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Old 06-24-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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I'm finishing up my LED project, and found that my high mount stop light LED bulb would only work if the wires were switched (this is called a polarized bulb, IIRC). Is it safe for me to leave these wires switched like this, or should I put them back and forget the LED bulb?


You can see the light blue and black wires that I reversed in this picture.
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Are the wires themselves getting hot?
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Are the wires themselves getting hot?
i'm not sure, I haven't really left the bulb on long enough to find out. I will go back out and check in a few minutes.
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I just kept the bulb on for a while and the wires feel fine. I put the original bulb in and tried it like that and everything still feels cool.
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That should be fine as long as the socket doesn't ground out.
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Sounds good, I'll throw it back together and keep an eye on it for a couple days just to be sure.
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I'd tape up the wires seperately to keep them from touching. Better yet solder them up and heat shrink them.

Did you try taking the bulb out and spinning it 180* with the wires the original way? My LED'* are like that, if I spin them they work
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I'd tape up the wires seperately to keep them from touching. Better yet solder them up and heat shrink them.

Did you try taking the bulb out and spinning it 180* with the wires the original way? My LED'* are like that, if I spin them they work
Yea, I taped em up good. And I did try turning it but it didn't help. As far as I can tell it'* working fine now.
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Yeah, that'* a polarized LED. No worries, but solder and tape or heat shrink is the only method I'd suggest.
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