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Old 10-05-2008, 09:16 AM   #1
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Marker lights: Incandescent or LED

I know this has been discussed on other threads, but I'm curious as to what other '67 owners have done. VTS has 70s style LED marker lights available. These are only slightly more expensive than buying new bases and lenses. Frankly, I think the 60s-style lenses are a bit more attractive and I know one can fabricate LED lights using the old bases, but is it worth the trouble?

My wife prefers "original" and is a bit skeptical about LEDs, but she is willing to defer on anything related to safety. I think the LEDs are brighter and less prone to failure. Any thoughts?
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I know this has been discussed on other threads, but I'm curious as to what other '67 owners have done. VTS has 70s style LED marker lights available. These are only slightly more expensive than buying new bases and lenses. Frankly, I think the 60s-style lenses are a bit more attractive and I know one can fabricate LED lights using the old bases, but is it worth the trouble?

My wife prefers "original" and is a bit skeptical about LEDs, but she is willing to defer on anything related to safety. I think the LEDs are brighter and less prone to failure. Any thoughts?
LED's are far brighter in the day than the incadenscents are at night.

We have the LED clearance lights, that have the same "exact" exterior appearance as the original Grote clearance lights, that your trailer now has.

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Andy, do you have LED replacments for the 1965 marker lights? Thanks.
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Andy, do you have LED replacments for the 1965 marker lights? Thanks.
Check our part numbers 64700 and 64715.

The cover shape was improved to give greater awareness.

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Hi Andy, thanks anyway , but I'd kind of like to keep the original look of the 1965 lens. The double bullseye type lens wasn't used on my year of trailer. Does anyone know of an led bulb that would fit into the same socket as the incandescent one? Thanks.
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Hi Andy, thanks anyway , but I'd kind of like to keep the original look of the 1965 lens. The double bullseye type lens wasn't used on my year of trailer. Does anyone know of an led bulb that would fit into the same socket as the incandescent one? Thanks.
The problem with putting a plug in LED in your existing socket is that LEDs are very directional, unlike incandescents. If you find one to fit the socket, it will "fire" directly away from the socket. If the socket faces forward or backward, that is the direction the LED will shine in. If the socket faces directly away from the side of the trailer, you may be able to find an LED.
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Here's a thread where the they were converted to LED's.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f157...a-27117-4.html
His separate Flicker page (with link in the post above) shows details on how he did it.
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Never consider plug in replacement LEDS bulbs for the standard bulbs. The optics of the bulb and the lens are not designed for one another. A standard bulb radiates light in all directions and if focused by the reflector to the lens. LEDS direct light along the axes of the bulb, generally at right angles to the original not good. In all cases you want a fixture that was designed as a complete replacement in order to get an effective light improvement.
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I was thinking fixture rather than "plug and play." I'm with 65... I like the idea, but not a huge fan of the double bulleye lens. I wonder if a guy can use the new fixture with 60s-style lenses?
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Does anyone know if and where I can get LED teardrop lights for my 63 Ambassador? I've seen the replacement lights but no LED.

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