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Post by Ryan 95 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:17 pm

well since i done all the interior lights, thought i'd do the exterior too i fitted LED side repeaters brake/tail lights and reverse light to my hi jet this evening.. i love LED's me Smile so efficient and bright, my dad also fitted them to his Triumph GT6 as well... we both had to replace our flasher relays with a LED compatible ones since LED's draw less current....... still got the number plate lights to do too give's a modern look too

also, modded the reverse light with a LED and tin foil Very Happy and it's very bright, like a work light

these are the bulbs , had to get orange ones for the front of the van since the lenses are clear

here's the ebay link:  http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251646658187?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2648&var=550550910193&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

more pics will follow









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Post by andy pyke on Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:38 pm

Useful stuff!

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Post by jbenny2 on Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:26 pm

I'm thinking of doing the same to help the alternator out as it's only small. What flasher unit did you fit?

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Just checking

Post by andy pyke on Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:52 pm

Hi Ryan,

I want to do the LED upgrade and wanted to check on the compatibility of the bulbs you linked to on ebay.

Can I put these directly in to my stop lights, reverse lights and fog lights?

Also, how difficult is it to change an indicator relay? Where are they tucked away?

How did you mod the reverse light? If I spray the inside silver and put the LED in, do you reckon that will work?

Many thanks!


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Re: LED lights upgrade

Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:47 pm

LED replacement bulbs are wank.

Every week cars come in with them not working properly.

They are not properly bright.

They are chinese shite.

There is nothing to gain from them. More expensive and less reliable.
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Post by Logi on Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:30 pm

And actually illegal on older cars..
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Post by andy pyke on Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:14 pm

But apart from that...? Mad

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Post by rich the mechanic on Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:25 pm

Why are they not legal on older cars Logi?
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Re: LED lights upgrade

Post by PFM on Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:31 pm

Cos the c&u regs say so

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Post by Logi on Sat Mar 07, 2015 12:13 pm

PFM wrote:Cos the c&u regs say so
Saved me from saying it Smile
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Post by rich the mechanic on Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:44 am

Logi wrote:
PFM wrote:Cos the c&u regs say so
Saved me from saying it Smile

Has either of you got a link as I have just done a search and nothing came back on the government legislation site.
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Post by PFM on Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:55 am

The basics are here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1989/1796/contents/made

and this is interesting, especially the para on retrofitting: http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/safety/daytime-running-lights.html

but can't find the link I found some months back. Will keep looking.




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Post by HighlyJetted on Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:21 am

I don't think there is any c&u legislation against LED retro fit.

As long as the lights are clear, bright and correctly coloured I don't think there is a problem.

Someone will bash on about type approval, but this is the UK not europe.
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Re: LED lights upgrade

Post by bushwhacker on Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:14 pm

My understanding was that bulbs could be upgraded to led as long as they were E marked. If they are not then they are for 'display purposes only'.

It is possible it has changed and something I saw relatively recently seemed to indicate it, or was it someone who just had different ideas?

About two months ago there was an article in 'Car Mechanics', I think, which seemed to say led bulbs were not legal in old cars but unless something else was wrong the MOT tester would not check them. They did say though that changing the headlight bulbs to led would be illegal. So who is right? (The magazine is probably still available as a back copy).

There are also people on the internet selling led bulbs and boards specifically for classic cars.
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Re: LED lights upgrade

Post by rich the mechanic on Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:31 pm

Ok I haven't read it all word for word but I find no mention of retro fitting LEDs and only filament bulbs to be of British Standard.
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