By popular request (really, I got quite a few emails about this!...;-), I finally completed my Beogram DC motor restoration video! It demon...
Monday, September 21, 2015
Beogram 4002: Replacing the RPM Indicator Bulbs with SMD LEDs
I continued working my way through replacing the lightbulbs in the Beogram 4002 (5513) that I am restoring right now. Today was RPM indicator day. I took this as an opportunity to further improve my LED replacement approach. In an earlier post I described how to replace the incandescent bulbs with the red and green LEDs of a RGB through hole 5 mm LED. This worked fairly well, but I was not 100% happy with the homogeneity of the back illumination of the RPM trimmer scales. The issue with standard through hole LEDs is their directed emission pattern out of the top of the LEDs. This made it necessary to sand their bulbs into a matte surface and also painting the tops black to prevent a too high emission on one side of the trimmer scales.
My latest approach is based on my current approach to implanting LEDs for the position scale illumination of Beogram 4000s. I changed the PCB shape to fit behind the bulb covers of the 4002 bulb housings, and I adapted the current limiting resistors (10k for green and 2.5k for red) to the 21V operating voltage and the different illumination angle of the diffusing cavity. I made a short video about this updated approach: