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mrkozzy

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LED lighting journey
« on: 18 June 2020, 02:40 AM »
Well I bit the bullett and bought some LED's for the merc.

Did copius amounts of research online, (will I? won't I? They're great! They're rubbish!)
 Had all sorts of information.
In the end I just got plain tired of having substandard illumination on almost every globe in the car.

Found a guy locally that sells mainly online to the "showcar" fraternity and paid him a visit. He seemed to know his stuff and gave me a 3 year warranty.

Cut to the chase, I changed the rear indicators. (WOW!) U can See me indicating a mile away
                            Changed the interior festoons. (WOW!) Nice crisp white color now when I open the door at night. 

About to change the dashboard setup maybe this weekend.

Placed an order for tail and stop bulbs, front indicators also.

I'll see about the headlights later on.

Shouldve done it earler.



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Re: LED lighting journey
« Reply #1 on: 18 June 2020, 02:56 AM »
Any pics of the interior and rear lights working at nigh???
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Re: LED lighting journey
« Reply #2 on: 18 June 2020, 03:15 AM »
I'm glad to see this post as I'm doing the same thing now, still researching and testing. The crisp white of LEDs can't be beat.

Went for festoons first, and they were terrible in terms of light output. Nowhere near the claimed 360 lumens, and actually dimmer than a standard 5W filament one.

Can you share the specific brand names and models you've picked?
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Re: LED lighting journey
« Reply #3 on: 18 June 2020, 03:46 AM »
Nice!
I’m interested too.
I tried this a while back but went back to stock traditional filament bulbs as I didn’t like the white lightning for the interior. I prefer the yellowish look like in the old days. I wouldn’t mind higher/brighter candelas though as long as it keeps the yellow old look.
Any update would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Robert
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Re: LED lighting journey
« Reply #4 on: 18 June 2020, 05:18 AM »
Forgot to mention. After changing the bulbs on the instruments cluster, cleaning and painting the needles following Lucas’ post on the subject (RAL2007, etc) the new look improvement is impressive and it keeps the original look too.  Brighter, digits are back to white rather than grey, neat!!!
Robert
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Re: LED lighting journey
« Reply #5 on: 18 June 2020, 07:59 PM »
Nice!
I’m interested too.
I tried this a while back but went back to stock traditional filament bulbs as I didn’t like the white lightning for the interior. I prefer the yellowish look like in the old days. I wouldn’t mind higher/brighter candelas though as long as it keeps the yellow old look.
Any update would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Robert
Dig around for something in the 2000K range then. There is a good chance that no one makes a module, but the LEDs themselves exist.
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Re: LED lighting journey
« Reply #6 on: 18 June 2020, 10:21 PM »
Kozzy,
thanks for post. once you get them done, could i suggest a youtube video at night of these. if you had some before footage it would be very cool to see the difference!
regards from the other side of the colony
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