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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665180
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Today I replaced the Angel Eyes headlights on my Roadster with the original Wipac units. Dipped beam cut off is significantly sharper.
I also added LED sidelights into the headlamp units. The wingtop lights have been LED for a while.

At the rear, I've replaced the brake lights and cobra with LEDs and the difference in light output is significant. Reflected against the garage door, I would say triple the output of the standard bulbs. These LEDs are white. I prefer red light covers.

From a safety point of view, this is a cheap and simple upgrade.


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665183
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Dave I used red leds for the rear. Leds are very white and the red ones help keep the colour.
John


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665190
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Dave, having also used red LED's from same source I would agree with John. I fitted just one with red lens and the effect in both tail light and brake mode is for not only brighter but a more distributed red light across the lens compared with that from OE filament bulb.


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665192
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Ok both, interesting. I use Aero covers on the rear. I'll take some pics tomorrow when I do the Plus 4.


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665215
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Originally Posted by DaveW

At the rear, I've replaced the brake lights and cobra with LEDs and the difference in light output is significant. Reflected against the garage door, I would say triple the output of the standard bulbs. These LEDs are white. I prefer red light covers.

From a safety point of view, this is a cheap and simple upgrade.



Agree and I think the LED brake/tail lights are a simple and probably essential upgrade. I get my LED bulbs from Duncan who also advises Red LEDS


Red LEDs


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665216
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Yep, I've gone for red Leds and red lamp covers. Considerably brighter. Also swapped the number plate bulbs to Led's too.


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: TBM] #665246
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Originally Posted by TBM
Yep, I've gone for red Leds and red lamp covers. Considerably brighter. Also swapped the number plate bulbs to Led's too.


Ordered my Red LED Brake tail lights today and warm white LED numberplate bulb LEDs from Classiccar LEDs


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665266
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So here's an admission. Turns out my stop/tal light LEDs are red. I must have selected red on the drop down....................

Or one day I'll read the small print.

Anyway, today I finished off my Plus 4. Front sidelights, and rear stop/tail lights and cobra.

Here's the bulb:

[Linked Image]

Capturing red light proved problematical:

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

Hard to make out here but the offside (left) is standard, and the nearside (right) is LED. The difference is significant.

[Linked Image]

This is the bigger L795 lens:

[Linked Image]

The sidelight difference is best shown in the dark. It's obvious which is the LED!

[Linked Image]


thumbs


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665296
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John V6 has a very similar picture of the LED sidelight bulbs in headlamp comparison taken in the garage. On a recent jaunt though followed by two Brookland Roadsters, it was the further one with the smiley (ARV6 style) LED's that showed up best in moderate daylight. It seems the powerful single light source gets diluted over the surface of the headlamp reflector to be an effective DRL.

Not a particularly good photo example here since camera angle too high but all three have sidelights on with John's on the right and the Tony's ARV6 type on the left.

[Linked Image]

ETA: Just spoken to Duncan at Classic Car LED's and ordered 4 x BA9s warm white number plate LED's to replace the 4w filament bulbs, all of which had blackened glass suggesting close to end of life. Having checked the indicators flashed correctly (70/min) with a red test LED, have also ordered a set of amber ones for the full monty. It seems the BCU wants to see some current draw but it doesn't have to be fully equivalent to filament bulbs to flash correctly.


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Re: Workshop Note: LED Headlamps [Re: DaveW] #665297
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I've had LED tail lights from Classiccar for some time. Now I think it is time to chnage the headlight and spots - which come on with full beam - to LEDs.


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