LED tailights

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LED tailights

Postby marley4us » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:42 pm

I found a supplier that made custom sized boards to any dimention


Heat the lens up in the oven at warm, or 200 or below. for about 8 min watch to make sure they dont melt. carfully pull them apart with out cracking the lens. take your time these break fairly easy.


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disassemble lights
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Mounted the LED panels, and polyseam selled them in.
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LED panels on, u can see it needs a full 12v not a tinny 9v powering all 4! so it will be crazy bright in the car!
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lights on
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lights off
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Or should I just have 3 lights and a reverse?
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you can wire them in anyway you want, to have a few lights light up as brake lights or all, and use ressistors to make it brighter or dimmer for running lights
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Re: LED tailights

Postby gaijin_rokurunner » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:02 pm

nice post ......but you forgot to put who the supplier of the LEDs was for those who want to convert their lights
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Re: LED tailights

Postby marley4us » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:11 pm

its an old post I am reposting, since the site went down, there are tons of places that make premade boards I would search locally. or even ebay if need be.
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Re: LED tailights

Postby JHON-STIFFLER » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:12 am

You know what these Led lights have been banned in our country.Just because they are continuously causing accidents on the roads.And i also feel that it is really a kidding sometimes to put LED lights in cars its dangerous so it must be neglected by us and also by the government.

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Re: LED tailights

Postby ga_goosh » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:28 am

JHON-STIFFLER wrote:You know what these Led lights have been banned in our country.Just because they are continuously causing accidents on the roads.And i also feel that it is really a kidding sometimes to put LED lights in cars its dangerous so it must be neglected by us and also by the government.


thats wierd cuz cadalac put them in there tails so they could be seen that much faster in rain and fog and other low visibility conditions since LED bulbs get to full lumins faster then halogen bulbs do. what country do you live in? also what is the reason for the ban? it cant be somply cause it "causes accidents" there has to be a more spacific reason.

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Re: LED tailights

Postby NC Panda » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:21 pm

They look too baller.... especially when people do custom designs. I can't wait to finish mine lol, i'll be putting some homage to my user name and paintjob. But yea, I always thought led's > halogen, and the car company's seem to be under the same thought process

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Re: LED tailights

Postby Red » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:38 pm

Marley, thanks for the post & the detailed photos. I'm not sure whether I should laugh or cry when I see our cars are put together with a hot glue gun. Wait, I'll have to ask Martha Stewart about that.<G>

FWIW if you put white LEDs behind colored plastic, you radically reduce the light output, compared to just using LEDs that are the same color as the plastic. So you want yellow LEDs behind the turn lenses, red behind the tail/brake lights, white only for the backup lights.

Jhon, what is your country where these are illegal?

In the US, any change from the factory tested and approved lamp assemblies is illegal, LED or otherwise. The main problem with aftermarket LEDs is that they rarely, if ever, have the same brightness and the same visibility from all angles, that the original DOT-approved assemblies had. That's why 1157 replacement bulbs for our cars don't meet legal spec. It can be done--but as best I can figure you'd have to spend about $100 per "bulb" to match what a tungsten bulb does.

Or, use a custom array like Marley shows. Which might or might not be legal, you'd have to do tests with the LEDs to find out for sure. Most state laws require certain visibility levels and they don't enforce the DOT standards as long as the state levels are met.

The prime LEDs like Cree, which are used by car companies, typically have 24 LEDs on each side, 48 LEDs total. And they'll cost you about $7 each, in quantity, on the retail market. Yes, that's $336 worth of LEDs and that's just the start of it. The ten cent LEDs from China on eBay just aren't the same.
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Re: LED tailights

Postby KonaTrueno723 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:41 pm

Nice! Man those tail LEDs are cool as heck..!
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Re: LED tailights

Postby marley4us » Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:41 am

pics of the first set finished.

Driving lights
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braking
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I sold these, and ended up getting redlines, I am in the process of finishing.

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Re: LED tailights

Postby ae86xy » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:54 pm

Where do you buy those LED

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Re: LED tailights

Postby marley4us » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:11 pm

Here a little sample of what I am playing with for my daily driver a NB miata



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Red Tinted the whole taillight, blocked off a square to fit in the reverse lights.

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I also will install a pair of rectangles across the right side and a diode and resister set up to make it high low. Below that there will be a thine strait line that will be the blinker.
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.... I think I am a bit ADHD... cause I can not focus on just one project... lol



blinker, may use it as a running light and put a diode so it goes low to high for braking.

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Re: LED tailights

Postby Skizzup » Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:36 pm

did someone say LED tailights? heh

been rocking these for a while now...

made by the one and only mike yee of solo 8 performance.
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Re: LED tailights

Postby marley4us » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:06 am

Ya man I always loved your set, and I have talked with mr yee a few times on board design!!! he is great!
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Re: LED tailights

Postby rw29 » Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:13 am

this is pretty slick! definitely want to do something like this for my tail lights

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Re: LED tailights

Postby yoshimitsuspeed » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:59 pm

ebay LED YZF R6 tails

cheap, fast, light and easy.
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Re: LED tailights

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Re: LED tailights

Postby marley4us » Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:30 am

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Not sure I like the turn signal so I may pull it out, and just but a LED board.
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Re: LED tailights

Postby RuizXIII » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:45 pm

Sweet work, Marley! They look slick.
Can you post info on what LEDs you used and maybe how you wired everything up?
Any other pics would be awesome.

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Re: LED tailights

Postby marley4us » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:42 pm

I am adding in diods and ressitors so I can have high/low (brakes/drive) lights I will post a video
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Re: LED tailights

Postby Streetdriven » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:12 am

These are all pretty cool ill have to save this for future reference

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Re: LED tailights

Postby RuizXIII » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:57 pm

Thanks, Marley. I would love to see that and use your DIY as a reference, man =)
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Re: LED tailights

Postby marley4us » Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:31 pm

Here is some info to help others do LED tails for them self

After you have your tails apart and mounted the leds, here comes the wiring.

Supplies:
Crimper
wire cutter
Diodes 3amp 50piv
resistors 220ohm
male bulb with 3 wires


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here is a pic of it wired up for high and low beam
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take the two power wires, for high and low beam. put Diodes on the (make sure to have them facing the direction you want the current to flow)
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On the low beam wire, put a resistor on it.

Connect highbeam to high beam

low beam to low beam

and ground to ground.


Boom your done :)
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Re: LED tailights

Postby c4ptiv3 » Wed May 21, 2014 1:20 am

Anyone find a reputable source for LED's for this mod yet?

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Re: LED tailights

Postby goofesgts » Thu Aug 21, 2014 8:02 pm

the previous owner of my ae86 put these star led on the tails, and im still rocking them lol

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Re: LED tailights

Postby rongfk » Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:44 am

here are mine from a few years ago.

Ok so a while back i seen all the diy led upgrades that were going around on the net. so, i decided to try it on my own car. quite an experience, there is a lot of work that goes into these, so i cant disagree with someone charging $500+ to make a set (i would probably charge the same). so by checking out the newer cars equipped with led tail lights, i figured out how i wanted to design mine. i believe it was an Audi that inspired my led design. if you plan on attempting something like this, do your homework, learn the led and resistor values, search, search, search... is the best advice i can give you. so on to the pictures..

here is my led boards all put together and installed. each large board holds 99 leds
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running light, reverse light and signal on
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brake light, reverse, and signal on
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now installed on the car

running lights
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brake lights
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signals lights
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reverse lights
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later in the day shots
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a few other things i did.

made these for my dads 33 ford
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made some halos for my friends challanger
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Re: LED tailights

Postby ToeKnee805 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:39 am

no one has wanted to answer so ill ask again, where is everyone getting their premade boards from
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Re: LED tailights

Postby rongfk » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:43 am

made all my own stuff, parts purchased off eBay.
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