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Whos done LED head light/tail light bulbs?

With stock head light/tail light housings?

Just wondering if changing over to LED bulbs is a worthy investment? I wanted to do all the exterior bulbs with LEDs


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headlights are not good up to now

i have converted to HID projector Bixenon for headlights back '06

all other exterior lights are philips LEDs

I went from ~18amps to less than 2amps

for all exterior lighting minus the headlights


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headlights are not good up to now
is there any that's good now?
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not for fox housings

lots of reasonably good ones for newer vehicle retrofits, includes proper housings

non still compare to xenons that i have compared

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Where did you buy the LEDs?

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headlights are not good up to now

i have converted to HID projector Bixenon for headlights back '06

all other exterior lights are philips LEDs

I went from ~18amps to less than 2amps

for all exterior lighting minus the headlights

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local parts supplier called lordco

should be avail from any local supplier

https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-au/car-lights/turnon

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These work, but you have to modify your lock ring due to the wiring coming off the side. I wound up breaking my lock rings as they were brittle, and just super glued the bulb to the housing. Replacement fox housings are cheap enough that I didn't sweat it. These LEDs are much brighter but not blinding to other drivers.

Keep in mind that if you do LED blinkers and markers, you will likely need new flashers for both to work. Check out superbrightleds.com for those.

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I bought a set of Phillip's Ultinon LED bulbs for the rear taillights. As soon as i wrap up my current project, i plan to install the LED's in one taillight and see what difference they make.

I've used some of the random china bulbs before and they were nowhere near as bright as OEM bulbs, so out they came.

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I bought a set of Phillip's Ultinon LED bulbs for the rear taillights. As soon as i wrap up my current project, i plan to install the LED's in one taillight and see what difference they make.

I've used some of the random china bulbs before and they were nowhere near as bright as OEM bulbs, so out they came.
i hope you painted the silver deflector white

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These work, but you have to modify your lock ring due to the wiring coming off the side. I wound up breaking my lock rings as they were brittle, and just super glued the bulb to the housing. Replacement fox housings are cheap enough that I didn't sweat it. These LEDs are much brighter but not blinding to other drivers.

Keep in mind that if you do LED blinkers and markers, you will likely need new flashers for both to work. Check out superbrightleds.com for those.
i do not know the brightness difference

but those are 60W, wow........

also they use a fan, so will require cleaning periodically


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i hope you painted the silver deflector white
I did that many years ago. Made a huge difference in light output with the OE bulbs

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i do not know the brightness difference

but those are 60W, wow........

also they use a fan, so will require cleaning periodically
Thanks for the heads up. I would hope a little compressed air would suffice.

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i wouldn't rely on some cheap little fan

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i wouldn't rely on some cheap little fan
Considering they cost less than $25 and it's not my daily driver, I'm okay with the gamble. The car sees maybe 1500 miles a year.

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Considering they cost less than $25 and it's not my daily driver, I'm okay with the gamble. The car sees maybe 1500 miles a year.
If that's the case why not just do this, solve the issue and call it a day? https://ceautoelectricsupply.com/hea...ht-relay-kits/

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Considering they cost less than $25 and it's not my daily driver, I'm okay with the gamble. The car sees maybe 1500 miles a year.
you are correct, its just money

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If that's the case why not just do this, solve the issue and call it a day? https://ceautoelectricsupply.com/hea...ht-relay-kits/
That kit is $150 and a good chunk of time to install. If I have a problem with what I got, I would ditch the LED bulbs and go back to stock like bulbs before I would pay that.

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So is there a kit that would do all the lights on the car to LED?


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Try lmr

Also realize when the brake lights are led

You will lose cruise control

Unless you know how to solve that

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Ripped cruise control out so that wont be an issue.


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you can pick out all the bulbs you need from superbright led

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Uhhh, id have to disagree with the comments saying LED headlights suck. I was on the fence as well, and finally installed some hikari bulbs from amazon. $30 to my door, and the light spread and brightness is fantastic. I hate to drive my other vehicles with halogens at night now. My car is an 02 with factory style housings, no modifications needed. I would do it again in a heartbeat, considering theyre the same cost as halogen bulbs. Been running them for months now, no issues
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I first did a E4 upgrade to my 1987 Mustang about 20 years ago. Then a couple years later I upgraded them to HIDs.

https://goo.gl/photos/iK7t3JLWzHxyfDGE7

I've been using them ever since, waiting for a good set of H4 LED replacements, but I've never read a good review of them.

I also did some LED mods to my 1969 Mustang:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/H9Cwiue1zcVMsn5Y7

The backup light have always been horrible, but my first LED drop-in replacement only made a lot of light, but did not provide any improved illumination. I modified some MR16 lights to fit into the housing, and they worked a lot better.

I used LED replacements for the H1 high beams, and as expected, they're extremely bright, but I think the focus patterns are pretty poor. I have a set of highly recommended H4 LED bulbs, but I haven't tried to replace them yet.
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Interesting, why do you loose cruise with led brake light use?

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Interesting, why do you loose cruise with led brake light use?
Has to do with how the cruise turns off when you press the brake pedal. Read Indy's post (#18) on the thread below.

https://forums.corral.net/forums/gen...il-lights.html

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Interesting, why do you loose cruise with led brake light use?
the cruise module produces 7volts

normally this is grounded through the normal brake light, incad

when the cruise module sees this 7volts it thinks the clutch pedal switch is open, ie you are stepping on it.

the led doesnt provide the ground path to allow the 7volts to go to 0 zero volts

i haven't tested my solution, so i haven't posted it yet, car is up in the air now

should have a solution for the summer.

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[/quote]

the cruise module produces 7volts

normally this is grounded through the normal brake light, incad

when the cruise module sees this 7volts it thinks the clutch pedal switch is open, ie you are stepping on it.

the led doesnt provide the ground path to allow the 7volts to go to 0 zero volts

i haven't tested my solution, so i haven't posted it yet, car is up in the air now

should have a solution for the summer.[/QUOTE]

In your post from the link I posted, you said adding a small resistor in parallel to ground at connector 291 in circuit 810 would fix it. Is that the fix you are planning to test?

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I installed LED's on my headlights. The installation was easy and only took about 15min or less for both headlights. Visibility at night or during rain is a lot better now.
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Haven't implemented LED in my headlights but i do know that installing a resistor between the bulb power wire and ground wire will fix flashing/signaling light issues and quite possibly the cruise control issue due the the difference in resistance across the OE bulb vs LED(less resistance).
I had HID bulbs in my headlights for a while and that was an absolute no go, first off you will need to implement headlight relays due to voltage drop/resistance and converting the headlight switch to an actual signal setup, not an inline series approach. My headlights were just too dam bright due the halogen bulb designed headlights and i even aimed them lower, attempted a projector retrofit but it was extremely time consuming. Great project BTW. So I ended up just pulling the hids for some almost pure white halogen bulbs which perform great with the relay mod. may look at LED for my main headlights in the future but HIDS im my car were just too bright and I stated to dislike being that guy with the super bright headlight blinding everybody haha.

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electronic flasher will eliminate the need for a load resistor, this will be for the signals

the cruise is part of brake light circuit

a resistive load is needed for cruise

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I did the Dash and Headlights last year. The Headlights are still the bomb, so bright. The Highbeam setting doesn't really do anything and it's not really needed. Nobody has flashed me the brights so they're not out of adjustment.

I still haven't gotten a bright enough Dome light tho..

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I'll try these for the Dome and whatever.

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Here's a vid explaining the resistor across power and ground.

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putting load resisters in defeats one advantage, low current draw

electronic flasher, no load resistor needed

also using a load resistor, will defeat the hyperflash or warning that the bulb is out.

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