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So what would I need to do/ know to change my brake lights, back-up lights, front turn signals, and side markers to LED's? And if this is do-able, where is the best place to order these kind of LED's? Thanks for any help folks!
 

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So what would I need to do/ know to change my brake lights, back-up lights, front turn signals, and side markers to LED's? And if this is do-able, where is the best place to order these kind of LED's? Thanks for any help folks!
here is the WEBSITE i just got my led tag lights from. this link will take you to the bulbs i got. they dont have much there. most people use this WEBSITE
 

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I would go with the first link misfire posted for tag lights. There have been complaints about the bulbs from the second link flickering after being installed for some time, this is probably due the tag light sockets putting out around 14.5v. The 42 draft design bulbs are made to handle that higher voltage.

Check out his second link for your other exterior lights. They have a vehicle application guide where you just input your vehicle info and it will show you which bulbs fit but be sure to double check what it tells you. For the turn signals you will need to install load resistors or you will get the fast blink you get when one of your signals is out. All other lights should just be plug and play.
 

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also check out www.oznium.com they have been well used and liked by many on here and other forums.

to change them you will need to remove the headlights and taillights (not hard to do, follow instructions in owners manual for changing bulbs). i wouldn't bother with the front side markers as they have a lense over them and will be less noticable of a change. for the brake/turn lbulbs you will need a bulb that has leds on top and around the sides since that bulb mounts from the bottom facing up rather than aimed to the back like previous models.
 

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thanks for all the help guys, but what exactly is a load resistor, and how do I install it? Do they require extra wiring, or is it something I just plug into the bulb or socket? BTW i actually already ordered LED's for the tag lights from 42draftdesigns and they work great, and my interior and trunk bulbs came from superbrightleds.com and they work awesome too.
 

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thanks for all the help guys, but what exactly is a load resistor, and how do I install it? Do they require extra wiring, or is it something I just plug into the bulb or socket? BTW i actually already ordered LED's for the tag lights from 42draftdesigns and they work great, and my interior and trunk bulbs came from superbrightleds.com and they work awesome too.
A load resistor simulates the draw of a filament bulb to fix the turnsignal hyperblink issue that LED bulbs have. Since LEDs draw little current the car thinks that a turnsignal bulb is blown and the resistor fixes that.

You just wire the load resistor inbetween the tunsignal/brake 12v wire to the ground wire or chassis ground. I got some Platinum 3157 tail light bulbs from V-Led's and some load resistors and I love them. I also have the 42 draftdesigns plate bulbs.
 

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Member uh60james said "...Check out his (misfire's) second link for your other exterior lights. They have a vehicle application guide where you just input your vehicle info and it will show you which bulbs fit but be sure to double check what it tells you."

However, I did not see reference to the link--for the headlights, fogs, tails, etc.
Thanks guys.
 

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Awesome thank you, just 2 more questions... looking at the load resistors page of V-LED's, there's a few different types. Which one would I need for the amber front turn signals and rear brake/turn signals. And last question, probably a really dumb one... do I get red bulbs for the rear or super white. Just wasn't sure because it's in a red housing.

@roswelltop, just go to V-LEDS.com and click on the picture in the top left hand corner. That'll connect u to a reference guide.
 

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@roswelltop, nice man I'm in the northeast... Philly Pride!

bump for which type of load resistor, and which color tail light bulb (I know that's a really dumb question).
 

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You want the bulb to match the color of the lens. Red=Red

6ohm 50w resistors for each LED bulb. (If you only do the tails two will work)

If you do front and rear LED's TWO 3ohm 50w resistors for four bulbs will do the trick, OR you can use FOUR 6ohm 50w resistors. Hope that makes sense.
 

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Thanks alot for your help @Sniper Focus... I'm gonna do front and rear LED's so I think it'll just be easier for me to use 4 6ohm resistors. V-LED's seems kinda pricey for LED's, any reason you went with them? Something cheaper you could recommend?
 

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They give coupon codes quite often on facebook, plus they just had a black friday sale and a Christmas sale, so I always waited for the good deals. At first I wanted a brighter trunk light bulb, so I tried their flank bulb and it was way better than I expected. The only main big bulbs on the exterior are the tail/brakes and I didn’t want to cheap out, still much cheaper than LED housings though, especially after the sale.


My friend got some tail bulbs from them way back in the days when LED bulbs were crap for exterior use and there weren’t any good bulbs for clear taillights, he actually had some that "worked" and they were Vleds. A bunch of guys were standing around some taillights like primates that just seen fire for the first time. Lol
 

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So is is highly necessary to replace the lights to cheap LED light bulbs, see the advantages of led lights:

Low-voltage to drive, low energy consumption
High luminance, high luminous efficiency
Long life, up to 100,000 hours
Green, environmental protection, no pollution
Overall color
Short response time
Flexible design and application
 

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So is is highly necessary to replace the light to LED light, see the advantages of led light:

Low-voltage to drive, low energy consumption
High luminance, high luminous efficiency
Long life, up to 100,000 hours
Green, environmental protection, no pollution
Overall color
Short response time
Flexible design and application
I agree for the most part about your reasons to switch to LED bulbs. I don't agree with the 1st point since resistors are neccessary on our car and they will simply convert all that extra energy to waste heat (I think.) If that is indeed the case point 4 is also mute as your still using all that energy it's just being converted to heat instead of light through the resistor. Both points would certainly apply to household LED bulbs though.
 

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They give coupon codes quite often on facebook, plus they just had a black friday sale and a Christmas sale, so I always waited for the good deals. At first I wanted a brighter trunk light bulb, so I tried their flank bulb and it was way better than I expected. The only main big bulbs on the exterior are the tail/brakes and I didn’t want to cheap out, still much cheaper than LED housings though, especially after the sale.


My friend got some tail bulbs from them way back in the days when LED bulbs were crap for exterior use and there weren’t any good bulbs for clear taillights, he actually had some that "worked" and they were Vleds. A bunch of guys were standing around some taillights like primates that just seen fire for the first time. Lol
Yea, their stuff seems pretty high quality from what I can tell. I suppose I'll just wait for a sale and order everything all at once.
 

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Will a 13 led bulb fit in the front marker? I can't find how much room I have to work with for the side marker and I'm looking to get something ridiculously bright.
 

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Old thread, but at least on the 2002 Focus sedan, if you change the rear brakes lights, cruise control won't engage unless you use load resistors.
 
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