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  • any LED tail light bulb ideas?

    I am told by more than 1 person I need brighter bulbs in my tail lights.Do any of you have success stories to share about LED bulbs and where you got them and for how much? Thank You in advance!

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    I have used LED lights in both my '53 Stude and my '33 Chev. The Stude used LEDs made for a '41 Chev, and the '33 uses ones for a '48 Ford. I had to use a no load flasher for the turn signals. They are available at Auto-Zone stores. Had a problem with the Stude, I was getting a feedback through my cruise control. Had to put a resistor in the turn signal circuit. They do make the taillights brighter. Well worth the effort.

    Bob

    Own '53 Commander Starliner. Red w/beige top. 350 Chev/700R4. Tilt,cruise,A/C.http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j3...ontheBeach.jpg
    Own \'53 Commander Starliner. Red w/beige top. 350 Chev/700R4. Tilt,cruise,A/C.http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j30/Bobphyl/StudeontheBeach.jpg

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    • #3
      Most LED "bulbs" suck but I tried these and they seem acceptable

      http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1829

      the "parking light" feature is actually too bright so I am going to see if adding a resistor inline with the taillight wiring helps that. The brake lights seem about as bright, maybe a little brighter than a regular bulb.

      There are several companies that make custom LED "boards" specifically fit to various taillight housings, which seem to be much better than the "bulbs." Also, if your taillights are about the right size/shape you might be able to hide one of the new LED big truck or trailer lights inside your existing taillight housing. (I'm thinking that the oval taillights might fit inside a C-K taillight, but I haven't tried it.)

      If you have a "wide bed" Champ truck (I'm guessing from your name) you can simply use round big truck LED taillights and they're a near drop in.

      nate

      --
      55 Commander Starlight
      http://members.cox.net/njnagel
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      55 Commander Starlight
      http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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      • #4
        You didn't mention what kind of vehicle you have or if it has a 6 or 12-volt electrical system. I have 6-volt LED tail light bulbs in our 6-volt '54 Commander Starliner and am very satisfied with them. I got them from George Rohrbach. Check out his web page at http://www.highspeedmotors.com/Webled.html.

        Kindest regards,

        Alan Mende
        Hummelstown, PA

        I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.
        Kindest regards,

        Alan Mende
        Grantville, PA

        I'm not a mechanic; I don't even play one on TV.

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        • #5
          I think Classic Enterprises makes LED replacement taillight kits for the P1 (narrow bed) pick-up boxes used on the R and E series trucks. Have not used them myself, so I'm not sure how well they work.

          <h5>Mark
          '57 Transtar Deluxe
          Vancouver Island

          Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
          May 23 & 24, 2009?
          </h5>
          Mark Hayden
          '66 Commander
          Zone Coordinator
          Pacific Can-Am Zone

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          • #6
            Before you go to LEDs, make sure that your bulbs and lenses are clean, your reflectors are in good shape (or refinish them) and that all grounds are clean and tight. Especially if you are referring to a pickup, the grounds are often a problem (even the hot wire line and its connections can be poor).

            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              I saw this in a magazine and it works. Get a tin foil roll with a sticky backing. Cut to size of rear light housing and cut a hole for the light bulb. The roll probably won't be wide enough, so two strips may be required. My buddy followed me home from a cruise and remarked how bright the lights were. Easy fix real cheap.
              Joe

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              • #8

                This will help you.

                http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...TOPIC_ID=19525

                BRAD

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                • #9
                  I've been painting the old reflectors white for years and this is a cheap fix.

                  LED boards are wonderful but the 1157 mounting type are not. I use LED boards and you can see the resources I use on this page. LED boards come is several sizes...measure the area you need to fill with an LED board and order two pre-wired. I have never had to used expensive flashers or bulbs in line to make them work.

                  BRAD

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                  • #10


                    Try this page.

                    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...TOPIC_ID=19410

                    BRAD

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                    • #11
                      I recently painted the front parking light housing& tail light
                      housing white on my 62 Champ pickup it made them much brighter

                      Lenny
                      Atlanta Ga.

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                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by jmccarrol@hotmail.com

                        I saw this in a magazine and it works. Get a tin foil roll with a sticky backing. Cut to size of rear light housing and cut a hole for the light bulb. The roll probably won't be wide enough, so two strips may be required. My buddy followed me home from a cruise and remarked how bright the lights were. Easy fix real cheap.
                        Joe
                        Aluminum will work better than tin.

                        Gary L.
                        Wappinger, NY

                        SDC member since 1968
                        Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                        Gary L.
                        Wappinger, NY

                        SDC member since 1968
                        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                        • #13
                          If you can take the lense off, take aluminum foil and pack inside the housing of the light. Refllection makes everything brighter

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