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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: LED tail lights and turn signals for 1965 beetle Reply with quote

Does anyone make LED tail light assemblies and turn signal assemblies.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get LED bulbs, just not sure if they make them in 6 volts.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 6:41 pm    Post subject: LED Bulbs Reply with quote

Where can you get them? I've tried Mid America, Airhead, Wolfsburg and a couple others. Can't find them. Have a link?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a few here:

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/index...12-24V.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Led snowflakes:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=380541&highlight=led+snowflake
if you search LED tail light in the 58-67 forum, it will keep you reading for a while..
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You wanting a whole unit? or just the bulbs?

There are a couple of whole unit set-ups in the classified here, they are 12v though, and honestly don't look very bright to me in the pictures.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1267895
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1268796

If you just want the bulbs, most auto parts stores have them, assuming you have converted to 12v. If you are still 6v, probably not gonna find them in stores easily.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

glutamodo wrote:
There's a few here:

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/index...12-24V.htm


That's where I got mine. No need for a "unit". Just buy the bulbs.

From someone who has gone this route, be prepared to spend $200 to convert your brake/running lights, front turns and rear turns over to LED bulbs. It's wise to get an LED flasher relay as well.

You need to use the 45 LED bulbs for the rear to be bright enough during daytime use. At $25 a pop, it gets pricey quickly.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:10 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thanks to all of you that replied. I have some research to do. I need to look into the LED compatible relay. Didn't even think about that. The superbrightlight website had both 6volt and 12 volt replacements. I need the 6. I have emailed them. We will see what they say. Thanks again to all. I'll be reading for hours it looks like by the forum link! LOL
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad those seem to be fairly weak LEDs. (16/3 lumen for the red one.)

Here's another one I came across - they don't give any intensity specs though.

http://www.ledlight.com/s25-24-led-light-6-volt-dc.aspx
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:00 am    Post subject: Single / Double Reply with quote

the tail lights are double and this one is single pole. Wont work for the 65 tail lights. It's got to be a replacement style for a 1157
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know you can pick up led 1157 bulbs at the parts house here and and truck stops since they have started to convert over. If you need 6v then you could try Ron Francis. They are price but may be able to find them cheaper somewhere else.
http://www.ronfrancis.com/prodinfo.asp?number=LR%2D67

BTW I have converted my 65 over and you may need to run a load res if you have problems with them flashing to fast.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:20 pm    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

Thanks Reedwesd those were a bit pricey and I've already ordered some from another site. I'll see how they look and someone else had sent a link from past forum posts on this subject and that was very informative. I will post the results of my experiments one way or the other.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very curious of your findings.

Could you please post some feedback?

I'm especially interested in these lights. Das anybody got them?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:26 am    Post subject: LED Lights Reply with quote

I don't have much to tell. I ordered the incorrect lights and the new tail light assemblies I ordered to remedy the corrosion would not fit even though I ordered the right year make and model. Just some bad luck. I ended up just polishing the existing assemblies and made sure all contacts were bright and shiny and we've just been doing fine with those. I looked at the lights you posted about and they look good. If you buy them and use them let me know how they work. I am selling my house and retiring so all projects are on hold until I get to my next house and get a garage set up. I'll try something then guaranteed. Sorry I was no help just yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.cool-leds.com/1962-67-vw-led.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch, those kits are expensive. And even worse - they effectively convert the rear lights to "one bulb" operation - and for someone like myself who has Euro style tail light lenses, that is not an option. I would like to know how well they look and work for someone with stock USA-spec all-red taillight lenses.

I'd rather put in matching-color LED bulbs myself, if I was going to LEDs.

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glutamodo wrote:
Ouch, those kits are expensive. And even worse - they effectively convert the rear lights to "one bulb" operation -

http://www.cool-leds.com/1962-67-vw-led.htm



And judging by the videos... they look like Sick ....

Id like to witness those in person, to see if they acaually illuminate the entire lens, or are typical LED directional as the video appears..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

glutamodo wrote:
Ouch, those kits are expensive. And even worse - they effectively convert the rear lights to "one bulb" operation - and for someone like myself who has Euro style tail light lenses, that is not an option. I would like to know how well they look and work for someone with stock USA-spec all-red taillight lenses.

I'd rather put in matching-color LED bulbs myself, if I was going to LEDs.

-Andy
Agreed, Andy. I've seen demos of that Technostalgia set up with US spec lenses I concluded it was a half-assed attempt and a shoddy result. About all it has going for it is the rapid pulse, but so what?

United Pacific began producing exactly what you and I would love to see, individual areas devoted to each bulb represented but, so far as I'm aware they only make one for the late model Bug.

Until someone makes something quality and worth the investment, I'll stick to seperate LEDs. I have a car-wide set on its way in the mail as we speak.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VOLKSWAGNUT wrote:
'69Custom wrote:
glutamodo wrote:
Ouch, those kits are expensive. And even worse - they effectively convert the rear lights to "one bulb" operation -

http://www.cool-leds.com/1962-67-vw-led.htm



And judging by the videos... they look like Sick ....

Id like to witness those in person, to see if they acaually illuminate the entire lens, or are typical LED directional as the video appears..
Behind a lens they are exactly what you'd expect Sick . I only provided that link because options were asked for, not as an endorsement.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:09 pm    Post subject: LED tailights from Chip Reply with quote

esde wrote:
Led snowflakes:
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=380541&highlight=led+snowflake
if you search LED tail light in the 58-67 forum, it will keep you reading for a while..

Chip made a set for my 61...Great Job...and he is super cool guy. They had to be sanded down a little on the side....maybe I can get you a pic of them later tonight.

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