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Old 12-28-2003, 02:46 AM   #1
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LED's in Sidemarker...

Any one done this yet?

I was at Circuit City tonight and strolled to the car stereo dept where they have a Eurolight display set up, thought "what the hell" and spent $10 on LED Hyper White bulbs for the sidemarkers. Put them on in the parking lot and as soon as I plugged them in they came on faintly. Turns out they stay on as long as my Xenon's are on. They blink fine, just stay on all the time UNTILL 1 minute after the car is shut off then they go off! They also come on as soon as I hit the key remote unlock button!

They don't look that bad as they sorta match the Xenon's. For ten bucks I think I will keep them! Nice soft kind of blue tint. Looks cool at night.

Have no idea why they come on and stay on, but they do!

Won't see them in the daylight, but who cares!

Just thought I would share this and if it's a repost of somekind....sorry!
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Old 12-28-2003, 02:52 AM   #2
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PICS! ..and I think you need some sort of resistor.
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Old 12-28-2003, 02:58 AM   #3
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PICS! ..and I think you need some sort of resistor.
Why would I need a resistor? So they don't stay on? They blink normally. Kinda like the fact that they stay on. When I said "faintly" I don't mean that you can hardly see that they are on, they are bright enough that it look like it's supposed to be that way.

My camera is on loan at the moment to family, so when I get it back I will post pics if wanted.
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Old 12-28-2003, 04:35 AM   #4
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your not the only one, i tried out those led sidemarker bulbs also, for some reason they do stay on, but my situation, they also blinked for no reason and shuts on and off, i have to admit they do look nice but i took them off cause i got annoyed...haha... but at least yours didn't blink on and off like mines...post some pics.. =)
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Old 12-28-2003, 12:56 PM   #5
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I have LED side marker lights and really like them. They stay on when ever the the headlights are on. I think it looks really cool at night when it stays on while I'm driving. And it only blink when I have the blinkers on.
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Old 12-28-2003, 01:40 PM   #6
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pics pics and more pics.. worthless w/ out them..
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Old 12-28-2003, 03:12 PM   #7
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pics pics and more pics.. worthless w/ out them..
Hold on...got to get my camera back!!!
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Old 12-29-2003, 12:24 AM   #8
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Ok...here are the pics of the sidemarker LED lights.

First one day time with just lights on...


With blinker on...


Night with just lights on...


night with blinker on...


Looks better in person as my camera skills are lacking...

So far no abnormal blinking problems....looks good!!
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Old 12-31-2003, 09:03 AM   #9
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which leds did u get? i am asking because there are 20 different 194 led bulbs available...

thanks!
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Old 12-31-2003, 09:11 AM   #10
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go back to ur amber... matches ur front and rear, or go all hyperwhite. doesnt look right to mix and match IMO
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Old 06-30-2004, 12:57 PM   #11
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Without resistors, wouldn't your side markers blink faster than your corners? Also, would you get a "bulb out" error on your dash?
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Old 07-13-2004, 01:05 AM   #12
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Without resistors, wouldn't your side markers blink faster than your corners? Also, would you get a "bulb out" error on your dash?
I just installed some to replace the parking or guide lights situated within the highbeam, since they were all that was left making the lights look off white. Now I have the two warning lights on the dash. How do I make them go away! I didn't notice them as soon as I installed, but they were there next time I started the car. Still work fine, but now my car is using the corners because it thinks the others are missing???
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Old 07-13-2004, 04:47 AM   #13
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use the

piaa ones they work real well i have had them for over a year already and no problems anywhere on my car they are just a little pricey...
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Old 05-04-2006, 04:36 AM   #14
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Bump!

I bought LED-sidemarkers from SSDD-Motorsport in the UK. Can anyone post some more pics? Haven't got mine installed.

Also: will they be ON all of the time? And do they blink when I "activate" them if I turn?

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Bump!

I bought LED-sidemarkers from SSDD-Motorsport in the UK. Can anyone post some more pics? Haven't got mine installed.

Also: will they be ON all of the time? And do they blink when I "activate" them if I turn?

Thanks guys!
We have found with our LED sidemarkers that it is really hit or miss. Post-02 cars seem to have them on all the time more so than pre-02 cars but that does not guarantee that all will. Some post-02 cars function like stock, some have them on all the time. A resistor unfortunately will not do anything, although I think it's kind of cool
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Tons of people have done this, including me, quite a few of the sponsors on the site sell these.

REASON THEY STAY ON: the car is always sending a "check" signal, it is so faint that a normal bulb wouldnt light up but LEDs require less power so they light up. This doesnt happen on all cars, depends on car and year as Nick said above.

REASON THEY BLINK NORMAL: your car is not set to warn/recognize a sidemarker that is out. if it did, both your front signal and rear signal on each side would blink fast as well, sidemarkers wouldnt just blink faster with corners and tails at normal speed. so your car really doesnt know if the sidemarker is out so it doesnt affect the warning light/blinking. If it was set to know, in essence, you would actually have a "sidemarker out" warning.

You might be able to do a resistor to get rid of them staying on, it would absorb some of that power being constantly sent to them, but it'd be such a PIA for such a small mod. I think its kinda cool and its increased visibility from the side at night!
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Old 05-04-2006, 04:58 PM   #19
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do all of the LED sidemarkers glow a "light blue"
have the ones from jlevi and they glow "light blue" wondering if there is any other led sidemarkers out there that don't glow light blue when they are not blinking
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