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DelawareBlueHen724 08-21-2012 11:46 PM

LED Lights
 
So anybody on here done some LED light swaps? I was thinking of putting LED lights in to replace my current dome and map light bulbs. Anybody done this before? If so let me know what site or where ya got em'. Also anybody do a reverse light LED swap? Not sure if it would be cool or not, but I figured I have the HID's on the headlights so why not the reverse lights.

I also plan on putting some new Yellow HID fogs on the suby, she's gonnna look awesome at night :cool:

LosAngelesLGT 08-21-2012 11:56 PM

Diode Dynamics. I'm sure that they can do something for you.

http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...ht=paul+mccain

DelawareBlueHen724 08-22-2012 12:19 AM

Sweet, now are these a pain in the ass with wiring and everything, or is it just simply putting an LED bulb in?

LosAngelesLGT 08-22-2012 12:23 AM

C O N T A C T
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(They are replacement LED's)

Stang70Fastback 08-22-2012 01:04 AM

I have LED turn signals and reverse lights. I'll post a video in a bit, but they ARE nice. The instant on/off is nice for the turn signals, and the bright white reverse lights have actually led to comments from people, as ridiculous as that sounds.

twisty 08-22-2012 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Stang70Fastback (Post 4036570)
I have LED turn signals and reverse lights. I'll post a video in a bit, but they ARE nice. The instant on/off is nice for the turn signals, and the bright white reverse lights have actually led to comments from people, as ridiculous as that sounds.


when you put the LED turn signals in, did you have to add the flasher for it too? i hear that the LEDs dont run hot enough to trigger the traditional blinker relays.

i was just starting to price out the LED brake lights. looks like i can be lazy and get them for about 10 a piece locally, and a bit cheaper online.

Stang70Fastback 08-22-2012 12:14 PM

First off, yes you need an electronic flasher unit. It cost me like $12 from superbrightleds.com. It actually has room to slide in nice and snug next to the stock one, so all you need to do is unplug that one and move the plug over to the new one.

Do NOT cheap out on LED bulbs. You need to get SMD diodes if you want them to be around the same brightness as stock bulbs. This is mainly a result of our reflectors not really being the greatest for LED bulbs as they do not output light evenly in a full arc. Additionally, you want to ensure you get bulbs that match the color of the lenses or you will lose light output. For reference, I paid a lot for each one of my SMD bulbs ($24 each) and they are pretty much equivalent to stock bulb brightness... I think. Might even be a hair dimmer to be honest.

Stang70Fastback 08-22-2012 03:33 PM

In case you wanted to know what they looked like (it was bright out, and the sun was facing the front of the car, so the front turn signals look a bit dim because it's bright as hell out):


twisty 08-24-2012 08:23 AM

thats actually pretty bright for daytime.

mattmattyxcore 08-29-2012 11:36 AM

I have done LED upgrades on my Protege and love how "new" it makes the car look. I can't wait to start on my Legacy once I get some more important mechanical work done. When you get the bulbs for the dome lights go for the one that has 4 smd's on a square board (superbrightleds.com) It is WAY brighter than stock bulbs and has even distribution of light.

taylormac1993 08-30-2012 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by LosAngelesLGT (Post 4036552)
C O N T A C T
T H E
V E N D O R

(They are replacement LED's)

Calm down there chief! Diode Dynamics doesn't have anything for cars before 2000 anyway. I wouldn't contact them.

Stasis 08-30-2012 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by mattmattyxcore (Post 4047546)
I have done LED upgrades on my Protege and love how "new" it makes the car look. I can't wait to start on my Legacy once I get some more important mechanical work done. When you get the bulbs for the dome lights go for the one that has 4 smd's on a square board (superbrightleds.com) It is WAY brighter than stock bulbs and has even distribution of light.

Oh? No hotspots? Link and photos? Also blood of first born?

stevenva 08-30-2012 10:00 PM

I took a different route. I upgraded all the bulbs on the car using these.
http://store.candlepower.com/taillights.html = Turn signal and stop
http://store.candlepower.com/796upgradebulb.html = Reverse
http://store.candlepower.com/2886x.html = License Plate

It's all about lumens of output. These are noticeably brighter than the ones I replaced.

Someone above said to match the led color output to lens color, (like a red led behind a red lens). Not true. You want the brightest, whitest light behind that colored lens for optimum output.

LosAngelesLGT 08-30-2012 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by taylormac1993 (Post 4050028)
Calm down there chief! Diode Dynamics doesn't have anything for cars before 2000 anyway. I wouldn't contact them.

There is nothing he can direct supply that is a direct fit for 2nd gen? Given the opportunity he just might put something together. I would certainly give him the chance.

stevenva 08-30-2012 10:17 PM

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Originally Posted by LosAngelesLGT (Post 4050297)
There is nothing he can direct supply that is a direct fit for 2nd gen? Given the opportunity he just might put something together. I would certainly give him the chance.

These are simple cars with simple, common bulb requirements. Here are several choices from just one vendor. http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...rake-turn.html


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