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Old 02-18-2012, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by DinanM3e36 View Post
Def keep them red/orange, the reason BMW uses that color is ease of read and BMW being an aircraft builder along time ago it still shows its heritage to the old aviation days, as that's the illumination still used on current aviation controls, just my 2 cents
German aircraft largely used a long persistence green phosphor during WWII. Night fighters used red because the pilot might be wearing red googles while flying in and around FLAK searchlights. Brave guys. On the other hand, British aircraft did use orange dial markings, excited by UV (black) light.

Civilian aircraft largely switched to information-specific instrument colors some years ago. As far as I can tell, BMW uses soft orange more as a trademark than anything else. They have used other colors, for example, white in the Z4M.

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