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Old 07-30-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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Cheap 12 volt LEDs

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About a month ago I purchased two expensive 12 volt led lights, Revolution 150's, they together cost about $41 with tax, got these at an RV store in NY. I am pleased with them and they seem to be high quality. But they were too darn expensive to invest in all my fixtures, so looking for a cheaper alternative, I took a risk on ebay from a seller in HK. The fixtures I bought below were 1157's, I could not find at the time the similar fixture in 1156, the 1157's have offset prongs but still work in a standard outlet but the 1156 are a better fit. I paid a total of $7.18 shipped and they only took about a week and a half to get here.

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68 SMD LED 1157 2057 380 Tail Stop P21W bulb WHITE 12V | eBay

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68 SMD LED 1156 382 Tail Stop P21W BA15S bulb WHITE 12V | eBay

Here is a photo of the $41 Revolution 150 lights


Here is a photo of the cheapos, they give off a bright white light at least as bright as the Revolutions


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Old 07-30-2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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Wow!
Do I understand you right- you're just replacing your regular bulbs in the 12v fixture?
And how many did you buy for the $7 plus change? Is that for two bulbs?

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Wow!
Do I understand you right- you're just replacing your regular bulbs in the 12v fixture?
And how many did you buy for the $7 plus change? Is that for two bulbs?

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Yes, just replacing the bulbs, and the $7.18 was for two, the seller won't combine shipping but they are still a steal for two bulbs, $1.00 each plus $2.59 shipping each.
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Here are some links to other bulbs from the same seller

1156 1073 T25 White 63 LED Tail Brake Stop Light Bulb | eBay

2 X 1156 White 102 SMD LED Turn Signal Light Bulb Lamp | eBay

2 Car 1156 Tail Brake White 42 SMD LED Light Bulb Lamp | eBay
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:18 PM   #5
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I do not think you want to use white LED's in your tail/brake lights.
I always replaced my red tail light bulbs with red led, according to SuperbrightLED's this is the proper bulb.
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:08 PM   #6
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James, I got some of the same bulbs from what looks like the same seller. I changed all my inside fixtures over to these type of bulbs. I also used some of the ones that are double faced tapped inside the fixture too. Can't beat the price and they ship pretty quick also. Now I will work on changing out my taillights and side markers. I'm thinking about changing the whole fixture on those. Oh I also changed out my outside porch light with one of the bulbs you linked to.
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Now I will work on changing out my taillights and side markers. I'm thinking about changing the whole fixture on those.
I seen people doing and never asked. Would you mind answering what the reason is for changing taillights and marker lights to LEDs?
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When "boondocking" on battery power your lights will stay lit much longer do to the lower power consumption. Also the lower power consumption taxes your converter less and the LED bulbs run cooler and last longer than incandecent bulbs.
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I haven't changed out the markers and tail lights, but it's on the "to do" list. My reason... because I can. After seeing the differences between the standard tail lights and markers with regular bulbs and LEDs... what a difference in brightness! And because I can, why not?

I think Bryon has changed everything out on the inside to LEDs or cold cathodes because he boondocks a bunch...
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I seen people doing and never asked. Would you mind answering what the reason is for changing taillights and marker lights to LEDs?
Good question - I added a set of LED tail/brake lights to my regular tail lights because of the following:
1- LEDs are diodes, not bulbs, so they take lots of abuse on rough roads
2- Much longer lifetime, and
3- Safety - the LEDs are 4X brighter than regular bulbs so they can be seen easily in bright sunlight, fog and at night at greater distances.

I really like having all these advantages for vehicles coming at me from the rear or side. Using LEDs in the interior you still get great lighting, but use just a fraction of the battery draw and give off less heat. Hope this helps a bit.
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When "boondocking" on battery power your lights will stay lit much longer do to the lower power consumption. Also the lower power consumption taxes your converter less and the LED bulbs run cooler and last longer than incandecent bulbs.
The taillights and marker lights are NOT powered via the trailer. The power comes from the Tow Vehicle. I agree that interior and porch light, but unless there's some overriding reason I see no need to change taillights and marker lights.
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Good question - I added a set of LED tail/brake lights to my regular tail lights because of the following:
1- LEDs are diodes, not bulbs, so they take lots of abuse on rough roads
2- Much longer lifetime, and
3- Safety - the LEDs are 4X brighter than regular bulbs so they can be seen easily in bright sunlight, fog and at night at greater distances.

I really like having all these advantages for vehicles coming at me from the rear or side. Using LEDs in the interior you still get great lighting, but use just a fraction of the battery draw and give off less heat. Hope this helps a bit.

In my humble opinion that's a lot of expense for very little gain. Besides the taillights and side marker lights in tow are most likely NOT LED.

FYI.. Not all diodes are created equal. If they're not ruggedized they won't last as long as incandescent. Look as some of the older truck trailers with dead LEDs.
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I haven't changed out the markers and tail lights, but it's on the "to do" list. My reason... because I can. After seeing the differences between the standard tail lights and markers with regular bulbs and LEDs... what a difference in brightness! And because I can, why not?

I think Bryon has changed everything out on the inside to LEDs or cold cathodes because he boondocks a bunch...

Everything except taillights, backup lights, and marker lights. There's such a thing as too bright for taillights. So be careful when changing to LEDs some my exceed brightness limits unless they are made specifically for taillights, brake lights, and marker lights. You don't want to blind the driver behind you.
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I guess manufacturers of tugs are changing to LEDs because there's very little gain? Check out the new crop of vehicles, most have all gone to LEDs for tail lights. If you don't want to change your trailer to LEDs, then don't. The newer LEDs have a much longer life. I wouldn't compare OLDER truck trailers to anything that's been made in the last couple of years.

I'm looking to change the tail lights and markers to sealed units... waterproof. Since they're manufacturered as tail lights and markers, it's doubtful they'd be too bright for DOT.
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