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Unread 12-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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LED lights

Anyone using 1157 LED light for the tail lights?

If so what brand are you using.

Looking for a brighter tail/turn light.

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Unread 12-02-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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I tried a set from Pep Boys (don't remember the manufacturer and noticed Pep Boys no longer carries them). 1157 replacement LEDs were not a good option for me. I ran into 2 issues.

1) Because of the way the Jeep turn signals work, I was unable to get the bulbs to function as both running light and blinking turn signals. They would either light up as running lights but not blink, or if I reveresed the polarity they would blink to signal a turn but would not light up as a running light (and before someone says it... Yes I installed an LED capable flasher module).

2) Even if they did function properly, LEDs are so bright you don't want to use a white light in a color housing (red taillight filter would glow pink in stead of red). If I installed red LEDs, then my license plat lighting (clear window in the bottom of the driver side brake light housing) would cast a red light on the license plate (not legal and the police are happy to tell you so).

If you really want LED lights, I would recommend you buy the complete housing designed for LED;
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Unread 12-02-2013, 05:02 PM   #3
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I use HMMVW tail lights that use a 1156 bulb for brake turn. I grabbed a red led build for brightness aka safety and it is no brighter than my incandescent. image-779945630.jpg The first is running light with incandescent. The second is brake with led. Definitely brighter but I promise no more than incandescent.

Reverse the pics with the comment. The website flipped their order
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Unread 12-02-2013, 05:17 PM   #4
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Previous owner did a flush mounted Grote so I got the LED version. It's not bad but I like the hummer lights better.

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Unread 12-02-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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WOW, not much of an improvement.

I still have the stock tail light assembly on my 84 CJ.

Yours are flush mounted and I wonder if the stock tail light assembly would be different.

Larry

Vinnyabs, what did you do with the gas cap???

Or do you pop the light up and fill the tank
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Me thinks one way to get a brighter tail light is to use aluminum duct tape inside the light itself. I got this idea from another member here on JF, (thanks COIZ)!!
This tape isn't your run of the mill cheap stuff. Just do a little measuring, and stick it to the plastic on the inside. Do the back up light also.

http://m.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ...atalogId=10053

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Unread 12-02-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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Thought of that also, but I think my taillights already have a metal reflector inside (at least I think) havent had them apart in 20 yrs.

Thanks for the tip maybe someone else can use it...

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Unread 12-02-2013, 06:58 PM   #8
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Got these pretty cheap on ebay. Pretty bright.



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Unread 12-02-2013, 07:34 PM   #9
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Update

Well, I went out and took the lens off the tail light and no reflector. What I did find was dirt!

How the heck can all that dirt get inside the tail light.

Anyway I cleaned it out and then had 2 choices. I did have aluminum tape and also some chrome paint.

I tried a compairson of tape and paint. Look at the bottom of a coffee can with chrome paint and a strip of aluminum tape.

Trying to tape the inside of the tail light looked like it would be a long job, so I painted it.

I did the drivers side only with the paint and left the right side alone.

Took some pictures to see if I could see a improvement.

in the last pic the small white dots are snow flakes, but I really cant see much improvement....

Larry
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Is that actual aluminum duct tape that you have to remove the backing for it to stick or the cloth/PVC duck tape? There is a difference in reflectivity and it may just be because I'm on my phone but that looks like duck tape not aluminum duct tape in the picture.
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Really hard to tell from a photo. From personal experience I think the tape will be much more reflective than paint.
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Is that actual aluminum duct tape that you have to remove the backing for it to stick or the cloth/PVC duck tape? There is a difference in reflectivity and it may just be because I'm on my phone but that looks like duck tape not aluminum duct tape in the picture.
It's actual aluminum tape ( at least what I'm using) and the backing has to be removed. I haven't bought the brand seen in the picture. I posted it to give a general idea.

I would also say the tape is better than paint.

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Unread 12-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #13
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I was referring to the other persons photo. I haven't used any for tail lights but bought some for its actual intended purpose of ducts. I agree that aluminum duct tape is much more reflective than silver paint.
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i was thinking about using some for my front parking lamps. I had to replace my lenses, due to cracked, for inspection and behind the lenses was rust so i was thinking about some navel jelly to the rust and aluminium duct tape after that
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Gas filler is moved to passenger side straight from tank. Used a tj bezel image-1401473865.jpg
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