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Old 04-22-2014, 07:25 PM   #1
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LED lighting...

So I'm on a big LED kick. I want to swap pretty much every light in my focus over to LED. Recently I bought two 3157 "switchback" lights from superbrightleds.com to swap into the driving/signal light location in the front.

They are supposed to be white with the driving lights on and switch to amber when the signals are activated. That didn't happen. With the driving lights on, they were solid amber, and made the car think the signals were constant on. The arrows on the dash were solid on. Then when I tried the signals, they never blinked in the front, but the back ones went crazy fast.

My questions are as follows:

1.) I have heard of LEDS needing some kind of resistor to work in these applications, but I also thought the switchback part of it took care of that.

2.) I want to do the side markers, brake lights, and third brake light with LEDS as well...will they all do this?


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Old 04-23-2014, 03:35 AM   #2
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Resistors, yes. Try flipping the bulbs, LED's are +/- specific. Bulbs that do not require resistance for use, will be just fine. I have used them for years.
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Which bulbs would require resistance?
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Those bulbs don't sound right, assuming the normal bulbs work fine - those sound like they're connecting the two 'hot" leads instead of connecting each side to ground.

Get out the VOM and check the bulb circuits - I'm sure you got them in there right, not half in or backwards.
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All bulbs generate resistance
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Those bulbs don't sound right, assuming the normal bulbs work fine - those sound like they're connecting the two 'hot" leads instead of connecting each side to ground.

Get out the VOM and check the bulb circuits - I'm sure you got them in there right, not half in or backwards.
Can you explain this a little more? I think I get it but....not sure.

The bulbs that came out were 3157's. I bought 3157 LED replacements that snapped right in. Idk if it's a voltage problem or some switched power issue but they both did it. Unfortunately I sent them back already so I can't try turning them over or anything....I just think the odds of me putting them both in wrong are pretty slim.

I'm just worried about others that aren't just plain ON/OFF...I wanted to do the side markers, the brake lights, and the third brake like but I'm not going to spend $100 on bulbs that don't work....
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This is the one I got :
https://www.superbrightleds.com/more...wer/1777/4121/
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Also, I see "dual intensity" bulbs...would I need those or is there some trick to wiring these I don't know about?
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