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Old 04-11-2019, 12:58 PM   #1
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LED bulbs in tailights

Anybody running LED’s in their stock tailights? Any issues with heat or otherwise? I’m ditching my DEPO’s and going back to stock, but I’m thinking of replaced the stock bulbs with LED’s as the stock bulbs tend to get a bit hot. Let me know what you have!
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The problem.....

....with putting LED bulbs in housings designed for incandescent bulbs, is that the reflectors will NOT give you a proper throw pattern and it ends up being much worse light than the stock bulbs.

The focal point of the parabolic reflector is in a different spot for incandescent and LED bulbs.

It's just science.

Not worth the money.
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... even if you find LEDs a seller claims (even tries to show) the focal point will be consistent, you'll have heat issues to manage.

LED bulbs still generate heat and some A LOT depending on design! Even more will generated from the needed in-line resistors... for at least the indicator lights to prevent hyper flash all around. Each resistor needs to be securely mounted to metal and kept away from plastic as it can easily melt it. Bench test a 50W 6Ohm resistor w/ 2 LED bulb and tell me how long you can hold on? j/k please do NOT!

And depending on MY you may need to add them for brake / running lights too to avoid any CAN-BUS fault.

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Yeah, I've tried several different iterations of my own making.
It's not worth the time or effort for the reasons already stated.
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....with putting LED bulbs in housings designed for incandescent bulbs, is that the reflectors will NOT give you a proper throw pattern and it ends up being much worse light than the stock bulbs.

The focal point of the parabolic reflector is in a different spot for incandescent and LED bulbs.

It's just science.

Not worth the money.
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Yeah, I've tried several different iterations of my own making.
It's not worth the time or effort for the reasons already stated.
Bingo!

I have experienced this myself with particlewave in person. I even left several LED bulbs with him to see what he could come up with.

What's wrong with your DEPO tail lights?
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No worries, and I pretty much thought that was the case. In terms of the Depos, really it’s more of a fit and finish thing. They just don’t match the body lines well IMO and I’ve tried several things to get them to fit better. They will be on the sales board soon!
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You can't beat stock. I used the VHT Nightshades red to convert a stock set of amber tail lights to all red. After having both the Depo and Dectane, these are definitely my favorite.

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You can't beat stock. I used the VHT Nightshades red to convert a stock set of amber tail lights to all red. After having both the Depo and Dectane, these are definitely my favorite.

Oh, I like that idea. I donít have too much issue with the amber, but that looks nice!
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