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Hello. Spanking new to this forum. I'm doing minor restoration to 1996 Impreza I bought for $600 (only 90K miles!). Basically, I'm detailing/major cleaning of interior. With much much difficulty I pulled the instrument cluster out in order to replace all the bulbs, some of which were burnt out. This model has a nasty mechanical speedometer/odometer cable rather than a wiring harness like newer models, plus (at least in my experience) there is hardly any slack at all within which to twist & tilt the instrument cluster unit. My wrists are all scratched up from trying, and I actually broke one of the clear plastic tabs keeping the clear lens aligned. Dash lights are green as usual, but the "mechless" stereo unit I installed (BOSS) has an intense blue display. I'm changing the dash lights to blue to appear more consistent. I'm replacing the instrument backlights with LEDs from http://superbrightleds.com but haven't chosen specific products (e.g. T-5s and T-10s) yet. Figured while I have it pulled out I'd do this since once the dashboard is back in place I am not removing it again! Dash lights are green as usual, but the "mechless" stereo unit I installed (BOSS) has an intense blue display. I'm changing the dash lights to blue LEDs to appear more consistent. My Problems: At night, there is absolutely no backlighting etc. for the 4-way mirror controls, and the 4 pwr window switches. The engineers kindly added "bumps" to the driver's side door --in order to feel where the window controls are-- but it'd be so much more convenient (and safer) if those 4 switches were illumined in some fashion. I haven't pulled the bezel (for windows switches/door latch) but I doubt they are backlit. They didn't put in a low-fuel warning light, so why do the other useful things. I am adding a lamp or two in order to dimly shine onto the window switch panel and onto the mirror control panel. Like tiny spotlights, but of a low intensity as to not distract the driver. I just want the driver to see where they are at night, rather than feeling around for a few seconds with one's left hand. I have locations staked out for positioning these & will be installing the corresponding socket bases. My Question: I think I know where I can draw power from (there is an unused, brown wiring harness next to the emergency flashers push on/off switch, apparently for an accessory never included on this particular model. Maybe I can run a lead from that, but that presents its own issue: it has 4 contacts, instead of the convenient positive/negative. Does any know how I can 1)properly get power to these new bulbs, and 2)connect them in such a way so they dim along with the instrument cluster lights? BTW I'm buying dimmable LEDs. I guess I'm looking for an electrical schematic rather than trial & error and screwing everything up. I can't seem to get my hands on a repair manual so old, which probably would have a diagram or something I could refer to.
BoxerRebellion posted a topic in Old Gen.: 80's GL/DL/XT/Loyales...It's Friday folks. And with a new weekend, comes a new Scoob-Related question. To all of the high voltage gurus out there... My pillar-gauges are bright as can be. Driving at night with the most neon-of-light smashing into your eyeballs can be a struggle. Correct me if I'm wrong, but there must be something that can be wired inline to dim the brightness? Yah? Perhaps a... Resistor? That would limit power, resulting in dimmer lighting, correct? What could be wired inline, to dim aftermarket Autometer pillar gauges? Much appreciation in advance.