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Old 11-08-2001, 01:32 PM   #1
Joelk
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Default APC Amber LED 1156 bulbs

I ordered a set of APC's Amber LED bulbs from www.xtremewhite.com. Size 1156, they'll fit in the turn signals on Subarus. They just showed up this morning.

First impression... the quality of these parts is crap. They basically look like someone broke the glass off of a regular bulb and soldered a new top with LEDs on it. And the soldering job is really bad. If I shake one of the bulbs, it makes a rattling noise, something is loose in there, I'm hoping it won't short out and blow a fuse.

I hooked them up to a power supply here at work, They in fact are very bright, but as with all LEDs, it is highly directional. If you look straight at the bulb, it hurts your eyes, if you look at an angle, they're not very bright at all.

At 12 volts, one of these bulbs draws about 0.7 amps, compared to about 2.25 amps for a standard 27watt bulb.

I'm going to try installing these in my car tonight after work, I'll post an update and let you know how well they actually work.
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Old 11-08-2001, 10:16 PM   #2
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Thumbs down don't waste your money

Ok, so I tried these bulbs out tonight when I got home. They are not nearly as bright as the stock bulbs.

I tried them on my rear turn signals. I put one bulb in the right, left the stock bulb in the left, turned on my hazards and checked it out. The LED bulb is noticably dimmer, even when you look straight at it. And this was after dark.

It does look cool though, you get the instant-on, instant-off turn signal, not the fade-in fade-out of standard bulbs.

But, it flashes way too fast, and that was just with one bulb in, if you did front and back I'd imagine it would be worse.

The standard light housing is meant to reflect light and spread it out across the lens. The LED bulb does not shine any light back towards the reflector, just straight ahead, so you don't "fill" your lens with light. If I could someone fit three of these bulbs per side I think it would work good.

I'm going to try them again this weekend in the daylight. But I have a feeling that they aren't even safe in daylight, probably can't even see them.

If I get a chance, I'll try to do a comparison video clip.
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Old 11-18-2001, 04:28 AM   #3
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If you look at the cars that come equipped with LED taillights / turn signals from the factory (cadillac and Mercedes are the only two I can think of right now), they usually use an array of at least 10 bubs. This is probably because LEDs produce such a focused light pattern, compared to a conventional filament bulb.

The ideal setup would be a grid of LEDs (for example, 5x10 for each of the brake lights), so that you could have them aimed in as many directions as possible. The easiest way I can think of would be to somehow attatch them directly to the inside of your taillight housing (the red or orange or clear plastic), maybe using super glue or something. You can usually find LEDs for pretty good prices at www.allelectronics.com , check their online catalog.

Good luck to you,
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