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Dash lights redo/help

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Hi, I have a standard dash on my 68 coupe. And my dash lights are very poor and suck. When idling they are worse, then when going 50, they are a bit more visable. But still if I where to try to get more brightness out of them how? Led or stay with flouresent or other options? What about the little plastic covers that in front of them? And next the rheostat, maybe I could try to clean? It’s very touchy, and then could the rheostat cause some of my issues for poor dash lights?
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I installed a set of the cheapo Amazon LEDs referenced further up in the thread and yeah, had some issues with socket fitment. I did, however, take a pair of my Knipex pliers and GENTLY squeezed the sockets on the bayonet indents. That seems to have solved the issue of looseness. I made sure I could still fit standard 1895 bulbs back in them if need be.

So far, I don't think I'll need to go back, and these are dimmable to an extent. Not full-range like an incandescent, but they'll do. The LEDs I used were white with the standard blue filters in the cluster.

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Coincidentally, I was just working on my 66 rally pac bulbs this weekend. I switched over to green on the dash, a while back, and used the following bulbs with an opaque bulb cover...
I purchased them like that to diffuse the light a bit. That pack will also service the radio and shifter bulbs on a 66 of which are pictured below.

For posterity, I used these bulbs for the Scott Drake rally pac that are quite a bit brighter and make the rally pac really pop.
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Kinda leaning towards the Amazon ones, they have a lot of good reviews about people with classic cars
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