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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jaycub, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Sep 14, 2017 at 8:11 PM
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    mine decided to go out today and i would rather just buy new housings and all. is led worth swapping too?
     
  2. Sep 14, 2017 at 8:51 PM
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    I bought DEPO red/clears from ebay and put in LED lights. Looks good and I can see my turn signal reflect down the road :)
     
  3. Sep 14, 2017 at 10:40 PM
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    was it hard to install the led? or is it just plug and play.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2017 at 10:58 PM
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    plug and play, they were orange 1156 (turn), red 1157(stop/tail), and white 921 wedge (reverse)
     
  5. Sep 14, 2017 at 11:01 PM
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    ahhh, thanks so much, look foward to doing this very soon
     
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    Do they look like these? I like this look.

    Not mine.
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Sep 15, 2017 at 6:59 AM
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    bingo, I love the no orange look. just make sure to get orange/amber for turn signals and red for stop/turn. no clear for either
     
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  8. Sep 15, 2017 at 7:08 AM
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    What are these? Do you have search key words or link?
     
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    I put the 01-04 red clears on my 99. 01-04 use a 921 bulb in the reverse socket instead of a 1156. I believe you can also just swap the lenses if something doesn't fit.
     
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    The LED reverse lights are by far one of the better mods (I use that term loosely, lol) I've done. I can actually see when I back up now. I didn't do any of the other lights, esp the turn signals since the LEDs don't draw enough current so the truck thinks a light is out and hyper blinks. I know there are parts to fix that, just haven't gotten around to caring enough to do it yet.
     
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    Get an electronic flasher for LED (for example Novita EP 35) for 10-15 bucks and no more hyper-flashing.
     
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    Do you know if lenses from 01-04 will fit on 95-00 lamps ? I want to keep my 95 lamps bulb setup as I swapped reverse with blinker (reverse is on top, blinker in the center). Poland thing.
     
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    On the red clear tails that I got, the bulb sockets are integrated into the lamp housing. Meaning I cannot physically remove the socket from the back of the lamp housing. To change a bulb I have to pull the cover off.

    If believe you could just use the covers on your stock lights, but I am not positive that it will work. I remember reading that it is possible, but I didn't do this for some reason. I have a feeling that there was something preventing me from doing this when I swapped the lights in.
     
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    This is what I have for tail lights now

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    And this is the housing with "swapped bulbs" setup - all LED: White (backup) on the top, orange (blinker) in the center and dual red (stop/marker) at the bottom

    [​IMG]

    I would like to keep the housing and swap the "cover" (clear/red) for nicer, not such "milky" as you see on the first picture. My concern is that after I spend 70+ dollars on new lamps I may find out that the 01-04 "glass" shape is different and will not fit into this housing.
     
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    oh yeah, I know it's out there. Like I said. Just lazy... :)

    However, I do like this idea better than the in-line resistors...
     
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    Okay, so now you've got me thinking...

    I just have the stock amber/red housings, and don't intend to change. If/when I do upgrade to the LEDs, does it matter if I get the amber/red bulbs? Pretty sure the rears at least are all white bulbs.
     
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    Do get color bulbs where color is needed. so for blinker get amber LED bulb, for Stop/Marker get dual intensity red LED bulbs and only for reverse get white LED.

    You may think, whet the difference, when glass will filter it to the right color anyway? Stock incandescent bulbs are white (kind of) and the only way to change the light color is to put a color filter on it. Color filter works the way that is blocking some light wave lengths leaving only wave lengths composing desired color. It is passive filter so it means all the energy used to make light wave lengths that are blocked is wasted. Incandescent bulb light wave band is equally spread across the whole spectrum with maximum around the orange color and very minimal in blue side (this is why incandescent bulb behind blue filter is so dark).

    LED bulbs are different. The wave spectrum is not even and it is more "spiky". White LED bulb has few spikes of different wave lengths that in total give impression of white, but it is not the same as from sun light or incandescent light. So if you put a for example red filter over the white LED bulb the intensity would be similar like blue filter over incandescent bulb - very weak. Red LED on the other hand has wave band only in read area so putting red filter over red LED does not change intensity - no light blocked (no blocking of the orange or green color because red LED does not make these waves). From red LED behind red filter you will utilize almost 100% of LED light. Same thing with orange.

    So the huge benefit of color LED light is the fact that unlike of incandescent bulbs LED it is very efficient in the making desired light color.
     
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