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[August 8, 2009]


I decided to go with the simple, easy Van's dimmers. They are cheap and easy. There are a lot of other dimmers on the market that do some great things, but I just want to get through the rest of this build as simple as possible!

I am using two dimmers -- one for the new NuLite's on the altimeter and airspeed indicator, and the other one will be for the LED lighting I am putting on the glareshield, as a total panel light. I mounted the two dimmer control modules behind the left subpanel. I screwed up the orientation of the bottom one because i reversed my alignment jig. Oh well, it works for me.


Before I could go further with the routing of the dimmer wires, I wanted to mount the left Princeton capacitive fuel converter. It needed to be accessed from the ground to calibrate, so I thought this location would be perfect.


I temporarily wired up the NuLite's and voila! I see the light. As a side note, look how different the cutout is on the panel compared to the NuLite. When I originally cut the panel, I cut the notch out from around the altimeter by using the altimeter's cutout. What I didn't realize is the NuLite covers up the altimeters notch and has a much smaller one. I am going to try to fill this with a epoxy/fox mixture and see if I can't get it looking better. FYI for all you guys not at this point planning on going with the NuLites!


And the top (instrument light) dimmer is fully installed and tested. As a note, the heat sink on the power regulator doesn't get hot at all with the NuLites.

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