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Old 12-31-2007, 03:04 PM   #1
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Switch Panels

after seeing the spod in another post I started looking around for something similar for my SMB. I found these here panels http://www.awdirect.com/catalog.cfm?...kon=subsection Now I just need to find nice fuse/relay box and I'll be all set. Another good source here http://www.delcity.net/
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:24 PM   #2
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Light Switch, overhead console install considerations

Just an FYI for those considering 'overhead' switch panel installs...

One of the traits I learned with my overhead switch panel install is that very small amber lights tend to work well while driving at night. Bright medium/large indicator lights really don’t work well (at least in my case) as they can really impair night vision. The single most offensive indicator light in my van is the 4x4 engaged light. This thing is very bright and is located just above my line of sight. It is actually painful to drive in the dark-of-night with this pencil-eraser sized bright green light searing my eyeballs.
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Old 03-06-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
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I just ordered one of these flat touch switch panels for all my noncamper electrical accessories. I'll let you all know how it works out. http://www.jegs.com/i/ARC/116/4000D/10002/-1
Jegs also has these in 8 and 12 switch panels as well.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:51 AM   #4
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I just ordered one of these flat touch switch panels for all my noncamper electrical accessories. I'll let you all know how it works out. http://www.jegs.com/i/ARC/116/4000D/10002/-1
Jegs also has these in 8 and 12 switch panels as well.
Please post some post-install pics when you're done, I'm very curious as to how well it works. Where's the intended mounting location?


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TWOLOST,

Do you think the amber lights are gentler on night vision than the red would be?

I am just thinking back to darkroom days and remembering red lights.

It looks like the standard choices on the Del City LED illuminated round rckers are green, red, and amber.
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Night vision is handled by the rods, as oppossed to the cones, in the back of the eye. Rods are most sensitive to red light. So, if the light intensity is the same for the red and amber lamps, you would notice the red light more.


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Old 03-13-2008, 11:37 AM   #7
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Actually, I think you have it backwards.

Rods (low-light vision cells) are sensitive to blue/green, and insensitive to red. See Wikipedia: Rod Cell and Wikipedia: Purkinje Effect for details.



This is why red illumination is best when the goal is to avoid interfering with low-light vision.

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