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Even with the switch turned all the way to high, the lights in my instrument cluster are all too dim on my1992 dodge w250 truck.I have bulbs in all of the holes available.This instrument panel seems just like the one on my old 1984 dodge truck which lit up very bright.

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Two things you need to check. 1)check the grounding. A poor grounding almost always causes any light to be dim including your headlights. 2)Your dimmer switch has a potentiometer which could be corroded or a bad resistor in the switch.

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