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    A little more light for overhead panel?

    At night ,with overhead panel only got a panel light, it feels really dark. Too dark to find some switches form the side.
    In real life, the panel light still grow a little, so finding a write plastic swith hat is not that hard.
    Maybe add a little bit dim dynamic "floor light" along the panel light could help with this unrealistc feeling?
    ZHU Hai
    B737 Ground instructor

    #2
    Go to the upper overhead and switch on the dome light. I use dim and it works just fine, while I set everything up.

    Lee Holdridge

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      #3
      Im in agreement with the op. I think this is a P3D characteristic. For a long time, the sim has been too bright at night. Its taken a while to tune the new "darkness" that has come about. The lighting in the sim is getting very very good in my opinion, but i have to agree, the overhead lacks ANY ambient light. Its like its not in the same room. You can't see switches, and i have on more than one occasion flicked the wrong switch. Switching on anti ice mid flight in the dark is a very tricky task. And yesterday,after a rather taxing VA flight, i ruined it all at the gate by switching off the APU instead of the Taxi lights killing all my power and my pride for a -167fpa landing!! haha. Its not plausible to turn on the dome light at night in flight. As far as i am aware, it is not allowed? I have managed to get around it someone by upping HDR brightness to 1.50 but it washes out the crispness a bit, and has to be changed back for daytime ops. I'm not sure there is a way to "fix" this from PMDG's end, or if its just a case of tweak your settings and brightness. We are entering an environment more realistic than ever now, and the lighting at night with the PBR is phenomenal. Things you never knew were missing, like the tail spot reflection on the horizontal stabiliser, and i could spend all day looking out over the wing and engine with the wing lights on at night. This is an excellent aircraft, and i'm sure it will only improve as the weeks go on.

      Edit> Peter Lott

      I have no luck in adding my name to my Sig. anyone help?
      Last edited by Petetech; 13Nov2019, 16:32.
      Peter Lott

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        #4
        In an upcoming update, we've adjusted the dome light quite a bit, so the dim setting will most likely suit your needs while maintaining a very dark ambiance in the cockpit.
        Vin Scimone
        PMDG Simulations
        http://www.pmdg.com/

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          #5
          Duplicated, sorry








          Last edited by AngelofAttack; 14Nov2019, 02:30.
          ZHU Hai
          B737 Ground instructor

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            #6
            Originally posted by vscimone View Post
            In an upcoming update, we've adjusted the dome light quite a bit, so the dim setting will most likely suit your needs while maintaining a very dark ambiance in the cockpit.
            While that's a good news, but the dome light is just not what I'm talking about.
            Maybe just add some self-luminescence on plastic switch hat? IDK, I just want see the switch as easy as in real life without dome lights.
            ZHU Hai
            B737 Ground instructor

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              #7
              Originally posted by AngelofAttack View Post

              While that's a good news, but the dome light is just not what I'm talking about.
              Maybe just add some self-luminescence on plastic switch hat? IDK, I just want see the switch as easy as in real life without dome lights.
              Same here.

              Holger Mutert
              Last edited by Holgi; 14Nov2019, 03:03.

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                #8
                I think in the real aircraft there is some light that comes through from behind the switch itself, thats whats missing at the moment.

                -Mike Iacovetta
                -Mike Iacovetta

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                  #9
                  In the real one the whole cockpit is not as dark as night as it is in the sim.
                  You have the light of the moon shining in and also the cockpit displays light it up a little.
                  Greetings,
                  Emanuel Hagen

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                    #10
                    I have to agree, the cockpit overhead is a bit dark at night. During start up, I frequently turn the hydraulic pumps off or some other switch while fumbling for the Dome light switch. Even with the panel back lighting up for normal brightness, it's nearly impossible to find and toggle the LANDING LIGHTS switches. May be I get one or the other, but never both. Good luck in finding the taxi light.

                    For preflight, perhaps PMDG could implement a "flashlight" hotkey that could be activated and would illuminate the area around the mouse curser. For "cold, dark, starts" at night that would be very helpful.

                    After it's powered up and lit up with the back lighting, there should be enough ambient illumination to reflect off the switches to make them identifiable without having to move the mouse around until the pointer changes to the "hand grab" symbol.

                    Please don't get me wrong. I like the changes to the cockpit night lighting! It just needs a few more tweaks.

                    Thanks,

                    Rich Boll
                    Wichita, KS
                    Rich Boll
                    Wichita, KS

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                    • DDowns
                      DDowns commented
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                      I've got the dome light assigned to a key command. No more fumbling in the dark.

                    #11
                    Originally posted by richjb View Post
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                    For preflight, perhaps PMDG could implement a "flashlight" hotkey that could be activated and would illuminate the area around the mouse curser. For "cold, dark, starts" at night that would be very helpful.
                    There are free flashlight add-on by Lorby-SI, Grab it.



                    ZHU Hai
                    B737 Ground instructor

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                      #12
                      I too assigned the dome light to a keyboard command (Shft-Ctrl-D), but that doesn't work until I fumble around in the dark and find the battery switch...
                      The flashlight add-on sounds interesting. Does anyone have a link?
                      Scott Simmons
                      Corona, CA
                      Chief Pilot, 737 Program
                      DeltaVA.org

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