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A bulb burned out in my right tail light. When the bulb went (probably the original) it melted part of the housing (not the lens). Now a standard bulb will not fit since the space is not large enough. I can probably file off the melted plastic, use and LED bulb, or use a halogen bulb. If I file it down, the bulb may not fit snugly. Does someone know the best solution?
You guys have helped me a lot, time for me to offer something up, for what its worth. I had noticed that cars behind me couldn’t see my brake lights or turn signals on my ’56 Buick in daylight conditions. My car is a daily driver and I don’t care if it is a little out of stock if it helps for safety reasons. So I decided to make the stop light and turn signal functions really bright so people can see me. To do this I replaced the stock 1157 bulb with one that has 34 leds but also added a 48 led panel. The led bulb acts like a normal 1157, with a tail light, stop light and turn signal. The led panel is wired to go on only as a brake light or a turn signal. Adding the led panel gives the most increase in brightness. Just replacing the 1157 is not enough. Both of these have “5050” type leds which are the brightest on the market today. Cost was less than $15 for both tail lights. Here they are on Ebay (prices are as of late 2013): Ebay Search: led 1157 5050 34 (Click on images to enlarge) Ebay Search: led panel 5050 48 To replace the standard 1157 bulb with the new one simply open the trunk, pull back the side panel to reveal the backside of the tail light. Squirt wd40 on the plastic connector if it won’t come out with a simple twist. Take the tail light lens off. 4 screws, need a long shaft screwdriver. Squirt wd40 behind the bulb if it doesn’t come out with a simple twist. Insert the new led bulb from the outside, and then replace the plastic connector on the inside. To add the led panel you'll need to connect the black wire to body ground and the red wire to the stop/turn signal wire (green?) that goes into the same plastic connector you removed and replaced above. To create a ground point I simply drilled a small hole in the face of the tail light fixture right next to the 1157 bulb and inserted a self tapping screw. I extended the red (hot, 12v) wire by soldering on a long piece of thin red wire and put some shrink tubing over the connection. I then drilled a hole all the way through the tail light fixture and ran the wire through. I hooked it to the (green ?) wire using a clamp-on tap and a spade connector. The led panel comes with an adhesive foam backing. Simply peel and stick it right below the 1157 led bulb. It needs to be high enough to clear the bottom of the lens when you put that back on. Try the turn signals and stop lights before installing the tail light lens. The result will be a tail light that is VERY bright in daytime situations. People notice my turn signals and stop lights now. Gael
A few years back I bought some halogen lights on old bases... I think they came from Australia but I picked them up at Hershey... the taillights were fine but did draw on the battery when the brakes were applied... the headlights were way too much power draw on my poor 6 volt generator so I took them out the same day I put them in.. I don`t want to change from my 6 volt system I assume LED lights won`t do the same thing.... is anybody getting there made yet on old style bases?... Original bulbs just don`t compete on the road these days.... Thanks