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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Hi Pete,

I tried buying LEDs from this guy before, got some for brake lights, crap quality I must say. Too directional and don't spread the light at all.

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Jalal, from what I have read all LED's are directional.

What I did with my interior bulbs to spread the light was lightly rub them over some wet & dry sandpaper and it helps spread the light.

I'll see if I can locate the site where a guy showed the differences before and after the sandpaper job.

Edited: I couldn't find the site Jalal but I found the 2 pics I copied that the guy put up on the site.

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Hi Pete,

By directional I meant that there wasn't light to be seen from the sides but the good quality ones (like the ones I now have built-into the tail light cluster) are non-directional and the light can be seen from all angles.

That's a good idea about rubbing them, I never tried that before. Will try and do so with the cabin LEDs and see what happens.

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By directional I meant that there was light to be seen from the sides but the good quality ones (like the ones I now have built-into the tail light cluster) are non-directional and the light can be seen from all angles.



Jalal, that's because of the reflectors you have around each LED in the rear light cluster, not to do with the LED itself. An LED is typically very directional, the brightest light is seen when viewed directly at the LED.

For the interrior lights, if you change to LEDs and add a silver cone reflector around it then you would get more spread of light.

Good tip with roughing them up to spread the light!



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Just a quick note on the roughing up or flattening of the tip of the [sign in to see URL] to do it in small portions ie. 1 - 2 rubs and then test the pattern until you get the desired effect AND don't rub too hard as the lens/cover isn't as thick as it looks the guy said.

P.S. I'm still looking for the site too as this is coming from a memory that isn't as sharp these days.

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It makes sense by looking at those photos. I wonder why they don't manufacturer LEDs with a flat surface as another option, perhaps it's too hard to make.

Thanks for the tip Peter, emoticon

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Something for LLCOOLJ168...

Electronic switches normally have a leakage current where the switch will allow this small current to flow even when the switch is supposed to be off. I had it on an electronic siren once where the SCR switch was off but the siren was still on very faintly like it was sounding in the distance. Drove me bonkers for a while. 8(

Since LED lamps draw a lower current than an incandescent lamp and are more sensitive to low voltages, you are probably seeing the effect of this in the cabin lamp unit.

Because the rear cargo lamp unit does not get controlled by this electronic dimmer switch it does not have the same symptoms.

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One of the features I'd realy like to see is a light for the ignitions switch. I was thinking of sticking a LED or two near there somewhere.



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Nice idea.
I've almost finished wiring the front map light to the cabin light so that it comes on with the doors too. When I am done I will post a write-up and pics.
Maybe this will suffice as the interior light fades after shutting the door so there should be enough light to see the ignition.

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One of the features I'd realy like to see is a light for the ignitions switch. I was thinking of sticking a LED or two near there somewhere.




Yes Shawn, I like this idea too. If we can find a similar insert to the one we have, except transparent, we can add an LED behind it to light-up when the door is opened.



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