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post #1 of 10 Old 08-07-2014, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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LED Tailight/Turn Signal Replacement

OK, so I have a hard time finding what I need to know using the search feature, so I thought I'd just ask. I am thinking I need to replace the rear turn signals and tail/brakelight on my Wee with LED lights. Any recommendations for reliable, reasonably priced LED lights?

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Are you wanting to replace individual bulbs or the entire assembly with something else? If bulbs, I've had good luck buying from SuperBrightLEDs I even replaced every bulb on my Royal Enfield bike, less headlamp, with items from them.

Just confirm the bulb numbers before ordering and get them in the color you need.

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Are you wanting to replace individual bulbs or the entire assembly with something else? If bulbs, I've had good luck buying from SuperBrightLEDs I even replaced every bulb on my Royal Enfield bike, less headlamp, with items from them.

Just confirm the bulb numbers before ordering and get them in the color you need.

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Well, I'm not exactly sure which way is best. I do know that there some LED systems that require some re-wiring and/or installation of some sort of voltage regulator or some such. It would be great if all I had to do was replace the bulbs, but will the lights actually be brighter in the stock housings or would something else be necessary, especially for the turn signals? I do 't want to have to spend a fortune on this.

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Perhaps the question i why do you want to replace the lights?? Lower power consumption and/or brighter lights?? If power is the reason, LED's can do that. If it's brightness, then some LEDs can also do that. On my Enfield I did it to reduce power consumption and believe they are at least as bright as the original bulbs. Since I replaced them all around, I also replaced the flasher with an electronic one. I haven't checked but if teh tail/brake bulbs are #1157 then you should be able to find them locally at a larger parts place, Pep Boys, etc. Just get them int eh color of the lens. Initially I bought white thinking they worked like incandescent bulbs and could not see any light through the lens. White LED's apparently have very little light output in the red spectrum. Replaced with red LED and all was again right with the world.

Perhaps you can just add a couple cheap RED LED lights to add to the existing brake lights. Many are available cheaply from ebay sellers. The can wire in easily across the existing wires if you want.

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Perhaps the question i why do you want to replace the lights?? Lower power consumption and/or brighter lights?? If power is the reason, LED's can do that. If it's brightness, then some LEDs can also do that. On my Enfield I did it to reduce power consumption and believe they are at least as bright as the original bulbs. Since I replaced them all around, I also replaced the flasher with an electronic one. I haven't checked but if teh tail/brake bulbs are #1157 then you should be able to find them locally at a larger parts place, Pep Boys, etc. Just get them int eh color of the lens. Initially I bought white thinking they worked like incandescent bulbs and could not see any light through the lens. White LED's apparently have very little light output in the red spectrum. Replaced with red LED and all was again right with the world.

Perhaps you can just add a couple cheap RED LED lights to add to the existing brake lights. Many are available cheaply from ebay sellers. The can wire in easily across the existing wires if you want.

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My intent was to make the turn signals as well as the taillight brighter. Less power consumption is a bonus, of course. If the LED's aren't appreciably brighter than the OEM incandescent ones, then I won't waste my money. The turn signal lights are amber with clear lenses. Maybe red bulbs would show up better.

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Any other suggestions out there for replacing the turn signal bulbs with LED's?

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Are red front turn signals legal?

The LEDs I've seen aren't as bright as either incandescent or halogen (3496 tail/stop, 3497 turn) bulbs, or if the newest really bright ones are pricey (and I don't know if they are brighter than halogen).

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Red front lights of any kind are not legal.

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In my experience, you have to be careful trading out LEDs into a refelector/diffuser assembly designed for incandescent. Case in point: I have the Kisan Tailblazer flasher lamp which upon brake application begins with a fast flash and then slows. The initial flashes are not very distinct with the halogen lamp in the flasher. An LED would show the flashing better, so I was excited to try the LED replacement lamp from Kisan. It ended up being much less visible in the housing, since it only projected in one direction and didn't fully illuminate the lens diffuser. The reflector is designed to capture the side spill light from the lamp and project it out, lighting up the entire lens. With the LED it was more like a point of light in the center of the lens.

I had a similar experience with another bike that had LED turn signals when purchased used - when I replaced the LEDs with a regular lamps, they appeared at least three times brighter. Of course, there are many different kinds of lamps out there. If you do go the LED route, you should probably look for lamps that project all around as well as straight out, and get the brightest you can find.

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The inside of my turn signal assembly are black. I lined them with aluminum tape. It brightened up the turn signals significantly.
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