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Old 07-05-2012, 04:14 PM   #21
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Rick, do you make your own by soldering a 1141/1156 base onto the pictured LEDs? Or do you manually connect the wiring from the socket to the LED itself? Thx!
I make my own bulbs by soldering the lights into socket bases, always making sure the +ve voltage goes to the center pin and the negative goes to ground. I have pictures of them at home but not here at "work". This is mainly so I can change the light bulbs around if I want to. However, electricity does not care how it is connected, and wiring the LEDs directly to the light fixture would work just as well.

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Thanks again for all of the thoughts! Here's my update, as I had time to work on these bulbs this wkend...

I powered the known-working LEDs via the battery directly, found out that they must indeed have the circuitry / bridge rectifier to make polarity a moot point. They powered with positive/negative either direction.

The non-working LEDs indeed worked with the polarity reversed ONLY!

I switched the wiring on all of the sockets - so they're "wrong" but switched - now the "ebay"-cheapo LEDs work AND the more expensive "LEDTrailerLight"-LEDs work alike!

Thanks again for all of the help - if I only knew the LEDs were different - it could have saved a fair amount of headache!
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