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Were there any lighted panel dishwashers?
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Post# 1066191   4/6/2020 at 08:47 (1,079 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza Piemonte, Italy- Soon to be US immigrant.)        

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If yes please post pics

Post# 1066192 , Reply# 1   4/6/2020 at 08:57 (1,079 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
Tappan Reversa-Jet comes to mind

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I remember the Tappan Reversa-Jet had a lighted panel but I don't have any pictures of it lit up.  This is the most recent thread of one of these dishwashers.  Our neighbor had one when I was growing up and I remember she used to use the Night Light feature all the time.

Post# 1066199 , Reply# 2   4/6/2020 at 09:39 (1,079 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza Piemonte, Italy- Soon to be US immigrant.)        

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Wow it's wonderful.
Did it have a food grindr? It seems like a normal filter.

Post# 1066205 , Reply# 3   4/6/2020 at 09:58 (1,079 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I think the Lady Kenmore

top load DW we had back in the early 70's, which was a 1960's model had a lighted timer display. The timer was rapid advance, so no knob, but it showed the points of the cycle. Can't imagine that being the only other. At least a few other Lady K's over the years had lighted buttons. If not backlit or from a glass panel, then from a bulb above them.

Post# 1066207 , Reply# 4   4/6/2020 at 10:04 (1,079 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Kenmore at times had lighted controls and I think there were little lights over the control panel of the front loading dishwashers at various points in the 60s, 70s and 80s, maybe around the times of the little sliding door to cover the controls. The top loading portables had lighted control panels or lighted buttons at various points. Whirlpool had some deluxe top loading portables with fluorescent lighting of the control panel. 

Post# 1066208 , Reply# 5   4/6/2020 at 10:05 (1,079 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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The Whirlpool Top-loader from the mid-70"s lighted up. It was simply gorgeous. One was for sale a few years ago whose seller toyed with me, but failed to deliver the goods. I have mid-level model without lights, a gift from the magnificent Big AL of Utah. Will post a pic when I go downstairs.

Paul Turquoisedude had a pushbutton machine, a KitchenAid, I think, that lit up like stars; he sold it but I don't know to whom. A pic of that would be a real treat.

Post# 1066218 , Reply# 6   4/6/2020 at 11:22 (1,079 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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The Tappan Dual Drench TOL also had a night light on the panel too.

Post# 1066223 , Reply# 7   4/6/2020 at 12:04 (1,079 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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My 70's Lady K had light up cycle and temp indicators and a 7.5 watt nightlight bulb that lit up the push button selector switches. It has been featured in the rotating pix of the day as the "Freedom Maker"

Post# 1066226 , Reply# 8   4/6/2020 at 12:39 (1,079 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Family friends had a 1970s mid- or upper-mid level D&M-sourced model (not a Lady) with a light somewhere on the panel. Was *many* years ago, I don't recall if it was above the timer, behind the timer, or above the buttons.  I saw it run only once.

Post# 1066251 , Reply# 9   4/6/2020 at 16:47 (1,079 days old) by turquoisedude (.)        

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Wasn't there a Kenmore top-load portable that had a fluorescent light above the control panel in the mid-60s? 


A few of the D&M dishwashers in the early and mid-50s had lighted timer dials, my '55 and '56 GE undercounter models have a lighted timer and I hear rumours that the early 60s WasteKing Universal that I hope to pick up this summer has a lighted section of the control panel.  


Post# 1066257 , Reply# 10   4/6/2020 at 17:12 (1,079 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Yes Paul, I found photos

online from 1965. Sears adds from the New York news, and one from Pa. You can clealry see the lighted consoles.

Post# 1066323 , Reply# 11   4/7/2020 at 07:58 (1,078 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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The roto-rack Lady Kenmore across the street in white, and its copper twin at a relative’s house with the same floor-plan as ours and that one had twin appliance bulbs above the push-buttons, and I saw a portable or two sporting a lamp like that, one a Westinghouse and the other Whirlpool it Kenmore and a top-loader even on top of that...

— Dave

Post# 1067794 , Reply# 12   4/17/2020 at 14:19 (1,068 days old) by rollermatic (cincinnati)        
lady kenmore top loader with lighted panel

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I do have a lady Kenmore top loader in coppertone with not only a top round rotorack but with a beautiful (or at least it once was) lighted control panel.

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Post# 1067795 , Reply# 13   4/17/2020 at 14:26 (1,068 days old) by rollermatic (cincinnati)        
and a couple

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more pics here.

I have had this dishwasher about 10 years and rebuilt the pump when I first got it. I just used it last week and it still works great! it's one of my favorites! hope you enjoy.

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Post# 1067796 , Reply# 14   4/17/2020 at 14:49 (1,068 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Wow Peter!

that must be a late 60's model. The front load we had in the early 70's had the identical type of console. Same cycles, 4 buttons, only a sanizing delay red light, but was not a Lay K by then.

Post# 1067928 , Reply# 15   4/18/2020 at 08:25 (1,067 days old) by dishmobile (Nashville, TN)        
D&M / Frigidaire Dishwasher

This Frigidaire portable model contained a lighted control panel.

Post# 1067938 , Reply# 16   4/18/2020 at 10:11 (1,067 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
Oh my, my !

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How cool is that: lighted controls, all push-button WITH button lights advancing, rapid-advance timer. EGADS! What else is there? And a movie, too? Wonderful! I see the Majestic Spintube adjacent. Inspiried now to light up my own Spintube.

Thanks for creating this. What a splendid Saturday morning treat.

Freddy, you're gonna love this.

Post# 1067939 , Reply# 17   4/18/2020 at 10:12 (1,067 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        

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Post# 1067943 , Reply# 18   4/18/2020 at 11:26 (1,067 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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No surprise a car company is behind that sort of design right from the way she starts!

— Dave

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