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Old 10-05-2009, 05:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any suggestions as to which LED tail light bulb is a good replacement for our Mustangs? Looking for one that is brighter than the old tungsten bulb, lights up the entire lens and fits in the Ford Mustang socket. Any suggestions? Care to share your experience with replacement LED bulbs?
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i just put a set in a '66 conv. not my car and the owner supplied the bulbs. my take on these things is they look totally out of place with all those little dots showing thru the lens. i could not tell that they were any brighter than the stock type bulbs.
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I bought a pair off eBay several years ago of ~30 led 1157's. They are bright and a cheap alternative to the better units from Mustang Project.

They are still in my tail lights.
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wink wink

LED's are not concourse correct
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Just bought some from Mustang Project for my 69 Mustang GT Fastback. They look great. A little pricey but you get what you pay for. Not concourse like pprince said but are bighter than orig. Hope it helps.
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I use them and they are fine. They are definitly brighter and I've had several club members who have made mention of that when they are following me.
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Yeah but I've never seen a judge put step on the brake pedal!
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After some experimenting, I opted for the superbriteled.com 30LED: Red/narrow beam. About $9/ea. My C/S utilizes 6 tail lite bulbs + the 2 turnsignal bulbs (get the amber for these). My concern is the extra current draw thru the headlite & turn signal switches. LED's solve that worry: brighter, less current load. I'm not familiar with the other suppliers' parts, but they seem more expensive.

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Neil, are the bulbs you used the type that look like a windmill? I looked on the website you gave <http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/commerce.cgi?product=CAR#1156-x3X1W> and there were a number of choices.
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Do the LED bulbs that fit into the 1157 socket require a separate ballast resistor for them to "blink" right?
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LED's are not concourse correct
airports have rules about lights?
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Do the LED bulbs that fit into the 1157 socket require a separate ballast resistor for them to "blink" right?
no.
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I bought the type of LED bulb that looks like a std. bulb and fits in the socket - WHAT A WASTE OF TIME & MONEY! People told me they could hardly see my taillights! Those types of bulbs are too directional and they don't illuminate the entire can. I took them out and replaced them with SilverStar bulbs. Hard to find but you can on ebay.
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I bought the type of LED bulb that looks like a std. bulb and fits in the socket - WHAT A WASTE OF TIME & MONEY! People told me they could hardly see my taillights! Those types of bulbs are too directional and they don't illuminate the entire can. I took them out and replaced them with SilverStar bulbs. Hard to find but you can on ebay.
was it at all like one of these LED style lamps?

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NO. Those you have are designed to do exactly what the other type didn't - illuminate the can all around. The style that I had has about 9-12 LEDs arranged in a flat circle all on top, that's all.
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