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Classic Car Tail light LED swap

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YodaLittleMan

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Post Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:34 am

ok so i have a 1962 Mercury Comet and i just got NOS tail light covers and they look great. but, i dont like how dime the bulbs are. i re-did the wiring not too long ago just for good measure.

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for referring to the lights, we will number them 1-6 from left to right.
you can see that there are 6 tail lights in total. 3 on the left and 3 on the right.

when the headlights are on, lights 1,3,4 and 6 are turned on. and when i press on the break peddle, the same lights become even brighter. (sorry if this is obvious i just wanna make sure we are all on the same page)

lights 2 and 5 are the reverse lights since they have a white end on the covers.

lights 1 and 3 blink when signalling left and 4 and 6 are for right.

now, my questions are:
how would i get the same running light effect while still being able to make sure they become brighter when i press on the brakes?
which type of LED's would you guys suggest?
for lights 1,3,4 and 6, should i use Red LEDs or just white for all 6?



Any suggestions??
MadDog9486

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Post Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:35 am

New bulbs? Here are some led bulbs that should fit. Current bulb in your taillights should be 1034, but 1157 will also fit.

http://www.chromeglow.com/store.asp?pid=28818
jmoddes

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Post Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:05 am

You can't just throw L.E.D.'s in there with stock wiring because it will just turn on as bright as they go and that's that. You need a module *at the moment i can't think of the name* and this controls the voltage going to the strip/diode and it increases voltage when you were to hit the break or turn the signal on.



best yet... refer to this forum post. Kornholio had a similar question not too long ago.

http://www.oznium.com/forum/topic23196


EDIT: No modules, just resistors then maybe a diode for backfeed.
MadDog9486

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Post Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:06 am

jmoddes wrote:
You can't just throw L.E.D.'s in there with stock wiring because it will just turn on as bright as they go and that's that. You need a module *at the moment i can't think of the name* and this controls the voltage going to the strip/diode and it increases voltage when you were to hit the break or turn the signal on. .


I agree, however, if the bulb has that already built in, then you're all set.
jmoddes

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Post Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:43 am

true.. but the bulb is something you buy... not create =]
bad venge

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Post Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:25 pm

You MIGHT get fast flashing when adding the LED bulbs , you will need to add an electronic flasher or load resistors from superbrightled.com
Chris

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Post Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:08 pm

Id recommend trying the LED replacement bulbs first. Im also agreeing with bad venge; you may have flickering or flashing due to the wiring on your car.

BTW, that is beautiful. Nice car!
YodaLittleMan

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Post Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:30 am

MadDog9486 wrote:
New bulbs? Here are some led bulbs that should fit. Current bulb in your taillights should be 1034, but 1157 will also fit.

http://www.chromeglow.com/store.asp?pid=28818


ended up buying the 1157 Red 1.85" Direct Base Replacement Bulb. bought one to see how well it works. ill post another pic of the LED vs the regular bulb.
YodaLittleMan

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Post Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:04 pm

hey guys! just got my new replacement bulb for my 62 comet. here are some pictures of the comparisons:

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running lights:
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Break lights:
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jmoddes

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Post Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:00 am

whats what
YodaLittleMan

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Post Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:13 am

jmoddes wrote:
whats what



oh ya haha. left is the regular bulb and right is the LED cluster replacement bulb
Tat2Dragons

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Post Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:43 am

That looks pretty damn good. icon_cool.gif
jmoddes

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Post Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:00 pm

agree with tat. i like the cluster =]
MadDog9486

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Post Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:15 pm

Looks good. Is the light output more along the lines of what you were looking for?
YodaLittleMan

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Post Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:01 am

MadDog9486 wrote:
Looks good. Is the light output more along the lines of what you were looking for?


yess icon_smile.gif very much so. gonna buy 3x more of the same cluster and needa find 4x bright white replacement bulbs for front turn signals and back up lights. probably end up buying something from chromeglow just for convenience
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