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Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

I'm thinking of trying out the LED tailight bulbs; has anyone ventured down this road? I've heard something about if there is not enough resistance, the turn signals won't work. If you have some input, please chime in. Thanks.
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    Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

    I was inquiring about purchasing a pretty cool
    looking 122 from someone in the New England area
    and he had installed LEDs in his tail lights. I don't
    really know much else about it but he did send me
    a picture of them.

    cheers,

    Karl

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    66' 122 2-door, 66' 122 4-door, 67' 122 wagon, 78' 244 sedan, 88' 240 wagon, 91' 240 wagon


     




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      Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

      I've been talking with the owner of that car too. I've been watching that car for years. Nice '65, but still needs some work.
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        Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

        yup!

        We decided to pretty much use his car as
        a starting point for my sons car. My son definitely
        wants to drop the car with air suspension and
        the lake pipes are a definite too!

        I saw him list it on the IPD site again about 3 weeks(?) ago.

        cheers,

        Karl

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        66' 122 2-door, 66' 122 4-door, 67' 122 wagon, 78' 244 sedan, 88' 240 wagon, 91' 240 wagon

         




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    Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

    I haven't tried them in my 122, but did look into them for my motorcycle a while back. On the MC at least, they won't work for the directionals unless you get a blinker relay specifically for LEDs- I guess they don't draw enough current to trip it on and off. Another thing to note is that most LEDs are very directional and the reflectors in the light housing are designed for the 'omni' directionality of incandescent bulbs. With most LED plug-in replacements you get a marginally brighter 'spot' directly behind the vehicle, but you lose most of the peripheral light, since the light isn't bouncing back off the reflector. Vendors made a big deal of the increased brightness of LEDs for motorcycles, but in fact they end up being less visible. The solution is an array of LEDs that fills the entire housing..... expensive, but does in fact increase brightness and visibility. Personally I don't think it's worth it for an auto. Seems a halogen bulb would be a better option.
    TOm
    NYC

     




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      Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

      Thanks Tom. I was aware of the viewing angle issues, but i thought I'd look into it anyways. When driving into the sun and breaking to make a turn, I'm always looking in my mirrors waiting for "the bump". An LED 3rd breaklight might go on anyways.
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        Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

        The 3rd LED brake light is definitely a good idea. I think Daniel Stern sells a good LED one.

        I'm less worried about being rear ended for lack enough brake lighting than I am being hit by someone staring directly at my 122! I've almost been run off the highway by drivers ogling the car as they pass and swinging into my lane! They are looking right at the car and come straight for it! I mean, OK, I'm glad they find the amazon interesting, but watch where yer goin' fer crissakes!

         




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        Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

        You can get high-efficiency bulbs for all the lights, which I think are much better than LEDs. Not higher wattage, just a lot more candlepower.

        It also helps a whole lot to have shiny backing plates behind the lights. I spray mine with chrome paint -- makes a real difference.

         




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          Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

          The LED's listed on this site may solve some of the common LED problems/concerns...

          http://www.superbrightleds.com/tail-brake-turn.html
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            Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

            I've got some 1157 LED bulbs in my tail/brake lights. I had people complaining they couldn't see my regular brake lights in bright sunlight. The LED's are worse. I need to get the reflector shiny because I know that'll help a lot but I can tell you the ones I have are not as bright as the incandescents...

            These are the ones I bought...

            http://cgi.ebay.ca/1157-24-LED-Lights-White-2-Bulbs-TurnSignal-BackUP-Tail_W0QQitemZ150040257877QQihZ005QQcategoryZ33713QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

            Of course, there may be brighter LED's on the market too...

             




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              Anyone running LED Tail lights? 120-130 1968

              I've got LED's for taillights on my 74 144. I used a good 30 LED's on each side to cover the entire square. Works good, and its more for novelty than anything else. Not to mention the high cost of LEDs.
              I did not use them as brake lights due to their questionable visibility especially if you got the sun shinning on the rear. Unless there are brighter LEDs out there, I'll stick to the regular bulbs.

              Alternatively, instead of spraying chrome paint, I used alluminium foil to line the reflectors. It doubles the light output, and I use foil as reflectors in for all low powered bulbs, including license plate and parking lamps. Make sure you crumple the foils to get more reflective surface to reflect light everywhere.
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