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    Just some creative thinking about LCD brightness mods. Would this be possible?

    I was thinking (Big Suprise :P ) could you set up a thick rectangular line of fiber optic cable along the lcd edge and have a small piece of something to diffuse the light more effeciently while your main light comes from any strong light source which is then tunnelled through the fiber cable to your lcd. I would say it sounds quite messy with the hundred of tiny fiber cables but it would allow for any strong, cheap centralize, and self cooled bulb to be put anywhere. Assuming you could make a tiny rectangular block of fiber cable.

    By the way? Has anyone started a "Would this be possible?" thread for creative and out of the box thinking for things like my idea? If not, would it be a good thread?

    And Hello to the forum for this is all new to me. I hope to install a Carputer in my 97' Ford Escort in the near future but I'm just gathering and retaining any information I can availible on LCDs right now before I make my purchase within the next few months. My neighboor "Alti" in the forum A.K.A. Brian recently inspired me to build my first Carputer with his beautiful Albrite and his amazing scratch-built dashboard.

    Also, has anyone tapped any Corporations and their engineers? Maybe, someone there would like to share their knowledge of lcds and/or anything relating to the devices. (Just my 2 cents. )

    Thanks for reading

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    Fiber will not provide enough luminance to be worth the trouble.
    You seem to have some good ideas, but unless you are loaded ($$), I suggest sticking to the beaten path. Upgrading a standard monitor is almost always possible, and for under a 100.00, you can boost a panel to over 700nits, which is plenty bright in a car application.

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    ur replace the CCFL with high bright LEDS

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    Really I didn't know about this technique. Sorry for posting that then. Does this mod have a guide and also more importantly how does the stand up to direct sunlight or lots of light after the mod.

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    going the led route is just as expensive, if done right. Trust me when I say the cheapest and easiest route to go is replacing the ccfl's with higher brightness units. May also require a higher output inverter, but like I said before, you can still come in under 100.00 for 700+nits bright.

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    It's a good idea, though. Nice out of the box thinking, even if it isn't practical.
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    They do make something called sideglow fiberoptic cable which emits most of the light from the sides of the cable. I experimented it to even out the rgb lighting in my gauge cluster. Picked it up on ebay.

    I think to get enough light, you'd need a lot of watts and it wouldn't be practical. But if someone knows more about it, feel free to correct me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    Really I didn't know about this technique. Sorry for posting that then. Does this mod have a guide and also more importantly how does the stand up to direct sunlight or lots of light after the mod.
    Man, don't apologize. Despite what the other posters have said, that is an excellent idea if implemented properly...and it's one of the few original ideas I have seen around here. It may not be feasible now, but it might give someone else an idea that would work. That's why group discussion and these forums are so useful to us all.

    Keep the crazy ideas coming,

    Gregory

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