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post #16 of 26 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 08:56 AM
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3-panel LED tail lights were something I did almost 20 years ago and they are still working perfectly. They are not so bright as to irritate other drivers, but they definitely get more attention when the brakes or turn signals come on. I love the instant-on / instant-off flash too. I will be doing this to both of my sons' 66s as well.

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3-panel LED tail lights were something I did almost 20 years ago and they are still working perfectly. They are not so bright as to irritate other drivers, but they definitely get more attention when the brakes or turn signals come on. I love the instant-on / instant-off flash too. I will be doing this to both of my sons' 66s as well.

is that the LED circuit board that gets put in?

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I installed these in my '68 back in 2016. Only issue I had was a weak ground wire to the LH light bucket which caused a weak turn signal. After cleaning the connector, all the lights were working correctly. These lights are still working really well. And for the price, you also get new tail light lenses which add to the brighter lights. And it includes the electronic flasher unit you need.



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is that the LED circuit board that gets put in?

Do you have a link?
They are the circuit board. I got them from Mustang Project back in the day.
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Thanks. I'll look for some good quality 1157 LED's for the rear tail lights. Eventually I'll replace all the bulbs but for now I just want the brake lights a little brighter. I rarely drive the car at night.

Hopefully the flash rate will remain the same.

I have upgraded all the instrument cluster bulbs to LED and that was a huge upgrade!

I picked up some of the "plasma led" 1157 lamps from West Coast Classic Cougar. They have worked out well.



Back in the day we cut some additional holes in the housing and spliced in the outlets to have 3 incandescents in each fixture. I'm just using 2 LEDs on each side now.


Oh, did not have to change the flasher. I left the incandesents everywhere else.
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So those of you simply changing the bulbs to 1157 LED's are you using white or red LED?

My object is to make the brake lights brighter so I don't get rear ended.

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I can't speak for anyone else but mine are white. With the red lens I didn't think the lights needed to be any redder and they're plenty bright enough.
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Got the kit from GTO Navy and they are awesome. Oracle LED for the headlights and Autoworks Restomod for license plate LED and interior courtesy light LED.
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My SHO has OEM LED headlights and I'm not all that happy with them. The cutoff on low beam is severe to the point of not being able to see anything beyond that cutoff. I was on a country lane last night and because of all the hills and curves it was almost impossible to see far enough ahead just using the low beams. I could slow down to around 30MPH, but this is one of those roads that are just made for driving.

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I just installed these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J36132S...roduct_details

In the under dash lights in my 66. Wow! Way brighter. Even with a black interior I would not go brighter than 300lm. While they say "warm white" , 3000k, they seem a bit cooler than that, but that's okay. There may be some small brass tabs in the rim of the socket that need could need to be bent back against the housing to make room for the white insulating ring. I did not have to do that on the drivers side, but did on the passenger side.

I have some eBay LED's coming for the dash (warm white). I figured I would spend $10 there before dropping $60 for the Hipo parts Elite kit.

Tail lights are already done, now I just need to grab some lamps for the front parking/turn signals.

Headlights remain old school.

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I'm also in the camp that the cutoff on modern LED headlights sucks. I'd rather have the low beams from my old mustang than a modern bright white light that cuts off in the center of your field of vision and leaves you completely in the dark when driving hilly roads.
Quite honestly, my thoughts are the first step for anyone looking to upgrade lighting on a vintage mustang should be getting the headlights on relays and moving forward from there. Adding the relays for the headlights takes most of the load off of the headlight switch, this leaves you with brighter headlights and tail lights, even using the stock bulbs.

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