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18 LED Tower Bulb replacement

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by iakentdoz, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    I just replaced the stock Sylvania 4157NAK turn/marker bulb that came with the new Nighthawk lights that I installed on my truck with 3157 18-LED Yellow Power Tower Bulb from TMI LED Technology

    If your a amp counter or want to save amps them this bulb rocks. The Sylvania 4157NAK uses 2.23 amps and the 3157 18-LED Yellow Power Tower Bulb uses 0.04 amps!

    Now for the pictures

    1st pic is what the bulb looks like

    2nd and 3rd pic bulb is plugged in but not in the light housing.

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  2. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    1st picture is the sylvania 4157NAK

    2nd picture is the 3157 18-LED Yellow Power Tower Bulb

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  3. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    just a few more pictures.

    1st picture is a angle picture of the sylvania 4157NAK

    2nd picture is a angle picture of the 3157 18-LED Yellow Power Tower Bulb

    3rd picture, left light housing is the 3157 18-LED Yellow Power Tower Bulb and the right is the Sylvania 4157NAK

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  4. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    And they keep getting better. Now is see they are selling a 20-LED Yellow Power Tower Bulb. Only difference is there are 5 LED's on the top instead of 3

    I also have 2 TMI's 12 AMBER LED CHROME DOUBLE BUBBLE lights installed on the front grill and wired as marker/turn. This light has 3 wires, ground, and 2 power; one low power (marker) and the other hi power (turn)

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  5. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Looks nice, how about a web address and price.

    Thanks Mike
     
  6. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    TMI LED Technology They sell for about $18.00 each
     
  7. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Thank you

    Regards Mike
     
  8. kemmer

    kemmer Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 329

    what do you recommend for tail lights? mine have red lenses, should the leds be red or white?
     
  9. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    whats the connection end like do they plug right in or do they need an adapter
     
  10. kemmer

    kemmer Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 329

    never mind, just read they said to use red or the color lense you have
     
  11. WetChicken

    WetChicken Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    I know you found you answer in reference to the lights, but federal law states that lights have to the red at the rear of the vehicle, meaning to the sides at the rear too. The color of the lenses don't matter.
    Amber or white light everywhere else on the vehicle.


    Jason
     
  12. kemmer

    kemmer Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 329

    i was asking what would be brighter
     
  13. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    I would use the red
     
  14. WetChicken

    WetChicken Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    Well, Sir, you must mean what you meant to say! I find that reading the preview can help avoid this.
    It makes sense to use the colored leses that you have, and order white LED's that way you are not double filtering the light.
    If you have clear lenses order the appropriate color.


    Jason
     
  15. John911

    John911 Member
    Messages: 31

    These products should not be used

    Use of these products will make your vehicle non-compliant with Federal Lighting Standards [FMVSS108]. A lawyer's dream.
     
  16. Niteman9

    Niteman9 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    I think he was asking should he use clear or red bulbs with red lenses. I think red bulbs with red lenses are OK.
     
  17. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    What? :dizzy: :dizzy: :dizzy:

    "Standard No. 108 - Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment - Passenger Cars, Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles, Trucks, Buses, Trailers, (except pole trailers and trailer converter dollies), and Motorcycles (Effective 1-1-68 for vehicles 2,032 mrn (80 or more inches) in width and Effective 1-1-69 for all other vehicles)
    This standard specifies requirements for original and replacement lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment. Its purpose is to reduce traffic crashes and deaths and injuries resulting from traffic crashes, by providing adequate illumination of the roadway, and by enhancing the conspicuity of motor vehicles on the public roads so that their presence is perceived and their signals understood, both in daylight and in darkness or other conditions of reduced visibility"


    Sorry, but they meet the 108 standard along with all the other thousands of cars and trucks with LED lights. Why do you think they have the 108 ?

    "Its purpose is to reduce traffic crashes and deaths and injuries resulting from traffic crashes, by providing adequate illumination of the roadway, and by enhancing the conspicuity of motor vehicles on the public roads so that their presence is perceived and their signals understood, both in daylight and in darkness or other conditions of reduced visibility"

    LED's do this better that any normal lamp has ever done. No lawyer could ever prove that a LED lamp caused a crash.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2007
  18. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    He would have to use Red, they don't make a clear LED lamp.
     
  19. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    Actually, the WHITE LEDs use a blue filter in order to give the clear, crisp light. Used in conjunction with a Red housing, the light would be very dim. The red lens absorbs all colors of light and emits only RED light. Well, it only allows red light to pass through.

    Use the Red bulbs, that is what I have.