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Old 07-18-2018, 03:30 PM   #1
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Default Swap LED bulbs for standard bulbs

OK looking for information and feedback on swapping out standard lighting in my galaxy with LED lights
My instrument panel lights are really dim. Is there anything special you have to do. I thinking of doing the same thing with the brake/tail lights because they're just not bright enough
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:27 PM   #2
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Dash lights can be swapped directly. Look on ebay for the "direct fit" LEDs. There are several kits available to swap both the head lights and tail lights. Google them.....
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:32 PM   #3
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Are several of the existing panel lights just burned out?
Is the panel light dimmer in the headlight switch not working correctly?
Tail lights... are the reflector housings or lenses dirty or discolored?

If you do change the tail light bulbs make sure you have the correct turn signal flasher.
The LED bulbs don't present enough electrical load to activate the two-wire flasher unit in many cars.


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The other thing you want to watch is how those LED’s work with your taillight lenses. Some combinations tend to be very visible from dead behind, but almost out from an angle. The LED’s can be very directional, both in the dash and the taillights they might not function as expected. I don’t know of any way to analyze this in advance, but I’ve seen it happen.
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The other thing you want to watch is how those LED’s work with your taillight lenses. Some combinations tend to be very visible from dead behind, but almost out from an angle. . . .
The oem tail-light reflectors are shaped to work with a single 'point' source of light, the filament in an incandescent bulb, located at a very specific place within the curve of the reflector.

Nearly all headlight, turn signal and tail-light lenses have shaped surfaces/ridges on the inside that work together with the reflector to provide an applicably shaped field of light.

The light source of an LED replacement tail-light bulb is spread out over the relatively much larger surface of all the LED's, which is why it may not work as well in some older fixtures.


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I replaced the standard bulbs in my 54's dash with LED's. The difference was spectacular
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I replaced the standard bulbs in my 54's dash with LED's. The difference was spectacular
Ditto, on my '41 I used LED strips. type the lit to the side. found them on Ebay. really bright and white.
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Also got mine on ebay
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The oem tail-light reflectors are shaped to work with a single 'point' source of light, the filament in an incandescent bulb, located at a very specific place within the curve of the reflector.

Nearly all headlight, turn signal and tail-light lenses have shaped surfaces/ridges on the inside that work together with the reflector to provide an applicably shaped field of light.

The light source of an LED replacement tail-light bulb is spread out over the relatively much larger surface of all the LED's, which is why it may not work as well in some older fixtures.

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The ones I got on ebay for my dash lights were the ones with this item # 351993244972 As you can see, they project all around and forward. Number is BA9S 50505 5-MD. Been in the car for two years now with no problems



Cheap too - less than 8.00 for 20 bulbs.



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