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Old 08-12-2003, 01:08 PM   #1
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LED Brake/Turn Lights

I don't know if it is just me, but most people don't seem to pay any attention to the turn indicators on the Airstream. Changing lanes can be a real challenge as people don't want to be behind the Silver Condo!

I am thinking about replacing the turn/brake lights with LED bulbs. Has anyone else done this - are they substantially brighter? Look forward as usual to hearing your responses - what a great group for ideas!!!

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Old 08-12-2003, 01:57 PM   #2
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Hi Malcolm,
I don't think the LED's would work too well for the taillights in your Airstream.
You could only use the replacement bulbs, which are not as bright as a 21W incandescent bulb. They just blink more agrressively because their on/off times are super-quick.
I would suggest cleaning your contacts inside the taillights up as good as you can, and replacing the bulbs with the right type. Then replace the red lenses.
You will see that the turn signals and stop lights etc. will be 30% brighter, not as murky and dark red as before. i was going to try and add reflective paint or a piece of bright aluminum behind the bulb, but have not had time for it yet.
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Old 08-12-2003, 02:16 PM   #3
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UWE ,I was thinking about making my own led array to go behind the exsisting lens.This is an idea I have been kicking around for quit some time .I agree the replacement bulb type leds would not work any better than the standard if not worse ,but after playing around with an old lens i found that 6 or 8 leds stratigicly placed can be very effective. Oh well too many projects not enough time ! Tom
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Old 08-12-2003, 05:35 PM   #4
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Give it a shot I bet you will like them, but it might take more than 6 or 8 LEDs. Watch the commercial trucks (the newer UPS and USPS local delivery vehicles especially), alot are going to them. Lighting is one of the higher dollar maintenance items and these cut costs and improve visibility greatly. I replaced everything but the headlights/driving lights on my mh with them.

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Old 08-12-2003, 06:02 PM   #5
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Give it a shot I bet you will like them, but it might take more than 6 or 8 LEDs. John
The new Internationals have LED tail/brake lights. My trailer isn't at home to count, but there must be something like 16 or more LEDs for each function. The LED lights are super bright, but gave the disadvantage that they can'tbe seen at all from the side.
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Anyone know the website to the company that makes LED clusters that fit into normal bulb sockets. I am sure it was on this forum, but I can't find it.

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Old 08-12-2003, 09:28 PM   #7
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Hello Silvertwinkie and others

Check out
http://www.superbrightleds.com/index.htm

There may be something of interest there.
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Before you start switchen and swappin around lites....MAKE SURE THEY ARE DOT APPROVED AND HAVE THE PROPER INFO ON THE BULB CLUSTER...There are some that are not approved for vehicle use and if in a crash even a rear-ender....you might be giving the other guy "just cause" to make an issue out of it....and then your insurance company finds a loop-hole and you are stuck with a judgement....OY!....."buyer be aware".....geof-in Cincinnati
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Lightbulb Okay

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Just last week I was shopping at the local "ADVANCE AUTO" store and, found the answer to your problem. They have in stock direct rerplacement light bulbs for your car. Even the little wedgie (4 white leds square) that GMC uses for front turn signals..Cost is abt 7$ per bulb.
All I could find that were whites were for the side turn signals. The twist lock bayonet type bulbs available had both the single/double base contact and, were either amber or red. These were about 8$ each. These bulbs had a cluster of LEDs on a pc style board (approx 17 or LEDS)
If anyone wants.. I can check again for the comapny's name that makes them and their website..(Don't have it with me now)
Here's a link to the store..
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Just go to Auto Accessories, then, look up lighting under LED

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BTW, They also sell sidelights assy for trailers to replace your old ones. (3 LEDS per unit) cost about 27$ per unit. Available in both amber and red lens.
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You can also try www.grote.com , they sell the lights the truckers use. Trailer lights seem pretty universal, a truck supplier should be able to help.
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I am thinking about replacing the turn/brake lights with LED bulbs. Has anyone else done this - are they substantially brighter? Look forward as usual to hearing your responses - what a great group for ideas!!!

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Another vendor with different size DOT approved LED tail lights.
http://www.closertowholesale.com/
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