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Old 01-31-2004, 12:51 AM   #1
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Lightbulb LED bulb shootout.. (pics inside)

Had a bunch of LED parking light bulbs lying around, so I decided to take some pics.

Here's the test setup I used:
-- Stock '03 WRX headlamps - freshly washed, waxed, and removed from car.
-- Large white piece of cardboard
-- 8x1.5V = 12V AA battery pack
-- stock parking/turn signal harness with splices


Didn't use a light meter or anything (they're just parking light bulbs)

Sooo... Here's the pics. Each LED bulb was installed and turned on. A picture of the resulting beam was taken with all lights in the room turned off, and with/without camera flash. The camera and light was placed in the same position each time, and each picture was taken with the same settings.

I'd say the pics without flash are an 80% accurate representation of the colour but probably only a 60% good representation of the amount of light thrown. The beam pattern reflected on the cardboard (without flash) can give you a "relative" indication of the amount of light thrown by each bulb though

STOCK (toshiba bulbs? )


PIAA's (two LED's per bulb):


POLARG's:


BOSCH's:


NOTE: prices shown are asian currency prices, and before bargaining - so don't be scared

hope you enjoyed them!

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Old 01-31-2004, 12:57 AM   #2
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Where did you find these bulbs? Where can I get them?
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Old 01-31-2004, 03:34 AM   #3
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Mygf found them for me in Hong Kong -- but I'm pretty sure you should be able to find the PIAA and the POLARG's at your local performance auto place along with all the HID-look bulbs
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Old 01-31-2004, 04:30 AM   #4
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yeah PIAA and Polarg are som of the BEST nonHID bulbs available...
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Old 01-31-2004, 09:21 AM   #5
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Cool, I've been looking for parking bulbs that don't look blue. Those PIAA's are probably new because I've never seen those. Anybody ever see these in their local auto stores?
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Old 01-31-2004, 11:40 AM   #6
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Great job Dendro!!! I have the Philips ones that they give away free at www.powerbulbs.com when you order anything and they look pretty much like the Bosch ones.
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Old 01-31-2004, 12:38 PM   #7
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awesome!!! thanks for the great work! i need to find me a set of those bosch LEDs
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Old 01-31-2004, 12:47 PM   #8
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Hi Hank3 - I'm running some bluevision citylights as well in my hella's - and BTW - I got all of your emails and am working on a size estimate for you.

Anyways -- a couple things I forgot to note about the above LED bulbs:

1. All the bulbs above use a japanese-style "wedge" type bulb base. Thus - if you've upgraded to prodrive UK300's/orciari's/morettes -- the bulbs above WILL NOT FIT, as these all use the european, non-wedge bulb base.

2. All the LED bulbs have a "polarity" to them -- ie. if you plug (+) to (-) and (-) to (+) it won't light up as you are dropping voltage across the diode in the wrong way - thus current won't flow (if I remember my electronics correctly)

When I tested them, the PIAA's were the only ones that were nice enough to designate the (+) side connection on the wedge bulb base with a "red" dot. With the POLARG's and the BOSCH's - I had to "experiment " to figure out which was the (+) side.
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http://www.superbrightleds.com

go save yourself some money...and don't be so dumb as to pay $20+dollars for these...

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Old 02-01-2004, 05:18 PM   #10
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cool research, i like the boshc bulbs the most because of brightness, but i also like the PIAA ones because of the light pattern
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Old 02-01-2004, 09:56 PM   #11
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i have a pair of brand new Raybrig twin LED wedge bulbs for sale, the shines a purplish white color. $20 shipped. PM me if interested.
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Old 02-01-2004, 10:42 PM   #12
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i want them
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i am an electrical mess! could anyone explain how to put these in? are they just normal bulbs? i really like the parking light ones and am really interested in buying some. thanks.
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Old 02-02-2004, 10:12 AM   #14
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use your manual that you got with your car, it shows you how to access the parking lights. I just ordered mine off of the site linked about.. they are only like 2.98 for 2 of them.. but rip ya on the shipping 5 bucks to ship...

ah well
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hey wanna trade me ur bosch ones for my raybrigs?

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Old 02-02-2004, 08:06 PM   #16
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doesn't really matter what you buy from there shipping is around 5 bucks...i bought $250 of high flux led's when i did my LED tailight/turn signal conversions and shpping was like $10...it's a small price to pay i think considering the PIAA rips you off to the tune of 20+ dollars, you will have them by the end of the week too i betcha..they are fast...hope you got the 4 led wedge bulbs...the singles aren't bright at all...i have 4 led amber ones that i sanded to make the dispersion angle wider..they look awesome...course i'm not trying to match my hid's either..

here is my project using parts from superbrightleds.com.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...17#post5591917

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Sorry I've got to get to some local dibs first before I'm willing to sell.

Also, my light setup currently uses EDM lights with non-wedge city-lights so I'm currently not looking to trade.

BTW - I think Basshead is right, I'd suggest you try the website he listed and order a set of wedge-based 4+ LED's per bulb parking lights. You have to remember that in general, though LED's are brighter, their beam pattern is relatively narrow and focused compared to a conventional halogen filament. Having four led's and perhaps sanding them a bit may help to "diffract/disperse" the light more.

Case-in-point - I know it *appears* the BOSCH looks whitest and brightest (thus driving the most requests for it), but I remember when I did the test that the BOSCH actually put out very little light to the sides. and appeared the dimmest except when viewing it head on (at which it was extremely bright as you can see in the pics)

In fact, if you re-examine the pics again thoroughly, you should notice that the BOSCH's actually illuminated the surrounding reflector the LEAST - whereas the meagre little POLARG's seemed to do the best of dispersing the LED light just by virtue of it's weird V-shaped plastic lens design. So, diffraction pattern is defintely important when dealing with these little buggers, no matter how bright they are -- Just something to keep in mind

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this is the most helpful "tiny" lightbulb post ive seen. ive been wanting to get rid of that nasty ginger bread brown stocker look. my clears look like theyre rusty or seomthing with the stocker bulbs. i really like the bosch color - time to go ebay
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****, i only bought the single wedge bulbs. damnit
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well you got the eyes for that scary halloween custume you've been wanting to make now..
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those bosche ones look the best
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got my led lights in from superbrightled.com

what do ya think.. sorry image kinda blurry, but you get the point.

They look evil...
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for the PIAA's all I can find is White, Blue white, and blue bulbs.
In the pictures above which ones were used? blue-white? I like the look of those pics but i dont want to end up getting a ricer style blue or whatever.. thanks

Ps does anyone know the part number for those? Is the parking light bulb for a 2002 a #194, or is that some other number... sorry I dont know anything about bulbs
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Here's mine in EDM headlights. I got the White 6 LED wedge type from superbrightleds.com.



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they match ur HIDs pretty well!
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