ron shows Clear White up top and old burned out incandescents in the bottom

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    The 400 has the tinted lenses with "bright white" LED's which I installed.

    The 700B has clear lenses and LED install was Jerry's doing, but I picked the color. Back then, I was told "white" was an option. I wanted amber which were N/A at the time and did not want blue. Consensus then was to use white as there would be a hint, and only a hint of blue.

    But the 400 shows what uncolored LED's look like through tinted lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcok View Post
    Remember my old thread :
    Improving Pl 4000 light board kit .
    I would like to add this simple method to find the colour you prefer :
    -use a variable power supply ( eg . a model train DC power supply )
    -connect a led with 470 / 680 Ohm in series to the power supply
    -insert only one led into a hole of the VU
    -try many leds till you find what you like
    -calculate the right resistor for your leds
    Joe uses 180 Ohm for white led ( 20 mA ) and I used 360 ( 10 mA) ( starting from approx. 8V )
    -locate the leds and right resistors on the board and "voila' "
    Don't forget to sand the leds to avoid shades .
    At this point you can obtain everything : green , blue , red , yellow , sunny white , cold white ,and so on .
    To find the right colour took me 3 days , because you have to
    test the brightness during the day and during the night .
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    Mr. Marco, do you mean literally take sandpaper to the LEDS ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 62vauxhall View Post
    The 400 has the tinted lenses with "bright white" LED's which I installed.

    The 700B has clear lenses and LED install was Jerry's doing, but I picked the color. Back then, I was told "white" was an option. I wanted amber which were N/A at the time and did not want blue. Consensus then was to use white as there would be a hint, and only a hint of blue.

    But the 400 shows what uncolored LED's look like through tinted lens.



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    Those uncolored LED's look great to me and Joe said he used clear white as well. Looks like clear white is what I will order. Still, I want to see what the clear blue would look like here in the unit and I want to see what green would look like. So, I have ordered some LED's and I am going to order the kit. I am going to experiment with the colors as in Marcos post below. So what may happen is that I get myself into some kind of a mess (as I have before) but I will post images as I go along with the colors I use. Thanks all and I will post back.
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    I just put this 700b together and I will have to reduce the bulb voltage as you can see it is mega bright through clear lens. This is what is great about the forums. Lots of different ideas come up. I will try Perry’s defuser idea as well
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    Yes,
    I used sand paper # 230 .
    2 or 3 seconds per Led are sufficient .
    Leds become opaline , so no shades .
    Read my old thread . Everything is clear .
    The effect is like a Mc Intosh , colour apart of course .
    This is a " trick " used by modellers .
    For normal bulbs white paint is used .
    Ciao
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcok View Post
    Yes,
    I used sand paper # 230 .
    2 or 3 seconds per Led are sufficient .
    Leds become opaline , so no shades .
    Read my old thread . Everything is clear .
    The effect is like a Mc Intosh , colour apart of course .
    This is a " trick " used by modellers .
    For normal bulbs white paint is used .
    Ciao
    Marco
    Found the thread here : http://forums.phxaudiotape.com/showt...ng+light+board
    Thanks Marco. I will try that as well. Placed the order with White Oak and soon the kit will be on its way. This is going to be a good winter project for me as it is freezing down here ! Yes, to us Southerners anything below 60 deg. is freezing ! Lol.
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    Marco is a real asset with many interesting threads! Good thing I don't still have my 72 Fiat 850 spyder! I'd be bugging him for parts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradrock View Post
    Marco is a real asset with many interesting threads! Good thing I don't still have my 72 Fiat 850 spyder! I'd be bugging him for parts!

    Here in South Mo, 15 degree's tomorrow night!
    I need a few more warm days to get some outdoor spray painting done on my car lift. Alway's a few dollars short & a few days late.................
    Really, a Fiat 850 Spyder?

    I had a 1960 something 850 coupe for a while in the late 1970's - 843cc's - 47hp.

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