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v8mgb
Jim Miller

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01/01/2008 11:38AM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: October 14, 2020 01:40PM

Steve Carrick turned me onto to a decent set of 1157 LED replacements after I has a brake light go out in Townsend . Steve said Allen Moor originally found these. After replacing my tail lights and happy with the performance I went out on Amazon to replace my front turn signals and found ibrightstar offers 1157 two color replacements that are white with the parking / headlights on and turn Amber when the the turn signals are on. With the turn signal on it flashes between off and amber. Now I have a set of driving / fog. lights

The LED bulbs are marketed by ibrightstar and available on Amazon. Not saying there the best but they work and are brighter / more noticeable then the incandescent bulbs I was using. These lights also have a "projector lense" at the top to focus the light.

Mike Moor is using a bright amber LED module designed for ambulances along with a 3 wire to 2 wire trailer light conversion box. The conversion box allows the lights to be powered through the tail light input as daytime running lights and when the turn signal input is powered the right or left indicator will flash.



Red 1157 replacement for tail / brake light
- PN, NA
- A set of two is $16.99
- Amazon link : [www.amazon.com]

Amber 1157 replacement parking / turn light
- PN, NA
- A set of two is $21.99
- Amazon Link: [www.amazon.com]

In the pictures below the right is the LED and left side is the incandescent bulb. ing5915 compares the two lights with the turn signal on.





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v8mgb
Jim Miller

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Re: LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: October 14, 2020 01:41PM

More Pictures

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v8mgb
Jim Miller

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Re: LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: October 14, 2020 01:49PM

Here is the electronic flasher I am using

12V Heavy Duty 2 Pin Compatible Electronic Fixed Flasher Turn Signal Flasher Relay
Brand: VOFONO

The box is labeled Novita brand
PN - HD13

Amazon Lnk: [www.amazon.com]


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
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10/25/2007 11:30AM

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1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: October 14, 2020 02:25PM

Great information Jim! Thank you!!


88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
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02/11/2010 04:29AM

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1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: 88v8
Date: October 15, 2020 05:11AM

Indeed, LEDs seem to be a coming thing.

I have bi-colours in the front of my Rambler, bright white but flash orange. [www.bettercarlighting.co.uk]
The LED flasher unit does not 'tick' but I have a separate ticker if I ever get around to wiring it. The rears are still incandescent, a mix of LED and incandescent can be a problem with some flasher units.

Here we are with one LED and one original bulb.

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I also have bright amber LEDs in the side repeaters.

Next step will likely be the headlamps. I converted the heads so that all four light on dip (low beam) which helps me see where I'm going but is hard work for the little old 1963 alternator. Now, I want a heater rear window, so something has to give. LED headlamp bulbs will cut the draw enough and more.

There are a lot of cheap LED heads on offer. Some give a very bad and anti-social beam pattern, so this needs some research on my part. The presentation and comparison of bulbs - lumens, watts - is opaque.

Oh, and of course one needs to buy a spare for each bulb type, your local shop will not stock LEDs.

So far I got all my LEDS here, over in the UK [www.bettercarlighting.co.uk] where he has a bewildering range of bulbs.

Ivor


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Justin Broome

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Re: LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: Justinb
Date: October 19, 2020 12:21PM

Are you using these for both bulbs in each tail light assembly?


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
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10/25/2007 11:17AM

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1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: October 20, 2020 08:22AM

Quote:
Are you using these for both bulbs in each tail light assembly?
Good question, Dustin....don't think that's possible.
IIRC, doesn't the 1157 have offset pins and the 1156 have opposing pins - bulbs would have to be compatible with the correct socket.



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 20, 2020 11:07AM

Quote:
IIRC, doesn't the 1157 have offset pins and the 1156 have opposing pins - bulbs would have to be compatible with the correct socket.

Yep, that is so the consumer does not mix up the double filament 1157 with the single filament 1156.

Of course, that doesn't stop us modders from changing the entire socket to accomplish what Justin would like to achieve. :)


Justinb
Justin Broome

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Re: LED Bulbs - Yes These Keep Betting Better
Posted by: Justinb
Date: October 21, 2020 12:53PM

iBrightstar makes an 1156 in yellow, white or red. Might be worth the upgrade to match the 1157's in the back too.


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