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Ntrepid
12-05-2014, 06:59 AM
So I've been thinking about replacing the incandescent bulbs in the taillights of my 93 500E with LED equivalents. From what I have read, it looks like I need to buy LEDs which are colored based on where they are located (i.e. red LEDs for brake, orange for turn signals, etc.). My thought is that using LEDs would be nice as there would be less risk of melting the plastic housing and I would get the near instant on that LEDs provide.

Has anyone done this yet? Any insight on issues to avoid or products you recommend?

Thanks in advance!


Robert

J-Sauce
12-05-2014, 11:09 AM
The brake lights could be white or red. The housing is tinted so even white lights (like the incandescents we already use) will come out red. Signals may need to be yellow, or red if youd like as thats legal too, depending on which version lights you have. You will have to be careful that the new bulbs are not too wide to fit through the narrow openings into the lenses, and may have to install resistors to keep from getting a "bulb out" indicator, but that is well documented elsewhere online.

gerryvz
12-05-2014, 12:06 PM
I'd like to see someone do this and post a "HOW-TO" on it.

Why am I always the only one posting HOW-TOs?

Trae
12-05-2014, 12:23 PM
Quite frankly, we are a little intimidated at your professional way of presenting the jobs to us.
You give beginners, like me, the guts and confidence to do these jobs in the way you lay EVERYTHING out in easy to understand instructions.

Reference my only attempt to do a "how to" on a rear axle:

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/12/2.gif Rear Axel RR-sm.pdf (http://www.500eboard.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=24331&d=1387643941) (328.9 KB, 11 views)

2phast
12-05-2014, 12:27 PM
I actually use LED tail lights, which are a complete assembly with LED's, ballast etc. Very, very bright, think Cadillac CTS bright! Turn signals and backup lights use regular bulbs though.

In the picture, standard bulbs on the left, LED tail light on the right

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/12/18.jpg

clarkz71
12-05-2014, 12:32 PM
https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/12/18.jpg

Hollybrook
12-05-2014, 04:34 PM
Why am I always the only one posting HOW-TOs?

You do such an amazing job with them that perhaps others are intimidated?

M104-AMG
12-05-2014, 04:37 PM
I actually use LED tail lights, which are a complete assembly with LED's, ballast etc. Very, very bright, think Cadillac CTS bright! Turn signals and backup lights use regular bulbs though.

In the picture, standard bulbs on the left, LED tail light on the right

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/12/18.jpg

Can you post a reputable brand and source ?

TIA,
:-) neil

gerryvz
12-05-2014, 04:49 PM
You do such an amazing job with them that perhaps others are intimidated?No, I know Dave and others do far more involved/difficult DIY jobs than I would ever dream of doing. Yet nobody documents the work they do. I just wish more folks would is all. Particularly regular maintenance stuff at 15K and 30K service intervals.

2phast
12-05-2014, 06:28 PM
Can you post a reputable brand and source ?

TIA,
:-) neil

I believe these are the units I purchased.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1986-1995-Mercedes-Benz-300E-190E-W124-L-R-RED-CLEAR-LED-Tail-Light-Brake-Lamp-/181586145138?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a4760af72&vxp=mtr