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Originally posted by Hoosteen@Feb 20 2005, 09:01 AM
did you get the leds from superbriteleds or autolumination..* you can get resistors to remove the fast blinking effect.

One thing about LEDs is that its hit or miss... could last 1 month or more than a year.* One thing for sure is that heat will drastically lower the life of LED's...
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If the flasher relay is thermal type you need to replace it with an electronic one.
I just bunged mine in, they flash too fast but I havent checked the flasher relay type yet to find out but led bulbs dont have the resistance to properely load thermal flashers.

If its already electronic then you will need 4 resistors, 1 wired to the feed of each turn signal, these will provide enough resistance to slow the flash rate down. but it can be tricky to find the right wires for the front turn signals.

Flashing to fast could be illegal, here in Europe the law demands a flash rate of between 60 and 120 times a minute.

Theres a big difference between real drivers and those who just hold a licence.
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After installing LEDs in the rear turns, the blink rate was way too fast. A 10-ohm resistor should increase the current flow enough to get the blinker working normal again... Looks like I'm headed to radio shack.


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The turn signals are thermal and I just finished my 21LED turn signal to RED mod. There is a resistor that SuperBrightLEDs.com sells that works perfectly. One drawback, you have to put one load resistor on each led turn signal. If you do all 4 turn signals, then you need 4 load resistors. Maybe I should have done an install how to...


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I've had the LED rear turns in for a couple of weeks and I've had enough of the "hyper blinkers" by now, so I ordered the 3ohm resistors from autolumination.com.

Where is a good place to put the resistors? I'm thinking of putting them on the rear light wires, since they're pretty accessible, and sticking the resistors down in the tire-well. Anyone got suggestions or picts of their install? Can anyone verify this is the right way to go? sarc:


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An install how-to would be awesome... for us newbies who are afraid they are going to screw up their car.
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An install how-to would be awesome... for us newbies who are afraid they are going to screw up their car.
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Originally posted by briansage@Mar 1 2005, 05:28 AM
I've had the LED rear turns in for a couple of weeks and I've had enough of the "hyper blinkers" by now, so I ordered the 3ohm resistors from autolumination.com.

Where is a good place to put the resistors? I'm thinking of putting them on the rear light wires, since they're pretty accessible, and sticking the resistors down in the tire-well. Anyone got suggestions or picts of their install? Can anyone verify this is the right way to go?* sarc:
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On the rear light wires is the way to go, 'cos like you say theres easy access. If you remove the trunk trim panels there is lots of space behind there where you can hide the resistors. I stuk mine onto bits of the hidden bodywork with double sided sticky foam pads. I fitted the wire to the resistor with a quick release connector so that I can, if necessary, unplug the resistors and refit the regular bulbs without overloading. Don't forget that with resistors wired into your turns that the rapid flashing that warns of bulb failure won't occur.

FYI. If you put LEDs in to your stoplights it may cause your cruise control to malfunction. It does on Euro spec cars. See my posting in Europe section.

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Originally posted by briansage@Mar 1 2005, 01:28 AM
I've had the LED rear turns in for a couple of weeks and I've had enough of the "hyper blinkers" by now, so I ordered the 3ohm resistors from autolumination.com.

Where is a good place to put the resistors? I'm thinking of putting them on the rear light wires, since they're pretty accessible, and sticking the resistors down in the tire-well. Anyone got suggestions or picts of their install? Can anyone verify this is the right way to go?* sarc:
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you only need the 3ohm resister if you have leds in the front AND the back , if you have only the back leds and regular bulbs on the front you need the 6ohm resister , according to autoillumination.com

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I just made up my own load resistors. If you just changed out the rear bulbs for LEDs, a 10 ohm @ 10 watt resistors from radio shack works perfectly and costs about $1/side. I mounted the resistor to the inner body just under where the bulbs fit into the lens housing. The trunk carpet liner will pull out of the way for easy access to the lights and wiring. Here is a pic of the driver side with the carpet pulled away from the rear lights.

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I put a T-tap on each wire going to the signal bulb. There is more room if you put the taps near the stop light socket. I used a small wire tie mount to hold the resistor in place and ran the wires to T-taps on the turn signal light wires. To make it completely reversible, I connected the resistor with insulated spade plugs (AZ or pep boys) Very clean, only about 3" of wire and the resistor stays put!

Let me know if anyone wants more detailed parts and instructions...
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Originally posted by aaman+Mar 1 2005, 03:59 PM-->
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...I stuk mine onto bits of the hidden bodywork with double sided sticky foam pads.....

FYI. If you put LEDs in to your stoplights it may cause your cruise control to malfunction. It does on Euro spec cars. See my posting in Europe section.
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Stickey pads: What about the heat generated by the resistors? I guess they don't get that hot?

Brakes: Good tip on the brakes. I wonder if they would benefit from resistors, too.

Euro Spec: this thread? http://forum.mazda6club.com/?showtopic=30318
Ha ha... that sucks. Maybe some resistors will fix that, too. I can't wait to see photos of your install, either.

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I just made up my own load resistors. If you just changed out the rear bulbs for LEDs, a 10 ohm @ 10 watt resistors from radio shack works perfectly and costs about $1/side....
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Damn! I should have asked around before blowing $18 + shipping on autolumination parts

Thanks for the picture. That helps a ton.

About this funny cruise behavior: I haven&#39;t had any problems yet, but I&#39;ve only replaced the two outer brake lights. I wanted to be sure they were bright enough to be safe before going through all 5 red rear lights. Any knowledge about adding resistors to brake lights?


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