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Old June 30th, 2010, 10:42 AM
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1994 LED Taillights

Hereís a new project Iíve been working on. Seeing as though no one makes an LED light conversion for 93 and 94ís that eliminates the pesky plastic light sockets. I decided to make my own economical LED light fixtures. Below, you can check out the pictures of the prototype I made and installed. Iím not sure if thereís enough interest for me to make a production run. Iím thinking the price would be around $175 for 2 brake/tail lights, 2 turn signals, and 1 reverse.

Some of the features:
-On the brake/tail lights the outer ring is the brake light, the inner ring is the running light. The turn signals and reverse light would only use the outer ring.
-The LEDs are completely silicone incased and are IP67 rated.
-CNC punched with Pems installed
-Brushed aluminum finish (better than the prototypeís current finish)
-Clear anodized so it should never corrode
-Completely bolt-in, no modifications to your light assembly needed
-It would come with connectors but they could be removed and permanent splices added for the best water protection.

Matt
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:33 AM
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Interesting design concept. I'd be interested in seeing what a full set looked like installed and at night (in the dark). I'm not sure how economical they are though compared to the drop-in LED bulbs others have sourced through superbrightleds earlier this year. Nice work!
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Old June 30th, 2010, 11:58 AM
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Thanks,

The drop in bulbs from superbright would be cheaper, but I went this route because of the plastic light sockets. Both of mine cracked and fell apart this last time I changed my bulbs. So I looked at the root cause of why my bulbs keep going out and determined it's the contact between the bulb and socket. The exposed contact corrodes and you get a poor connection. So I wanted to eliminate the exposed contact so all the wiring is sealed. The hope is these will never have to be replaced.

As for the price, this was for a very small run. If it was a group buy of 20 people or more I could definitely bring the price down some.

Matt
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Old July 21st, 2010, 05:13 PM
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Those look great. I'm having the exact same problem with the stop/tail sockets. Others are okay so far. I can't source the sockets anywhere, and $175 is a lot of cash...especially since I only NEED to fix one stop/tail right now.

I really like your lights, but I'd like to do it a little cheaper if I could. Any ideas how?
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Old July 21st, 2010, 06:09 PM
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More pictures please-
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Old July 22nd, 2010, 12:18 AM
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Definately like the idea of staying with the square fixture style as opposed to the round. I would be interested in learning more about this set.

I would like to see photos of the entire set at night as well.
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 11:43 AM
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They look great, and now that I thought about it, not a bad price at all for what you get! I only need to fix the one tail light, but the other bulb holders will probably fail pretty soon. Plus these will be SO much brighter, safer and more reliable. I've decided to loosen the purse strings a bit and buy 'em if you have 'em! I need 'em rather quickly, so if you could let me know as soon as you can whether you have some made up, or how long it will take to do so.
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 12:43 PM
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what exactly holds it in the light housing?
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 12:48 PM
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what exactly holds it in the light housing?

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Old July 23rd, 2010, 12:57 PM
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I saw that but was wondering as I have not opened a light if you have to make mods to screw it in
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Old July 23rd, 2010, 02:56 PM
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I'm interested as well and would like to see all in action at night.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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They are 100% bolt-in, the light housing has a bunch of evenly spaced round bosses that have holes perfectly sized for a 4-40 screw.

Update-
I've been doing a lot of testing and from a reliability stand point I'm very happy with the lights. They survived 24 hours submerged in salt-water, which is probably way beyond necessary requirements. However, the Led's get washed out in direct sun and are not as bright as the standard bulb. So I'm working on a redesign to increase the brightness of the led lamp assembly.

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Old July 29th, 2010, 09:34 AM
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Interested and monitoring progress.
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Old July 29th, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Did you try white LEDs? It may achieve the brightness needed better than a colored LED behind the colored lense.
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Old July 30th, 2010, 02:24 PM
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I make taillights for the defender using the original taillights.

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