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    Does anyone have experience with lighting an EL dash panel?

    Does anyone have experience with lighting an EL dash panel?

    I have an OEM gauge cluster that has an EL panel to light the main cluster. I plan to reconfigure it to accommodate Fiero electronics for the different gauges but my first issue is getting the EL panel to light.

    I have purchased an A5 12v EL inverter from the net. I think it was glow hut but I’m not sure. It’s been a while.
    At any rate. After I disassembled the cluster I found the connection for the EL light and attached it to the inverter. Using a small motorcycle 6v/12v battery charger I hooked it to the inverter.

    The EL only flashes when I apply power from the battery charger. If I tap the connection real fast in the 6v mode. I can get the EL to flash but not stay lit. I think the EL panel is ok but the inverter is not compatible.

    Does anyone have any experience with this?

    Or at least direct me to a site that may be able to help?
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    D-WERX ::: CUSTOM DESIGN TELLERPLATEN

    Hi Sean... This is a guy in holland who lives near me who makes custom guage clusters... He might be able to help you out with your problem...

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by dman1409 View Post
    D-WERX ::: CUSTOM DESIGN TELLERPLATEN

    Hi Sean... This is a guy in holland who lives near me who makes custom guage clusters... He might be able to help you out with your problem...

    Cheers
    Thanks man. So far I ended up scrapping the EL inverter I bought. It burned out on me. (cheap China crap) I was playing around with my cluster and found I was able to get it to light with it's internal inverter on the board with a 12v battery by putting the cluster in test mode. I had it lit up for around 5 min or so and then unplugged it because the transformer on the inverter section of the board was getting quite warm. I didn't know if that was normal or not.

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    Hows this project going mac?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dman1409 View Post
    Hows this project going mac?!
    Surprisingly enough I found out a Ferrari EL light panel works perfectly with a Chrysler OEM inverter. I’m currently working on getting all the OEM gauges and lights working without the Ferrari cluster board in place. I’m getting there. I see light at the end of the tunnel.

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    A small EL-light that is.... Hehe lol

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