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post #1 of 15 Old 06-24-2012, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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Turn Signal Lights Not so Bright

My wife says the turn signals are all but invisible especially I the sunlight. Does anyone know of a brighter bulb to replace the stock ones? Thank in advance.

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-24-2012, 05:18 AM
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Put a reflector in behind the bulb, that more than doubles to light thrown in the right directions.

Heavy tin foil will work (Pie plate), but retroreflective tape is easier (adhesive backed). (eBay search '3M reflective') either silver or yellow will work.

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Paint the inside of the housing white.
Do the fronts too.

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There are also brighter halogen bulbs available. They are either number 3496, or 3497. One of those is for turn signals, and one is for the brake light, but I don't remember which is which. A combination of brighter bulbs and reflective tape or foil backing is probably the best bet.

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I used furnace duct sealing tape (reflective silver) inside of my housings, my wife said the same thing about the lights when I first bought it.

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My wife says the turn signals are all but invisible especially I the sunlight. Does anyone know of a brighter bulb to replace the stock ones? Thank in advance.
I would hesitate to use a brighter bulb. I'd be affraid it would get too hot and blink too fast due to the extra load (current). Sometimes when using the LED signals you have to add a resistor to counter the extra load.
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The LED bulbs I've tried are much weaker than regular bulbs, including Superbright LED company bulbs.

Halogen 3497 single filament for the turn signals, 45 candlepower, and 3496 dual filament for the brakes, 43 & 3 candlepower, work very well. These are standard signal bulbs for certain Japanese cars, so they are easily available, about $10 each. (Note the reversal of the last digit...3497 replaces 1156 and 3496 replaces 1157.)

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The LED bulbs I've tried are much weaker than regular bulbs, including Superbright LED company bulbs.
The 5 watt Luxeons were a bit brighter. I posted pix here ages ago.

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