Simple LED swap

Simple LED swap

Postby PaulyFL [OP] » July 6th 2016, 3:08am

Decided to do an easy LED swap. Bought these off Amazon. They are about a $1 apiece and are brighter than the sun! I made the mistake of looking at one - WOW! Got a flash burn turning it around to get the polarity right!!

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I have noticed the human eye reacts better to LEDs than cameras do, but here are some pics with the LEDs on.

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They come in packs of 4 for $3.99 per pack - I bought 3 packs. None of them were dead - or had a dead sensor. Cheap and easy upgrade and insurance against a dead battery!

Next will be changing the map lights to LEDs.
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby treenail » July 6th 2016, 3:37am

Would you share a source link?
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby Wimpazz » July 6th 2016, 4:44am

Watch out for those Pauly; I've had a few go nuclear and literally melt off.. get whatcha pay for.
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby Surfin Safari » July 6th 2016, 12:12pm

PaulyFL wrote: Bought these off Amazon.

That's a good price they cost a lot more at LAPS or WalMart
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby DarkAstro » July 6th 2016, 4:26pm

I bought them blue from Amazon for the same price and also changed out the 194 in the dome lights as well. 573385733057322
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby Wimpazz » July 6th 2016, 4:47pm

Both orders i got were from a seller called cutequeen. The first were the large board type, lit up my van like independence day until one day kept them going about 15 minutes. They went into thermal runaway, getting Hotter and drawing more power until they started smoking. In a panic i pulled the covers and ripped them out before they ignited and got showered with hot liquid solder and LEDs.
Then i got the smaller ones like pauly posted... 1 did the same thing.
Since then I've replaced them, no more for me. The map lights have all been replaced with LED bulbs from JDM ASTAR which cost more but none have gone nuclear...knock on wood. They generally get real good reviews. Here's a link to the map lights... https://amzn.com/B00OH0S5Y2
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby PaulyFL [OP] » July 7th 2016, 1:58am

Dang!

Just wanted some efficient lighting not a way to catch the van on fire! Guess I'll be ripping them out and replacing them with Wimpazz's recommendation.
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby AstroWill » July 7th 2016, 2:45am

I have bought the cheap ones for my 2003, I have had them on for hours at a time and haven't had any issues. He probably got a bad batch or something.

cutequeen trading on Amazon is where I got my overhead ones.
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby Wimpazz » July 7th 2016, 4:37am

Glad you had a better experience. Not suggesting you pull them out, Just keep an eye out. Occasionally check for heat.
I have 2 out of the original 3 smaller ones like yours that appear to still be OK, but if that changes I'll let you know.
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby PaulyFL [OP] » July 14th 2016, 8:27pm

Well, took the advice and bought the JDM ASTAR units. As you can see they have their own heat sink - which I like better. So I replaced the cutequeen units with these JDM ASTARs.

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They also seem to have a nicer beam pattern not so hot-spotty.....if that is a term
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby DarkAstro » July 14th 2016, 8:53pm

I purchase the Cutequeens. No problems so far, there was a burning smell a few days ago but it went away. I recheck and left them on for 15 mins. No burnouts so far.
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby Wimpazz » July 14th 2016, 8:53pm

Cool Pauly, hope they work out for you. Ironically, I just lost one of the 2 remaining lights last weekend. It was flickering so when I pulled the cover off, I saw a couple LEDs melted off and others were barely handing on. Pulled them both out, went back to stock until my astars show up.
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby TurnNburn » November 8th 2016, 1:29am

I have also experienced melting solder and LEDs flickering and then fallowing off the with Cutequeens. At least on the bigger interior lights. I was unpleasantly surprised when I touched one how freaking hot they were. In my experience LEDs are not supposed to produce that much heat. No wonder the cheap solder is "free flowing".

The map lights from them have been holding on so far.
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Re: Simple LED swap

Postby AstroWill » February 12th 2017, 3:11am

AstroWill wrote:I have bought the cheap ones for my 2003, I have had them on for hours at a time and haven't had any issues. He probably got a bad batch or something.

cutequeen trading on Amazon is where I got my overhead ones.


As of a few weeks ago, one of them has started to flicker and is going to need replacement. Only time will tell about the others.
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