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Old 02-16-2019, 04:53 PM   #1
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LED taillights

My taillights are getting cloudy and I see replacement for $50 EA x 10 is out of line. Anybody do an LED replacement
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I tow a vehicle behind my Motorhome and ended up buying a set of ‘wireless LED magnetic’ tail lights. I haven’t seen them going down the road...but they look good during my pre-Trip.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:25 PM   #4
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I'm looking at the taillights on my mh.
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When I changed the bulbs in my trailers taillights, I had to experiment with several LED replacements to get enough light to fill the taillight lens. Some of the LED replacements were very focused and only had a bright spot in the center of the lens. The reflectors are an important part of the light intensity.

Remember incandescent bulbs are very bright and it takes a lot of LED power to equal them.

Also, dependent on the flasher used, you may have to change the flasher to work with the reduced current load of LED bulbs. Also, if you have a Center High Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL), it usually uses a module connected to both taillights to turn on the CHMSL and it needs to be changed when using LED because of the lower current usage.
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10 tail lights, WOW! that is a lot of lights. Are you also talking about clearance lights? As, stated, if talking about tail and sop lights, you will need to check your flasher unit to make sure it can do LED. If not you will have to change or install 50 OHM resisters in line. I had two simple two prong flasher units, was very cheap to replace. I now have front and rear LED parking and turn/stop lights. LED lights will use less current draw in case you need to leave parking or emergency lights on for extended period. As far as clearance lights, there is nothing special needed to install new complete assemblies. I personally did not replace my clearance light with new ones, but simply ordered LED bulbs, since my lenses were still in good shape. Much cheaper way of turning clearance lights into LED. If you want to just change the bulbs on the clearance lights, if the number is 193, just simply do a search on EBAY.



As far as your tail/stop/turn lights, I would look for the part number and do a search for LED replacements. Good luck with your project.
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I only need the lenses they are cloudy
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I only need the lenses they are cloudy
Usually cloudy lenses can be cleaned up with a bit of polishing compound and a little time while hanging around a CG. I've used some Meguires that says 1500 on the label and the tail as well as headlights sparkled. I then put a good wax on the cleaned lenses. If the cloudiness is inside, then a soft tooth brush helps.


If you want to add led bulbs, be aware that on older vehicles that directionals may not work without a resistor to add system load. Additionally, you will need bulbs that shine towards the lens - some wont do that and a 20 buck 'gotcha' I made when I converted our 5er.
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