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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 20, 4:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, What do you guys thinks about using led lamps. Replacing 1157, 1156 and 194. I am thinking about trying them for tail and brake lights, back up lights, front amber directional, 194 side markers. Or is it not worth it.
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I like the idea of LED lights. Be careful which type you select. Some are very directional and don't provide light to the side of the bulb. The taillights on a 67 Chevelle for example need light coming out of the sides of the bulb as well as straight back (or off the "top"of the bulb). Personally I'm having DigiTails Taillights and front turn signal lights installed in mine sometime this year. My 67 has no side marker lights.

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old Apr 2nd, 20, 6:35 PM
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Re: LED lamps

I was tired of my dim brake lights burning out so I tried a few different LED options for the brake lights. I ended up choosing these


and of course a new flasher


) and am quite happy with the results. These bulbs fit just like incandescent so they are really easy to swap in. Here's the result:
https://youtu.be/QLrFynsAAqY

I see no reason not to do them all if you want to, but you may need to try a few before you are happy.

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or go to Digi-tails

https://digi-tails.com/chevrolet/chevelle/1967
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IMO the LED light bulbs for exterior lights dont make a big enough difference to make it worth while. I have seen several comparison photos and its hard to tell which bulb is the LED. Same goes for headlights unless one is seaking that look the LED headlight bulbs have.
Now for dash lights and certain interior lights LED bulbs do make a big difference. Just my 2 cents.
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I like the idea of LED lights. Be careful which type you select. Some are very directional and don't provide light to the side of the bulb. The taillights on a 67 Chevelle for example need light coming out of the sides of the bulb as well as straight back (or off the "top"of the bulb). Personally I'm having DigiTails Taillights and front turn signal lights installed in mine sometime this year. My 67 has no side marker lights.

i put the digit tails in my 67. one of the best and most simple upgrades i did. the stock lights were horrible.


i also put LED tails in my 72 now.
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IMO the LED light bulbs for exterior lights dont make a big enough difference to make it worth while. I have seen several comparison photos and its hard to tell which bulb is the LED. Same goes for headlights unless one is seaking that look the LED headlight bulbs have.
Now for dash lights and certain interior lights LED bulbs do make a big difference. Just my 2 cents.
I had to go through a few different bulbs to find some that were indeed better than stock. Check my video in the above post and you will see the right side LED is significantly brighter than the left incandescent.

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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 20, 9:56 PM
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Re: LED lamps

I would say, if you haven't seen them in person you should have a look.

I prefer Led in everywhere except head lights. I don't feel That the beam pattern is correct.

The led headlights on my new truck are awesome.


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I would say, if you haven't seen them in person you should have a look.

I prefer Led in everywhere except head lights. I don't feel That the beam pattern is correct.

The led headlights on my new truck are awesome.


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I would agree with all of this. i would switch my headlights to LED's if i could find some that look stock, dont have a halo, or split beam, or are so white it makes me want to barf. All my markers and tails are leds. I figure less current heading down 50 year old wiring has to be some type of benefit.

OP - if you do go all led, make sure you get the proper flasher(s) for led's. if you replace your turns with all led, the flasher wont like it, and i think they just stay on all the time, no flash. if you leave the fronts in, and just go led out back, it should work just fine.
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Re: LED lamps

I have led's everywhere on my car (dash and dome lights, courtesy lamps, parking lights, and pretty soon, I'll be adding led headlights with a halo). I already have the headlights but haven't my friend didn't have the time to install them yet. The only places where I still have to add leds are the two rear side marker lights and the license plate bulb… (I simply for got!)
and "senna", about the led headlights not having the correct pattern, well they do if you change the whole lamp and use some led sealed beams which are specifically designed for that.

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I have led's everywhere on my car (dash and dome lights, courtesy lamps, parking lights, and pretty soon, I'll be adding led headlights with a halo). I already have the headlights but haven't my friend didn't have the time to install them yet. The only places where I still have to add leds are the two rear side marker lights and the license plate bulb… (I simply for got!)

and "senna", about the led headlights not having the correct pattern, well they do if you change the whole lamp and use some led sealed beams which are specifically designed for that.



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It's been a while since I personally looked into it. While I do believe technology keeps improving I'll have to see it to believe it.

Most people that think their LED head lights are good show a photo of the lights themselves, and say see how good they are. I need to see what they look like from the driver's seat.

I want to see how that beam pattern is, how and where it hits the road. Lighting up the tops of trees and overpass signs is meaningless. I need a useful pattern on the road ahead.

On the dome and other interior lighting, they are so much more pleasant of a light. Clean looking not the dingy dirty yellow of incandescent.

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The current draw on them is so low, they have to be giving back power to the engine. Every time you use something electrical, it pulls raw horsepower right off the crank at the alternator..
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i put the digit tails in my 67. one of the best and most simple upgrades i did. the stock lights were horrible.


i also put LED tails in my 72 now.
Did you tap into the dome light for your “hot” wire?

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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