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Old 06-03-2010, 01:20 PM
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Ok, so with the nightshade on my tails, it pretty apparent that i need some brighter tails. I need help tho. When it came to my HID's, i went with Twiggy cause all his stuff was plug and play and all the resistors/capacitors were already installed. Now with my tails i'm lost. If i go the LED route, i need load resistors. superbrightleds.com has the bulbs and resistors. Can anyone tell me how man resistors i need? 1 per bulb? and how do i wire these resistors in when i only have 3 wires at the plug going into the circuit board into the tail light? Do i then only need 1 resistor at that plug? If anyone can give me a hand or do a quick write up i'd appreciate it. I searched but "LED" being a 3 letter word wont allow.
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Old 06-03-2010, 11:43 PM
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:11 AM
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As far as I know, take it how you want to, if you do LED push in and turn bulbs, yes you need a resistor on each power wire going to the turnsignal bulb or it will blink very fast.

here is a chart to pick out what resistor you need to pick up at Radio Shack


http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...2Fled_info.htm
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:20 AM
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i:m doing the same thing and wanting the answer lol
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LED's are NOT going to be any brighter than the halogens you have unless you get the chip type led's that have like 60 led's per bulb. Even with the 60 count, the Lumen output will still be less than the current halogen bulbs you are currently using.
LED's alter the color of the light to a cooler white color which looses light ouput. So, you can have a brighter halogen bulb that has a slight hue of yellow to it or a clean white looking bulb that has less output.
Big misconception that LED's have more ouput than halogens.
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I keep trying to find a thread that was posted a few months back. I don't recall which member it was. He simply put LED's in his tail lights and posted pics and they were super BRIGHT! And that was after he nightshaded his tails.
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They might be those 60packed bulbs, but all I can say is that LED's ARE NOT brighter than Haliogens as of yet with todays technology. The chip type Led's are the brightest but still have nowhere near the Lumen ouput of Halogens.

I think I know who you are reffering to and I believe the same guy installed Halo's in his taillights which is what produces the brightness, not the led bulbs.

I'm going to school right now for this stuff and it has been talked about in class. I'm not just puling this outt my ***. Had no intentions of rhyming there...lol

Again, LED produces a whiter light that APPEARS brighter, but actually isn't. Still provides less lumen output ofcourse unless there is like 1,000led's per 1 halogen bulbs..duhh..
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I have LED tails on my truck, got em' off ebay. There Plug and Play. They work awesome and seem brighter than stock ones. And they look good too.
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which bulbs do you need cuz i have a set of 3057 that dont work in signal or brake light. when i hit the brake they flash really quick once every 2 seconds but not like they should
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Again, LED produces a whiter light that APPEARS brighter, but actually isn't. Still provides less lumen output ofcourse unless there is like 1,000led's per 1 halogen bulbs..duhh..
If it "appears" brighter then what does it matter if it technically isn't? I have seen 3 vehicles in person where they replaced the halogens with leds and every one was noticeably brighter. My tails are tinted and you can hardly see the light during the day so i'll be replacing them with leds. I'll take before and after shots.

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which bulbs do you need cuz i have a set of 3057 that dont work in signal or brake light. when i hit the brake they flash really quick once every 2 seconds but not like they should
You need a resistor for each bulb. There are guys who use 3157 as well.
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If it "appears" brighter then what does it matter if it technically isn't? I have seen 3 vehicles in person where they replaced the halogens with leds and every one was noticeably brighter. My tails are tinted and you can hardly see the light during the day so i'll be replacing them with leds. I'll take before and after shots.
The reason is because led's are only bright when you are directly infront of them. Anywhere on angle, the light is severly diminished. When working off of reflection such as tailigihts, the bounce effect of the light off the chrome is terrible compared to halogen which gives an even spread over everywhere. Sooo, when I say they appear brighter, that's because it's only when you look at the led's directly in their path which has a limited viewing angle. Even directly in their light path, they still don't produce as much light as halogens do, but technology is getting there.
Now, the 60 smd chipped bulbs may have a fantastic output compared to others, but the average 20 or 30 smd led bulbs are not going to have a brighter output. We're talkin 3157 (402 lumens) compared to maybe 100lumens equivilant output of an led.

Your much better off getting a pair of 3357/3457 bulbs which give 500lumens so you get 25% more ouput than the 3157 stock bulbs. Plus, they will prob be cheaper than the overpriced led's. and you won't need resistors
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3357 and 3457? I have never heard. If thats the case i will look at those and buy some. And they will fit directly in the same slot as the 3057?
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Well i purchased a single set of LED's off of ebay. Only reason being they were a mere $3.60. Tossed them on the truck yesterday and very true, nowhere near as bright at the bulbs. Back to the thinking cap.
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Well i purchased a single set of LED's off of ebay. Only reason being they were a mere $3.60. Tossed them on the truck yesterday and very true, nowhere near as bright at the bulbs. Back to the thinking cap.
What did you buy? Where they tower bulbs with numerous leds?
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They were 24 LED's in total. 18 rear facing and 6 going around to cover the side. Went to bulbtown.com last night and purchased 3457's for less then a dollar a piece. I will see how they work.
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Well i just painted my tails and 3rd brake and need brighter bulbs the tails only got one coat of vht nightshades so i just dont want to get a fine the tails are bright at night but its daytime im worried about ill post how much brighter they ar
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