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Lightbulb L.E.D. STP/TURN/TAIL & BACK-UP

Here are pic's of the LED s I made for my truck. I tried to post about them before but I was so inept in getting the site to function that I knew I needed to retreat and live to fight another day.
Okay tail light housings new ones at A.Z. are $26.00 a piece. LED's are grote, don't know #' I got 'em from work. Parts houses ought to have a catalog. Red one is std size oval light like I've seen on snowmobile trailers and the like. Other one is a new type hasn't been out too long. We use them for licence plate illumination. It has a row of (6) white LED's in it.
I rotozipped the backs of the housing out to the aproximate size, then I used the 60 sec. epoxy to hold the assebly's in place then I used the fiberglass mesh fill any gaps around hole I cut out. Sealed it all back up with fiberglass resin. After the 'glas cured I sanded it all down to fit back in the truck openings. A couple coats of paint to keep the fiberglass from decaying, and theres the finished product. Oh I forgot to say that I used the bench grinder to grind around the edge of the grote lenses to get them off. I just wanted the led's to go thru the Ford diffuser lenses so I trashed the other lenses. And by trashing the other lenses I'm sure that it compromised the factory seal on the led's so that is why I made sure to seal them up inside the Ford lenses real good. So I got the grote plug for the S/T/T it is white=ground, black or brown = tail/marker, and red= stop/turn, the white had male bullet plugs on them so I crimped and shrink tubed female bullet 's to the truck, and crimped and shrink tubed the S.T.T. wires to the truck harness, discarded the old light bulb sockets, installed an electronic flasher for both turn and emergency, and put a small incandescent light up under the dash in the stop lamp circuit for the cruise. I did the fronts withthe same type of oval LED as the rear except they make them with amber L.E.D.'s. The front side markers I used a (3) lamp amber slimline marker, (also a grote). Glued and 'glased them all in the same fashion they look good (especially up front) they have low current draw so when I plug in a trailer I'm not overloading the stock wiring, and they should last forever, or 100,000 hrs. which ever comes first.




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you guys are stealing all my ideas, i had that one stored away in my brain for a while, and was gonna give it a wearl sometime soon.

looks sweet, makes a big difference huh?

someday............
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Difference??

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you guys are stealing all my ideas, i had that one stored away in my brain for a while, and was gonna give it a wearl sometime soon.

looks sweet, makes a big difference huh?
I think that this set up is about the same light output as the old system, 5 or 6 years ago when the L.E.D.'s were first coming out I didn't think that they were bright enough but that has really changed in the last few years.
The insurance companies are the driving force behind the improvement in the technology. There research shows that time taken for the led to go from off to full brightness vs. the incandescent bulb to reach full illumination is enough to be a measurable difference in a drivers reation time in braking for a vehicle ahead. Even though the time was a fraction of a second, at sixty M.P.H. it enough to allow drivers 10 to 15 feet addition stopping space. I know that there have been times I wish I had that extra space, some of the times its been when I'm stopping and sometimes it's when my eyes keep getting wider watching the rear view mirror...

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nice write up with the pics.... also nice tag.... welder
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did the install effect anything other than the cruise? I heard you need a differant flasher thingy in the fues panel. Where is it exactly you mount the light buld for the cruise?

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here are my 50amp lights at night:


I might upgrade to LED some day, need $$$$$
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they should last forever, or 100,000 hrs. which ever comes first.

nlink's stock 1990 xlt 5.8l v8
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Late night, brakes lock, hear the tires squeal
Red light, can't stop, so I spin the wheel
My world goes black before I,
Feel an angel lift me up,
And I open bloodshot eyes,
Into fluorescent white
Flip the siren, hit the lights
Close the doors and I am gone...
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Looking good !

I'll have to get off my duff and finish my front conversions soon

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cruise control with led's

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did the install effect anything other than the cruise? I heard you need a differant flasher thingy in the fues panel. Where is it exactly you mount the light buld for the cruise?
My truck has the C-6 but the wiring harnesses are equiped for a std. trans also. The std. trans. has a stop command switch on the brake pedal and the clutch pedal. When it is an automatic there is a jumper wire that by-passes the clutch switch. I installed a courtesy light from the salvage yard in with this being the hot wire and the chassis being the ground.

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The fronts

the front turn signals made a star burst look. the diffusers on the stock lenses made this happen because the led itself is identical to the rear except color. Some thought the one picture looked green, but it is my camera when I shoot in the 'nightshot' mode. I posted it because it shows the star burst effect better than the standard pictures. In reality this effect is as distinct to the eye as the 'nightshot' photo.


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L>E>D> HeadLights


Will they ever be able to make 'em?
Anyone know?

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I know this is old, but i just used this method and love it!! thanks for the idea, mi idea would've been ALOT more trouble.

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wow this is old... i was just reading on 2 high end cars that are comming out with LED headlights...
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