[T3] LEDs for directionals

Max Welton max.welton.2k at gmail.com
Thu May 19 17:04:22 PDT 2022

On Thu, May 19, 2022 at 1:34 PM Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:

> >>
> >>
> https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/flashers-load-resistors/led-light-load-resistor-kit-led-turn-signal-hyper-flash-warning-fix/190/831/?accessory_of=2625-recommended
> >
> >Unfortunate and silly to waste power in a resistor just so you can
> install
> >power saving LEDs. I suspect this mod ends up using more power in the
> >end, making the whole effort expensive AND pointless. Hope you didn't
> have
> >to go down that hole.

No I didn't. If you watched the little video, I just replaced the
incandescent bulb with leds. I didn't expect them to work. If it's only a
happy accident ... I don't really care. ;-)

But I think you missed the point of the leds. Yes, they theoretically use
less power. But one of the problems with our old cars is that the lights
aren't very bright compared to modern cars we share the road with.

The main benefit to leds is that they can be BRIGHT without melting the
plastic around them. An added bonus is that they illuminate abruptly
compared to the bulbs, making brake and turn signals more attention-getting
when they come on. In my opinion these two things make the car safer,
particularly at night. My house is about 8 miles from the first street

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