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Is there an easy way to increase the brightness of the night lighting on my A340 panel. At night when you turn on the panel light, it only luminates a little bit and controls are hard to see.I have the CLS payware A340's which are truly wonderful.Any help appreciated.

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Open your panel.cfg in Notepad and scroll down to the section, it's generally near the bottom. In this section you should see a Night= line, followed by 3 comma-seperated numbers. The first number is for red, the second green, and the third for blue. To increase overall brightness, simply adjust each number proportionately upward. You must stay within a range of 0 - 255. Save the file and reload the aircraft.Jim

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Heck speedbird, don't be afraid to mess with stuff, just make a backup first and let 'er rip. Messin's half the fun :) .Jim

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Hi,I tried changing the lines in the neuroflight cessna caravan.. Changed the numbers higher and lower but the lights stayed he same. re-loaded the plane each time.. still no change... not sure what the problem is--this particular plane is VERY dark at night,,Any ideas? Thanks---

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On some panels I think there is a line that says 'luminous'. Does this have anything to do with it?

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The "luminous" part is for the gauge faces themselves, it's the (usually) bright red/orange color that the white line graduations and needles turn with panel lights on. It simulates the real world phosphorescent paint used to mark aircraft instruments, which intensifies the reflection of the red panel lights shining down on the panel from above the pilot. The (FS) gauges themselves must be designed to take advantage of luminosity to see any effect. Most gauges have luminosity enabled, but some don't, in which case the normal "night=" settings apply. You can modify the luminous setting as well, but it probably won't have much effect on the overall brightness of the panel (may make your instruments easier to read though).I've been known to simply copy & paste the entire section from a panel known to have good night lighting to the one I'm trying to fix. I'll normally just copy the default Skyhawk:Day=255,255,255Night=233,108,107Luminous=201,64,64Bill,Is it perhaps the virtual cockpit that you're trying to brighten up? I'm not positive, but I believe these settings only affect the 2D panel. I think the VC lighting is controlled by an "effect" from the effects folder. There are possibly alternate effects available in the library that could brighten up the VC, but I rarely use the VC and don't know much about it. Maybe someone with more knowledge can help.Jim

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Thanks Guys, I was looking for brighter wherever I can get it-2D and/or VC.. The Panel config does seem to change only the 2d. Fine,... You gave me the courage to mess around a bit, after backng up the original panel file.. setting "night" to 255,255,255 does make the 2D instruments a bit brighter... I tried changing the Luminous numbers-- doesn;t seem to be and change.. But the 2D is definitely better.. The only lighting at night is back lighting from 'within" the instruments. no flood in the 2D.. There is a flood in the VC, but then the back lighting goes off. :>) I've learned that the whole panel lighting issue with FS is weird, anyway..Thanks again..

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