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Problems with dashboard and cockpit lights...

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Hello guysn'gals!

 

- I like flying the real life's Cessna 172 at night. However, there are one thing that differs from doing the same thing in FSX.

 

With the real Cessna 172, you can arrange the lights in the cockpit largely after your own preferences. For instance, at night I like to have all the cockpit lights turned off. The Instruments are being illuminated by their own backgrounds light. The dashboard is dark, but I have a clear and concise view of all intrument. My eyes are now adpted to the darkness outside, so there too I have a pretty good knowledge of what is going on outside cockpit.

 

But, in FSX (SE or MS) I don't have this option. The only two options are; The pitch black cockpit. Not even the LED - segments are lit in darkness. That is odd since LED - segments are lit by default if they are a part of a digit that is displayed.

 

So it seems it's either black or white...or perhaps I haven't yet found the correct switch? :)

My question: - Are there addons, patches, tweaks or some other solution that addresses lights in cockpit?

 

Best regards
ratata
Sweden

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In the default 172, with standard gauges, the only option is the panel light.  Have you tried the glass cockpit

 

172, if that is available in your Sim?  Unfortunately, unlike some addon aircraft, there is no soft-glow

 

back-lighting  for the gauges.

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Unless back lighting is made as part of the aircraft, in FSX you are stuck with floodlights for illumination and the stock FSX aircraft do not have back lighting as a part of their models.

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...aaah. Now I understand why there's FSX payware such as Cessna 172 even though it comes with the package. It's on the designers desk on what to implement and what to leave behind.

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The A2A Cessna 172 (which it seems you might have looked at) has pretty much what you describe in your OP. You can set the intensity of the instrument lights independently of the glareshield; so you can turn glareshield off and have the soft glow of the instruments. Additionally you can control the intensity of the radio stack lights too.

Whether this is acceptable or comparable to your non-sim flying experience I couldn't say for certain, but I would imagine it's probably one of the best (if not the best) sim options available.

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- No, I have not. But your post made me to. Exactly what I was looking for. So thank you for the hint. Me happy! :)

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