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Old 01-04-2004, 04:39 PM   #21
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i personally think that putting LEDs on and having them stay on while you drive around is right up there with those LED windsheild washer jets.
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Old 01-04-2004, 04:48 PM   #22
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FYI, halogens only apply to headlight bulbs.
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Old 01-04-2004, 05:08 PM   #23
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Actually a lot of cars, stock, have sidemarkers that are on constantly, they are sometimes referred to as curtesy lights. My eclipse, for example, has constant on sidemarkers. I don't see what's so rice about them nor are they anywhere near the same as windshield washer lights.

Halogens are NOT just for headlights. They refer to the class/type of bulbs that include just about every light bulb used today (besides fluorescent bulbs), so not just headlights, but also, for example, 1156/1157 bulbs (turn signals, tail lights, etc), 194 wedge style bulbs (sidemarkers), your house lamp's bulb, etc. Every light in your car, with the exception of the xenons, is a halogen bulb.

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Old 01-04-2004, 05:09 PM   #24
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If I replace my interior lighting with these LED bulbs, will they glow like the sidemarkers do all the time? That ambient lighting could be nice for the footwells perhaps...
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Old 01-04-2004, 05:11 PM   #25
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I would get them if they didnt stay on all the time. I like having as few lights on as possible. I wish someone would help me do the thing where I can get my corners disabled too when not blinking.
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Old 01-04-2004, 05:16 PM   #26
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i just purchased the LED sidemarkers light.

but does anybody know what kind of corners bulbs would match the LED sidermakers??
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Old 01-04-2004, 05:34 PM   #27
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Since there are several people that have had problems with their side markers turning yellowish/brownish after a while (due to the heat from the bulbs), it may be a good idea to get these to prevent that...

has anyone tried the amber LEDs?
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Old 01-04-2004, 05:44 PM   #28
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I'd have to agree not a big fan of them staying lit...
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Old 01-04-2004, 06:46 PM   #29
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Is superwhite white like the xenons, or does it have a hint of blue in it?
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Old 01-04-2004, 06:54 PM   #30
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Is superwhite white like the xenons, or does it have a hint of blue in it?
i believe that it is just white... no blue in it.

the blue one is mostly white with a hint of blue i think.. maybe wrong though.
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Old 01-04-2004, 07:07 PM   #31
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sounds cool do they still blink?
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from what i read... they stay somewhat lit when the car is idle, and when you use turnsignal, they blink fine.

i am interested in the amber ones since they are clear when not lit, and legit-amber when lit..... only thing is that i dont want them lit all the time when the car is running that would be lame.
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Old 01-04-2004, 07:45 PM   #33
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do they offer for corner? i dont mind if my corner is lit all the time.
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Old 01-04-2004, 11:48 PM   #34
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Actually a lot of cars, stock, have sidemarkers that are on constantly, they are sometimes referred to as curtesy lights. My eclipse, for example, has constant on sidemarkers. I don't see what's so rice about them nor are they anywhere near the same as windshield washer lights.

Halogens are NOT just for headlights. They refer to the class/type of bulbs that include just about every light bulb used today (besides fluorescent bulbs), so not just headlights, but also, for example, 1156/1157 bulbs (turn signals, tail lights, etc), 194 wedge style bulbs (sidemarkers), your house lamp's bulb, etc. Every light in your car, with the exception of the xenons, is a halogen bulb.
well yes, some cars, (ie - eclips's, vw's, etc) come with it but im talking about those who dont. Also, the cars that do come with it have what you referred to as "courtesy lights" which are completely seperate from the blinkers. When i made the comment before i meant it as having the sidemarkers, not courtesy lights, lit up all the time.
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Old 01-04-2004, 11:51 PM   #35
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Since there are several people that have had problems with their side markers turning yellowish/brownish after a while (due to the heat from the bulbs), it may be a good idea to get these to prevent that...

has anyone tried the amber LEDs?
when you have the clear lenses you cant help discoloration after a while. they just get dirty. its not from the heat. my sidemarkers turned a yellowish and i replaced them with some new OEM ones. it cant be the heat because they only blink once and a while when i actually decide to use my blinker (which i dont do all that much)
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I'd have to agree not a big fan of them staying lit...
As stated, I don't think having a constant bluish LED on looks right... especially on a bimmer...
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if you add resistors none of the extra functions will remain ... the only reason they exhibit all that stuff is that they consume SO much less power than a filament bulb. when the OEM bulb sees the tiny amount of current that ignites the LED it does nothing.
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Old 01-05-2004, 07:17 AM   #38
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i personally think that putting LEDs on and having them stay on while you drive around is right up there with those LED windsheild washer jets.
I agree! They are sidemarkers and meant to light up while signaling. Being lit all the time will simply annoy and distract the person driving next to you.
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i dont know the brand of led bulb you guys are using cause ive had led in my side markers for 3 years and mine never stay constantly on. mine are white (xenon white) with 4 tiny leds in a 194 base. i bought them off of ebay along time ago.

not all led bulbs will stay constantly on, check different brands.
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Re: LEDs in sidemarkers - BEST THING

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- Stays on as long as your lights on
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