Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday May 23, 2015
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Technical > Electrical & Lighting

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-10-2002, 10:12 PM   #1
chrisdeaner
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 24625
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: San Rafael, CA
Default How to make my light up switch less light up :)

I put a blue glow switch in to control my radar detector, however it is really bright. Can i put a resistor in line with the power to dim it a bit? Thanks!
-Chris
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
chrisdeaner is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 12-10-2002, 11:02 PM   #2
brunetmj
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 8023
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Way-upstate , NY
Vehicle:
2004 2.5 RS

Default

I'm not quite sure what that is but could you just paint the bulb a darker color?
brunetmj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2002, 11:34 PM   #3
chrisdeaner
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 24625
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: San Rafael, CA
Default

I would, but it's a sealed component, and it's the plastic switch that is blue, not the bulb :/
-Chris
chrisdeaner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2002, 11:36 PM   #4
scoobieREX
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 25008
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: San Diago
Vehicle:
orginially
founded by Germans...

Default

That's what duct tape is for
scoobieREX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2002, 01:24 AM   #5
Zypper
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 5201
Join Date: Mar 2001
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Portland, OR
Vehicle:
'02 WRX Wagon
'11 Versys 650

Default

You probably have a high-output Blue LED camping out in your switch, wiring a resistor inline would probably do more harm than good. what you want is probably a frosted LED instead. Diffuse rather than harsh unfiltered light.
Zypper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2002, 01:27 AM   #6
chrisdeaner
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 24625
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: San Rafael, CA
Default

No dice on the LED, it's a stupid iradescent (sp?) lamp under a blue plastic switch...pretty cheap IMO, but I want the look. So can i wire a resisitor for that?
-Chris
chrisdeaner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2002, 03:08 AM   #7
danci1973
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 19018
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Maribor, Slovenia
Vehicle:
1995 Legacy Wagon
Silver

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by chrisdeaner
No dice on the LED, it's a stupid iradescent (sp?) lamp under a blue plastic switch...pretty cheap IMO, but I want the look. So can i wire a resisitor for that?
-Chris
Depending on how much current the lamp draws the resistor should be rated at appropriate wattage and might disipate heat, but generally, yeah, that's what you can do.

If you measure the voltage for the lamp and the current drawn by it, you can calculate the resistance. Then you decide what current you want to flow through the lamp (less current - less brightness) and calculate the appropriate resistor ratings.

D.
danci1973 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2002, 12:46 PM   #8
jeffg
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 2958
Join Date: Nov 2000
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Vehicle:
2001 WRX (GC8)

Default

Does the switch have a seperate power wire and ground for the light? If so, then you could probably wire in a resistor just fine.

On the other hand if the switch is just a two wire switch with current flowing through for the radar detector, then you would possibly drop the availible power for the detector and it would not work.

So I guess we need mroe details about how you wired the detector in.

J
jeffg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2002, 12:49 PM   #9
chrisdeaner
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 24625
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: San Rafael, CA
Default

Oh, hmmm, good point, i am pretty sure it had one power wire that provided power for both the detector and the light inside. i could rewire it to so the ground is what flows to the detector and the +power is just for the light...
-Chris
chrisdeaner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2002, 07:13 PM   #10
momoney627
Guest
 
Member#:
Default

Dosen't a switch cost liek 5 dollars if it was me I'd just buy another one..

Momoney627@aol.com
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-12-2002, 09:10 PM   #11
chrisdeaner
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 24625
Join Date: Sep 2002
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: San Rafael, CA
Default

But wouldn't that one be just as bright?
chrisdeaner is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How to make my WRX exhaust more "throaty" IceWind Newbies & FAQs 60 12-19-2005 12:11 AM
how to make my own air filter? MavWRX Service & Maintenance 7 11-03-2004 04:25 PM
How to make my 3" Flowmaster exhaust quieter fatray Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain (EJ Series Factory 2.0L Turbo) 36 01-11-2004 06:51 AM
how to make my Tein FLEX stiffer?? Bumble Bee 03 Brakes, Steering & Suspension 9 11-06-2003 07:39 PM
I need help i want to know how to make my subaru faster? impreza_power Technical Forum Archive 25 09-07-2000 10:07 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2015 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2015, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.