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LED Taillights? Blinkers and resisitors? by copperhens
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Every light in my interior is LED(except those in AC delco radio). My sidemarkers are LEDs too. I would like to finish up the conversion with the taillights and front blinkers, but what do I do for resistors so they will blink? I heard you only need two for the back blinkers and it will be okay.
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Pretty sure all you need to have is an LED compatible flasher.
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I recently swapped my tail and stop lights to LEDs on three vehicles and will do so with the fourth one when it gets back from the paint shop. The LEDs that I used were purchased from West Coast Classic Cougar and were a bit less than those sold by Black Top Racing. No resistor was necessary after I changed both flasher units to LED compatible ones purchased from Auto Zone. I did leave my backup lights stock since they are so seldom used.

https://secure.cougarpartscatalog.com/info.html

BTW, WCCC gave me a discount for ordering on line instead of over the phone.

Nelson

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If I got these, would they work? https://www.amazon.com/gp/p...A23ZC5CAWCCWWE&psc=1
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If I got these, would they work? https://www.amazon.com/gp/p...A23ZC5CAWCCWWE&psc=1



I cannot say if they would work but I do believe that you would be better off using amber and red LEDs instead of just pure white. That being said, I could not get an amber bulb from the source I referenced because they do not stock amber LEDs. I used white with the amber lens and it is acceptable but I would still have preferred an amber bulb. Several of the amber bulbs I purchased from Auto Zone did not work in my cars so good luck if you try something new. Let everyone know how it works in your application.

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If I got these, would they work? https://www.amazon.com/gp/p...A23ZC5CAWCCWWE&psc=1
No. "Cool White" is Too High Color Temperature causing pink to purple output and weird light colors will stand out to cops etc. see https://richbrilliantwillin...ture-of-led-lighting
Plus Amazon Ebay and others are full of crap LED that won't last.

Red or "Warm White" Led may not work either.
Many look bright before install but dim under red lens.
Others are way too bright after install and blind drivers behind you or cops think have wiring/driver problems having brake lights on all the time when real have HL are on.
You need LED about same brightness After Install as OE bulbs. maybe a bit brighter.
Avoid all vendors w/o publishing data for high and low output.
See my Cave, LED poisoning and Lighbulbs

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I have Plasma LED bulbs from WCCC in my Mera and they work as they should with the flashers that were in the car, no resistors needed. I didn't check the type of flashers so they may have been electronic ones.

It is better to use the same color LEDs as the lenses, they will be brighter. I was able to get amber 1157 LED bulbs from WCCC. Their LEDs are very bright and their service is great.

https://secure.cougarpartsc...llow.html?attribs=84

Larry

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Originally posted by Larryinkc:

I was able to get amber 1157 LED bulbs from WCCC. Their LEDs are very bright and their service is great.

https://secure.cougarpartsc...llow.html?attribs=84


$26.87 for two bulbs?

Okay, I've got to ask... what makes it worthwhile spending that kind of money (or more) on something as basic as a light bulb?

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You can pick up those kind of LEDs off ebay for under $5 each. I've done whole vehicles (save headlights) for about $30.
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Originally posted by Larryinkc:

I have Plasma LED bulbs from WCCC in my Mera and they work as they should with the flashers that were in the car, no resistors needed. I didn't check the type of flashers so they may have been electronic ones.

It is better to use the same color LEDs as the lenses, they will be brighter. I was able to get amber 1157 LED bulbs from WCCC. Their LEDs are very bright and their service is great.

https://secure.cougarpartsc...llow.html?attribs=84

Larry



The WCCC whites can also be used with the amber lenses and produce a decent amber color. I have installed them on three cars so far and am quite satisfied with the results. Have not been pulled over by a cop yet but you never know what excuse they might use for a stop.

$26.87 for two bulbs?
Okay, I've got to ask... what makes it worthwhile spending that kind of money (or more) on something as basic as a light bulb?


Patrick, there is a very simple answer to your question but it is based on my cars and may not be applicable to all Fieros. All of my vehicles are Meras and there is an issue with the stop and tail lights getting hot enough to distort or melt the back of the housing. If you either have to build a mold yourself or hire someone to do it, the money starts adding up fast and the new housings are not a permanent solution in all cases. Since I did not pay almost $14 per bulb, the economics for LEDs in this location were favorable. Since I needed bulbs for four vehicles, I purchased them in either a six or twelve pack at a reduced price. I also took an additional 10% discount for ordering over the net.

Nelson

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Originally posted by hnthomps:

All of my vehicles are Meras and there is an issue with the stop and tail lights getting hot enough to distort or melt the back of the housing.


Nelson, in your case I can certainly see the value of spending more on bulbs that run a bit cooler.

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