Installed LED FOG lights & Switchback LED parking lights

Discussion in 'Lighting Discussion' started by AMac, May 9, 2012.

  1. AMac

    AMac New Member

    My LED bulb order came a day early so I wasted no time to get them installed even though I plan on ordering my aftermarket headlights in another week or so.

    Installed for the top parking light/blinker, 4W LED switchback bulbs. The bulb is white until you put the blinker on, then it turns to amber. I just placed an order for another set of the switchbacks to install for the bottom lights. I orig. ordered the 5W LEDs for the bottom but liked the white light better on the switchbacks.

    I also installed 68-SMD LED bulbs for the fog lights not sure how much light they will cast but I'm mainly concerned about looks for fog use

    I'm trying to think of remaining stock incandescence bulbs that can be replaced with LEDs and I think I've run out of options :happy:

    Disregard the hyperlink for attachment, the post didn't come out right.

    This pic was taken March 10, 2012 and it gives you an idea of the difference in color temperature. This pic was orig. taken to show the diff. when I smoked the driver's side fog light lens.

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    These were taken right after install on May 9.

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  2. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Moderator

    Your definitely do quality work and mods are done in classy taste...this is just another example. Nice job!
  3. pmf608

    pmf608 New Member

    Nice work. I like all of your LED lighting, and its all turning out really well. Keep up the good work.


    Awesome lights. I've never seen them and definitfly got to have some. I agree with mfleetwood and think you do quality mods suttle and classy.
  5. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    OMG, I see water spots on the lawn ornament!
  6. Jeremy09LTZCrew

    Jeremy09LTZCrew New Member

    Nice job and nice pictures. I almost didn't recognize the truck with the water on it.

    When did you black out the grill? I must have missed that. Did you mention it on here? Or did I just not notice it before?
  7. AMac

    AMac New Member

    I put the new grille on about a month ago maybe? Still searching for a way to contrast the bowtie w/out making it chrome. The mesh is chrome but often looks dark in the shade or on a rainy day and of course, at night.

    For the record, it was a rainy day so I did give it a quick wash just to clean off some road grime :money:
  8. AMac

    AMac New Member

    Here are some shots I took tonight. These were taken in the dark, no streetlights or yard lights surrounding me. Only my parking and fog lights are on.
    The lights are suprisingly bright, I'm anxious to install the lower parking light next week (assuming it ships tomorrow) :great:

    Thank you everyone for the positive feedback!

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    The light appears more blue in the picture than if seen in person

  9. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Looks good! But, umm, without being able to see that bowtie I almost mistook the lawn ornament for a Dodge. :gasp:
  10. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 New Member

    The lights do look nice. I thought you kept the truck outta the rain. Like it is a fair weather ride or something. LOL
  11. TNTEEPEN_Chevy

    TNTEEPEN_Chevy New Member

    I Like the Look of those looks legit..

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  12. AMac

    AMac New Member

    I don't have a garage to park it in. Maybe I'll get one of those carport shelters.
  13. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    I hate those.
  14. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    Quick question, (not trying to thread jack) but I was wondering what color the turn signal wires are that need to be tapped? I got my switchbacks from's store (the actual store not online lol) and I have the 50w6ohm resister (one for each bulb) and the tap slice things. Is there anything else I am missing? If possible, I will mount the resistors on the back side of the headlight assembly if there is room (have double sided tape for that). Took a quick pic to show... DSC03234.jpg
  15. AMac

    AMac New Member

    I also ordered the resistors but did not install them since I plan on ordering projector headlights when they are back in stock at Autoanything. It looks like you got the SMD 360 bulbs versus the Cree LED bulbs w/ projector lens. Have you installed SMD bulbs before? They are really bright but the other ones are a lot brighter and less blue looking. I have the SMD bulbs for my fogs and I wish they made the proj. LED bulb in a 5202 size. You may want to install the bulb first to see how the light emits against the chrome housing before you install the load resistors. iJDM will take the lights back as long as they are in the original package. When I received my order for the lower set of lights I noticed they sent me 2 diff. Bulb sizes. I took a pic and emailed them; they were very responsive and shipped my new bulb today. Im anxious to get the lower set in since I'm so pleased with the color and level of brightness.

    Definitely post pics when you are done the install!!

    Sorry I couldn't be of help but there are certainly members out there that would know the answer. @SurrealOne
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  16. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    I don't know the colour of the turn signal wire but it's easy enough to probe. If the Silverado wiring is like the Sierra wiring then the turn signal bulb should have three wires coming into the socket where the turn signal bulb is located. One wire should be black (negative) while the other two wires will have a colour and be positive. One of the two coloured wires is the turn signal wire.

    To find out which wire is the turn signal wire:
    • Pop the turn signal bulb out of the socket
    • Set the parking brake
    • Place the key in the ignition
    • Turn the ignition to run
    • Use the turn signal lever to activate the turn signal
    • Grab a test light
    • Connect the test light to a GOOD ground point
    • Carefully probe one of the two coloured wires, if it flashes off/on/off/on/off/on you've found your wire, if not test the other one

    If neither wire ignites your test light then check your ground and try again.
  17. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    AMac: I haven't tested them yet but I will yank a bulb out and toss the LED in there before hooking up the resistor to see how it works. I wished they made the Projector LED's for the fogs, they would get my money quickly lol. This is my first venture into the LED world. I had contemplated doing LED's for my factory tail lamps. But I dunno how it would look.

    Thanks Surreal. Looks like I gotta go buy a test light. If I had my Haynes manual with me, I could just look at the wiring diagram and be done with it already lol.
  18. AMac

    AMac New Member

    Okay well definitely share some pics when you do the testing; I'm anxious to see how those bulbs look.
  19. 2k8z71

    2k8z71 New Member

    Will do. Probably won't get to it until Monday. I left my Haynes manual in storage so after I get it on Monday, I'll swap the bulbs and if the lights are now I dreamed of, I'll be installing the resistors at that point.
  20. DanPruski

    DanPruski New Member

    okay, idk if this is the right spot to ask or not, i have an 05, i want switchbacks in the blinkers, and white LED's in the DRL's, idk where to get them or what to get exactly, any help would be greatly appreciated!

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