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Old 08-05-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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Voltage 3905-Electric panel face...hate it!!!

Just wondering if others feel as I do. I am referring to the panel faceplate that has all the switches for lights, heaters, status checks, etc. Depending on the lighting, the crosshatching makes it virtually impossible to read the labels for the various switches. Anyone else feel that this was a very poorly thought-out design??

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Old 08-05-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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Hey on the Rubicon - it is behind the LEFT panel door which is partially covered by the slide......and I have a large enough right panel cabinet....now that is poor design......go figure!
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:18 PM   #3
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A real poor design. I tried lighting the panel from the rear. It would take a flood light I believe to see it well with back lighting.
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Just wondering if others feel as I do. I am referring to the panel faceplate that has all the switches for lights, heaters, status checks, etc. Depending on the lighting, the crosshatching makes it virtually impossible to read the labels for the various switches. Anyone else feel that this was a very poorly thought-out design??

Mine is a 2013 3905 Voltage
Mine was that way also. look here this is what I did

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Just wondering if others feel as I do. I am referring to the panel faceplate that has all the switches for lights, heaters, status checks, etc. Depending on the lighting, the crosshatching makes it virtually impossible to read the labels for the various switches. Anyone else feel that this was a very poorly thought-out design??

Mine is a 2013 3905 Voltage
Here is what I did to alleviate the problem
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:48 PM   #6
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I tried the backlighting, but this worked much better. Lights the whole panel.

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Her are the LEDs I used
http://www.nteinc.com/LED_tubing/pdf/LED_Strips_01.pdf
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Mine was that way also. look here this is what I did

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I haven't tried taking off the faceplate, so need to ask...are the labels translucent so that the light shows through? Or did you have to do something else in addition?

I've thought about just using a label maker to put individual labels on each item, but like the look of the LEDs you used, but need more info on how you did that. I saw the LED tape you used, but not sure my electrical skills would be up to this.
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I haven't tried taking off the faceplate, so need to ask...are the labels translucent so that the light shows through? Or did you have to do something else in addition?

I've thought about just using a label maker to put individual labels on each item, but like the look of the LEDs you used, but need more info on how you did that. I saw the LED tape you used, but not sure my electrical skills would be up to this.
Yes the labels are translucent.
I got power from the 12volt power plug +/- used a micro switch in series with the hot side of the lights Red wire on the lights. I will draw a schematic and post it.
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Lets see if it works
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With a NC, normally closed switch, the LEDs will be bright until you open the door and the switch becomes open. Wouldn't the switch requirement be NO, or normally open?
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If you look at pictures there is a micro switch that is open/ off when door is closed, closed/on when door is open. door activates switch. Normally closed means closed when switch is not activated, neutral position.http://pinterest.com/pin/298645019011106006/
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I would have thought a 'closed' switch would have the contacts made, therefore creating a continous circuit. Whereas an open switch would be a broken circuit and not continous.
Must be my left handedness took over while looking at the schematic.
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I would have thought a 'closed' switch would have the contacts made, therefore creating a continous circuit. Whereas an open switch would be a broken circuit and not continous.
Must be my left handedness took over while looking at the schematic.
your thinking is right door closed = switch open, door open = switch is closed
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