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Old 03-29-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Anyways, my next project is hopefully going to be converting as many bulbs as possible to LED bulbs. Including turn signals, all interior bulbs, fogs, tail lights, corners, etc.

These are the main things I've learned so far:
-I've been told that the only bulbs I can't change are the headlights and high beams because LEDs aren't made strong enough for that job yet.
-I might need a special flasher unit for the turn signals.
-Some cars give a warning about a bulb being out when an LED is put in (because of the change in resistance?), but my car doesn't have that warning light, so I don't think that will be an issue.

Am I correct about all of those? What else should I know before I pull the trigger on this?
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I'll get SAMZGXP in here for ya he did a lot of LEDs on his GXP
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You can just wire a resistor in parallel with the LED for the turn signal

I did my whole interior which is really nice, I would suggest white around the top and then whatever color you want for the doors and footwells which I did red. With the white you can still see in the car at night if you are trying to read something, one of my buddies did all blue and you couldn't see anything

I used to have my tails and turn signals done with LEDs but heres the problems I had:
when I had the parking lights on(tail lights illuminated) and hit the brakes you couldn't see a difference in the brightness so people wouldn't know I was stopping, pretty soon you won't be able to show off your nice LED tails when they are smashed into a million pieces

and the turn signals didn't light up that bright, I had amber LEDs in a cleared housing and during the day it was hard to see the turn signal so what I did was buy the "stealth" bulbs which are chrome when then are off then amber when they light up. I always had them in my headlights and just put them in the tails, I did the same thing with my dad'* Dodge Journey and you can't tell there is anything there when it is off since it matches the chrome color
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I changed my interior bulbs to red LED'*. The hardest part is finding the correct type of bulb. I've got some extra 194'* laying around because of that.

You'll also need something to diffuse the light more, because LED'* are very focused, unlike regular incandescent bulbs. Although newer wide-angle bulbs reduce this effect much more.
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Good call, Justin. That'* the same site I used.

Wish I could offer a discount code, Anathema, but I can't.
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Actually, that'* the site I've been looking at. I found it in an old thread here while I was browsing for ideas.
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1- correct, no LEDs in high/low or fogs, even thought you might find them only. they are a waste
2- some cars do take special flashers to stop the hyper blink, but Bonnevilles dont have that since the flasher is built into the hazard light switch itself, so you will need a load equalizer to stop the hyper blink
3-Bonnevilles dont have burn bulb warning, so you wont have an issue


i changed everything in my car inside out to LEDs, and everything works perfectly. im leaving work now so ill update you with more details later when im home

check my car domain for pics, just click on the picture in my sig, theres also a video or two there for more details
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http://autolumination.com/switchback.html

Clear your front turn signals and replace the amber bulbs with these.
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3-Bonnevilles dont have burn bulb warning, so you wont have an issue
I know some 8th gen(92-99) SSEi'* has bulb indicators
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