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Old 08-11-2011, 06:06 AM   #1
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To those that have led sidelights...

Be careful, I was using 13 smd LEDs in my sidelights/corner lights or whatever you call them and the heat, being so close to the glass, has damaged the glass/Perspex. I have a rainbow effect right above and to the side of them which can be clearly seen. Just keep an eye on it. I've just gone back to xenon effect w5w bulbs.


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Old 08-11-2011, 07:44 AM   #2
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:13 AM   #3
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I've never heard of LEDs producing heat. And to the point of damaging glass? Are you sure that rainbow isn't being produced by a prizm effect somewhere?
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I've never heard of LEDs producing heat. And to the point of damaging glass? Are you sure that rainbow isn't being produced by a prizm effect somewhere?
After an hours drive with just the LEDs on, and the exterior 'glass' was physically hot to touch, not just warm but hot. I think the small area that the bulbs go in contains the heat.

The rainbow effect is only over the LEDs aswell and on both headlights, had a look at a few others and I've not seen a standard car with this. Even emailed ford saying it was a defect but I'm yet to hear back from them..
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I'm a little confused here too! I thought that LED's gave off very little heat.
In fact, I remember listening to the radio once while in Alberta about the problems that they were having with LED traffic lights not being able to burn off any snow due to the low heat output.

Something just doesn't seem right on this.
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I'm a little confused here too! I thought that LED's gave off very little heat.
In fact, I remember listening to the radio once while in Alberta about the problems that they were having with LED traffic lights not being able to burn off any snow due to the low heat output.

Something just doesn't seem right on this.
I was under the same impression, low heat, low power consumption...

Wasn't a cheap set either, might try another pair with less LEDs.
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The LED's don't put out heat, but the resistors they use to regulate current to the LED's put out a ton of heat if they are running a fair bit of current through them.
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The newer high powered SMD LEDs do put out a good amount of heat. I hate 900 lumen flashlights that get pretty hot, and they are regulated at just a few milliamperes. So that's why I am running a SMD setup with a "heat sink". :) Just a few dollars on eBay. No issues at all, and they do plenty good for brightness.



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I was under the same impression, low heat, low power consumption...

Wasn't a cheap set either, might try another pair with less LEDs.
What Kind of bulbs where you using?
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Bought a pack off Ebay for next to nothing, but here is the amazon had for them

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