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    Anyone have any good experiencing with getting some 1156A LEDs that are meant to stay on?

    A lot of the ones on the market seem to be for signal lights or whatever that aren't meant to stay on for long periods of time.

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    I put Phillips 1157's in my wife's car for the stop/tail lights. It's been 3 years with no problems. Obviously the stop element isn't on all the time, but the running lights part of it is.

    The car blew constantly blew the filament style, before I put these in.

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    I've never had the impression LED's were not suitable or recommended for "constant on" usage. What do you know that I don't?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePenIsMightier View Post
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    I've never had the impression LED's were not suitable or recommended for "constant on" usage. What do you know that I don't?
    It is a bit strange to me too, but I know I had a few cheapies that burnt out from "always on" operation. They overheated as I could see the burnt marks on the diode. That is the anecdotal side, which led me to do some research.

    I noticed seeing some bulbs that say they cannot be used as DRLs, with no specific reason why. I was assuming maybe heat, but not sure. So it made me think if there were any 1156s out there specifically designed to be very bright (not Sylvania LED crap) but function as DRLs.

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    Is it not something to do with the DRL module in the vehicle, rather than the bulb itself?

    The way I understood was the DRLs were usually just the high beams but voltage regulated by the module so as to be less bright? Typically LEDs don't work with dimmer switches unless you buy specific ones, so perhaps the DRLs are the same?

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    Mopac sells 80W 1156/1157 LEDs that are damned bright and last well. I have some in the truck as DRLs and reverse lights, as well as a bunch on the project car.

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    A means Amber typically those bulbs are turn or marker lights, not DRL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
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    Mopac sells 80W 1156/1157 LEDs that are damned bright and last well. I have some in the truck as DRLs and reverse lights, as well as a bunch on the project car.
    80W LED??!? Wouldn't that be brighter than the sun?
    Likely 8 Watts, non?

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    80W LED??!? Wouldn't that be brighter than the sun?
    Likely 8 Watts, non?
    They have 30W versions and 80W versions...not sure if that’s the rating or equivalent rating...but they are brighter than anything I have gotten elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by never View Post
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    They have 30W versions and 80W versions...not sure if thatís the rating or equivalent rating...but they are brighter than anything I have gotten elsewhere.
    Gotta be equivalent rating. I think halogen headlight bulbs are roughly 65W, so it's guess an LED equivalent to only be around 10W.

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    80W LED??!? Wouldn't that be brighter than the sun?
    Likely 8 Watts, non?
    About 7200 lumens, so brighter than a headlight. You don't want to blind someone behind you with your brake lights or turn signal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by haggis88 View Post
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    Is it not something to do with the DRL module in the vehicle, rather than the bulb itself?

    The way I understood was the DRLs were usually just the high beams but voltage regulated by the module so as to be less bright? Typically LEDs don't work with dimmer switches unless you buy specific ones, so perhaps the DRLs are the same?
    I have a car that works similar to this (reduced V low beams) but many newer cars have dedicated lights for DRL and that's way way better in my opinion.
    Mine chew through expensive halogens like annually. It's fucking irritating but the H1 LEDs are so much bigger than halogen, I'm pretty certain it wouldn't fit in my car without cutting some shit up and I don't want to do that...
    Even though I hate losing so much money on halogens!

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    Just checked, Mopac/PW doesn’t have any detailed specs for the lights.

    http://www.performance-world.com/LED-Bulb-p/400244.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tik-Tok View Post
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    About 7200 lumens, so brighter than a headlight. You don't want to blind someone behind you with your brake lights or turn signal?
    Speaking of which, don't anyone put on that auto flasher for the brake light. Almost triggered once in rush hour and got out and kicked his brake lights in. It was like driving behind a cabbie, two foot driving with Parkinson's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaco View Post
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    A means Amber typically those bulbs are turn or marker lights, not DRL.
    Not on a lot of Toyota trucks. Or any cars using Amber DRLs for that matter. But yes, A means Amber.

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