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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by zapcity » Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:48 pm

Guessing that MOT centres are turning a blind eye?

I've used the LED replacements for numberplates, puddle lights etc. for a few years now.

I suppose they can't easily check as they are not allowed to take anything apart, so removing a bulb would not be possible?
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by 89of480 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:41 pm

zapcity wrote:
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:48 pm
Guessing that MOT centres are turning a blind eye?

I've used the LED replacements for numberplates, puddle lights etc. for a few years now.

I suppose they can't easily check as they are not allowed to take anything apart, so removing a bulb would not be possible?
It would seem so, as you see LEDs fitted to a lot of cars (usually for plate lights) out in the wild, mine included, and fitted during the MOT, no one battered an eyelid. A lot of bulbs you can get now look very similar to some OEM offerings on newer cars too, I guess unless you have truly awful lamps it’s probably not an issue in general (unofficially)?
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by jifflemon » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:10 pm

So, there's a huge world of difference between MOT regulation and construction and use.

If you didn't know, you can view the testing manual online here

Specifically to numberplate lamps:

4.7 Rear registration plate lamps
4.7.1 Presence, condition and operation
You must inspect the registration plate lamps on all vehicles fitted with front and rear position lamps.
Registration plate lamps must light up the rear registration plate. Some vehicles may have these lamps fitted behind the number plate.
A ‘light source’ means any bulb, LED or other means of emitting light.

Tricycles and quadricycles classed as mopeds don't need a rear registration plate lamp.

Defect Category
A rear registration plate lamp throwing direct white light to the rear
Minor
A rear registration plate lamp or light source missing or inoperative:
in the case of multiple lamps or light sources
Minor
in the case of a single lamp or all lamps
Major
A registration plate lamp:
not securely attached
Minor
likely to become detached
Major


Now notice what doesn't get mentioned? Colour of light. As long as they can light up the numberplate, they pass. They could be bright green
and pass an MOT assuming they light up the number plate.

Constuction and use regaltions (found here) however, states:

"No vehicle shall be fitted with a lamp which is capable of showing any light to the rear, other than a red light, except–

(e)light from an illuminated rear registration plate;"

They've come on a LONG way, but they're still not aligned (which you would think would be common sense).

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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by 89of480 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:47 am

No, they don’t seem to be aligned at all!

I can’t say I’ve had any issues with my LED plate lights to be fair! :wink:

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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by frenchfries » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:47 am

I am confused, I am quite certain that I have BAZ15S bulbs for the DLR (orange indicators). Are BAZ15D for the white indicators version?
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by eye of ra » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:03 am

If you have an S you will only have a Single filament bulb eg 21w. The D is dual filament and should be a 4/21w.
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by eye of ra » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:14 am

It may work if the single bulb contact is touching either of the two contacts in the holder.

As I understand it (see question in "The story of #89/480 continues..." thread) if its touching the 4w contact or both the light would be permanently on, if only 21w contact it will go out when the popups are in use.
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by 89of480 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:58 am

BAZ15D are the 21/4w dual filament daytime bulbs (not really interchangeable with 21/5 brake lamps) with offset pins, I believe BAZ15S are single filament, and I’m pretty sure the indicator bulbs are BA15S?

Does that mean on cars with a single filament DRL, the sidelights are also 21w then? Is this only for cars without a dim/dip relay?

What about cars without DRL? How bright are their sidelights?
eye of ra wrote:
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It may work if the single bulb contact is touching either of the two contacts in the holder.

As I understand it (see question in "The story of #89/480 continues..." thread) if its touching the 4w contact or both the light would be permanently on, if only 21w contact it will go out when the popups are in use.
This can happen if the 21/4 isn’t inserted correctly, you can see where one Bulb is at 21w and one is at 4! :o
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by eye of ra » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:50 pm

89of480 wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:58 am
Does that mean on cars with a single filament DRL, the sidelights are also 21w then? Is this only for cars without a dim/dip relay?
It’s difficult to tell as the diagrams don’t always make it clear region by region but as far as I can tell they all should have the duel filament just used in a different way.

In the UK you basically have a bright DRL and a dim DRL once the popups come up.

Elsewhere (don’t have the dim/dip relay) it’s a bright DRL and a parking light (ignition off, light switch on position one).
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I believe BAZ15S are single filament, and I’m pretty sure the indicator bulbs are BA15S?
Correct and correct as well as reversing lights, rear fog lights and rear window brake light.
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by frenchfries » Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:56 pm

Forgive me for being thick but if in the UK you have bright and dim DLR is it not supposed to be BAZ15D, 4/21 bulbs then?

I am interested in buying the LED we are talking about but they are single filament.

Sorry in advance :roll:
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by 89of480 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:19 am

frenchfries wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:56 pm
Forgive me for being thick but if in the UK you have bright and dim DLR is it not supposed to be BAZ15D, 4/21 bulbs then?

I am interested in buying the LED we are talking about but they are single filament.

Sorry in advance :roll:
Yes that’s correct, BAZ15D 21/4 are the UK DRL bulbs for dual filaments, for single filament I am not too sure, if you pull the bulb out of the holder it should say on the bulb what type it is :)
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by frenchfries » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:44 am

89of480 wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:19 am
frenchfries wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:56 pm
Forgive me for being thick but if in the UK you have bright and dim DLR is it not supposed to be BAZ15D, 4/21 bulbs then?

I am interested in buying the LED we are talking about but they are single filament.

Sorry in advance :roll:
Yes that’s correct, BAZ15D 21/4 are the UK DRL bulbs for dual filaments, for single filament I am not too sure, if you pull the bulb out of the holder it should say on the bulb what type it is :)
Thank you, it is all clear now, no pun intended :)

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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by eye of ra » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:57 am

Yes the DRL in the UK should be a BAZ15D. As mentioned above if you are using a BAZ15S it’ll be working incorrectly and by luck not design.

I called the 4W filament Dim DRLs as not sure what else to call them really, the diagrams call them parking lights but in the UK they’re not used for parking.

Done a little more digging and at some point (looks possibly pre 87) somewhere (but not the UK) there was a car without DRLs and only parking lights so would have had a single filament 4W bulb.

In the UK we have a Dim/Dip Relay that gives us (for want of a better term) Sidelights when position one is used on the light switch. Popups come up and main lights shine dimly and Dim DRL/Parking Lights use 4W.

Elsewhere position one is only used when the ignition is off and the car is parked. Popups are down and only the 4W parking light is on. Without more digging I can’t be sure but if the car is being driven and position one is selected nothing happens.

Everywhere (with the exception of the car without DRL) when the light switch is on position 0 and the ignition is on the 21W AND 4W filaments are used (explains the lenses melting).

When the light switch is on Position 2 all cars are the same (including the car without DRL). Popups up, main beam on and 4W Dim DRL/Parking Light is on.

Hope that all makes sense and I could be wrong with some cars as I’m sure I’m missing at least one book of diagrams and as stated before regions are not always mentioned.

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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by 89of480 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:00 pm

frenchfries wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:44 am

Thank you, it is all clear now, no pun intended :)

Lol, out of stock :crazy:
Haha, hopefully they will be back in stock soon! ;)
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by Jaster » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:12 pm

Oli and I have been using those LEDs in our cars for a while, his is a daily driver in London and no objections from the rozzers so far. There is anecdotal evidence (including on this forum) of people being pulled over and having to remove them in the past due to them being too 'blue', but that was a few years ago. Compared to what modern cars have fitted as standard they're really not particularly offensive. That said, I'll be adding a diffuser and colour filter to mine to make them look more like incandescents, but that's purely an aesthetic choice.
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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by 89of480 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:37 pm

Jaster wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:12 pm
Oli and I have been using those LEDs in our cars for a while, his is a daily driver in London and no objections from the rozzers so far. There is anecdotal evidence (including on this forum) of people being pulled over and having to remove them in the past due to them being too 'blue', but that was a few years ago. Compared to what modern cars have fitted as standard they're really not particularly offensive. That said, I'll be adding a diffuser and colour filter to mine to make them look more like incandescents, but that's purely an aesthetic choice.
I will agree completely on the “too blue” aspect; like you say, those posts were from years ago about them being too blue, when LED DRL’s weren’t much of a thing, or even DRL’s weren’t that common over here (in the uk at least), and like you say, they are not as bright or as blue as some of the modern DRLs anyway, I wouldn’t say they are any brighter, or, as you said, offensive than the ones on my new BMW either;

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Re: So, today was the day...

Post by jifflemon » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:10 pm

Just a little update, in case anyone was worried I'd given up! :rofl:

I tend to take the 480 off the road in November for 6 months, as I've a selection of cars I can drag through the great British winters

I've also had to help move my friend's business (the bodyshop) to new premises, which has massively impacted weekend playtime too (weekends tend to be when we work on project cars), as it was a much smaller unit than his old one. Its slowly getting there now though, but nowhere near the point of really getting stuck into the 480.

So, I've been planning things and amassing the spare bits that I'll be needing!

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