LED Bulbs

RBBailey

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There was a headlight thread that touched on the subject of the LED replacement bulbs for tail lights, position/parking, and maybe even brake lights.

There were a few first gen LED plug-n-play bulbs in the front when I bought this truck, but when one stopped working, I went back to standard. The bulbs that are now available off the shelf are looking like they might have promise, so I'm wondering about your hopes, dreams, triumphs, and failures in using bulbs like this in your ROW vehicles. Actually, make and model number would suffice.


 

Red90

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I have Philips LED bulbs in the tail/stop lights. They work. Brightness is no different than stock.
 

RBBailey

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so You are using the dual mode type that work as brake lights? I was hoping you would say that they are BRIGHTER than standard bulbs. But the low amp draw is still appealing.
 

Red90

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Philips sets them up to be the same brightness as a normal 1157. The benefit is much less power, long life and the brake lights come on faster. You can buy them at any auto parts store. I have military rear lights. They are nicer than the stock ROW lights.
 

RBBailey

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I’m going to buy a set for the brake lights and see how they do. I’ll try to get some photographic comparison to post up.
 

BarryO

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The problem with using these in the back is that the housing and connections remain not waterproof. When I lived on the west side that was a problem; especially living on an unpaved road and the rear tires would just kick up a lot of water and mud, and the contacts would corrode and the housings would fill with water.
 

Red90

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The problem with using these in the back is that the housing and connections remain not waterproof. When I lived on the west side that was a problem; especially living on an unpaved road and the rear tires would just kick up a lot of water and mud, and the contacts would corrode and the housings would fill with water.
Do you not have a rubber mud shield over the rear panel?
 

Red90

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would these solve that problem? anyone used them? They look better fit than the rubber/fiberboard ones that are stock.

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Those look fine, but the stock ones should be a very good fit, unless you don't have the right ones. IME, the stock ones could be a couple inches longer to prevent material sneaking in the bottom, but they are a tight fit along the sides. You can just pick up some mud flap material from any store and cut them to whatever size you want. There is really no reason to spend money on anything custom.
 

WK2Burner

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Those look fine, but the stock ones should be a very good fit, unless you don't have the right ones. IME, the stock ones could be a couple inches longer to prevent material sneaking in the bottom, but they are a tight fit along the sides. You can just pick up some mud flap material from any store and cut them to whatever size you want. There is really no reason to spend money on anything custom.
True, I was considering that but with a better way to attach. The old were basically welded on by corrosion, and were a odd mix of fiber type rubber that was not very pliable. Could really make them out of anything I guess. Maybe some alu rivnuts and good anti corrosion paste.
 

Red90

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True, I was considering that but with a better way to attach. The old were basically welded on by corrosion, and were a odd mix of fiber type rubber that was not very pliable. Could really make them out of anything I guess. Maybe some alu rivnuts and good anti corrosion paste.
Weird. The ones on my trucks have been normal mud flap material and held on with screws into quick nuts, which is what the parts catalog shows.

https://www.lrworkshop.com/diagrams/land-rover-defender-body-chassis/body/rear-lamp-protectors_44874
 

WK2Burner

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RBBailey

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Yeah. Was going to ask the same thing, because I have one still in place, and need to make another to fit the other side. They make a huge difference that you can really see when you have to get under there to clean.
 

twozzie

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LED bulbs from Superbright all around (except headlights) using stock lenses. Load balance relays for turn signals on rear, again from Superbright.

Looks great, no issues thus far
 

Uncle Douglas

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The problem with using these in the back is that the housing and connections remain not waterproof. When I lived on the west side that was a problem; especially living on an unpaved road and the rear tires would just kick up a lot of water and mud, and the contacts would corrode and the housings would fill with water.
I'm kind of known for submergng these trucks in deep water and have never had this problem
 

BarryO

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Do you not have a rubber mud shield over the rear panel?
Never had them on my NAS and I'm the only owner. Are these a thing on ROW rigs?

So these types of bulbs don?t work without a relay?
I think he meant "load resistor"; i.e., resisters to simulate the load of incandescent bulbs, so the flasher and the trailer indicator function correctly

I'm kind of known for submergng these trucks in deep water and have never had this problem
Maybe an occasional swim isn't as bad as living someplace where it rains 9 months out of the year. ;)

I can't be the only one with this issue, if RN sells this: https://www.roversnorth.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=RNK9095&type=3&eq=&key=it
 
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