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are there any bulbs one can get which would make the parking lights brighter on a 96/97 Tbird?

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i think porkchop... have the led buld for them that look bright as hell.

he got it from ebay.
 

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Thanks...so...? for porkchop

Porchop and others: Thanks a lot!

I looked at the Sylvania ss signal..but I don;t know...\\

Porkchops:

So those lights are led, and they work without any mod's or alterations to our wiring? Just take out the old bulb and push the new one in?
Do we have the 3157 type? (I'm not sure).

I don't have clear corners...do you think the white led would be better anyway?

Please let me know, and thanks again :)
Oh, and do you have any photos of your parking lights?

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Well guys,

I've been reading further on the LED park/turn signals on the web. As I heard back from Porkchops again, I still don't know if his just worked out of the box..

From what I've read so far: LEDs draw less current than normal bulbs, so the car thinks a turn signal bulb is burnt out, and will blink rapidly (in older cars which have a thermal-type flaher...I think our cars probably do.), or the blinker won't operate at all.
SO: One needs either an "electronic" flasher unit, or load equalizers on the blinker wires to make the current draw equal that of a regular bulb, so it won't rapid-flash and work normally. It's a pity that only 2 of the online shops mentioned this problem with replacing regular bulbs with LEDs...perhaps on most new cars, the flashers are all electronic and LED compatible.
There were many forums where I read threads with people not knowing this swapping regular bulbs to LEDs, and trun signals not working at all, or rapi-flashing.

The thing is, I don't know what they mean by "older" cars...are ours new enough to have electronic flashers? somehow I doubt it, 'cause a guy had the same problem in his 97 explorer after getting LED park/turn bulbs.

If it weren't for those glitvches, I'd do this as fast as I can: I found 100's of places online (inlcuding the ones that Porkchops got) which sell 3157 type park/turn LED bulbs that have as many as 48 LEDs (!!!), so it will cover the whole reflector area, making the light VERY bright. Those with more than 25 LEDs fire staright AND radially to make use of the reflector housing just like a regualr bulb, and be really bright. The ones with less than 20 LEDs fire straight, not making use of the reflector area, so they're not as bright.

I'm dying to know if Porkchops or any of you guys needed those things in order for the LEDs to operate, or if his just worked fine without anything...

anyone who can shed more "light" onto these issues will be appreciated.
 

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ehhh just throw a resistor in the circuit and you'll be fine.

you got the 96+ headlights so just get silverstar headlights and silverstar turn signals with clear corners. stage one complete lol

dont get too much into lights or you'll spend 600+ dollars on lights like i did.

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Thanks..one more "?"

Yeah Porkchops, I might go the clear corner-Silverstar route.

Another "?":

One type of bulb is used in 96/97 Bird's INNER parking lights (NOT the outer ones where they have the turn signal);
I mean the amber parking/running lights next to the grill on each side of it.
is it also 3157?

(I wonder what would happen if I just replaced those INNER park lights with LEDs???)


btw: i'm running Phillips Vision Plus as headlights after trying silverstars; the phillips are much brighter....
 

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all our parking lamps, corners and rear tailights use the same bulb 3156/3157...same crap

im currently using ss parking and signals, with true hid's and projector headlights, hella ff75 driving lights *using ss bulbs*, and brigher 3457 tail light bulbs. wow thats a lil scary
 

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I'm using 3457's in the front turn signals and the brakelights, hyper-white 3156 bulbs in the reverse lights, standard 3157's in the center lights on the front.

Only real difference (from what I understand) is that 3156 = single filament, 3157 = double filament.
 

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cougar_guy04 said:
I'm using 3457's in the front turn signals and the brakelights, hyper-white 3156 bulbs in the reverse lights, standard 3157's in the center lights on the front.

Only real difference (from what I understand) is that 3156 = single filament, 3157 = double filament.
you're using 3457 in the front?
is that the oem type/ what's the difference btw. 3457 and 3157?
 

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porkchop2oo2 said:
all our parking lamps, corners and rear tailights use the same bulb 3156/3157...same crap

im currently using ss parking and signals, and brigher 3457 tail light bulbs.
so you're using silverstars with the amber lense? did they make a difference even with the amber lenses? I thought ss signal lights were only good with clear corners...
(so where are you using the LED lights? or did i misunderstand something about your light-setup??)
 

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i did the 96+ headlight swap and went with clear corners and yes i went with the ss 3157's

the hella foglights need h7 bulbs so i bought ss bulbs and put em in the foglight. one bulb finnaly gave up on me so i put the stock h7 bulb back inside one of em. ill take pics when i get my camera back from my girlfriend tonight. not THAT much of a difference but still cleaner.

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See, im currently using ss parking and signals *for clear corners*, with true hid's and projector headlights, hella ff75 driving lights *using ss bulbs*, hyper white reverse lights, and brigher 3457 tail light bulbs.
 

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You will more than likely have "hyper-flash" we put led lights in our aluminum flatbed on our new truck. We had that problem. Two load-resistors solved the problem.

This is the first link I found on google, go too the way bottom.

http://www.ledtronics.com/ds/aut1157ri/

Another thing you could do is go get an elcheapo trailer light. If I remember right if you find a marker light that has a 194 bulb in it it should have enough draw to prevent the flash. Just mount the the light in your engine bay somewhere making sure it is grounded right then just splice/solder the hot/posotive wire in your turnsignal wire. Do one on each side and you are good to go. If you hide the light well enough you wouldn't know any different. Just a cheaper alternative to the load resistor I posted.
 

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Thanks...aniother idea.

Thanks for all your replies and for the patience :)

I'm now thinking of getting some hyper-white 3157 bulbs (PIAA or Nokya or Eurolite), and putiing them ONLY in the INNER parking lights...

That INNER oem parking light lense is not colored from outside, but light up amber...how come? is the 3157 bulb in there amber itself?

if that IS the case, then I can use a hyper white OR amber bulb to make it more bright as "running" lights...becaue the lense is "clear" on the inner's.

wonder how it would look if just the inner parking lights are bright-white and the corners amber...ugly?
or perhaps I should just make the inners bright amber...

and are PIAA Xtreme White bulbs good? (costly!)
How about Nokya?
or is SS better than those?

Thanks...again!
 
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