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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-31-2010, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Autometer GS gauges

I installed my Pyro and boost gauges on sunday and love 'em! However, those green LED's are super bright! like green spotlights! I have them tapped in to my dimmer so they dim w/ the dash lights but are still bright! I was wondering if I could tap a resistor in-line to them on the illumination wire to dim them down just a hair? I would think so.... and if so, what size resistor? My Ohm's law training is escaping me right now!!!!!! Need a refresher/guidance. And if it can't be done, oh well. Just an idea.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-01-2010, 12:32 AM
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Re: Question about Autometer GS gauges

You can use resistors, and it works great. The challenge is trying to find out what resistors to use. Autometer also sales a dimmer just for this.

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Why don't you post some pics. I would like to see how it turned out. I am planing on the same guages on my 04.
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Re: Question about Autometer GS gauges

I love my GS gauges, nice look to them, but a dimmer is needed for sure.

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Re: Question about Autometer GS gauges

If you find a headlight switch out of a car that dims when you turn the knob. You can wire it inline and adjust it to your liking.

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Re: Question about Autometer GS gauges

doesnt autometer sell a dimmer.........



yep they do, pure diesel power has them and Im sure other vendors sell them

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Re: Question about Autometer GS gauges

So my question now is: If I wire a dimmer in line, or any potentiometer or rheostat i guess, that's just in-line and will alter the signal given from my factory dimmer? So that even with something in line, it will still dim and brighten via my factory dimmer? once I've dialed in the one that's "in-line" which will basically just change the brightness ratio from dash lights to pillar gauges.... in a sense.... or in lamen's terms

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I've gotta get an avatar..........

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if you wire the dimmer inline with the hot wire that powers the lights and the lights them self they will dim and not the dash lights.


basically putting the dimmer between the lights and the factory light switch
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I guess I dont understand. They dim with the dash lights now, so if I put an additional resistance in line between where they (gauge lights) are powered from now, and the gauges themself, why wouldnt they still dim with the factory dimmer? I'll just have to try it and see. Everyone's ideas have definitely got my thinking cap on now.

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Re: Question about Autometer GS gauges

If you put the additional dimmer between your hot wire, and your guages you will have the effect you want. Your guages will still dim with the dash lights, but you will be able to dial in the guages, and get them to match the brightness of your dash.
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