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post #1 of 10 Old 04-02-2016, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Sylvania 1157R LED Tail lights... Easy Peasy LED'sy

I'm sure others have used these before, but I didn't see any threads, so here's my first take.

This is a generic picture. I bought the red ones, 1157R, not the ones shown here.


I picked these up at Autozone for $20/pr. I was just going to get replacement incandescents, but saw these and figured I'd give them a try.

They seem like good quality, no exposed PCB material like most of the component LED's form ebay and other places. They installed no differently than incandescents, and I can't tell the difference in brightness between these and the incandescents. I liked the idea of no work LED conversion.

Here's the running lights, incandescent on the left, LED on the right.


And here's the brake light.


For detail on the running vs brake on the LED, here is the bare bulb.

Running light


Brake light


The running light has 1/3 of the LED's lit up, brake light has all of them.

Looking at them, I couldn't tell the difference between them, except that the LED doesn't have an LED on the tip, so there's a little dark spot there. It lights up the reflector just the same as the incandescent.

The package says that it's for off road use only, but I don't think anyone will be able to tell the difference. If anyone else has used these, I'd love to hear any long term results.
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They look pretty good to me. Thanks for the writing.

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Thanks for the heads up on these bulbs!
I paid $13 for a pair on ebay after I saw your post, and installed them today - PERFECT!!
3 years ago I tried to convert all of my lights (except for headlights) to led, but I couldn't find a good 1157 led bulb that would work properly, so I gave up & have been running incandescent 1157s...
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Are these led bulbs "red"? They look like it but the package says "cool white". Unless that's a generic file pic.

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Are these led bulbs "red"? They look like it but the package says "cool white". Unless that's a generic file pic.

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I bought red ones. You are right, that's a generic picture. I didn't take a pic of the packaging before throwing it away.

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I swapped in a set of these as well. They work and the light seems "cleaner" I guess you could say. I'm working my way though the bike replacing incandescent with LED to free up some electrical reserve power. LED headlights will eventually go in.

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I picked up a set last night at O'Reilly Auto parts. The part number on the package is 2357R. Direct plug and play and the led light fills the reflector housing very well. Like you said, it's hard to tell the difference between these leds and the stock bulbs.

Very nice upgrade!
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I swapped in a set of these as well. They work and the light seems "cleaner" I guess you could say. I'm working my way though the bike replacing incandescent with LED to free up some electrical reserve power. LED headlights will eventually go in.
These won't do too much for your electrical load since the brake lights are on so little time, same argument for turn signals; though you will save a bit on the running lights I guess. The headlight is the big one for saving electrons. If you're in it for savings, go after the headlight first and foremost.

Glad you guys like them too though!

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^^^Every watt counts. A regular bulb draws about 5 or 8 watts on "dim" so for two that's 13 watts just to pick a number in the middle. The quick search I did says that LED bulbs draw that on "high" (brakes applied) where as the regular bulb draws 21 watts each or just over 40 for the pair with brakes applied.

Even with just the dim setting taken into account you are still saving power and it adds up. My blinkers do not work as running lights so that's much less of a concern for me. Yes replacing the headlights with LEDs would save 50 or more watts in some cases but these are quick and easy to swap out and those 6+ watts you save is 6 watts youdidnt' have before

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hey guys are these any better or brighter ?



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