PMDG 747-400 Cockpit lights

Newboy Guest

How do we switch on the cockpit lights in the PMDG 747-400?

There is a switch for all the lights, but I cannot seem to find the switch to iluminate the cockpit itself. L or CTRL+L doesnt do it.



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boomshiko Trainee

Have you tried SHIFT-L (panel lights)?

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Jon Van Duyn (JVD) Captain

The picture should help you find the knobs with my instructions:

The button is at the bottom left of the panel. First you get the Storm switch and then you get three other knobs the one at the end of those three [DOME] should swtich your cockpits light on. Otherwise it's likely to be the knob on the left of the landing lights [just underneath the nacelle anti ice buttons].

cassiomc Guest

Thanks for the instruction about the knob on the left of the landing lights to light the panel !!

Cassio Castro

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Ian Stephens (ianstephens) Captain
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Hello Newboy,

I'm glad to help you with the issue of illuminating the cockpit in your PMDG 747-400 for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. It's not uncommon for users to have some difficulty finding the right switches, as they can be quite small and easy to miss. Nonetheless, I'll guide you through the process.

First, let's focus on the overhead panel, which can be accessed by pressing Shift + 5. Once the overhead panel is visible, look for the DOME switch, which is located towards the left side of the panel, in the middle row of switches. This switch controls the general illumination of the cockpit.

Now, for more specific lighting control, you'll want to adjust the panel lights. To do this, head to the main panel by pressing Shift + 1. You'll find four knobs labeled PANEL BRT (Panel Brightness) in each corner of the main panel. Rotate these knobs by left-clicking and dragging the mouse to adjust the brightness of the individual panel lights.

Additionally, you might want to adjust the pedestal lights. You can access the pedestal panel by pressing Shift + 3. Similar to the main panel, you'll find PANEL BRT knobs in each corner of the pedestal panel. Adjust these knobs as desired for optimal lighting.

Keep in mind that some switches may be more challenging to locate depending on your screen resolution or zoom level. To ease the process, you can use the + and - keys to zoom in and out, respectively, allowing you to better locate and interact with the switches.

I hope this helps you enjoy your PMDG 747-400 experience in FS2004. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to ask.

Happy flying!

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