Post by Foxs Mercantile Post by Peter Wieck
It is all in accordance-with. Meaning do you want an OEM-style
dial light, or do you want only a dial light? If the former,
follow Jeff's advice.
Keeping in mind that back in the day, such lamp sockets usually
And had only one wire to them, the 'ground' being the chassis.
Actuallly, almost all of the AA5 dial light sockets were isolated
from the chassis and had two solder terminals on them.
Post by Peter Wieck
Going with an LED array has its advantages - much light, low
heat and you may spread it out across the entire dial. I am not
so sure of using neon lamps - they give relatively little light
and are not easily visible (for that purpose) in an otherwise
It has a sloped dial at the top so that it doesn't need a dial
lamp to see it.
It does at night. In most cases the "dial light" didn't show much in
daylight, but was really nice to see if the radio was on at night, and
to know where your stations were.
Many radios did not have a "dial light" but had a "pilot light" that
WAS visible in daylight to tell you the radio was on. On the serial
string AA5 radios the "pilot light" was generally connected from line
to chassis and was very often an NE2 type bulb. The chassis on these
radios had a 50-50 chance of being "hot" when plugged in with