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Old 07-22-2004, 12:50 AM   #1
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after wanting interior lights that were brighter, I have decided to go the route of switching to LED lighting. The LED lights appear to be dimmer than stock incadescent bulbs, but they're not. The light seems to travel much farther and it'* a lot easier on the eyes. Before, sure areas of the car were bright, but only a little bit was lit up. WIth the LED'* the ENTIRE interior is lit up evenly. oh, and did I mention it'* really easy on your eyes?






Just as a comparison, with the stock 194 incadescent bulbs, you could only see part of the ffloor when taking pictures of it.. now you can see almost all of it with the LED lighting.
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THose LEDs look like little spotlights A couple questions 1. How much? 2. What colours are available? 3. Where did you get them? 4. Can you take a pic of a side by side comparison between the LEDs and the standard type? Thats a nice effect
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You can buy the bulbs on ebay for pretty cheap. The particular bulbs I bought were $12 total for 8 of them. There are other brands which are quite a bit more expensive. The problem with LED lighting is it needs quite a bit of area to light up a lot. What I mean, is a LED bulb has a directted beam that comes out of the tip only, regular lights give off light in all directions basically. This is why on my floor they look like they're really bright, but it'* just because the light is really concentrated to that one spot. They don't light evenly like regular bulbs do, which is why they're somewhat bad for interior lighting. Other bulbs may be different, but I wouldn't really recommend the bulbs I bought for most people. I don't mind, but others might because they just aren't as bright as regular bulbs. I do like the bright white light instead of the dingy yellow glow though. The LED bulbs are available in virtually any color you could want though.
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that'* like a 15* bulb, which is why it looks like a spotlight. I've seen them up to 45ish* that'll get the light spread out a little more evenly. I do like the look of yours though, nice work man.
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Excellent job. Did you just install them with resistor soldered inline? I happened to use cold cathode tubes for under the dash, as well as a pair under each seat. Lights up the floors nicely, and the overhead lamps are next on the list for the LED treatment.

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=17089
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I bought LED 194 bulbs. They have 4 3 volt bulbs in each "194" bulb. No need to wire any resistors or anything. Just unplug old bulb, plug new bulb in, and you're done.
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