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need help with turn signal bulb

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by taco man31, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. taco man31

    taco man31 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    hi guys. Anyone know where i can find a RED rear turn signal for my 2009 taco. Just having a hard time finding a red bulb that fits. (By the way, is this illegal?)
     
  2. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Sounds to me like he wants his turn signal to match the brake light color? Factory turn signals are Amber.
     
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    pidro_el_pirata Lean Mean MPG Machine (best = 27)

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    True, but there are plenty of cars out there that use brake lights as turn signals. IMHO it shouldn't be illegal. Change brake lights or headlights diff. colors should be, but not turn signal to red.
     
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    Thanks guys for the help. Idk why toyota changed to all LED lights but left the turn signals with a bulb.
     
  5. chris4x4

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    This is quite common. My Wifes Hond Accord has rear LED brake lights, and regular lights, but the turn and back up lights are incandesant. I guess it saves a few bucks, and multiplied by the thousands produced, it saves a lot of money.
     
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    Set of LED work/emergency lights 4x LED Puddle lights under doors 2x LED accent lights under chasis both sides 2x LED reverse lights 2x LED Rear Red Signal lights
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    Agent475 "Mark It Zero"

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    Here is some info from SuperBrightLEDs, which might explain why they were incandescent vs. LED.

    Turn signal issues with LED bulbs

    LED brake/tail lamps will not flash with thermal flasher units due to their extremely low current draw. Also, with stock flasher units, the turn signals may flash faster than normal (Hyper-Flash). These installations will require an electronic flasher unit, available in our car bulb shopping category (for some vehicles) or at your auto parts store. Try to find flashers designed to work with LED bulbs, they will say "LED compatible". Often HEAVY DUTY flashers will also work with LED bulbs.

    We offer some LED Flashers in our Tail/Brake Turn Signal Bulb category but we do not know which one (if any) will fit your vehicle. You will have to compare the pin-out of your flasher with the pin-outs of the flashers we offer, to see if we have a match, BEFORE you order one. Sorry but we do not have a flasher application list or the expertise to tell you which of our flashers will fit your vehicle.

    Another fix is the installation of Load Resistors which are wired across (in parallel with) the turn signal bulbs to simulate the load of a standard filament bulb. We also have these available in our car bulb shopping category.
     
  8. Viet2100

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    That's not the reason why manufacturers do not use LEDs as turn signals or reverse lights.

    They do this to save $, as stated above. They just did the brake lights because the split second you get with LEDs and their "instant on" might save a few accidents. If you look at more expensive vehicles, they are all switching to full LED tail lights (turn signals, brake and reverse).
     
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    That's not the reason why manufacturers do not use LEDs as turn signals or reverse lights.

    They do this to save $, as stated above. They just did the brake lights because the split second you get with LEDs and their "instant on" might save a few accidents. If you look at more expensive vehicles, they are all switching to full LED tail lights (turn signals, brake and reverse).

    I have a full LED tail light. It costed me $50 on top of the OEM LED tail lights, but it's well worth it.
     
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