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Old 10-10-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
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Is it wrong to stare?

Well, I finally got around to installing the new LED tailights and backup lights on our 84 Sovereign. Easy to do, but I just did not know what to really expect. I have to tell you, in the dark, they look very much like the old ones (as far as brightness). But in the day time, THOSE THINGS POP!

So glad I did it. Now I do not need to worry when changing lanes in say...Austin, that the following traffic did not see my blinkers.

Feeling proud so I took a lawn chair out behind it, turned on the lights, opened a bottle of water, and just stared at my awesome handiwork!

ok, ok, they were tailights, not quite like ripping off the shell and doing a complete restoration..baby steps...
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:24 PM   #2
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Gulp, if my husband sees this post he's sure to want to do the same!


Nice job! Now, shhhhh! we can't afford it right now!
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Well, I finally got around to installing the new LED tailights and backup lights on our 84 Sovereign. Easy to do, but I just did not know what to really expect. I have to tell you, in the dark, they look very much like the old ones (as far as brightness).
Did you match bulb color to lens color?
You need to be matched for max brightness.

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It's not wrong to stare ... I often have a beverage and just walk around our Bambi and look at it ...so no, I don't think it's wrong!
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:20 PM   #5
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Did you match bulb color to lens color?
You need to be matched for max brightness.

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Oh yeah. Everything is matched. And they do look a lot brighter, and even redder than the running lights over the back window. Kinda makes those look a little red/orange now. Guess they are next. Wife says they were a lot brighter in the dark as well, so maybe I just wasn't looking..
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:22 PM   #6
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last march i got caught in a torrential downpour on 95 in northern florida. it was midday and there was a bright sky. it was hard to see vehicles in front even with reduced speed and increased distance to avoid road spray. the visibility of the vehicles with leds was so much better i switched lanes to follow one of them to get more time to stop when traffic braked. they are well worth the money.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:37 PM   #7
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Chuck, need to put something in the water to help you see better.
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I am so ashamed. Normally I take a ton of pictures. But this time I have no ” before” or ” progress” pics. Shame too, because I ended up taking out the entire light housing and cleaning up inside and resealing. But I can get some pics of how they look now and post a few later today. And I have all the purchase info as well. I think I was just so excited that it was not 100 degrees I just wanted to keep working...

And Sandlapper, that bottle of water may have been spiked! (-:
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:33 AM   #10
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:00 AM   #11
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I had mine replaced with LED's. While I have no before and after pictures, the difference was quite obvious. Especially when you have the sun in your rear.

Well worth the investment.

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Patio Incandescent Replaced By LED




I previously had to replace (under warranty) the patio light lens (clear plastic) due to the incandescent bulb’s heat melting it.

When I was at JacksonCenter a couple of months ago they had a display set up with the LED tail and patio lights in their lenses. I purchased the plug-in patio LED pad (about $20) specifically because the incandescent bulb MELTS THE PLASTIC LENS if left on too long (the LEDs run much cooler). The brightness is equivalent and now I can leave the patio light on indefinitely.
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Looks GREAT!
What did you do?
Bulbs, or Panels?
Where did you get them, and cost?
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I agree, I'd like to know where you purchased them and how much were they. The pic that was posted looks great! Thanks for sharing.
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