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Old 12-27-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
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I would like to upgrade to LED tail lights in my 1976 Sovereign. Here is one option has anyone tried this. Are there any other options?

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LED Up Grade for 4.25 Monarch Lens LED-kit1 [LED-kit1] - $119.70 : LEDs 4, Recreational Vehicles
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:55 AM   #2
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Did you know you can increase the brightness of the tailights considerably by changing the bulb from 1156 to 2156 and painting the inside white. Not sure about the Monarch lights but for some strange reason the cans on early 70s are painted black. This will also let you keep the fiberoptic indicator connection you will loose with LEDs.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:22 AM   #3
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I Strongly suggest you do not do this. Tail lights are governed by Law and have very strict design rules to project the light in a given pattern. The placement of the light source with respect to the lens is critical.

If you review this tread you will get some ideas.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...hts-23544.html

My solution is covered with post # 40, 49, and 51

There is no way a replacement board or bulb can match the original lens.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:51 AM   #4
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This upgrade, and this company, warrant a 4-star rating. I purchased this kit for my '92. Installation was extremely easy and straightforward, and the result is a huge increase in brightness. Due to an electrical glitch in my tow vehicle's wiring (I believe related to installing aftermarket back-up lights by my Chevy dealer, which tap into my 7-pin plug wiring), I have been able to get the trailer LED lights to function as either turn signals or running lights, but not both . . . I do not think this would be a problem for you or for 99% of tow vehicle-trailer combinations.
My main reason for writing was to be able to publically commend the owner of this company (LED4RV). When I discovered my electrical problem, I sent Tim an email. I received 4 emails, a video by email, and no less than 7 cross-country phone calls offering ideas. On two occasions, Tim stayed on the phone with me while I made wiring changes he suggested, taking perhaps 20 minutes to accomplish. I'd hope that someday I'll look in Webster's under "customer service" and see a reference to this company and its owner.
I'm confident that I'll solve my electrical problem, once the weather warms up. And here's the disclaimer: I have no relation with the company . . . . but I sure like their product and their customer service.
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:27 AM   #5
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I know this is the wrong size but I seems that I sawe a post recently that had a link to a similar one piece LED kit that would fit the old 4.25 Monarch lens.

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LED Tail Light Upgrade Kits for Bargman 84/86 Series - Manufactured by BARGMAN
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:38 PM   #6
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I Strongly suggest you do not do this. Tail lights are governed by Law and have very strict design rules to project the light in a given pattern. The placement of the light source with respect to the lens is critical.

If you review this tread you will get some ideas.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...hts-23544.html

My solution is covered with post # 40, 49, and 51

There is no way a replacement board or bulb can match the original lens.
Howie,

Is this the type of lamp you are warning not to use?

It seems like an easy way to go on or '84.

Thanks,
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:57 PM   #7
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YES

I guess the best way to describe the difference would be to build a bonfire inside a light house to replace the oil lamp that was designed to work with the lens system. Each taillight is designed to work with a given bulb having it's filament placed in a controlled position with respect to the lens.

You will note that every taillight has a DOT approval number on it. My solution was to take an approved LED taillight and insert it into the original Airstream lens, using that lens only as a holder for the new taillight.

The Bargman LED lights mentioned in post #5 above are DOT approved because the LED lights and the lens are so designed as to meet these requirements.

The kit mentioned in post #1 would not meet DOT requirements and would never pass any scrutiny by state inspection or police if stopped.
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1962 Bambi tail lights

Hi I have a 62 bambi and all the exterior lights need replacing some are missing and some are rusty does anyone have any for sale ?
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