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Thread: Led light and load resister?
04-25-2012, 12:38 PM #11
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04-25-2012, 12:45 PM #13
I would get a TRIDON LM487 flasher. It is LED compatible and has a high enough power rating that it is designed to be able to hold up to incandescent bulbs. As long as you get the TRIDON brand, it is american-made, and is of the quality that they would be used often on cab/chassis trucks being built with LED lights on the bodies - that would be the same situation as you... LEDs on the back, but everything else stock.
Of course, if you go for a different brand's version of the same thing, moogvo's statement that it will quickly burn out could very well be right, but if you get a TRIDON, you should be fine. And this way you don't have to modify your truck's wiring.
As a side note, I don't like load resistors because they produce a lot of heat... and that heat has potential to damage things when they are tucked away behind your tail lights.
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04-26-2012, 02:15 AM #14
04-26-2012, 03:36 AM #15
Basically, as long as you stick with the Tridon brand, you'll be fine. Rock Auto is also the cheapest place that I've found the LM487 that you would need.
04-27-2012, 02:01 AM #16
I've got the Tridon LM487 installed in my 04 Sierra and it's been solid throughout my conversion to LEDs.
Rock Auto may have the Tridon LM487 for $33.97+S&H but Amazon has it for $36.08 as a prime-eligible item -- meaning if you're an Amazon Prime member (80 bucks a year) you get free 2-day shipping on the part. That amounts to $2.11 for 2-day shipping ... which costs less than Rock Auto's 2-day shipping, I'm sure. You might consider Amazon Prime for this reason.
Heck, I just got my AC Delco temperature valve actuator from Amazon.com for $100.00 ... again, it was prime-eligible and 2-day shipped. The next closest place was $139ish+ S&H. I think you can do a 30 day trial of Amazon Prime, so you might sign up for it, try it, get some freebie 2-day shipping out of it, and cancel it ... unless you like it enough to keep it. I did that when I was going to be ordering a large number of items and would have raked them over the coals in shipping in the first month had I canceled, but I liked it so much I paid the annual fee and continue to use it.
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04-27-2012, 12:22 PM #17
I think I am going to go with the Tridon LM487. The last thing I want to do is to have to remember to tell someone that they have to put in leds or it could mess something up. If I sold my truck sometime in the far off future. And I really would rather not mess with any wires. Because of my pass history of taping into wires then having stuff go bad wrong later. Thanks for everyone's input.
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