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Old May 9th, 2007, 07:09 AM
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Hella Brake light bulb Candlepower upgrade

Any one have experience with the Hella upgraded candlepower tail light bulbs and a stock wiring set up?



1156 - 27W Narva BAY15s Krypton, 45 Candlepower (Standard 1156 is 32 CP)

1156 - 35W Narva BAY15s Halogen, 62 Candlepower (Standard 1156 is 32 CP)

1157 - 27/8W BAY15d Halogen, 32/3 Candlepower , Stock Wattage Replacement

1157 - 27/4W Narva BAY15d Halogen, 43/3 Candlepower (Standard 1157 is 32/3 CP)Bottom of Form





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Upgrading the brake light bulbs, I've never done, to be honest. But I wonder if there would be issues with the flasher element not matching the resistance of the bulbs, so you may have to try a HD flasher unit in place of the standard one.

One thing that I do have experience with is helping improve the light from existing bulbs. The single biggest improvement is to take the housing off and spray the inside with as shiny of a silver paint as you can get. I've seen just doing that, and nothing else, give a massive improvement in the visibility of the brake lights. Not sure about the 95 and newer, but the 93/94 style taillight housings are bare black on the inside, and when I eventually get around to repainting mine I plan on putting in some type of chromed reflector for everything.

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Great idea on the reflector. I will give that a shot tomorrow. Somebody must have some mirror finish paint. Hell, even some reflective material might be intgeresting.
Thanks, I will let you know how it goes.
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Most auto parts places should still carry "Bumper Chrome" paint of some form or another, and IIRC it's Krylon that has the new "Fusion" line of plastic paints, many of which are nicely reflective.

Hmmmm.... I might have to try their red anodized color.

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bulb upgrade more heat you my just melt the lens
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bulb upgrade more heat you my just melt the lens
Yeah, I was thinking the same thing as well.

Though the new LED drop-in replacements may give both more light and less heat.

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The heat was my fear. I was worried about melting the wires. I was trying to avoid the LED turn sig problem. I am going to start with the reflector first but i guess the power upgrade is out. Thanks for your input.
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Turn signal fix is, at least as far as I know, pretty easy. Just replace the flasher module. You would need to replace it anyways if you went with higher output bulbs.
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Do you know if the flasher unit is the three prong one? Looks like it is just a plug and play on the the module and the lights. Does not seem to be much more expensive than the candlepower upgrade. Thanks for all your input. Not sure that i can get them here for the a weekend project but I am going to give it a try. Between that and painting the inside with some reflecting material all should be well. Thanks again.
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