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Im looking to change the parking lights to LED and I just want to know what everyone thinks and what they look like installed. Possible sticky??

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I put LEDs in my parkers. They look exactly like the standard park bulbs...depending on colour of course.
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Re: LED Picture Thread

Thing with LED's is...

Pros: Faster reaction time. Say if you put them on your brake lights, they will react and turn on faster than stock incandescents. Which is good for safety. They are also brighter.

Cons: They do not produce heat. Which is a problem in winter, cuz the lights won't melt the snow on them. Which means you gotta brush the snow off yourself.

Personally I think the benfits outweigh the disadvantages.
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Are there any tutorials on here about how to install load resistors? I know there is a black wire and a green/yellow wire. not sure which one is which.

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Re: LED Picture Thread

THE BEST led conversion kit site.. theres 3 different levels of brightness and i got level 3, comes with parking, side markers, license plate, and interior lighting including trunk i think i paid 70$
https://www.diodedynamics.com/catalog/
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Re: LED Picture Thread

Ok so i wana get the city lights LED's from ^^site (diodedynamics.com) but i wana get the blue...will i run into problems with cops runnin blue LED's? also could i use the same LED's and put them in my fogs?
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Re: LED Picture Thread

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Thing with LED's is...

Pros: Faster reaction time. Say if you put them on your brake lights, they will react and turn on faster than stock incandescents. Which is good for safety. They are also brighter.

Cons: They do not produce heat. Which is a problem in winter, cuz the lights won't melt the snow on them. Which means you gotta brush the snow off yourself.

Personally I think the benfits outweigh the disadvantages.
Yes, they're brighter... per watt. In actual raw lumens, most LEDs don't produce a whole lot of light, but it's much more focused than an incandescent.

I don't like LED parking lamps, unless it's done big.

You'll probably run into legality issues with blue LEDs as well, and what's the purpose of putting them in the fogs? They won't produce enough light to really do any good compared to an incandescent.
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Re: LED Picture Thread

Some states are more strict then others. I live in MA i have an 8k HID kit which is blue-ish?, and i have the white LED kit from them and it looks good too me.. i wouldnt use them for the foggs... i would do an hid kit. I'v had no trouble with cops... with lighting anyways
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Phantom, its actually a 5 led bulb. its done pretty big :)
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this is just my Parking lights on and my foglights..

Hope this helps you determine the brightness of the parking lights.
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this is just my Parking lights on and my foglights..

Hope this helps you determine the brightness of the parking lights.
looks sweet im def gona do this, prob with tha whites tho u have HID's n ur fogs?
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Phantom, its actually a 5 led bulb. its done pretty big :)
Small-timer. 5 LEDs isn't "doing it big"... multiply that five or six times, and THAT's doing it big.
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This bulb has five 5050-size SMDs. The bulb is made up of a quality plastic connector to slide right into the plug, as well as high durability terminals. A load resistor is embedded to prevent blowing the LED from voltage surge, and a diode is implanted to protect the LED from reverse polarity. The LED is wired for 12v operation, the kind found on all vehicles.
Really? A diode to protect the LED from reverse polarity?

Correct me if I'm wrong but that's completely redundant. That's like towing your car around on a dolly all it's life to protect the engine of your car.

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Are there any tutorials on here about how to install load resistors? I know there is a black wire and a green/yellow wire. not sure which one is which.

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Ok so i wana get the city lights LED's from ^^site (diodedynamics.com) but i wana get the blue...will i run into problems with cops runnin blue LED's? also could i use the same LED's and put them in my fogs?
Blue for shows and when your parked... NOT for driving.. see Phantom's post below, or above, or.. whatever...

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Yes, they're brighter... per watt. In actual raw lumens, most LEDs don't produce a whole lot of light, but it's much more focused than an incandescent.

I don't like LED parking lamps, unless it's done big.
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You'll probably run into legality issues with blue LEDs as well, and what's the purpose of putting them in the fogs? They won't produce enough light to really do any good compared to an incandescent.
for show, yes. Unless you live in Thailand... they have blue lights everywhere.

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Really? A diode to protect the LED from reverse polarity?

Correct me if I'm wrong but that's completely redundant. That's like towing your car around on a dolly all it's life to protect the engine of your car.

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Yes, they're brighter... per watt. In actual raw lumens, most LEDs don't produce a whole lot of light, but it's much more focused than an incandescent.
And keeping within the size restrictions of automobile housings that they are used in, the do appear to the naked eye to be brighter.

Which is the terms I was speaking in. Doesn't matter much to people on the street, to cops, your buddies, or you, what exact lumens they have, the color scale, whatever. They look brighter, thus that's the term "brighter" I was using.

I prefer experimentation to logic, and real world to labs and calculations.

No offense intended, its just two different schools of thought.


If it looks brighter, than to me it doesn't really matter if its because its more focused or more powerful, point is, they look brighter, so they are brighter.



And blue LEDs shouldn't really be a problem unless you have them on regulated lights. The license plate lights, side markers, etc should be fine, as I don't believe that they are regulated, and do not have restrictions. Depending on where you live of course. The parking brakes are regulated, at least I'm almost certain, and thus you could run into trouble. However, HIDs are illegal if not utilized properly, and sometimes a cop will pull you over for it anyway, just to be sure.


Although to be honest I don't understand the restrictions on HIDs. In my state, you can have them as lowbeams, not highbeams. What the hell? You want me to use the brighter lights when I'm passing oncoming traffic or following someone? And the much dimmer lights when I have the road to myself?

Doesn't make much sense to me. And if you've ever been followed by someone with HIDs as lowbeams, they are more annoying than someone following you with incandescent highbeams. Also, if you have HID lowbeams, people tend to flash you with their highbeams more, thinking your highbeaming them.

So the legislation regarding HIDs makes little sense. Sorry for the rant.
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The reason why HID's aren't used as highbeams is because they don't fire up as fast as a halogen lamp. It takes a certain amount of time for the arc to gain full brightness, and therefore isn't suited to flashing/signaling/etc.
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