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Old 08-03-2020, 10:49 AM   #1
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Brake Lights

I am intending on replacing regular bulbs with LEDs in the hope it will make them brighter.

As you can see, my lights are desparate need of cleaning. The bulb itself has corrosion.

My question is would it be better just to replace the entire light fixture as a whole or can I just clean it up and put an LED bulb in?

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Old 08-03-2020, 02:27 PM   #2
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I vote cleaning

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My question is would it be better just to replace the entire light fixture as a whole or can I just clean it up and put an LED bulb in?

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If the light fixture is solid, I’d clean it, or at most change the socket only. When you put the new LED lights in, grease the contacts with dielectric tune up grease. Picture is my lamps at one year old.
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:22 PM   #3
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Thank you! Yes, it is solid...just need all the corrosion on where the builb fits in.
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Old 08-03-2020, 03:54 PM   #4
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An auto parts store should have a bulb socket cleaning brush. I have one made by KD Tools
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Old 08-03-2020, 04:47 PM   #5
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Thank you!
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:56 PM   #6
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Do yourself a favor and replace your taillights with good LED fixtures.
Led bulbs designed as replacements for incandescent bulbs in DOT wiring are just not up to the task.
There are many attractive and effective LED taillight assemblies which are inexpensive and would work great on your Trillium.
The picture below is just an example which I did some years ago. There are other choices which you may like better. It is shown just to give an idea...
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Old 08-03-2020, 10:07 PM   #7
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Thank you for your advice! The clerk at the RV parts shop said it was pretty easy to switch out - 2 wires.

And I envy your spare tire rack!
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Three wires

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Thank you for your advice! The clerk at the RV parts shop said it was pretty easy to switch out - 2 wires.

And I envy your spare tire rack!
Three wires, he forgot the negative wire.
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Old 08-04-2020, 04:42 AM   #9
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My 2010 Trillium came with Bargman LED fixtures. Two per side, at about $30 each (etrailer), they're not cheap. But from a safety point of view, worth the price. Early versions had issues but the replacements have been fine.

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Old 08-04-2020, 07:07 AM   #10
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Replacement LED Bulbs

Hello,

I bought some inexpensive LED bulbs for my Trillium 1300...
Problem... bulbs checked out fine but once installed the
brake/turn indicator part of the the bulb worked fine but the
running light part of the bulb did not work. After cleaning the
contacts and retesting the results were the same. I have not run
any more tests but believe that the voltage droop to the running
light is too much causing the voltage to the tail running lights
being too low for the LEDs. However, the LED marker lights are
working fine.... The incandescent bulbs are back in for now...

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Old 08-04-2020, 08:52 AM   #11
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They are $60 to $70 PER light here.

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Old 08-04-2020, 08:54 AM   #12
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Oh, interesting Uncle Larry. No way around that one, I guess?

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Thank you for your advice! The clerk at the RV parts shop said it was pretty easy to switch out - 2 wires.

And I envy your spare tire rack!
That trailer is long gone from me,and the rack was home made but there are many spare tire racks available similar to the one below.
I would not use the fold down feature and I am sure some come without it.
Welding it on would be my choice but the U bolts should do alright.
Sorry to hijack the thread to address this subject.



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Old 08-04-2020, 09:21 AM   #14
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No worries. Thank you for advice and image, Floyd.
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I agree about replacing with complete LED units. Many of them are waterproof and you will never have to worry about corroding sockets again.

I also once had the problem where the brake/indicator light worked but not the running lights with a new LED installation (1965 aluminum body Little Dipper). The problem was a bad ground as the ground went to the aluminum shell, which was poorly grounded. LEDs are very sensitive to grounding issues in my experience. As soon as I fixed the ground, I found out that the brake/indicator light was much brighter and the running lights worked.

I usually buy from eTrailer.

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Thank you for sharing. Much appreciated.
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Old 08-08-2020, 02:11 PM   #17
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Led lights

I had a Trillium with the same problem so I bought a LED light kit for boat trailers which fit right into the old light fixture and took off the red outer cover off the new ones and wired the new ones into the old light fixture and used the original cover I also changed out all marker lights and all interior lights to LED.
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Old 08-08-2020, 02:19 PM   #18
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Similar to above, I liked the “look” of the vintage Trillium tail lights so I transplanted an LED set and put them inside the original housing.
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Old 08-08-2020, 02:19 PM   #19
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Great. Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2020, 09:03 PM   #20
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I have a 1980 4500 Trillium and had light socket problems also. I bought a set of Harbor Freight LED trailer light and took them apart and put the inner working in the original Trillium housing withe the original lens and the are BRIGHT. I wanted the original look on the back but needed bright led to be seen. Here is the web url to see them. You use the original wiring just cut it and solider extra wire if your original ones are long enough. The insides of the led is waterproof and you can just screw them to the original white plastic base housing.


https://www.harborfreight.com/12v-su...-pc-64274.html
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