Originally Posted by KJRitchie
... Any of you fellow Classic owners have issues with your LED tail lights such as burned out LEDs or flashing LEDs when the brakes are applied? ...
I have an '08 Classic that also had some LEDs go out and segments of several LEDs would blink when the brakes were applied. It spread to 3 of the 4 units in the past year.
When we were in JC in May, I bought 4 replacements. The boards and the LEDs are different from the originals. Yours may be the same as mine. After you take the lens off, there are 3 wires crimped to 3 coming from the back of the housing, there is no bulb socket or connector (unless there is a connector behind the entire housing). During assembly, they had installed a cable tie around the wires to keep them from falling back through the hole. The replacement had a pigtail with a 3-wire plug. I cut off the plug and used wire nuts to connect to the 3 internal wires. The original board was secured with 4 self tapping screws, JC told me only 2 of the holes would line up with the existing mounts in the housing and that they only use two screws when installing these boards. So far all is well, but it took about 3 years or so before I noticed the problem.
LEDs offer the promise of longevity in addition to low power consumption. I think the early assemblies either lacked quality control or the manufacturers may have since learned why the consumer was seeing early life failures. Our city replaced all their traffic signals with LED assemblies about 6 years ago with the justification to the tax payers that they would save in costs associated with replacement bulbs in addition to the reduced electric costs in the long term. In short order, these LED assemblies started showing dead LED segments that looked like cracks from the street. They also started to flicker just like our brake lights. Many cars now come with LED tail and running lights and they seem to be very reliable so far. I am holding out hope that these replacement boards are superior to the originals I replaced.
The ones I got in JC look like the ones dznf0g linked to.