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    Default LED sidelight bulbs/What do you use?

    Hey guys,

    I've recently acquired a set of Canbis error free LEDs, fitted them the other night. I realise they strobe which is no problem but when the engine was running and the sidelights on, I noticed the drivers side was strobing. (Shortly later I took them out)

    Is this normal, does it eventually stop when the engine has run for a certain amount of time?

    What does everyone else use for their sidelight bulbs? I'm pretty fed up of the dull yellow look.

    Cheers,

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    Mtec 501 bulbs.

    Look blue untill they are on but then give a nice white light (Just not very bright)

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    I left the LED sidies in... the strobing is just the lamp check - a tiny pulse of power that isn't enough to light an incandescent lamp but will light an LED - and in daylight barely noticeable.
    My GSi has now passed 2 MoT tests with the LED sidies fitted and even with me pointing the pulsing out to the tester. From a safety point of view the LEDs are brighter, clearer and whiter.... from a power point of view they draw a fraction of the power of normal lamps.
    On a side note when parking in darkness I've even had a few locals say they thought it was part of some super-dooper alarm system - I'm not about to correct them.

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    I took mine out coz of the strobing. Does it stop after a while. I thought the car was throwing a wobbly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    I left the LED sidies in... the strobing is just the lamp check - a tiny pulse of power that isn't enough to light an incandescent lamp but will light an LED - and in daylight barely noticeable.
    My GSi has now passed 2 MoT tests with the LED sidies fitted and even with me pointing the pulsing out to the tester. From a safety point of view the LEDs are brighter, clearer and whiter.... from a power point of view they draw a fraction of the power of normal lamps.
    On a side note when parking in darkness I've even had a few locals say they thought it was part of some super-dooper alarm system - I'm not about to correct them.
    Do they strobe simultaneously or was they flashing alternatively?

    Again with them being on, I noticed the drivers one was pulsing also... just to clarify this is a lamp check and this will stop eventually I take it?

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    mine strobe they go out after a few min of ignition being off but was told if you fit a resistor to them it draws all the power and stops it but never tried it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcm23251981 View Post
    mine strobe they go out after a few min of ignition being off but was told if you fit a resistor to them it draws all the power and stops it but never tried it
    Interesting. Do you know how this can be done?

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    fitting the resistor to the plug or pulling the wire back and soldering it to them

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcm23251981 View Post
    fitting the resistor to the plug or pulling the wire back and soldering it to them
    Any ideas which resistor I need to do this? Might give it a bash.

    Lew

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    1 watt resistor from maplins

    here is a link but its for a 3 watt which will do

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/3-watt-wirew...=2173&t=module
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