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    New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    I know there's been a fair amount of discussion on this forum about the pros and cons of switching to LED taillight bulbs. This is a concept that many of us in the Cougar crowd have been intrigued by for a while, but no product has really been good enough to justify a change... until now. Check out these "Plasma" LED bulbs that are a direct, plug-and-play replacement for your incandescent taillight bulbs.





    Here's a scientific test I did using identical exposure settings to show the difference in brightness:





    Since our taillights are one of the most eye-catching, defining features on our cars, it stands to reason that we like the idea of them being bright. Well, these new bulbs are BRIGHT. We have to give thanks to a customer of ours who hooked us up with the source of these bulbs, in China of course. Because of that, we're able to sell these cheaper than the older tower-style LED bulbs that I dismissed in my little video test I did earlier this year.

    We did a new video test this week at Brian A.'s place (thanks again Brian!) with a lineup of three first-gen Cougars. Check it out:



    So that pretty much sums it up. They're bright! We're selling a six-back of bulbs here.

    They are plug-and-play for 1967-68, but for 69-73 you'll need to change over to the solid state flasher unit, as well as [probably] the solid state sequential unit. We're still gathering information on what's needed. Feel free to chime in, those of you who are electrically inclined.
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    WOW - do you think it's too bright? There is technically a DOT scale of allowed brightness for safety reasons....but they will draw less current than your standard bulbs - so yeah, I can see why a change in the flasher control would be necessary to compensate for less draw. I think the solid state units have a trim pot you can tweak.......

    You shouldn't have to worry about one burning out at least......plus they won't heat up as much. Nice pics andrew
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    They draw about half of the incandescent bulbs and to be honest when the brake lights go on they almost look too bright! If you stand 4 feet away in the dark and focus on them while the brakes lights are on for 30 seconds and then look away you see spots... Highly doubt you would ever get pulled over for it as shockingly bright lights seem to be the norm these days. I do like the fact that it wakes the person up following you when the brake lights go on! I would like to get them tested so we could rate them properly.

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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bad69cat View Post
    Nice pics andrew!
    Thanks

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    WHen will they be back in stock? I want...
    That was an error on our site, they should be orderable again. We've got hundreds of 'em.
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    We installed them in my 71 yesterday and then I drove home from Salem to Gresham, about 50 miles both on two lane country and interstate roads. I still had the original turn signal sequential box with relays in the trunk with the 71 flasher can under the dash. When changing to the LED light you have to change to the new solid state box in the trunk and to the solid state flasher. We did not have the flasher in stock but I did install the sequential box and the lights. WOW they are bright!! I was not tailgated on the way home at all. While going down a two lane country road with no traffic around me I can easily read the road signs behind me for the oncoming traffic. When I stepped on the brake I could see the reflection for a good 75-100 yards and if it was a large sign I could see them for a long long way! I don,t know if it was me cause I was looking and paying more attention but it seemed that when I applied the brake there was an immediate and drastic response behind me. Without the solid state flasher the lights will not sequence but the inner and corner marker light will flash so I chose to drive home knowing I had some kind of turn indicator. You will definitely see brake lights on the vehicle behind you!! I agree with Don in that they are almost too bright but it was worth it knowing the people behind me really knew when I applied the brakes!
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    Still plug and play on a 1967 that has been converted to a solid state unit?
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    1st all I can say is that i'm jealous that Brian has a garage he can park 3 cats next to each other and still have room to spare :loll: Man those lamps are bright! Thanks to Richard for making a test run for the phat cats, would you also need to also change out the emergency flasher can?
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cavallino View Post
    Still plug and play on a 1967 that has been converted to a solid state unit?
    Yes, in fact they might perform a little better with the solid state box.

    Quote Originally Posted by CatsRock View Post
    Would you also need to also change out the emergency flasher can?
    I'm guessing not, but it wouldn't hurt. That's another question for Richard or some of the other electrical gurus around here.
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    Ahhh. Taillights that potentially match the output of my relay-activated H1/H4 quartz halogen headlights......
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    Need to know what they look like in daylight. When I used a set of similar bulbs all I got was a small round circle in the middle of the tail light lens. A shorter bulb, further away from the lens works fine in daylight
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    Quote Originally Posted by leonbray View Post
    Need to know what they look like in daylight. When I used a set of similar bulbs all I got was a small round circle in the middle of the tail light lens. A shorter bulb, further away from the lens works fine in daylight
    I'll make a mental note to get some daylight pictures. For what it's worth, the stacked comparison video clip (at about 2:25 in the video) was done with all the shop lights on. Not the same as daylight, but a significant amount of ambient light anyway.
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    I didn't change the emergency flasher can and I checked and the flashers are sequencing as they should. As for daylight use, they are extremely bright in the daylight also. Moved my cat out to the street and from 50 to 200 feet they are bright and stand out. They are much cleaner looking, it seems to me the 1157 bulbs always seemed to sort of blend together as they sequenced but the LED lights are crisp and really more individual looking. Maybe cause they're brighter. I really do like these lights!
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    I suppose you could put a little in-line resistor to reduce the brightness if its to mch....but yeah making somebody back off is always good!
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    Re: New 1157 "Plasma" LED Taillight Bulbs: Friggin' Bright!

    So, I can use the LED bulbs if I plug this little jewel into my 69 XR 7?

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