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Question Dash Led Troubles!!

So i switched my dash lights to LED blue yesterday, i thought everything was all clear and until tonight i was driving and wanted to turn the intensity down, once i took them off full blast they waited about 3 seconds then shut off. I turned dial to full blast then turned the lights off then back on and they worked fine but it seems like they will only work when they are on all the way does anyone have a fix???
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LED lights don't like to dim down like regular incandescent bulbs. When the LED's get less than 9-12 volts they shut off. Some LED kits that dim do so by turning off some of the LED's in the strips or tubes with a control box.

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LED lights don't like to dim down like regular incandescent bulbs. When the LED's get less than 9-12 volts they shut off. Some LED kits that dim do so by turning off some of the LED's in the strips or tubes with a control box.

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Thank you sir, its not something i cant live with just didnt know if i was missing something i appreciate the quick reply
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gcscott is correct, they don't like analog potentiometers trying to tell them what level they should be at, most LEDs need a digital potentiometers to change there level, Some LED's come with Analog to Digial converters, but I only seen those in 120volt house bulbs. If I find that I cannot enjoy the LED's when they are too bright, I use a black permanent marker on the lens to cut down the intensity.
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I have tried using these to adjust the LED's to dim them. They somewhat work and are easy to install. I think there is 8 different dimming settings and 6 different flash settings. They don't change LED color settings. Only 2 wire hook-up.

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gcscott is correct, they don't like analog potentiometers trying to tell them what level they should be at, most LEDs need a digital potentiometers to change there level, Some LED's come with Analog to Digial converters, but I only seen those in 120volt house bulbs. If I find that I cannot enjoy the LED's when they are too bright, I use a black permanent marker on the lens to cut down the intensity.
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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/5pcs-...024290879.html

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I appreciate the help from you both greatly i will just leave them on high from now on, gcscott i love that idea but it isnt going to bother me enough to have to splice in to the back of the gauge cluster
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Lmao, ok, ok, sorry, A potentiometer /pɵˌtɛnʃiˈɒmɨtər/, informally a pot, is a three-terminal resistor with a sliding contact that forms an adjustable voltage divider.[1] If only two terminals are used, one end and the wiper, it acts as a variable resistor or rheostat.

In many electrical devices, potentiometers are what establish the levels of output. For example, in a loudspeaker, a potentiometer is used to adjust the volume. In a television set, computer monitor or light dimmer, it can be used to control the brightness of the screen or light bulb.
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