LED Bulb in place of regular car bulbs

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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    I am looking at changing the tail light bulbs, and replacing them with bright LED bulbs instead. Anyone have any info as to which site would be a good place to order from?

    I have Diode Dynamics and Superbright LEDs on the view.
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Also does anyone have experience with installing a resistor kit to off-set the load balance to the system. Else the indicators start hyper blinking, as if they have gone bust.
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    So I ordered a pair of switchback 4057 replacement LEDs from eBay.

    These go in place of the front parking and indicator lamp.

    When the parking light is on, these bills give out a clear white glow.

    If the indicator is given, then this bulb goes off and switches to a bright amber or yellow. It will flash for the desired time (going between off and amber).

    Once switched off, it will change to white to resume parking indication.

    This is currently for the front only. I wanna confirm if I need the resistor kit or not for these two bulbs.

    Then to move onto the rear of the vehicle
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    As part of Phase I of the LED conversion, the front Swithbacks have arrived!







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    Quality stuff. Going to install these tonight on the car.
     
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    Looking forward to the results.
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    A quick video of the LED bulbs installed -



    There is a double blink to the indicators, however I can live with that for now. Since fixing that would involve installing a in-line resistance, and I am not too keen on messing around with the stock harness.

    This is how much brighter the LED parking lamp is vs the stock bulb -

    Stock on left, LED on right.

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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Now to take on the side pilot lamps

    This would involve two Yellow (or Amber) lamps and two Red Lamps. These are in the 4 corners of the vehicle. Shown in the below image -


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    awesome car, when did you bought the Dodge challenger?
     
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    i am interested in your car, so could you give me more info about it such as the cylinders, displacement,horsepower, weight, acceleration, model year and so on. many thanks
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    It's a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 - V8 - 6,400 cc or 6.4L engine. 485 BHP , 640 Nm of torque. Weight is around 1600 kgs.

    Hope this helps :)
     
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    which one do you think will better in the feeling of driving when compare this one to the Mustang 5.4 L, V8
     
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    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    The Mustang is a 5.0L V8 (435 BHP).

    Outright, the Mustang would handle better than the Challenger. Acceleration wise, the Challenger would edge out the Mustang.

    For a honest muscle car appeal, the choice can be either.

    A big factor for me was that the Challenger can seat 5 people easily. The room in the back is as good as a small sedan.

    The Mustang can however only seat 2 in comfort, and the rear seats are practically un-usable.
     
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    yes it is the 5.0L V8 in Mustang, as for me i like the Challenger more,
    the Mustang focus on the sport performance only, it is a good race car, while the Challenger combined the sport and
    the cost performance together.
     
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    Actually they're both priced nearly the same, with the 2015 Challenger being more expensive than the Mustang.
     
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    Quick Update -

    All 4 marker lights + 8 Tail Light bulbs + 2 Reverse light bulbs have arrived. Only items pending are the resistances that need to be wired in-line for the blinkers to flash normally, and the License Plate lights.

    This weekend is going to be a tail light bulb replacement DIY. Photos after that.
     
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    The goodies -

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    3 sets of resistances for hyper flashing, 4 pairs of tail light LEDs, 1 pair each of forward and aft side markers, and 1 pair of reverse lights LEDs.

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    The tail light LEDs are well built, and have 10 LEDs in all. 8 on sides, paired 2 to a side, and 2 on the top.

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    The lens should help focus and increase the brightness of the LEDs.

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    The side markers and reverse LEDs.

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    The side markers are flat plain LEDs with no lens or covering. These are not intended to be super bright. Just provide sharp light and output.

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    The reverse lights are miniature versions of the tail light. The LEDs on the side are not covered, however the ones on the end have a lens to focus the light again -

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    The 50W 6 Ohm resistors. These come with splice clips, that allow you to wire them without cutting any wires. -

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    You wrap them around the wire to be tapped into, and simply close the plastic tab around it. The tab forces the metal into the wire, creating a connection.

    If you want to remove the resistor at a later date, you can simply cut the resistor wire and leave the splice in place to protect the cut wiring. This is about as non-invasive as it gets.

    More updates upon installation.
     
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    Man these look cool, must be fun to install, I love these DIY thingies.
     
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    Yeah, two cuts and 3 hours later, the car is done. I'm uploading a video to show the current results. Detailed job pics later (thumbs are too damn sore)
     
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    The video -
     
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    Here's a video comparing LED bulbs on the left, and conventional filament bulbs on the right. As much as the classic blinking be full of appeal, LEDs are crisp, quick to light up and get your attention.

     

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