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post #1 of 18 Old 09-13-2010, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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LED Tail light Bulbs

Anyone use replacement LED bulbs in your tail lights? Wondering if the ones under $30 are bright enough and look "normal" . I like the Recon replacement lights, but don't want to shell out the cash for the whole light and don't want to butcher my lenses with the an LED mod.

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I haven't used them in my tail lights. I replaced the whole tail light assembly. BUT I have used the bulbs in my fronts for turn signal/parking lights. I started out with an 18-LED 'bulb', but I didn't think it was bright enough. I ended up going with 54-LED 'bulbs' - Much better.

So...I don't know where the different number of LEDs per bulb fits in (I don't remember how much I paid for each) as far as the $30 price range, but the more LEDs the brighter.

Also be aware that LEDs don't have the load a regular bulb does. If you put LEDs in, there is a good chance your lights will flash quickly due to a lighter load. Two things can be done. 1) Load resistors at each corner you put bulbs into OR 2) change to an electronic flasher. (Not load dependent like the factory flasher is)


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I figured the 18 LED bulbs wouldn't be bright enough, especially for brake lights. The larger, hi power LED bulbs seem to be around $30-$50. I may spend that if I can get confirmation from someone that they work good as brake lights. I was planning on some load resistors if they blinked too fast.
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idk about a stock bed but I have them on mine and had to do the load thing.

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I installed replacement LED tail light bulbs and they are great! Plenty bright. Paid $24 for the pair.. Paid another $19 for a electronic flasher(EP27). the flasher DOES NOT fix the loading issue and lights still blink fast.. Guess I'll put in the load resistors now...

Plan on changing out the rest of the 3147/4157 bulbs as well..


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I installed replacement LED tail light bulbs and they are great! Plenty bright. Paid $24 for the pair.. Paid another $19 for a electronic flasher(EP27). the flasher DOES NOT fix the loading issue and lights still blink fast.. Guess I'll put in the load resistors now...

Plan on changing out the rest of the 3147/4157 bulbs as well..
Where did you get the bulbs from?
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I got the bulbs from from Catoctin Off-Road - Quality aftermarket accessories for your Truck or SUV

Not exactly the fastest shipping, but price was right.


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Anyone looking for some high quality led bulbs should check out v-leds.com, I have bought several different bulbs from them and they are great!

Here's their 92 led tail/brakelight bulbs: V-LEDS RED 92 M-SMT TAIL/BRAKE LIGHT BULBS 3157 3156 4057

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Does ANYONE know of an electronic flasher that works? I got the EP27 flasher and it does NOT cure the hyper flashing. I really don't want to splice in a resistor to EVERY led bulb..


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I put in an EP 27 "Electronic" flasher and it worked fine for my 05.
just make sure it says "Electronic"

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