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Red or White LED's for taillight?

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itzbjorn

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Post Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:07 am

I've got a spare set of stock tail lights for my 1995 Chevy S-10.

I'm going to gut them, and turn them to LED.

Should I use white LED's, or red LED's behind the red lens?

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Ryan88

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Post Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:15 am

Red LEDs. I believe I read some where that the red lens will filter out blue light in the white LEDs making it look darker. Or I may be speaking out of my ass. IDK.
Q45guy

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Post Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:25 am

Use Lumiled red/orange colored LEDs. They are the closest match to the stock color and are really bright. Just remember to regulate the power so no over voltage situations blow out your leds.

Loads of LED retrofits and tips on how to do an LED retrofit here...
http://www.hidplanet.com/forums/viewforum.php?f...5b7667064a21a5f1fa607e77cc3e76bf
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Post Mon Sep 28, 2009 3:55 am

Yeah you should use red.
TRogers

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Post Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:00 am

I did some research on this before, and also had a lot of help from Corvettercrazy before deciding to finally not move forward with the project. I just didn't have time.

With that said, I agree with everything said in the post so far, and I have an ass load of genuine Lumiled's and voltage regulators if you need some. PM sent.
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Post Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:13 am

1. Take out factory bulb.
2. Inspect bulb for color.
3. Use leds same as said color of bulb.
4. ???
5. Profit.
Tdawgthegreatest

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Post Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:33 am

How are you planning on doing this? I have 10 white superflux led's in each of my s10 stock lights and I get pulled over ALL the time for it not being visable enough, and they are non-existant during the day.

I've also used red, and its still dim as hell.
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Post Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:41 am

Ryan88 wrote:
Red LEDs. I believe I read some where that the red lens will filter out blue light in the white LEDs making it look darker. Or I may be speaking out of my ass. IDK.

The red lens will filter out all the colors execept red. Hence why they look red and not another color.

I vote red LEDs.
Cooper

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Post Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:52 am

You can use either but as stated by many above, if you use white LEDs the red lens will filter out everything but red, which means you're wasting a lot of the LED power on what will be non-visible output . If you use red LEDs the vast majority of the light will pass through the lens and your LED strength will be much more efficient . icon_biggrin.gif
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Post Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:07 pm

Cooper wrote:
You can use either but as stated by many above, if you use white LEDs the red lens will filter out everything but red, which means you're wasting a lot of the LED power on what will be non-visible output . If you use red LEDs the vast majority of the light will pass through the lens and your LED strength will be much more efficient . icon_biggrin.gif


The words you are looking for in the bold part is radiant flux. icon_wink.gif Just as a tid bit of knowledge for you.
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