LED bulbs in back up lamps?

Discussion in 'Sparky's corner' started by chucknixon, Jul 30, 2017.

  1. chucknixon

    chucknixon 67 Sportwagon 400

    I did research the forum on LED bulbs in past posts but the posts I found were primarily discussing LED bulbs in the dash or interior lights.

    I have my back up lights out while I am having the rear bumper straightened and re-chromed on the 67 SportWagon. I have the lights them apart, glass blasted the base, painted them, and cleaned the lenses and I am ready to put them back in the bumper when it is done. I am wondering can I just plug in LED replacement bulbs for the OEM bulbs? If so, any body know the correct LED bulb?

    Thanks in advance for advice.
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  2. rjm

    rjm Active Member

    Chuck, these are the LED bulbs I've had in for about 3 weeks with no issues so far. Got them off of amazon. They are at least 2x as bright as standard bulb.
    LUYED 2 x 1440Lumens Super Bright 1156 3014 144-EX Chipsets 1156 1141 1003 7506 LED Bulbs Used For Back Up Reverse Lights,Brake Lights,Tail Lights,Rv lights,Xenon White
  3. chucknixon

    chucknixon 67 Sportwagon 400

  4. rjm

    rjm Active Member

    You are welcome, hopefully the last for awhile !
  5. chucknixon

    chucknixon 67 Sportwagon 400

    Thanks, ordered two sets (4 bulbs) and will try them in my tail lights also for brake lights and see how that works.
  6. lemmy-67

    lemmy-67 Gold Level Contributor

    I changed out all of my 1156/1157 bulbs front & back with LEDs last year. They are a bit brighter & flash quicker...never a bad thing for catching the attention of distracted motorists around your vehicle.
  7. LouV

    LouV Silver Level contributor

    What LEDs sis you use?

  8. cluxford

    cluxford Well-Known Member

    I changed all mine to off the shelf LEDs. Changed nothing but plugged em in.
  9. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

  10. rjm

    rjm Active Member

    So Chuck, did you get the bulb's ? how did they work for you ? Do they hyper flash ? inquiring minds want to know, lol :)
  11. chucknixon

    chucknixon 67 Sportwagon 400

    Well yes, I got two sets of the bulbs, installed the re-chromed bumper on Sunday with the refurbished backup lights and went to get the bulbs to install and have not found them yet!:( They are in a safe place and I am slowly cleaning up stuff and will find them one of these days. In the mean time I am going to put the old bulbs back in so I have some light backing up. Very frustrating:mad:
  12. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    I just ordered and recieved front signal (amber) , rear signal/taillight/brakelight (red) and reverse light bulbs (white) as well as the digital relay with "clicking" to prevent the "hyper flashing" issue and not need to put a resistor at every socket.

    I still have wiring harnesses and engine accessories, steering mast and some putting all the interior and dash back in before I can operate the lights, but I ordered my LED lights from superbrightleds.com.

    I am replacing my OEM style mechanical flasher with two poles and using the three pole, with a ground wire on the third pole, and it will plug into the existing fuse block (the ground will set in the corner "cutout" area).

    The electronic relay allows a mix of incandescent and LED bulbs, so you can mix and match your bulbs as you like and both will work.
  13. rjm

    rjm Active Member

    I know where you are coming from chuck, I have several items in " a safe place", some for several years ! lol . Micheal, is the 3rd pole/ ground, what allows the intermixing of incandescent and LED ?
  14. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member

    No. The third pole is a ground and is necessary for the "click" in the electronic relay. The 1964 uses a 2 pole, so I need to ground the relay to get the click.

    A two pole relay that fits in the fuse block is available and will work as I described above, but no "click". That is the only difference.

    I made a graphic and also asked Loren Alexander (of 65GS.com) to verify my thinking on the function. He agreed, it should work.

    If anyone is interested, I can post the LEDs I selected for my lights and the relay, ground wire, etc.
  15. chucknixon

    chucknixon 67 Sportwagon 400

    I am interested, appreciate all the research you have done and solutions to make them work.:D
  16. rjm

    rjm Active Member

    Finished off my LED light install on the rear of the car. Replaced the brake/ turn signal bulbs with IBrightstar 1157 LEDs, red, and replaced the flasher with a CEC EF32RL flasher with a ground wire, got to have the click,click,click sound ! Works great + brighter tail lights .

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