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Old 03-25-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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License Plate LED Bulb Life

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So I'm having something odd occur with my license plate light bulbs. When I purchased the car, one was burned out and I replaced it, thinking nothing of it. I replaced them both with LED 36mm bulbs, and a few months later had the same one that was burnt out initially stop working again. I replaced just that one with another LED bulb, and that one has burned out again in the past few months. What gives, only one side keeps burning out and I can't figure it out!! I've replaced the damn bulb 2 times in one year and now need to replace it again!!

I don't have any bulb out warnings, and they operate normally when they do work...
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:12 PM   #2
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I went through the same thing, the LED lights look good, paid a decent amount of money for them, now done with them. I had no bulb out warnings either.
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:19 PM   #3
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That's real odd, not sure why LEDs would continue to burn out. Your car should be taking a 39mm bulb but that should not make a difference as far as burning out. Are these high output or standard LED bulbs?
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:24 PM   #4
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:33 PM   #5
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Had them on my 325 and faced the same issues. I got tired of replacing them and just drove with 1 light
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:36 PM   #6
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Had them on my 325 and faced the same issues. I got tired of replacing them and just drove with 1 light
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Old 03-26-2009, 11:00 AM   #7
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That's real odd, not sure why LEDs would continue to burn out. Your car should be taking a 39mm bulb but that should not make a difference as far as burning out. Are these high output or standard LED bulbs?
These are standard LED bulbs, I think 4 leds in the bulb. The 36mm fits perfectly in the holder, I don't think a 39mm would fit...
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:50 PM   #8
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Our V2 with aluminum housing burnt out ever 5-6 months.
When we went to V3, we have had 1 failure in over 400 units. <-- if you want something brighter than V2 but not as bright as V4, these will work great.

The new V4, shown here on an E36 for reference, is much brighter and about 20 of them are now in the field in the last week or so
Here's a comparison of our V3 and the new V4 on that car in the day time.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:59 PM   #9
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If you are getting the LED bulbs housed in that glass tube..they just suck . get the new version that is in a square metal case....1 year strong no problems.
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square metal case = bad idea.
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Yeah, I bought mine from superbrightleds.com, ang paid like $2 for each one so no biggie. They actually replaced the last two for free and this time they're going to replace them with some new high powered ones they have for free, I have to say they have excellent customer service, cheap prices, and taking care of me even after a year!! I've seen the V3-V4 bulbs, and honestly there's no way I'm going to spend $20-$40 just for two lightbulbs, I will go back to regular bulbs instead. For those that have the money to burn on $20 lightbulbs I congratulate you....
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Yeah, I bought mine from superbrightleds.com, ang paid like $2 for each one so no biggie. They actually replaced the last two for free and this time they're going to replace them with some new high powered ones they have for free, I have to say they have excellent customer service, cheap prices, and taking care of me even after a year!! I've seen the V3-V4 bulbs, and honestly there's no way I'm going to spend $20-$40 just for two lightbulbs, I will go back to regular bulbs instead. For those that have the money to burn on $20 lightbulbs I congratulate you....
i had great luck with them too. i put their Leds on our Odyssey for over 2 years and they're doing fine

just ordered some for the bmw..
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I have the V3 and so far, so good. My V1 and V2 failed within 6 months, each. And my LED tails, which I gave up on. Now my side turns signal LED's are flickering when not in use.

I'm going back to halogen. I had no issues with them, lol!

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