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Old 02-16-2013, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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LED license plate light

I want to get an LED light bulb for my license plate light. I do not want to run wires or anything like that. I simply just want a bulb were i can plug it in and go. Does anyone know where i can get one?
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Do you use a 194 T10 wedge base bulb?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/T10-White-8-...item3f21598b72

I use those in both my cars.

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Old 02-16-2013, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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www.superbrightleds.com or http://store.ijdmtoy.com/
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If I purchase and LED bulb from www.superbrightleds.com can I buy it and then just swap it out with the original one? Or would I have to purchase a kit or anything like that?
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should be plug and play since i have them on mine. You would only need resistors if you're using leds for the front turn signals, or rear turn signals to keep them from hyperflashing otherwise just make sure you get the correct bulb number led.
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No sense overpaying from superbright or jdmtoys. Those 99 cent ebay ones work great and look fantastic.
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No sense overpaying from superbright or jdmtoys. Those 99 cent ebay ones work great and look fantastic.
I completely disagree with the statement above. Ebay ones do not last long at all. Those 99 cent one last only a couple months before they burn out. I spent over $100 on changing all of my bulbs to LED's and never had any burn out on me for the past 3 years, ive had many bad experiences with cheap ebay LED's and its not worth the money. Go to superbrightleds, or v-leds. Like most things, you get what you pay for.
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Had mine for 2 years, no issues. Superbright and JDMtoy all get their LED's from the same Chinese factories in bulk, you're just paying a middle man for customer service. Of the LED failures I've had, it was a wedge base from Superbright. They sent me another one no problems, but at 99 cent who really cares vs $5-$8 each. I'm not the only one running the cheapy 99cent ones either. The newer 3528 SMD's in use are pretty robust, if you're burning them out all the time its more likely an issue with the vehicle electrical system since LED's are more sensitive to voltage spikes. The past problems with ebay LEDs is that they were not voltage regulated, not the case anymore. My 99 cent plate bulbs have a small chip and resistor which steps the voltage down from 12-15v to like 5 or 8v, I don't remember now. That's why old ones burned up and new ones don't.
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Gen6

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lexus-Toyota...item5d312a8fd3

i have them on my car and they look amazing
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Don't waste time with the ebay leds. They don't last with no voltage regulation.

http://www.vleds.com/bulb/194-168-15...58-1-pair.html
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Didn't you read anything I posted? They do have voltage regulation!
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I vouch for www.VLEDS.com . eBay ones are cheap and look purple or bluish-white. Every time I see a car on the road at night with cheap eBay LEDs or autozone LEDs I can't help but to think about how poorly the LEDs look. They are advertised as "Pure, Hyper, Xenon White" but yet they do not look white. They look Bluish-White or some even look damn near Light Purplish-White.

If you want TRUE 5k PURE CRISP CLEAN WHITE than you have to get it from V-LEDs... If you want cheap LEDs that claim they are "White" but are really 6,000k-6,500k range than go for eBay.. Also VLEDs use 5050 SMD style LEDs. 5050SMD is better than 3528..

However, there are very few eBay sellers that actually do sell pure white 5k LEDs that are also 5050SMD style. Those are rare and hard to come by and most of the sellers don't even specify in the description if it's 5k or 6k

The ones you posted in the picture below even looks bluish-white... I would never put those on my car. They look like you paid $0.99 for them.

And no, it's not your "camera" that makes the picture look purple/bluish-white. It's actually the color your LEDs emit. Those who are unfamiliar with the differences between 5k and 6k will say 6k looks white when actually no it does not.

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Do you use a 194 T10 wedge base bulb?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/T10-White-8-...item3f21598b72

I use those in both my cars.

This is how pure white should look..







Here's a picture of my 5K LEDs in my back seats compared to my eBay "White" LED strips.. Both are advertised as white, but honestly do you really think those LED strips look white? They are more Purplish-white..

It's possible to get 5K Pure white LEDs on eBay, but nearly 75% of eBay sellers only have 6,000k+ LEDs..


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5050 vs 3528, how is one better than the other? They're just two different kinds of LED emitter. That's like saying that a 9005 high beam bulb is better than a 9006 low beam bulb. Two different things. The 5050 is better in some applications where as the 3528 is better in others.

My Sony DSC P100 is a pretty old digital camera and has a hard time doing white balance especially in low light. They're white. Not to mention, my car is blue so if you're basing off the color of light on the bumper well duh.

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5050 vs 3528, how is one better than the other? They're just two different kinds of LED emitter. That's like saying that a 9005 high beam bulb is better than a 9006 low beam bulb. Two different things. The 5050 is better in some applications where as the 3528 is better in others.

My Sony DSC P100 is a pretty old digital camera and has a hard time doing white balance especially in low light. They're white. Not to mention, my car is blue so if you're basing off the color of light on the bumper well duh.
How is one better than the other?

5050 SMD is brighter than 3528 SMD.

5050 SMD contains 3 LED chips in 1 housing, 3528 contains 1 LED chip per housing.

So what does that mean? That means 5050 SMD are 3x as bright as 3528.

a LED bulb that is 5050 style and has 5 LEDs on it is equivalent to a 3528 bulb that contains 15 LEDs on it.

The eBay ones you linked that has 8 individual LEDs of 3528 style is equivalent to a 5050 SMD style bulb that only has 2.5 LEDs.

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If you were going to compare a single 5050 LED and a single 3528 LED, the 5050 would be brighter.
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Except you can't fit but 2 5050 emitters through a hole that a 194 bulb passes through, and that's a tight fit. So 8 3528 are brighter than 2 5050, and fit in a smaller area. Now, 5050 SMD also have a much higher heat concentration which must be taken into account since it's 3 emitters in one package. Even packed tightly together 8 3528 have no heat issues, where as tightly packed 5050 do have heat problems, which is why you don't usually see them tightly packed on boards.

I have the GF's D5100 here at the moment, I'll get some better photo's. I even have a tripod! I need to get one of my Ebay dome light anyway.
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