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Dec 27, 2005
I have Yaesu FT-8800R dual band transceiver with the head remote mounted on the dash. One major complaint is that the buttons and knobs aren't illuminated which, along with their small size, makes night time operation a bit dicey. I'd like to mount some sort of small light(s) above and facing the panel. It doesn't have to be very bright, just enough to show the white markings.

One thought is a couple of LEDs pointed toward the front panel (either red to sort of match the orange display or green to sort of match the dash lighting). Any other suggestions?


Apr 28, 2005
West Coast
call a local musicians store and ask if they sell audio mixing boards. If they do they might carry these lights that attach to the board so teh tech can see the knobs and buttons during a dark concert. Some attanch via BNC connector and I have seen some that are USB so if you have a computer nearby you can do teh USE light. Ihave a USB light made by Kensington and I love it.


Oct 1, 2006
Irvine, KY
Go to Advance Auto Parts and check out one of the big tall "racks" that are usually up next to the registers, where all the "import tuner" accessories are.

There are usually some sort of "mood" lights there, I once picked up a pack of 3 small "can light" type LED lights that had a 12V ciggy lighter plug, and the bases were sticky. Peel off the tape, stick them where best, and wire up.


Aug 25, 2005
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kjfswkr said:
Title: Littlite® Gooseneck Lamps


I like these lights for a lot of applications, both fixed and mobile. In this particular case, a 6" light affixed to the side of the control head would work out great.

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