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Username Post: Turn Signal Flasher Unit        (Topic#354230)
belairbob50 
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12-05-18 05:38 PM - Post#2753533    

I am keeping my car 6 volts. I would like to install 6 volt red LED bulbs in the tail lights for better visibility. When I need to buy a flasher unit for this set up, which one should I purchase? I have been told that a Novita EL13 12 volt unit will work. I was also told that I can only use a 6 volt flasher unit like a Novita LL535. Has anyone gone down this road? Thanks.



 

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Dean50 
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12-05-18 07:38 PM - Post#2753550    
    In response to belairbob50

Hi Bob
Just as far as the LED (my car is 12V) I had to try a couple of normal parts store flashers because those bulbs don't draw enough to actually flash.

Dean50



 
raycow 
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12-06-18 02:04 AM - Post#2753579    
    In response to belairbob50

Dean is right. For reliable operation with LEDs you should use an electronic flasher, not a thermal one like the Novita. One like this should do the trick.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-TURN-SIGNAL-F LASHER-R...

Ray



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belairbob50 
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12-07-18 05:51 PM - Post#2753801    
    In response to raycow

Thanks for the information. Will be checking out an electronic flasher instead of a thermal one.



 
nick3092 
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12-07-18 06:35 PM - Post#2753809    
    In response to belairbob50

We have LED lights in the rear of or '50 and incandescent in the front parking/turn lamps. We still run the the 6v thermal flasher with no issues.

The front bulbs seem to draw more than enough current to trigger the flasher at a normal rate.



 
Tgoss 
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12-08-18 12:46 AM - Post#2753822    
    In response to nick3092

You should always use the flasher rated for the voltage of your bulbs or LED's. I put Led tail lights in my 54 and all was ok until I put LED's in the front parking lights. Then the Current draw was not enough to trip the flasher. By adding a parallel resistor to the turn signal side of each of the front lights, this problem was solved. The LED's I used in front are two colors,white for running/parking and amber for turn signals.

Tgoss

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jstarko0329 
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12-09-18 04:10 AM - Post#2753957    
    In response to belairbob50

My 1950 fleetline is currently 6 volts, and I recently converted the bulbs to LEDs. I'm currently using a CEC EF33W electronic flasher that I bought from jacksonelectricsupply.com

For bulbs, I purchased from superbrightleds.com. My front parking light/turn signal housings have amber glass in them, so I used 1157-W19-6V: Cool White 100 Degree 6VDC bulbs in the front. In the rear, I used 1157-R19-6V: Red 15 Degree 6VDC.

It has worked very well for me, and the LEDs are plenty bright.



 
Dave in VA 
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12-09-18 07:45 AM - Post#2753971    
    In response to jstarko0329

Upon your recommendation, I ordered 2 12v 1157 cool white 18 degree brake/turn signal bulbs from SBL. I tried another kind(amazon)and there was almost zero difference between brake and tail lights. They were returned. Hopefully, these will be better. I'm much more concerned about them being seem during the day.

These taillights



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Edited by Dave in VA on 12-11-18 05:20 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
super_cheyenne 
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12-10-18 06:03 PM - Post#2754113    
    In response to Dave in VA

Dave , please post how you like or dislike the LEDs when you get then . I'm still on the fence ,I'm running 6 volts ,exact same taillights.

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BzZQaU uAUs...


 
Dave in VA 
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12-11-18 05:35 AM - Post#2754133    
    In response to super_cheyenne

Will do. The bulbs should be here Thursday. The regular bulbs I have now seem to be fine at night, but are hard to see during the day.

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1950 Styleline Deluxe 2dr, mostly stock, driver quality...new to me 3/18
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Larry E 
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12-11-18 03:29 PM - Post#2754176    
    In response to Dave in VA

What kind of head lights would you recommend?
Mine are very dim. The car is 12 volts.

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Dave in VA 
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12-11-18 03:48 PM - Post#2754179    
    In response to Larry E

My car has regular 12v sealed beams, and the light output seems fine and not dim at all. How dim are yours? You may have a charging or grounding issue.

"Knowledge is Good" -- Emil Faber

U S Navy MM2 1970-75 USS Canisteo AO-99, USS Miller DE-1091 (The Champagne of Ships)

1950 Styleline Deluxe 2dr, mostly stock, driver quality...new to me 3/18
2016 Equinox LTZ
2017 Silverado LTZ 6.2


 
Dave in VA 
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12-13-18 12:26 PM - Post#2754386    
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Well, I'm disappointed. I don't know if it's because of the blue dots, but these LED's just don't illuminate the lens as good as the old 1157's. They're the narrow beam--18 degree--as opposed to the 100 degree. I think I'm just gonna get new lenses w/o the dots.

OK. Just ordered 2 new glass lenses. I think when the center of the lens is cut out for the dot, a lot of the "fluting" or whatever the ridges inside the lens are called, is removed and the red part of the lens is less illuminated. The blue dots are useless in the daytime, anyway. We shall see...

There are these, but they're not for me.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1949-1950-Chevrol et-Style...

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U S Navy MM2 1970-75 USS Canisteo AO-99, USS Miller DE-1091 (The Champagne of Ships)

1950 Styleline Deluxe 2dr, mostly stock, driver quality...new to me 3/18
2016 Equinox LTZ
2017 Silverado LTZ 6.2


Edited by Dave in VA on 12-13-18 12:49 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
2D51STYDLX 
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12-13-18 05:01 PM - Post#2754422    
    In response to Dave in VA

I gave up and put a 3rd brake light in the back window, its a 12" 6 volt LED bar and works really good. Cant hardly see it till you hit the brakes, very very bright !!!! I think it can also have the turn signals wired in ?

Roger
1951 2 door Deluxe Bone stock, well not quite, bucket seats.
Broken hearts and dirty windows
Make life difficult to see
Thats why last night and this morning
Always look the same to me
John Prine



 
Dave in VA 
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12-17-18 09:07 AM - Post#2754798    
    In response to Dave in VA

OK. I installed the new lenses. Nice looking ebay glass repops. Guide, and deep red. The LED bulb still didn't illuminate the lens as well as the 1157. I think an LED with a different configuration might work better. My bulb had the LED's facing out facing in one direction, only. With the 1157's, the new lenses are illuminated much better than with the blue dots. So I'm done, for now.

"Knowledge is Good" -- Emil Faber

U S Navy MM2 1970-75 USS Canisteo AO-99, USS Miller DE-1091 (The Champagne of Ships)

1950 Styleline Deluxe 2dr, mostly stock, driver quality...new to me 3/18
2016 Equinox LTZ
2017 Silverado LTZ 6.2


 

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