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Old 08-04-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Trying to install new LED tail lights on Boler 1973

Can anyone help. Hubby willing to install new LED taillights on my Boler. Old tail lights working, but as soon as he hooks new ones up they won't work. New LED's bought at Princess Auto, Have three wires on them, white (ground) red and black. Can anyone shed some light?
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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Hi Val, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

There are lots of kind and helpful folks here on the forums. I'm sure someone will be along shortly to answer your questions.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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Don't know if this is the right word, but I consider LED's to be polarized. That is you have to get the + and - in the right order for them to work. Test the lights off the trailer to see what wires need to be connected to which. The lights were not designed for trailers so white may not be ground, black might be like in the tow vehicle.
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Welcome, welcome, welcome Val.

And what Roy said........
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:00 PM   #5
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Hi Val,

Have a look at these lights from etrailer, there is a video and a transcript of it at the bottom of the page that talks about the wire colors. Link is here.

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Old 08-05-2013, 10:32 PM   #6
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The following photo is LED tail light from Princess Auto and I hooked up by myself. It works perfectly and beautiful in the dark. Because it has only 3 leads from each light, so it is not hard to figure it out. My suggestion is let the tail light power on, either hook up with your towing vehicle or using extra 12VDC power supply and feed in at right terminal of your receiver harness then from there you can play with it until it is right...
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As said the white might not be the negative (ground) wire. Three wires is correct, 1 negative, 1 for tail lights and 1 for brake/turn signal. LED are polarized the negative has to go to the correct wire. My guess since the trail light are automotive wiring the negative would be black, the red would be the tail lights and the white brake/turn lights. With cheap voltmeter it's easy to check.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:21 PM   #8
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The black wire is the ground, not the white wire.
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This may be helpful
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:38 PM   #10
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Can anyone help. Hubby willing to install new LED taillights on my Boler. Old tail lights working, but as soon as he hooks new ones up they won't work. New LED's bought at Princess Auto, Have three wires on them, white (ground) red and black. Can anyone shed some light?
Hi White is ground,Red is turn and Black is tail light.
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The black wire is the ground, not the white wire.
The OP said "New LED's bought at Princess Auto, Have three wires on them, white (ground) red and black". So, assuming the OP correctly connected the tail lights using the white wire as ground, and in reference to the LED tail light the OP purchased at Princess Auto, the white wire on the LED tail light cannot not be ground. So most logical suggestion is the black wire is ground.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:08 PM   #12
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I am having the same problem with my LED taillights. I would run outside and check this out right now, but my Boler is parked at my parents place! Thanks for the info! Great stuff.
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:37 PM   #13
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i bough some lights from princess auto round leds, the white was ground.

If you look on the back of the light were the wires come out, its marked on the plastic what each wire is, on my light it was faint but it was there
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LED light replacement for brakes can be tricky depending on the LED system, if its sort of replacing existing classic incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, chances are it will never work as they don't draw enough current from the "black box" from the tail light conversion your car has.

You can read regular warnings such as "LED replacements may cause problems with “bulb out” indicators or signal flashers because of their low power draw. Do not mix LED and incandescent bulbs on the same circuit."
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