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Old 02-15-2013, 11:52 AM
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I just installed a set of **************** LED tail light bulbs (3157 12W wedge red). Although the factory bulbs were pretty bright I wanted to try to get brighter with LED. Sorry, I do have pics but they are useless (crappy iPhone pics) and I didn't have a helper to step on the brakes for me.

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- LED light fills the light cavity better than stock so it is a fuller and more defined light output.
- The instant on and off factor. They now match the LED signals on my mirrors.

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- About the same brightness if not slightly less brighter than stock when blinking or brakes applied.
- Now I have to get LED front turn signals to match the rest of the truck.

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- what I have noticed so far is that I only get an EVIC lights out message once when I start the truck. After about 30 seconds it disappears and no hyper flashing. I can live with that if that keeps up. I have not installed the resistors yet.

There should be a way program the truck to say you are using LED lights.
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You are gonna have to get some pics up soon. Did you do the reverse lights aswell?
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Yes I already did the CREE side emitter LED bulbs for reverse. I will take some pictures with my real camera and see if they look any better.
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Not happy with the brightness. I am happy with the looks and how the LED operates but it's just not as bright as the incandescent bulb.

I will be exchanging them for amber colour for the front signals. That is a clear lens and should be brighter. Also, I'm not concerned if the front isn't as bright. Not as critical as the rear.

Still on the watch for a nice set of bright 3157 LED "bulbs".
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Thats too bad to hear that you didnt like them....If you get a chance post some pics.....Thanks....
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Going to be ordering some others soon. Got some good advice from Asur on them. Will update with pics when they arrive. Not cheap for a dang bulb I can tell you that. They better last forever.
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Did you buy the cheapest LED's you could find or the higher intensity bulbs that cost more? I'm guessing cheaper since you obviously didn't get the CAN BUS bulbs that would eliminate the EVIC message.
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I will post a picture of my LED bulbs vs the stock bulbs for you this weekend when i replace my HIDs. (its currently raining or id go do it right now and my truck doesnt fit in my garage)


Mine are much brighter than stock
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Did you buy the cheapest LED's you could find or the higher intensity bulbs that cost more? I'm guessing cheaper since you obviously didn't get the CAN BUS bulbs that would eliminate the EVIC message.
I bought the brightest I could find on **************** web site. They were $35 a pair. Very close to stock but if I am going to spend $35 to $70 on two stinking bulbs they need to be brighter and look really cool. I'm not concerned about the CANBUS bulbs since none of them (that I can find) are advertised as bright enough and some also say they don't guarantee against hyper flash which kind of defeats the purpose. I already have resistors.
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I will post a picture of my LED bulbs vs the stock bulbs for you this weekend when i replace my HIDs. (its currently raining or id go do it right now and my truck doesnt fit in my garage)


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That would be great. Thanks. Would you mind posting what you bought for your tail light bulbs.
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