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Offline MtDewMadMan

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LED dash lights
« on: October 18, 2020, 04:02:20 pm »
Sorry for probably a silly question but I'm a bit confused. I used the search option on here to try and find the answer but didn't get results for my particular question.
1984 RamCharger 360 4x4
So I swapped out every standard bulb in my dash with eBay LED lights. On a budget and got them there. Non dimmable but not a concern for me. Since I've changed them the idiot light to unlock hubs won't go out. It's came on before but went off after a while.
I have the manual lockouts so I know they're not engaged just don't understand why the light wont go off now. I know the simple fix is to just pull the bulb, but it worked properly before so I'm just wondering what may have caused it to do this.
Thank you for your time.

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    Offline KG5JXO

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #1 on: October 19, 2020, 04:19:43 pm »
    not familiar with an 84, is it hard to swap the regular bulb back in? if its not I'd start there, assuming things go back to normal you likely have a bad ground.
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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #2 on: October 19, 2020, 06:40:48 pm »
    Thank you I'll look into that.

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #3 on: October 19, 2020, 09:25:00 pm »
    LED Bulb quality varies widly depending on where you got them.  After trying a few ebay & amazon led bulb's...I exclusively buy from SuperBrightLEDs.com and VLEDs.com now.  I've put LED's in all my old mopar's and love them.

    it can get spendy quick though. 

    One of the things I learned was to buy the same color LED as the lends it'll be behind.  Meaning buy Green LED's for the turn signal indicators and such.

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #4 on: October 20, 2020, 03:53:47 am »
    Yes the higher quality LED do get expensive quick. I went with all white, got a package deal on them. Sadly it wasn't a simple plug and play, I had to take everything back apart because only one worked. Turns out I had to find the correct polarity of mine.

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #5 on: October 20, 2020, 04:44:24 am »
    My surprise for this morning on the way to work. Now my right hand turn signal indicator stays on.

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #6 on: October 20, 2020, 03:09:41 pm »
    Just put a standard bulb in, no change except it's dimmer.

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #7 on: October 20, 2020, 05:01:21 pm »
    Took the dash apart again, checked all connections and bulb sockets. All appears good. Have noticed if I hold up on the turn lever slightly the turn indicator goes out. A possibility?

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #8 on: October 20, 2020, 06:26:08 pm »
    How much simpler could it have been? Front right signal light worked when it wanted to, loose filament in the bulb. Replaced bulb, no more dash indicator light.

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #9 on: October 22, 2020, 10:49:53 am »
    always something tiny you don't even think about
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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #10 on: October 23, 2020, 08:16:42 pm »
    always something tiny you don't even think about

    oh yeah...but after you spend 5 times the actual cost to fix before finding it though :)  (Or at least that's my luck )

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #11 on: October 31, 2020, 10:51:46 am »
    I replaced all mine with LEDs and they're perfectly dimmable just like an old style bulb. Can't remember where I got them from though. Huuuuuge improvement.

    But man the turn signal dashboard indicators are BRIGHT AS HELL now and darn new blind me at night. I'm going to pull those back out and put normal bulbs in lol.
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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #12 on: October 31, 2020, 04:40:55 pm »
    The issue is the the bulbs originally came in different brightness's. The LEDs claim to replace them all, but only have one brightness, some dim able, others not. Finding what you like for the indicator lights, high beam, brake light, can be a hit or miss deal. Also need to watch because some get hot, which may be too much for the high beam, or brake light covering. Or others do not draw enough current, and mess with the turn signal indicators. The simple solution, is what James did, and reuse the old bulbs. Others have gone to splicing in resistors to control the current. or others have just kept trying until they find a bulb that works.
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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #13 on: November 1, 2020, 05:40:52 am »
    I used 8 SMD 6000K bright white. I personally like the dash lights bright. They were advertised as low heat and low power consumption. Hopefully that turns out to be accurate.
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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #14 on: November 1, 2020, 09:32:23 am »
    You made me curious about the heat my particular LED dash lights produce. Hooked a spare one up with alligator clip leads and let it sit roughly two hours. It doesn't put out any more heat than a standard bulb. Clips are cool to the touch also thankfully.

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #15 on: November 1, 2020, 10:13:16 am »
    Yes, most are cooler. But I have found some dimmable ones that get too hot to the touch. I guess the common factor I found is they are mounted on a piece of aluminum.
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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #16 on: November 1, 2020, 10:34:57 am »
    Thank you SuperBurban, I think I'll test my exterior lights when they arrive just for peace of mind that they also don't get too hot. Appreciate that thought, it honestly never crossed my mind.

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    Re: LED dash lights
    « Reply #17 on: November 1, 2020, 12:43:54 pm »
    Unless they get real hot, I would not sweat over exterrior lights. The only heat issues I have seen, are the dash lights that have a plastic cover over them.
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