LED day running lights

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dxi310
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LED day running lights

Post by dxi310 » Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:37 pm

Can anyone recomend suitable tried and tested LED replacement BAZ15d bulbs for my 1995 480 Celebration

The lenses were looking dull and the bulb holders effected by heat ( i have all ready replaced 1 bulb holder) so i purchased bulbs from Ebay but they seemed to stop the pop ups working.

At present driving without DRL so any advise appreciated - dont mind paying top price for bulbs that work properly

Dennis

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Re: LED day running lights

Post by brinkie » Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:14 pm

Avoid the cheap Chinese stuff like the plague. I mean these:
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They overheat and the LEDs are of poor quality, so the result is...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzX3Ir45lRY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M05b47UtM1k

I have now replaced them with a pair of these, but they started to flicker as well :(
http://www.ebay.nl/itm/262043129135

The best stuff are the ones with a built-in LED driver, most just have a resistor that limits current. I have noticed that the choice of warm-white LEDs (the yellowish-white that resembles regular light bulbs, not the blueish-white that attracts police and will cause MOT failure) is extremely limited and expensive in BAZ15d socket. You could try and replace the DRL socket (3 pins) by "normal" 2 pin sockets and put a bright LED bulb in which are very cheap in BA15s (single filament) socket. So you only have to turn on the parking lights and the lamp will be brightly lit.
Robert.

Present cars: 1994 Volvo 480 GT 2.0i Vase Green, 2010 Volvo V70 2.0F Momentum Mystic Silver
Past: 1981 Talbot-Matra Murena 2.2 Rouge Mephisto, 1995 Volvo 480 GT 2.0i Paris Blue

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