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360 Clock hard to read

I have a 2002 360 Coupe. The clock is LCD and kind of hard to read. I did read the FChat thread on making the 360 Spyder clock (which apparently is different - LED) brighter. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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That is what to do, I remember that thread. Order a brighter LED bulb and install it.

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There is a thread here on the exact subject. In that thread I posted some info on the bulb, where to buy it, and how to install it. It is a cheap and easy fix, and the bulb makes the clock usable even in broad daylight.
If you can't find it in a search, I'll try and dig up the info.

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Heads Up

Guys. This clock is LCD not LED.
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William- That is why you need a brighter bulb so you can see it.

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Thank you everyone. I hope these photos will help me illustrate my predicament. The daytime view (lower picture) does not have light involved and is hard to read. The top view is the nighttime view with the headlights on. It is LCD not LED like the Spider. If I happen to be missing something, please excuse me.
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Thank you everyone. I hope these photos will help me illustrate my predicament. The daytime view (lower picture) does not have light involved and is hard to read. The top view is the nighttime view with the headlights on. It is LCD not LED like the Spider. If I happen to be missing something, please excuse me.
Actually, both clocks are LCD. The LCD display needs a backlight to be visible. The original bulb for this is a standard filament bulb. Going to a brighter bulb will bring more heat and can do some damage. This is why the LED bulb is better. It is brighter and does not put out more heat.

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Dear Dick:
I wanted to include some shots of my clock in my 2002 360 Modena to see what you thought. It looks different than the clock you posted on FChat with the modification. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
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Dear Dick:
I wanted to include some shots of my clock in my 2002 360 Modena to see what you thought. It looks different than the clock you posted on FChat with the modification. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Although the clock assembly looks different, it is a LCD clock. That is the green screen. the ilumination is supplied by the bulb. On the spider clock, the light is deflected rather than a straight pass through. It is just a matter of choosing the correct LED light that fits and directs light in the correct direction. Some go sideways and others straight. There are some with lenses that disperse the light. Either way, do not put in a higher wattage filament bulb as you will melt something from the heat output. For the benefit of the coupe drivers, post your results.

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I found the same discrepency in clock type as WAL360 did. My car is an 02 360.
When i pulled my clock apart following the instruction in the original thread, my clock and bulb were different. I didn't want to pull the exisiting bulb out of the fixture as it seemed to be all one part (the bulb didn't seem to want to pull out). So i ended up putting it back together without the new bulb.
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I found the same discrepency in clock type as WAL360 did. My car is an 02 360.
When i pulled my clock apart following the instruction in the original thread, my clock and bulb were different. I didn't want to pull the exisiting bulb out of the fixture as it seemed to be all one part (the bulb didn't seem to want to pull out). So i ended up putting it back together without the new bulb.
Coupe clocks are different than spider clocks. Same basic design and problem with lighting. Just a matter of upgrading with the proper bulb. Also, the bulb does remove from the fixture for replacement.

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Yes indeed the 360 Modena Clock Bulb is removable. After a 45 degree counterclockwise twist it will lift out. I sent photos to Chris Bacon at Autolumination.com who is confident that it is a Neowedge bulb. After taking measurements, I believe that it is a type C. There are 5 different versions available on the page (Autolumination Instrument Panel Light Bulbs & Lamps)). I have ordered all of them and will report back after receiving and testing them out.
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Two of the five fit the clock. They are both gray. Not black or white.
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Thanks for the test, i've been waiting for the results. Do you have a preference brightness-wise?
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The bulbs required a little fine tuning of the locking fins with an x-acto blade to spin and lock in place. If you look at the bulb coming out and just make the new one look the same you will be good to go. This is an LED backlit LCD clock. I did not find increasing the back light intensity to increase the visibility day or night. Also with increased intensity, the backlighting starts to look asymmetrical with a central brighter region. So overall, I think the original bulb is the best. First picture is stock, the second is $2.99 Bulb.
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The bulbs required a little fine tuning of the locking fins with an exacto blade to spin and lock in place. If you look at the bulb coming out and just make the new one look the same you will be good to go. This is an LED backlit LCD clock. I did not find increasing the back light intensity to increase the visibility day or night. Also with increased intensity, the backlighting starts to look asymmetrical with a central brighter region. So overall, I think the original bulb is the best. First picture is stock, the second is $2.99 Bulb.

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