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 Post subject: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:22 pm 
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i plan on replacing my break light with LED's but not the replacment globe type ones that just screw in there

i want to buy some from jaycar or something just single ones and connect say 10-20 LED's but make sure they dont burn out or are bright enough

any ideas

the volt is 12( as usual ) and the wattage is 21/5 ( i dont know if that mean between 21 and 5 is fine or what)

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:25 pm 
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Ive seen LED tail lights that we used to sell at work and my opinion is that if you dont have clear tail light lenses they are very dull. They were not as bright as the globes.

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:28 pm 
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mabye a while back they used to be dull but i have seen very very bright led's possibly incorpirating a reflective surface behind the led's it would better there brightness

not only that but im thinking of putting them very close to the cover of the taillights

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:29 pm 
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Yeah well it was a while back. I suppose you can try.

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:33 pm 
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any idea on how to stop the led's from burnning out?

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:21 pm 
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They should not burn out if they are used with their correct voltages.

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:25 pm 
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they wont burn out if you dont use them!!... :lol: :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:24 am 
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I have a few of the jaycar LED brake lights here, in the NL ever time you touch the brake it says "bulb out" where the speedo is, even when they are working, I think you need a diode to stop that...

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:45 am 
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I think they are more trouble than there worth.

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:30 pm 
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the reason your light comes on the dash is that the LED has a much lower resistance than a std globe, you can stop it by placing a load resistor in the wiring loom,

Have you ever seen a car with LED Indicators and they seem to flash fast,
Its the same reason,

I made a set of lights for a customer some time ago, and used over 200 LED's in the light, For stop/tail and indicator,
It was a fantastic looking light,
But was a real pain in the rectum to do, If I could be stuffed I would do it to mine,

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:49 pm 
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any pics of this one you made??

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:54 pm 
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I Did not take any pics of it while dioning it, but it looks like a std light, till you apply the brakes or turn on the lights,

and the customer has since moved to hobart,

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:34 pm 
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93EB wrote:
I think they are more trouble than there worth.

Thanks for being useful, now go away.


I made some custom LED inserts for my EL, way back when. And now the GT-P has LEDs too.

Here's a in-progress pic:
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A sample, brightness test, LEDs on the left, bulbs on the right.
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To get the indicators to flash properly, you'll need a LED aware flasher relay (Narva make one).
To prevent cruise control and 'bulb out' problems you need to present enough of a load to the circuit (dummy resistors can do this, or have heaps of LEDs)

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:41 pm 
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Good effort datamine.

Alot of stuffing around but they look good.

 

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 Post subject: Re: LED's replacing tail lights
Posted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:58 pm 
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they look awsome something im deffs going for

howd you get the cover off the tail lights tho?

 

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