Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Lakemoor, IL (northwest Chicago burbs)
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Please enlighten me.
LEDs are cool and they save power as long as you don't need a resistor to fix the fast blinking. But, putting a resistor in parallel to the LEDs just makes the circuit pull as much current as the light bulb would have. Sure you wont burn out an LED anywhere near as fast as a bulb and they are a few milliseconds faster to turn on and off, but is it really worth the money? You can buy a bunch of bulbs for the cost of an LED tail light. 90,000 miles and the factory bulbs are still going strong.
For things like rock lights, 1 watt LEDs are much better than 55 watt halogens because they use 55 times less power, give good flood patterns, and are tiny. But using a low power LED tail light only to burn ~50 watts of heat in a parallel resistor doesn't make much sense to me.
Please explain the appeal.
2007 JK Rubicon Unlimited Rescue Green 6 Speed
Mods Shrockworks Rails & Bumpers, Currie Lift, Tom Woods 1350 driveshafts, 35" Toyo M/Ts on ProComp 7028s