Gauge lights

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Gra2472
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Gauge lights

Post by Gra2472 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:06 am

Good morning folks. I hope all are well. I am still in the process of moving into my new house, so I won't be working on my locomotive for a while. However, while I was washing down the kitchen (we had the house tented for beetles last week) that I need to figure out lights for my water glass and steam pressure gauge. Any suggestions?

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NP317
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Re: Gauge lights

Post by NP317 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:06 am

For my water glass I used a 1" length of 1/4" diameter brass tubing with part of a side milled out, and painted white inside. A white LED glues nicely inside, providing all the light needed through the opening.
Wiring hangs from the cab roof, inside coiled SS wire flex tubing.

The gauges are lit by 3 spot LEDs arranged along the back top of the cab rear wall.
Each LED is aimed at a gauge, providing direct light plus ambient general lighting in the cab.
I made small top shields from brass, so the LEDs don't blind my vision at night.
Produces a nice effect.
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Gra2472
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Re: Gauge lights

Post by Gra2472 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:17 pm

Very cool! I hadn't thought of putting spot lights on the back wall. Thanks!

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cbrew
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Re: Gauge lights

Post by cbrew » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:27 pm

My brother ad to replace the running leds on his peterbuilt truck, the led inserts make great cab lights, they are the right color and easy to mount on the roof of the cab

I also found a LED that is intended to be used to light up a license plate works great for a site gauge light
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Gra2472
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Re: Gauge lights

Post by Gra2472 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:29 pm

Too cool CBrew!

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makinsmoke
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Re: Gauge lights

Post by makinsmoke » Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:46 pm

Of course Dave Sclavi sells some very nice lights.....

Gra2472
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Re: Gauge lights

Post by Gra2472 » Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:52 pm

I have tried Mercer Locomotive Works and have heard nothing back.

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fl_mikado
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Re: Gauge lights

Post by fl_mikado » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:40 pm

Dave is usually very good about getting back to you. He may be travelling to Florida for the Winter Meets as he has the past few years.

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