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db flyer 03-24-2012 06:04 PM

LED tailight lense?
I have 56 CHEVY and want a brighter turn and stop lights for safety. An ebay
seller named Mutton Hollow Chevys has LED set of lenses with leds in the lense and 3 wire hookup. I assume they can be spliced into existing wires and the black wire to ground. But, would I need to add something else to make this compatible with my standard bulb front turn signals? Thanks for
any help.

EOD Guy 03-24-2012 06:46 PM

Unless those tail lights have built in resistors, very unlikely, you will have to change out the flasher for an electronic one or add resistors to the tail lights.

The resistors are avail at

db flyer 03-24-2012 07:12 PM

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Thanks for the reply. So I can change to a LED flasher, or add some sort of resistors at each tail light, and retain my current front bulbs? Which is better and or eaiser, Thanks. PS, here is a pic of the lenses, if I can attach it.

EOD Guy 03-25-2012 04:38 AM

Flasher is by far the easier of the two.

vicrod 03-25-2012 01:31 PM

If you want to retain the '56 chevy tail light lenses :cool: try to replace the bulb with an LED bulb. Should be much brighter. Use a red bulb. handles a good selection of LED products. Just make sure the LED will fit the old socket.
Clean the old lens to remove oxidation etc.
Replacement tailights (lenses) should be DOT approved. In some States non DOT lighting will not pass inspection. Check it out.


db flyer 03-25-2012 03:15 PM

I had not thought of these red tail/brake/turn lenses being possibly illegal.
I cannot understand how a trifive chevy parts seller could sell these at that risk? Are these lenses/lights as brite as emergency vehicles to warrant possible removal?

EOD Guy 03-25-2012 05:12 PM

I have LED lights on just about everything I own, some are just bulbs, others are complete lenses....... wouldn't worry too much about being illegal....... alot of the new high end cars have LEDs in the tail lights. The only part you might have concern with, is if the strobe or something silly like that

db flyer 03-25-2012 05:35 PM

Ya, I dont care to look like a "low rider" since I want this 56 chev. to look stock. After reading that these red lenses look like brite little stars, I`m afraid of the "flashing look" , so I guess I will keep my stock lense and install
just 1157 LED red bulbs and a LED flasher. Do the LED bulbs make a noticble
briteness difference? I noticed an LED website mentioned some new flashers do not make a clicking sound, and said a clicking option was to add a relay with the flasher? Thanks


EOD Guy 03-25-2012 07:00 PM

The single LED bulbs aren't as good as the "tower" type, I originaly got the single ones and hve since switched to the tower type........ niether are cheap so ....... it was a 300 buck mistake.

EOD Guy 03-25-2012 07:04 PM

Here's the ones I use

1157-x45-T: 45HP-LED BAY15D Tower Bulb

vicrod 03-26-2012 12:19 PM

The LED flashers are quiet but they are available with an internal beeper that beeps as the lights flash.
Made by TMI LED technology model#EL98.
A small piezo buzzer could be added if needed.


kleen56 03-26-2012 01:05 PM

I purchased some LED's from ebay and did the install. The LED's weren't that much brighter (in fact I thought emitted less light than my original bulbs) and definitely not worth the money. I'm not saying LED's aren't brighter. I'm just telling you about my experience with Ebay. You may consider buying them from someone else other than Ebay. Once you buy them, your pretty much stuck with them and it's a pain to return them because of shipping, etc. I've made it priority not to order anything "electronics" on ebay... ;)

vicrod 03-26-2012 02:12 PM

Selecting the correct LED product can be tricky as there are, yet, no standards to compare them to incandescent bulbs. Some say that LEDs are unique and a direct comparison is not possible. Stay tuned.
Unlike standard lamps LEDs are directional. So the viewing angle is important when selecting a product.
For example: the 1157 (dual brightness) bulb that is very common and the #1157 is a recognized standard product made by many Companies. The only difference being the quality.
When viewed as a taillight the angle is likley 100* or less. The lens helps to focus the light.
When we try to compare an 1157 to an LED we find a number of added parameters to be considered. sells a varied selection that are claimed to be 1157s. But the only similarity is the socket configuration.
When it comes to LEDs we are in the transition period. We may as well keep track of the progress because it's a moving target. :sweat:


EOD Guy 03-26-2012 03:37 PM

No argument there..... but my tower type bulbs are very much brighter that the incandesenct 1157 bulbs. The single LED 1157s I bought the 1st time around were brighter when viewed directly from the rear ..... but 30 degrees to the side and they were dimmer. The new tower type do not have that issue.

db flyer 03-26-2012 06:53 PM

Thanks for your continued follow up on this LED thing guys. I think I will try
the tower type that EOD Guy has, and look up that beeper flasher that Vicrod

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