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Old 09-20-2012, 01:04 AM   #1
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LED license plate light too bright?

Hey guys I like these bulbs, color wise. But I feel like they might be too bright for an all around halogen car, anyone else feel the same way? http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e46-led-l...te-lights.html

Is there a way for me to introduce a resistor into the bulb and dim it a little?
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:16 AM   #2
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I have them, not to bright at all, legally your plate needs to be well lit
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:17 AM   #3
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Most of the pictures I've seen on this site w/ LED license plate bulbs look silly.

When it looks like you're car is a spaceship coming in for landing, illuminating the ground behind the car, there's a problem.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:22 AM   #4
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Hey guys I like these bulbs, color wise. But I feel like they might be too bright for an all around halogen car, anyone else feel the same way? http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e46-led-l...te-lights.html

Is there a way for me to introduce a resistor into the bulb and dim it a little?
I installed LED license plate lights, the ones from Jlevis that come with the error free housing. I installed them when I still had halogen everywhere else. They looked pretty out of place. Now that I have p46s with HIDs and LED tails they flow a lot better, but I still feel like they are a bit too bright sometimes.

I'd stick to the regular plate lights. I consider switching back constantly I just can't bring myself to doing it because I paid 50 bucks for those LED suckers.
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:21 AM   #5
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Most of the pictures I've seen on this site w/ LED license plate bulbs look silly.

When it looks like you're car is a spaceship coming in for landing, illuminating the ground behind the car, there's a problem.
I can't agree more
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #6
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I have them too, and they're not excessively bright. Gives our aging cars a nice new modern touch.

My buddies were joking around saying I made myself easier to get busted speeding at night, but eh, that's not something I ever do.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:08 PM   #7
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Hey guys I like these bulbs, color wise. But I feel like they might be too bright for an all around halogen car, anyone else feel the same way? http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e46-led-l...te-lights.html

Is there a way for me to introduce a resistor into the bulb and dim it a little?
Umnitza V4's here. Also ricilously bright (IMHO) but very high quality bulb otherwise. Luckily, there's a very easy solution. Inside the licence plate bulb housing there's a reflector mirror. I just pointed LEDs towards mirror so it reflects the light. That way you can actually change the brightness, depending on the angle at which LEDs shine onto the mirror. I like it the same way as Goldilocks - not too bright, not too dim, just right.
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:09 PM   #8
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My buddies were joking around saying I made myself easier to get busted speeding at night

If they're bright enough, you have the 'pupil blinding effect' on your side. Sort of like how opera lamps on limos help keep your eyes from seeing inside.
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Umnitza V4's here. Also ricilously bright (IMHO) but very high quality bulb otherwise. Luckily, there's a very easy solution. Inside the licence plate bulb housing there's a reflector mirror. I just pointed LEDs towards mirror so it reflects the light. That way you can actually change the brightness, depending on the angle at which LEDs shine onto the mirror. I like it the same way as Goldilocks - not too bright, not too dim, just right.
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