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Old 09-11-2013, 03:51 AM   #1
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led clearance lights and tail lights

Just to let you know what I have. I have an 88 alpinlite DL.
All the lights are stock, and I want to change them out to led, one of the reasons being that half of the regular lights don't work.
I was thinking of changing out the clearance lights to clear led's that light up the required red and amber.
Now for the rear issue I found.
I took a look at the rear brake tail back up, and marker light combo on the rear of my 5er. And I found the lt. side light housing assembly to be sticking half way out and a couple screws were out causing water to get in behind it. I was gonna put the led upgraded lights in it's place. But now I think I wanna just wire in separate led lights for the brake,ect. And mount them on my rear bumper.
Question is when I remove the original lights, and I have the empty space where the original lights were, should I put something inside it or leave it empty? And what should I use to cover the space? wood plastic? And what sealant should I use to seal it up?

Oh, and one more question, who ever had the trailer before me used some sealant for the clearance lights,How should I get them out with out damaging the trailer?

Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:10 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info johnboy2, i'll look into those lights.
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I used my original lamp assys. Bought new clearance lamp lenses, because old were faded, from local NAPA. Bought all bulbs direct from China for average price of $3.00 ea on E-bay.
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I replaced the clearance lights with LEDs from Princess Auto, these along with other outside lighting which had yellowed or rusted.
The turn signals I have left for the time being as it is a whole assembly from the manufacturer. The bulbs are filament type and I'm told they provide resistance for the turn signal system which LED's don't or didn't. Led's fool the flasher or something like that vso the flasher won't work.

It is about a days work on a ladder or scaffold. Test lights before caulking them in.
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I put led bulbs in all my rear lights. The regular filaments on the tow rig will give proper resistance to operate the flasher. The led's light up immediately as stop light bulbs. Standard filaments need to heat up before they glow. 1/2 second. A rig following you at 55 mph will travel 50 ft in 1/2 second while the std. filament is heating up. This is why all heavy trucks run led stop and turn lamps.
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Thanks for the info. I found a round 4" led light on a website and store near me that works as the stop,turn,tail, and back up light. I'm still looking for the clearance lights. Keep all the info coming if you have any. I like all the ideas.
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