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Old 01-22-2003, 03:11 PM
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Smile LED tail light conversion

I've seen some of these LED tail light conversions,is there anything special in wiring these or just like any other light?

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The only diff,. that I am aware of is that you will need a low resistance flasher
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Old 01-23-2003, 04:57 AM
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I'm not sure of your application, but I'll you about mine. I drive a 48 chev with small tail lites and was worried about being seen. I tried the Led type bulbs(1157 type). They are brighter than stock 1157's but very directional. Meaning light straight out. I still wasn't satisifed, so I bought some halogen (1157 type) with 55 watts on the stop/turn side of the bulb. They are the best for me because they iluminate from the refelector out creating a larger brighter light. I hope you can make sense of this explanination. For my application I think I have the best for my application. I'm also considering a third rear window light. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-23-2003, 05:47 AM
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48man, thanks for the info. I've loked at both and didn't know which way to go. Do you know anything about the LED conversion kits? Are they brighter?
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Old 01-23-2003, 06:38 AM
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ALSO 48MAN DO THE HALOGEN BULBS HAVE A DECENT BULB LIFE I TRIED THE BRITE BULBS DIDN'T LAST HARDLY AT ALL? I KNOW THE LED ARE VERY BRITE BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE THEM JUST RIGHT TO SEE
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Old 01-23-2003, 09:32 AM
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I'm not sure what you mean about conversion kits. My application didn't a kit. Please explain.

As far as the life goes, I drive my car every day with night driving too. It's a daily driver. I have been running the bulbs for about 6 months now.
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Old 01-23-2003, 09:45 AM
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something I seen in streetscene by Technostalgia Inc, I believe you use the same light just take out the bulb assembly put in this LED conversion and wire it back in. Just wondering if anyone has done this and how it worked out.
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Old 01-23-2003, 09:54 AM
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Are you talking about the front of the car or the back. What kind of application are you seeking?
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Old 01-23-2003, 10:38 AM
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I'm sorry conversions for your brake tail lights
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Here is the low-buck and simple solution to get better, brighter stop and turn lights, front or rear.
1. Remove the lens and bulb. SCrub the inside of the taillamp housing as cleanb as possible. Mask off the socket and surrounding sheet metal. Get a can of appliance gloss white paint from any Walmart. Spray the inside of the taillamp assembly nice and evenly. Let dry.
2. Instead of 1157 bulbs, use 2357 bulbs ( the stop/turn filament is much brighter than 1157). Install in your sockets.
3. Scrub the INSIDE of your taillamp lenses with soap/water and a toothbrush. If you do this in a washbowl you'll freak at how much dirt and gunch is on the inside of your lens. Dry 'em and install them.
4. Clean the outside, too.
5. Put on your sunglasses, especially if you're trying them for the first time at night! Don't want anyone being blinded!
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Old 01-23-2003, 11:05 AM
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All pasadenahotrod( I hope I spelled that right) is great and correct, except the halogen bulbs are brighter than the 2357's. I tried them too. The halogen bulbs that I'm referring to just plug into the original sockets.
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48man!
You are so right, but I was talking lo-buck! You got it right on the spelling. Do you really live in Tyer TX?
Hey that 36 looks goooood!
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That 36 does looks real good, too bad it's not mine. I've got a 48 Chev Aero with a LT1. P/S, PDB, TILT, A/C, auto tranny,and Nova clip. I love my car but it's not pretty yet. I'm saving my $'s for a paint job. Thanks for the interest.

Jess

ps Instead of painting the inside of the tail lite housings white, I cleaned them and then lined them with chrome tape. So good so far!
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I forget to reply, Yes I do live in Tyler. It's going to be 11 degrees here tonight, I've got my Aero all "tucked in".
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would advise you to put in 1A inline fuses because a higher fuse like the one in your fuse box wont protect your high dollar bulbies. the bulb you use should tell you the ampherage required on the package. fuse accordingly. but i've found i keep blowing fuses rated under one amp.
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