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    Default Fitted LED parking light bulbs: Now its telling me theres a fault?

    Figure this has something to do with the check control system?.

    I fitted LED Xenon parking light bulbs this afternoon ( how fiddly is it getting into the back of the headlight!!!??? )

    I'm sure they are the same wattage/voltage as the standard ones that were in there. Both fitted fine and look great.

    Got in the car and nipped down to the shops. The infocentre thingy was telling me "Check left parking light". So I got out the car and looked, both parking lights were on fine. So I pressed "OK" and it said "Check right parking light". Pressed "OK" again. I just assumed it was maybe because I had removed the old bulbs to fit the new ones and it had sensed the bulbholders were empty for a few seconds.

    Drive off and it does it again and under the speedo there's a yellow bulb symbol in the little display with an exclamation mark in it.

    Both bulbs are working fine so if this is something to do with the check control system, is there any way around it?.

    Also, as I parked up on my drive, got out and walked away from the car, after I had locked it with the remote, I noticed that one of the LED bulbs I had fitted was flashing on and then going off with an interval of a few seconds between flashes. Did that for about a minute then stopped?. Is that related?.

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    if im correct led dont work use less current so it thinks they are faulty and throws a wobbler but one of the techs will confirm

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    Quote Originally Posted by signumT
    if im correct led dont work use less current so it thinks they are faulty and throws a wobbler but one of the techs will confirm
    Darn!!!.

    Thats a pity, they look really good as well:-


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    IIRC.. the LED bulbs won't get recognised by the check computer..

    sad to say that i think they'll have to come back out..

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    Is there any way to add resistors in the wiring to fool the check control system?. Seems like extra hassle though I suppose.

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    does that in mine, I got blue LEDs, and yes its cause the LEDs use such a small current, the computer can't pick up enough resistance in the circut, therefore it thinks the "bulb" as failed of is not present.

    Also, at night, lock the car and look carfully, you might be able to see the LEDs pulsing (near side followed by offside) 1 flash at a time, looks wicked on mine as they strobe blue, and the car is silver, so people who are unaware are slowing down when im in a layby thinking im an undercover car lol!

    back to the warning message, if you put a resistor in the circut of each led, to bring the resistance up to the same as a normal bulb, the warnings should dissapper. i havent done this yet as i need to find out what resistors to get!

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisschild
    Also, at night, lock the car and look carfully, you might be able to see the LEDs pulsing (near side followed by offside) 1 flash at a time, looks wicked on mine as they strobe blue, and the car is silver, so people who are unaware are slowing down when im in a layby thinking im an undercover car lol!
    wanna br careful with that mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie1979
    wanna br careful with that mate!
    Yeah, already had discussion with local police, 1 officer was adiment that the under car lighting i got is illegle, But i stated its legal as long as you cant see the light itself, just what they are glowing onto, and they remain static while car is in motion, he radio'd in the check and i was right

    He didnt notice the fact I was drivin with pure blue sidelights and front fogs on! But the argument I gave for the sidelights was "all the HGVs have them!"

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    I have been thinking about this, i reckon if you put resistors inline you will cut down the voltage to the LED and it wont light properly?

    Or do you mean resistor across the actual bulb

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisschild
    Yeah, already had discussion with local police, 1 officer was adiment that the under car lighting i got is illegle, But i stated its legal as long as you cant see the light itself, just what they are glowing onto, and they remain static while car is in motion, he radio'd in the check and i was right
    Yes and no! There is no provision in the vehicle lighting reglations act (1989) for under car neon lights, therefore there is no specific law against it...... there are ways around that though (which I will not disclose... I have to have some secrets!!).

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