The mail dial light for my trusty old Trio TS700 has failed. I have already wedged a white LED in behind the band switch and now there is one behind the main dial.
This one was easier. I only needed to remove the top cover. The main dial is back lit by a standard small bayonet fitting, 12V 1.5W bulb, rather than a wire ended one. In my junk box I have several LEDs on a board that was once part of a pound shop cycle lamp. The switching IC failed but the LEDs are ok. They work well off 12V with a 1k2 series resistor. One of these LEDs, together with a resistor, is now wired into the original bulb cap.
The bayonet fitting defines the position of the new 'bulb' and it can be adjusted (by bending the wires and bracket) so as to give the right balance of illumination to the dial. The directionality LEDs is a bit of a nuisance when general illumination is required.
Here it is in action.
John Everingham. G4TRN, FTCL
Proprietor and Webmaster, Saunders Recorders.