dash light question

Ti Kan ti at amb.org
Sat Nov 16 11:36:04 EST 2002

Greg Smith writes:
> Do Audi dashes have red lights due to red colored
> bulbs or red-colored plastic housings or what?
> In the interest of making my '86 Syncro more
> Audi-like, not to mention some claim it helps night
> vision, I'd like to have a red dash at night.
> What's the best way to accomplish this?

The red lighting comes from the red filtering effects in the optics.
The bulbs glow in regular incandescent white (on the latest Audis,
white LEDs are used instead).  You can try coloring the optics with a
red marker, or use special "bulb condom" red filters available from
VDO dealers, but these will reduce the effective light.  Audi uses
higher intensity bulbs to bring the light level up to normal.

2003 A4 1.8T multitronic
2001 S4 biturbo 6-sp
1984 5000S turbo
1980 4000 2.0 5-sp
    ///  Ti Kan                Vorsprung durch Technik
   ///   AMB Laboratories, Sunnyvale, CA. USA
  ///    ti at amb.org
 //////  http://www.amb.org/ti/

More information about the quattro mailing list