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Need Opinion On LED Tailights
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cdorsey
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This thread may be better suited for the modification section of this forum but I thought I would start here. Has anyone used LED taillights in their cars? What were your results and would you recommend them. My main interest is in brighter lights/turn signals as well as reduced draw on the system. I have looked at the ones from highspeedmotors.com and they seem like they would throw off the most all around light. These would be going in a 1800 series. Thanks for your help!

Posted on: 2011/3/25 9:43
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Re: Need Opinion On LED Tailights
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HH56
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I haven't tried any but there is a nice FAQ on some of the advantages, disadvantages and things to consider on converting to LED bulbs herehttp://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/index.cgi?action=DispPage&Page2Disp=%2Fcarbulb-notes.htm

Posted on: 2011/3/25 10:14
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Re: Need Opinion On LED Tailights
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I've played with those LEDs a bit and am feeling the next gen will be about right. So far, I've been disappointed by the hotspots rather than the broad glow across the lens of the car with you get with incandescents. I did go with Red over White and that was brighter but I'd suggest trying those LED bulbs that emit light in all directions to take advantage of the car's lamp's own reflector. Those LEDs have pretty darned focused beams.

Posted on: 2011/3/25 13:00
Michal

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Re: Need Opinion On LED Tailights
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Did you actually convert your car to LEDs?

If you did, was it a six or twelve volt?

If six, was positive ground a problem?

Posted on: 2011/3/25 13:55
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Re: Need Opinion On LED Tailights
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This was a '49 Nash and I actually used LEDs for Stop / Tail and Incandescents for Turn. The LEDs are available easily in 12V but, if you look around, you can find them in 6V as well and in both Pos or Neg ground... gotta make sure you order the right configuration for your car. You should be able to find a supplier online but let me know if you need a link or two.

Posted on: 2011/3/25 14:03
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Re: Need Opinion On LED Tailights
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I've had trouble coming up with the 6v pos variety. If you have some links I'll be happy to shop them.

Thanks very much.

Posted on: 2011/3/25 14:14
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Re: Need Opinion On LED Tailights
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Mr. DeMille
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In my '36 120b I use the LEDs I purchased from highspeedmotors.com for rear stop and tail lights. My turn signals use the rear LED stop lights and front incandescent fog lights.

The use of incandescent lights in the turn signal circuit eliminates the need for an electronic flasher unit that may be required for the LEDs to flash at the correct rate.

The LEDs are much brighter than the halogen incandescent bulbs I was using.

Posted on: 2011/3/25 14:16
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David Grubbs
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try any one of the Model A suppliers for 6 volt LED lights. Burts in Denver is a good one, also Mac's. They handle several versions.

Posted on: 2011/3/25 16:07
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Re: Need Opinion On LED Tailights
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cdorsey
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The bulbs from highspeedmotors.com are available in 6V and 12V, Pos or Neg ground. I am in hopes of swapping some in next month. I'll let you know how I make out.

Posted on: 2011/3/25 19:22
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