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LED resistance ? Blueline??

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by Detroitdan, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Long time ago I wanted to change all my lights over to LED, was told I'd possibly have to install a ton of resistors inline. Recently found a flasher on ebay that says it's to "fix" the resistance problem caused by low resistance LEDs. Just wondering if this would allow me to install LED two-function lights in my truck without all the resistors. I want to do my truck taillights, the taillights in my edge bar, and the front turn signals. I need to know before I dump a ton of money on bulbs that won't work properly. I'd also like to change all my marker lights over to LED 194s. I bought a bunch of them but decided not to use them because the clear LEDs looked like crap behind the colored lenses. If I can do this I'll get a bunch of red and amber 194s and do it right. I'll try to add a link here to one of the flasher units I found.http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/3-Pi....c0.m245&_trkparms=72:727|65:12|39:1|240:1318
  2. Q101ATFD

    Q101ATFD Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    I would save time and headache by visiting http://www.LMCTruck.com

    They've got complete LED housing packages. The blinkers are integrated too. Its going to be next to impossible to put multiple LEDs into an OEM brake light housing, and one is not enough.

    Be VERY wary of those cheap things from China on eBay. You ALWAYS get what you pay for!
  3. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

  4. Q101ATFD

    Q101ATFD Senior Member
    Messages: 277

    Wow, jump all over my **** much?

    I'm not talking about the gay ass euro crap. Take a harder look, its in there somewhere, or on ebay - but its the whole taillight package so you just plug and play - looks factory too.

    As to my comments about "next to impossible to put multiple LEDs into an OEM housing," why don't you learn how to properly write out what you are thinking, because you're making it sound like you're going to buy a bunch of LEDs and resisters and solder it all together. Your quote was "I'll get a bunch of red and amber 194s."

    If you don't like my suggestions then go **** yourself - nobody is twisting your arm to reply.
  5. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740

    yes that flasher should tke care of the resistance problem
  6. BlueLine Ent

    BlueLine Ent Senior Member
    Messages: 570


    I've done what your talking about on my truck. Everything on my truck is LEDs except the head and fog lights. I did mine prior to the new flashers being made, so I have a bunch of resistors, but to answer the question, YES the new flashers that are supposed to correct the fast blinking problem do work, just be sure to get one that will fit your truck's OEM flasher port.
  7. murphyslaw

    murphyslaw Senior Member
    Messages: 443

  8. Ford445

    Ford445 Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 243

    Has anyone looked at or used the replacement led bulbs from Recon?
  9. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Q101, I was definitely NOT jumping on your ***. I was responding to your post, which I didn't quite understand. When I went to the link you provided I saw the gay-ass euro lights, so naturally I thought that's what you meant. So I had to let you know my opinion of them. Nothing against you. And I honestly didn't know what you meant about the muliple LEDs, I was planning on buying the pre-built 3057 style lights, then I mentioned 194s because my truck has a ton of them, cab lights, dually fender lights, dot strip under the tailgate.
    So, I apologize if my post came across that way, I didn't mean it to.

    Blueline, that's the answer I was looking for. Thank you.
  10. massfirefighter

    massfirefighter Senior Member
    from mass.
    Messages: 128

    Led=less amp draw

    resistor = probably equal to or greater than the amp draw of an incandescent lamp.

    The question becomes why add the leds with resistors when you are going to draw as much current?
  11. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    I have seen a oval trailer led light cut into the factory light. It looks amazing from the outside as it retains the stock look. All you need is a LED flasher to replace the factory one and it will eliminate the resistors. I believe Trico makes one for our trucks. Check with one of the major auto parts houses. They should be able to help you find the correct #
  12. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Good point. I would have to say for the following reasons:
    a) they look cool
    b) they are brighter/better color

    I think the resistor is only functioning during stop/turn function, not running light function. I'm really not doing it to save current draw. I generate my own electricity with the truck, so I don't really try to conserve it.

    Which brings me to a funny story. My silly old mother is so frugal she doesn't like to use the heat in her car, she doesn't want to waste energy. Can't get it through her head that's it's a free byproduct of driving the car.
  13. massfirefighter

    massfirefighter Senior Member
    from mass.
    Messages: 128

    You are right on the coolness...I like the crisper colors too. I have them everywhere but the directionals.
    That is a funny story about your mother too.