Is anyone using the 'replacement' LED light bulbs?


Stale Trooper
10-09-2011, 12:22 PM
Is anyone using the 'replacement' LED light bulbs such as these?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/3157-19x-RED-LED-STOP-BRAKE-LIGHT-BULBS-3057-3157LL-/180690141854?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&fits=Make%3AFord%7CModel%3ACrown+Victoria%7CYear%3 A1999&hash=item2a11f8c29e

Did you have to buy anything beyond the bulbs for them to work?

I bought some years ago at Wally-World, but they required an additional resistor or something that was 4X the price of the bulbs. I'm hoping maybe someone is making them with built in adaptors now?

Blue)(Fusion
10-09-2011, 05:32 PM
I never tried any LED bulbs. HIDs usually require a lot of extra work, not sure about the LEDs.

I rewired my headlights to bypass the Lighting Control Module (LCM). When I turn on my headlights, it engages a relay which is wired to the battery (through a 20-amp fuse), and then to the headlights. High beams are wired in the same way through a seperate fuse and relay. The effect is SIGNIFICANTLY improved light output. You are guaranteed to notice it over any sort of headlights you can buy. All of this can be done for under $50.

Here are some images of the harness that a friend made me. It isn't hard to make. This is a drop-in one he made for me so I did not have to cut any wires, or solder anything. If you go the home-made route, it won't take more than a few hours with a soldering iron and some wire cutters.

http://richgannon.net/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=17

Stale Trooper
10-12-2011, 09:23 AM
Hey Blue!
Thanks for the 'Relay tip'!, I'd been looking for that for some time as well; could you have your friend add a parts list (IE: wire sizes, and connector sources, etc.) and show how the stock wiring was used to control everything? Please. Give the response on here please.

My origional question was in reference to the LED replacement lightbulb units such as sold on Ebay for other exterior lighting (park/turn, & brake lights).

Thanks!

Blue)(Fusion
10-29-2011, 08:23 PM
I can't site the other forums on these forums per policy, but if you Google "crownvic headlight relay harness" you will find plenty of information. You may have to join to see the "howto" data.

Stale Trooper
06-01-2012, 08:31 AM
Many of the light fixtures in my house use the small Candelabra base bulbs. Although they use 20-25w per incandescent bulb, that adds up to 50w and 100w for several of the rooms (and chandeliers). ALL of these bulbs have small, individual Flexible LED Strip Lights (http://www.ledstrips8.com/flexible-led-strip-lights-c-32.html) shades covering the bulbs.

I've replaced most of the standard base incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs to save on energy costs, and I want to do the same with these bulbs. I know there are compact florescent bulbs are available in this size, but I'm curious about venturing into led strip (http://www.ledstrips8.com/) territory even if it costs extra in the short term. I'm most interested in long-term savings.

Normally, high density led (http://www.ledstrips8.com/flexible-led-strip-lighting-high-density-singlechip-flexible-led-strips-c-32_34.html) are used for directional lighting, but with the lamp shades, is it possible to get a similar amount of light? If yes, where can I find these bulbs?
Linwood, Not trying to be rude here, but what do your house lights & fixtures have to do with automotive applications?

In answer to your question though; do a 'Google' or 'Bing' search for LED home light bulbs, there are many sites now that offer them. Just look for 'lumens', 'Kelvin' ratings, and candlepower to select the best "bulb" for your needs. The higer each of the above listed ratings are, the brighter the bulb. To the best of my knowledge (and I have researched LED lights for much the same reasons as you), the current offerings aren't all that effective, but progress is often being made , and there could be something I have not seen yet.

Again, I don't mean to be rude, and you probably made an honest mistake in this posting, but this is an automotive forum.

danielsatur
06-01-2012, 10:07 AM
Try www.tmart.com, for LED Auto and home.
Regular light bulbs waste too much power and generate heat when your trying to keep a house cool.

Berldn
06-07-2012, 05:01 AM
Try _____, for LED Auto and home.
Regular light bulbs waste too much power and generate heat when your trying to keep a house cool.

100 percent agree. LED is better to use than bulbs.



http://www.niceledlights.com

TheBigfut
03-14-2013, 12:58 PM
Having issues with my '93 Crown Vic's headlights. Went to follow the link earlier in this post so I could get brighter headlights by bypassing the LCM and it's now a dead link. Can anyone help me out or will it be different for my '93 from the '99 ?

Stale Trooper
03-14-2013, 11:32 PM
Having issues with my '93 Crown Vic's headlights. Went to follow the link earlier in this post so I could get brighter headlights by bypassing the LCM and it's now a dead link. Can anyone help me out or will it be different for my '93 from the '99 ?
Hey Big! I think I've found the link you were looking for, or at least one that covers the question of lights & lighting relay use quite well. :grinyes:

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/relays/relays.html I found this by Googling "relay to run headlights" for additional Information resources. Just be sure to use good quality parts. :nono:

I would also suggest doing this only on the high beams side until you (a) get it working, and (b) check you local regulations to make sure you will be legal.:runaround:

(usual follow up dissertation on not being liable, follow all safety procedures, don't drink & drive, use a condom, come in out of the rain, and don't run with scissors):banghead:
Good Luck!

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