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#1 NooNoo

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 06:43 PM

Hi all.

 

Fit a 1K5 or 1K2 (2W) resistor across the brake light on the bulb carriers (both sides). It can be done on the loom, but this is neater, despite being hard to solder.

 

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These resistors date back to the 1980s, something I had lying around! The capacitors were added for noise suppression as some LED brake lights disrupt FM radio (if channel is weak).

 

You shouldn't need the capacitors, but be warned, interference can occur.

 

You will need plumbers flux to break the galvanised / zinc coating on the rigid conductors.

 

Looks a mess I know, wasn't going for pretty.

 

You may need to jiggle the carrier about to get it clipped into place with the taller LED lamps.

 

This stops the 3rd brake light 'major' fault indication where the outer sections of the upper brake light illuminate.

 

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My brakes lights are now a really nice deep bright red, very impressive with the right LED lamps.

 

Have fun.

 

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 08:17 PM

Thanks Nik. One for me to copy in the new year
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Posted 22 December 2020 - 10:49 PM

Are they brighter than the fog lamp and also position lamps as im assuming the second bulb in your picture is also an LED replacement for the 207 bulb? that was always my concern :/ 

 

Plus im lazy and like to be able to slip the bulb holders out without removing the (now sealed in) rear lights, which is only just do-able with the bulbs in there as standard... lol.

 

Also gets some night pics!



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Posted 22 December 2020 - 10:50 PM

Make sure you buy red LED lamps, the look is fantastic! Not often am I impressed with my mods but this was a good one  :wacko:


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 10:57 PM

The top is the brake light, 2nd one is indicator. It's a little bit fiddley to get the carrier clipped into place but perfectly doable.

 

Since this pic, I've replaced the tails lights also, so pretty much all LED at the back.

 

The brake lights are a little dimmer than the fog but glorious red. The tail lights are white so a light more orange coloured after passing through the lens, a bit too bright if I'm honest.

 

Sourcing good tail lights is impossible, I wanted red low power, but every seller or website boasts 1000000 lumens.

 

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These changes were made as my car rides so hard the filaments shake loose.


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 11:03 PM

Ah that makes sense. Yeah that was my main concern, I didn't want to buy 8 trillion lumen LEDS for every light and have no distinction between them when braking etc.

 

Ah i see, yeah you done the LED indicator mod job. Very nice!



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Posted 22 December 2020 - 11:59 PM

Nice work.

Any chance of a picture at night? I know it might not show too good on camera but I'd be interested in seeing the result before I go ahead and do it myself.

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 12:06 AM

Finding a bright enough red tail/position led is quite hard

I must have bought at least 5 different sets. They are almost always far too bright .

The current set I'm using are about as bright as halogen tail lights , but being red means the tail lights glow a deep red colour which is slightly cool mod.


I've already got led in the indicators thanks to noonoo for modding my hazard switch to accommodate the led bulbs.


Can't wait to do the brake light bulbs next

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 11:03 AM

Hi Jason, can you share the tail lights you bought? I don't like mine.

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Will get a pic of the brake lights tonight.

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 01:10 PM

that actually is a decent job you did and with that you gave me an idea for my daily...  


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 01:46 PM

Excellent job.
Give us link of LEDs which you bought. Always wanted to put LED in brake light.

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Posted 30 December 2020 - 08:08 PM

Here's some pics. Colour balance is off, the brake lights are deep red. Tail lights have a orange tint (white LEDs red lens).

 

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Posted 30 December 2020 - 09:49 PM

Hi Jason, can you share the tail lights you bought? I don't like mine.

Thanks
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Will get a pic of the brake lights tonight.



Sorry, i looked but cannot find it from my eBay bought list. Must have been more than 3 years ago...

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