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Unread 10-13-2010, 09:28 PM   #1
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LED ideas for turn signal indicators?

I have looked all over for some cool looking LED's to use as turn signal indicators.. I have found tons, but none I really like.. some are great just
too large or small.

I have created a custom dash, with all autometer gauges, so I lost my indicator
lights, and I hate to ride around with my blinkers on..

Any ideas?

The best I have found, but maybe too big:

LED_Body_Mounts_Lighting

What are y'all's thoughts? I would like one for each turn light, and one for high beams.. preferably blue.

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My local oreily's store carries a small LED that just pushes into a drilled hole and it clips itself in. it has no metal housing just a small rounded head that sits on the panel. It's a single LED and comes in different colors. I have used them for blinkers and high beam indicators on custom semi truck dashes before
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look at cole hersee, i will post some pics of my dash with in.
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Radio Shack sells LED indicators, and I like the ones that are only maybe 1/4" diameter. Later when I'm on my home computer I'll see if I can post a link, my phone won't...
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I got led bulbs for my stock side indicators a few months ago, and they were having big problems with the thermal flashers that stock wiring harnesses have (I'm pretty sure that was part of what caused this) but they were smoking and one of them heated up so bad that it melted itself inside of the plastic lens and still sits there today because it sealed itself in there by melting all of the plastic.

All I can say is dont cheap out on led bulb units and maybe do a little checking over on your wiring and look into whether or not you'll have problems with your flasher units
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o wait as indicators

sorry I totally misread that

I have some cool ones that are BRIGHT and work great-- the only downside is I still need to find some type of tinted shield for them at night because they are blinding but good during the day

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o wait as indicators

sorry I totally misread that

I have some cool ones that are BRIGHT and work great-- the only downside is I still need to find some type of tinted shield for them at night because they are blinding but good during the day

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Maybe hit the tip of the LED with a dremel, grind it flat, it will cause the light to be broken up a bit, rather than being full-strength in your face.
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I'm trying to get this picture to work I hope you can see it

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Maybe hit the tip of the LED with a dremel, grind it flat, it will cause the light to be broken up a bit, rather than being full-strength in your face.
It's not so much the lensing that makes it so bright
it's just crazy intensity. plus I like the nice smooth finished look

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more info on the actual leds-- I buy them at advance auto, seen them in red blue green amber and clear, they are polished (i believe stainless) with male spade terminals on rear, they screw on with a nut much like those metal toggle switches only from the rear-- I love they way these leds look
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here's a different picture of the leds-- they're on the left, and the nut is screwed all the way up (I'm trying to be really accurate and detailed in case you're picky like me)

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Orange LED with Holder - RadioShack.com

They are 5mm, so a little under 1/4". I used them in my Ranger for lighting the Walmart cup holder I put in it.. Not killer bright, but noticeable..
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Hey Cutlass.. I bought 2 of the green indicators like the one you show from Radio Shack.. how do you like them? I was looking for something a little better looking (they will stand out like a sore thumb on my flat blue dash) but they are the best I have found.

Jeepgump.. thanks for the pics! How do you like the indicators you have? I like the chrome/stainless look, just haven't been sure about the housing.. seems kind of big and sticks out a lot (not flush).. each has his personal preference..

I probably should't stress out so much about it, but I hate to drill holes in my new dash just to find out I could have had something I like better.. maybe I should put tiny LED's in, so when I find something I like better I can just drill the holes bigger!
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put up a pic of your dash -that would help

I know the drilling feeling is bad-- I made all of what you see there from scratch and wired it and the rest of the car myself so It's not like just jumping into something is always the best option
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I am looking for the same thing and found some that are made for a Harley Davidson instrument cluster. There are green turn signal indicators and a blue bright light indicator, as well as generic yellow and red lights. Harley-Davidson - Miscellaneous - DennisKirk.com
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