LED Tail and Running Lights

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  1. LifesAGrill

    LifesAGrill Raymond, MS

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    Has anybody converted regular bulbs to LED for tail and runnning lights on their PopUp? This is one upgrade that interests me because I usually don't find out I have a bulb burned out until it is time to leave on a trip and running to the auto parts store delays the excitement. LED's last a lot longer and would eliminate stress on the take off. Thanks for this site and all the "expert" modification people on it!

    Happy Camping!
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2001 Coleman Westlake
    Camped 4 Nights in '09
     
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    grcooperjr Lunatic

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    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    I have had interest in this too. It is simply popping out the old bulbs and popping in the new LEDs? Are they something you can pick up at an auto parts store? order on the internet? Can you get a match for a LED bulb off numbers on your old bulbs?

    Donnie & Cheryl
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    jeff h New Member

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    we just went to pep boys and got a new set of lights (led) only a round 60.00 with the new wireing.

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    Crackshot New Member

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    Just use the Sylvania Long Lasting automotive light bulbs.
    Much cheaper, tougher. Have a thicker filament and better quality.
    Everytime I replace a bulb, I use the LL's and have not replaced one since.

    If you go LED and your voltage goes over 15 volts, there is a possibility you could blow your LED lamps if you don't check your output voltage.
    If I were to go to LED, I would install a ballast resistor just to be safe.

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  6. Big_kid

    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    I picked up some to use in my buggy a few years ago at Advance Auto. The ones I bought have 1157 bases, and plugged right in. I've not installed the lights yet, so I can't comment on the longevity (I expect it's pretty long) but hooked up in the garage, they're BRIGHT.

    We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?
     
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    Fisher man New Member

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    Hi,
    Watch what you by from the net. I bought LED bulbs from ebay and the blow my boards on my truck. I have also heard that LED use less volts than a standered bulb.
     
  8. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    LED's are nice, but are costly. Doesn't save any load on the camper battery because they are hooked up to the TV when on. Now LED's for the dome lights inside the camper, that maybe a good idea.

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  9. bcrewcaptain

    bcrewcaptain New Member

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    LEDS are costly, I have tried WAY too many different ones for different applications...for running lights, they're nice, you won't live long enough to get your moneys worth out of them however vs your stockers.
    Porch light, they're do ok IF you get a good quality one with the proper light pattern.
    Inside, they can make a "decent" walkway light to keep from tripping over things, in order to get ones that provided you with a light useable enough to see details/read with, you're going to the poorhouse. Granted, you'll do with with more juice in your battery.
    I looked at doing a retrofit with good quality lights inside and out when I stripped down my ramada....I would have cost me well over $150 for what I had planned, I ended up with good old fashioned lights with some cold cathode tubes as well for under $40....it's going to take a lot of camping to make up that 110...thats 2 new deep cycle batteries
     
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    check these guys out.

    www.roundeyes.com

    cool led lights. I have a set of there rock crawler lights and they are great. A bit pricey but very cool. I also got some interior dome lights from boaters world that are nice.

    I plan on replacing all the exterior lighting on the pup just for estetic reasons and the led's are much brighter. my turn signals are so dim you can hardly see them during the daytime.

    Mike, Catherine, and our Daughter Kylie
    '02 Isuzu Trooper draging a '09 Starcraft 13RT
    Nights camped in pup: 3 ... Nights planned: 7
    Richmond, VA
     
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    If replacing the entire light housing for your tails interests you at all, check out Harbor Freight. I just purchased a set (the larger rectangular kind that are submersible) with wiring harness and license plate bracket for $34 (after a 20% off coupon which they send out about every week). I replaced mine because I'm doing a "remodel" on an old Starcraft which includes new paint and the old lights were cracked anyway....so I got new ones. The new ones are quite bright!
     
  12. LifesAGrill

    LifesAGrill Raymond, MS

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    I think what I am looking for is the kind that Big Kid refered to that take the place of OEM lights. The Long Life bulbs that CrackShot mentioned may be my answer. Anything that will keep me from going to the auto parts store for a new bulb when trying to leave will be of interest to me. It is very annoying when you are set to leave and find that your lights have blown out and have to replace them before leaving.

    Thanks for the responses. Very helpful!

    Happy Camping!
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2001 Coleman Westlake
    Camped 4 Nights in '09
     
  13. Big_kid

    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    Like these?
    http://www.streetperformance.com/part/painless-wiring/replacement-bulbs/413347-80220.html

    linked off page: http://www.streetperformance.com/m/cats/201-body-exterior/3668-replacement-bulbs.html?page=2

    I have one of the ones I bought in front of me, but the MFR website is no more (www.4apc.com). I have part #50.4051.B It has an 1157 base, 9 smaller LED's around a large one in the center. It is clear, but lights up red.

    THere's also the 39 Ford style:
    http://www.streetperformance.com/part/painless-wiring/replacement-bulbs/413353-80226.html

    I looked, but I could not find the ones I have anywhere. Good luck with your search!

    We have enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?
     
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    2002Trooper4me New Member

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    Well,

    Ironically, I cracked one of my taillight houseings this past weekend. I was backing into camp in the dark and bumped a tree, not hard, but enough to crack the lens.

    I think I am going to flush mount a set of oval LED tail lights on each side (4 total) and a set of back-up lights as well. Then I might see the tree!

    Mike, Catherine, and our Daughter Kylie
    '02 Isuzu Trooper draging a '09 Starcraft 13RT
    Nights camped in pup: 3 ... Nights planned: 7
    Richmond, VA
     
  15. POP-POP

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    This is a mod I am considering. I found this link in Pop Up Times http://www.superbrightleds.com, but I may try finding them locally first since I am a little weary of buying this type of thing online if I have not previously done business with the company

    "If it ain't broke....gimme a minute!"

    Rob <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper"> ('58) and Barb <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_kisses.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Kisses"> ('51)
    2002 Niagara Elite <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">
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    Edited by - POP-POP on March 28 2009 00:39:22

    Edited by - POP-POP on March 28 2009 00:40:06
     
  16. CKPOPUP

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    I converted mine while I restored my PUP...It does get a little pricey, but I don't worry about having bulbs go out on me as often...

    Here's a few pics...

    PIC 1

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    PIC 3
     

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