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GSS

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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #45 on: June 08, 2013, 11:45:45 PM »
Thanks for the link. It looks like the Ferrari guy started manufacturing and selling his own bulbs with a diffusion coating to get more uniform light. I might pick up the bulbs from the EBay seller and see how these work....so far the 1157 from all sources including the motorcycle specific 19+6 from superbrightleds.com have been disappointing.
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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #46 on: June 09, 2013, 01:18:20 AM »
$41 bucks (USD)  for a tail light/ brake light "bulb" ?

Sounds like Rolls Royce is getting in on the action.  :o  :(
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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #47 on: June 13, 2013, 01:12:16 AM »
$41 bucks (USD)  for a tail light/ brake light "bulb" ?

For a pair of them.  $20 apiece isn't really out of line for high-power LEDs with built-in current limiters and heat sinks.
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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #48 on: June 18, 2013, 02:51:23 AM »
OK. So I bought the 6W Ferrari site recommended 1157 bulbs from EBay and put one in my C5. This is without a doubt the best LED so far. The 6W matches, if not exceeds the incandescent in intensity and the color is perfect.  Definitely blew away the more expensive 19-6 LED and 30 LED 1157s that I got previously fom Superbrightleds.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-x-1157-Red-6W-Ultra-Bright-High-Power-LED-Tail-Brake-Signal-Light/270976232214
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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #49 on: June 18, 2013, 03:13:13 AM »
Great!  The same vendor has a 7.5 watt http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-x-1157-Red-7-5W-Ultra-Bright-High-Power-LED-Tail-Brake-Signal-Light-/271004387322?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f191ec7fa  I was thinking of trying.
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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #50 on: June 19, 2013, 09:46:30 PM »
There were warnings on the Ferrari site about not going to 7.5W as there is a risk of overheating and premature failure of the bulb. These bulbs are red so the plate will get lit with a red glow.
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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #51 on: December 15, 2013, 07:26:37 AM »
Hi All,

What type of LED will be compatible with the parking light bulb (inside the headlight dome) ?

I had ordered these LEDs which are working in the Pilot Lamps, but it is not working in the parking light bulb (inside the headlight dome)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/400512656569?item=400512656569&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME:L:OC:IN:3160&vxp=mtr

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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #52 on: December 21, 2013, 08:44:46 AM »
Hello Friends,

Any idea on the type of LED bulb compatible with the parking light bulb (inside the headlight dome) of a RE Classic 350?

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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #53 on: December 21, 2013, 01:53:58 PM »
Hello Friends,

Any idea on the type of LED bulb compatible with the parking light bulb (inside the headlight dome) of a RE Classic 350?

singh5g did a pretty extensive write up and video on this.  I believe his 2009 used the BA9 for the speedo, pilot lights, and dummy lights.  The ampmeter takes the BA7.  The same was true for my 2002.  If you have one newer than that someone else will have to chime in or you can pop one out and see for yourself, takes maybe 3 minutes.

Here's a video of fellow forum member singh5g made for the LED upgrade including adding additional lights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMCSEraYCxM
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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #54 on: December 22, 2013, 03:33:02 PM »
I have tried BA9s in this bulb, but it is not working, thats why I am confused.

This is the bulb I am referring to, the bulb says something like 12V 14W 37R








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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #55 on: December 22, 2013, 04:18:13 PM »
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..so far the 1157 from all sources including the motorcycle specific 19+6 from superbrightleds.com have been disappointing.

I had an LED 1157 from SuperBrightLEDs in both my Re and still my Guzzi. They work quite well for me. Are you sure our getting good voltage to your taillight? Yes, they do light up my license plates.
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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #56 on: December 23, 2013, 12:26:39 AM »
I have tried BA9s in this bulb, but it is not working, thats why I am confused.

shakensoul-

I'm not sure if this answers your question, but here goes...

I have what looks to be the same headlight as you.  For the parking light, I installed this LED from superbrightleds.com, here in the US:

http://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/bayonet-bulbs/ba9s-led-bulb-1-led-wide-angle/3/



Specifically, it's part number "BA9S-W-120-12V" - an ac/dc, cool white, wide-angle, single LED bulb which works well.  I don't much like the cold blue-ish light it casts, but it works and the heat generated by the headlight bulb hasn't hurt it all summer.

The bulb in the ebay link you provided is a DC bulb, which means the polarity is important and current must flow in the correct direction for it to light.  If you installed one and it doesn't work, it could be that you will need to reverse the polarity, i.e. re-wire the socket so you get the correct current flow.  The above bulb I used is AC/DC, which means that it will light with current flowing in either direction, so no polarity problems...

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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #57 on: December 23, 2013, 05:49:13 AM »
shakensoul-

The bulb in the ebay link you provided is a DC bulb, which means the polarity is important and current must flow in the correct direction for it to light.  If you installed one and it doesn't work, it could be that you will need to reverse the polarity, i.e. re-wire the socket so you get the correct current flow.  The above bulb I used is AC/DC, which means that it will light with current flowing in either direction, so no polarity problems...

Great..., swapped the wires and that resolved the problem  ;D

I overlooked the polarity issue. Thanks a lot for the input.

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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #58 on: December 23, 2013, 11:43:47 AM »
Glad you got it sorted out!  So, how does the parking bulb look?  Is the bulb you used very bright?  Mine is quite dim; it really just causes the reflector to glow - which is fine for me...

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Re: Changing Bulbs to LEDs
« Reply #59 on: December 23, 2013, 06:27:22 PM »
I have used 1W LED bulb in the pilot lamps and parking light bulb, as in this link

http://www.ebay.com/itm/400512656569?item=400512656569&viewitem=&sspagename=ADME:L:OC:IN:3160&vxp=mtr

Brightness is okay, not too bright, if I use more powered LED, that it should be bright, but right now its acceptable.