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ASC Tour - LED Brake Light Bar

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I attended the SDC and ASC National Meet in South Bend this past weekend (which was a lot of fun).  During the ASC Driving Tour, I had a number of folks inquire about the LED brake light bar I had on my Light Six and I said I would post info about where I got it so here you go.....

 

I purchased this from:  http://www.brakeflasher.com/brake.htm

 

It is connected to the mechanical brake switch (pulled on by a wire connected to the brake rod) that I previously installed in the car and turns on the STOP lamp.  That little lamp on the left side is really hard to see, so to avoid getting rear ended, which just happened to me today while driving a 2017 GMC Denali HD Pickup (distracted driver), I added this high mount LED.  It works with 6 or 12 volts and positive or negative ground.  What is really nice is that it can be adjusted to flash, then go steady.  It suction cups to the rear window and has a quick connect plug so is easily removed for shows.  Very bright and the flashing feature really grabs your attention. It is a bit pricey at $68 but the added safety factor is well worth it.  Very simple hook up - one wire to the brake switch and the other to ground.

 

Scott

 

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Thanks for posting this Scott. I've been considering a third brake light for my '54 Stude sedan, since I drive it as an everyday vehicle when I'm not working.

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Scott, I was getting ready to order one of these third brake lights, but noticed they have two versions. One is inside an acrylic tube for about $68 (which sounds like the one you got) and the other is inside an aluminum tube for about $120. Did you consider the costlier one, and if so why did you decide against it? 

 

(I especially like that these will work on either 12 or 6 volt, positive or negative ground, since I have Studebakers with both voltages.)

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Since I was using it inside the car and it is on suction cups I figured I would go as light as possible and, with the plastic housing, if it fell off it was very unlikely to scratch the paint. Now that I've had it for a year, I would go the same route. Excellent investment.

Scott

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I added turn signals (cowl lamps from a 1921 Light Six) to my rear bumper and a 1918 aftermarket turn signal switch to my steering column to keep things period correct and stay in harmony with the design of the car. They just flash yellow like other cars. My technique though is to hit my brake pedal shortly after signaling with the turn signal. This gets the LED brake bar flashing which grabs the attention of the texting driver behind me.  Then they notice the turn signals. The flashing feature on the LED brake bar is a real plus.

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Turn signal switch

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Rear light - used amber bulb

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For front signals, I added dual elements to the front parking lamps mounted on the cowl.

 

As mentioned though, the flashing LED bar is literally the life saver.

 

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I added rear turn signals and an original accessory stop lamp to my '25 Buick.The turn signals are NOS trailer lights that match the lone tail light perfectly.Also installed tinfoil tart cups for reflectors.I have  toggle switches and light bar mounted under the dash to activate the turn signals. I'm presently looking for a pair of 1925-26-27 Buick cowl lamps to use for front turn signals. The stop lamp lights up green (!) and gets your attention.  The brake light bar is also a great idea.

Jim

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Do we know of any alternative websites to get one of these lights. I ordered one last week and then emailed last night to ask when it would be shipped and this morning I got a refund email from PayPal. Seller stated he was not able to fill the order at this time. 

 

I wound up ordering from J and L Enterprise for $60 plus shipping.

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3 hours ago, kclark said:

Seller stated he was not able to fill the order at this time.

Mine was refunded this morning too. I wondered if his shipping charges were too low and he was making a loss.

 

Thanks for the alternative web site.

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