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07-13-2019 05:34 PM
sprocketspin I got a pair of Sylvania Zevo leds for my 67 tail lights and definitely worth it. Ive used the same brand in my other car for a number of years. Love them...money well spent. I did buy interior leds via mail order in the winter so i will be interested to see how long they last.
Leds are very sensitive to voltages...red leds are usually 2.2V or so...which means if the little circuit board doesnt provide a stable...and more importantly low enough voltage, they will burn out instantly. Better circuit board quality = longer life.
07-12-2019 07:13 PM
Minn64Gal
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

No sweat Gary !

We know many hot rodders and 'purists' alike --all have their own style ......as to how they interpret their own "feel" .....using your word which fits really well.

I mainly was curious, that's all. Our cars are 'drivers' although some in our group are done to a high level, while the rest of us have 'drivers' in the other connotation, lol. The main common denominator is that everyone seems to be keen to adding items that allow the rest of the cars on the road to better deal with us. And to boot, we're all MSRA members, which offers a free 23 point car inspection --a nice extra something to help those owners who aren't that car savvy, for example.

I've added disc brakes (to avoid said peeps better), plus relayed headlamps to aid in seeing & being seen better at night too. But, if you were to look at my car you'd notice a mostly stock looking car with 'mag wheels' --that's it. (underneath is a whole nudder story, lol)

So I like the stock look and feel too, but I also like the security of knowing it's seen well, and if not, I've got the brakes to woah it, ha ! :p As far as what YOU need on yours, I'd say go by your gut .... Third brake lights aren't required by our safety inspectors, ...... things like that they seem to leave up to the individual.

Anyway, cruise away and happy tail-light shinin' to ya :p N
07-12-2019 05:43 PM
garygalaxie
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Hi Norm,

I wanted to respond to your question about installing a center third brake light. I really like the stock look and feel of my car. The only real upgrade I've done to the car is radial tires and the LED tail lights. I enjoy the smooth ride of the radials and the LED tail lights provide decent visibility. Prior to the LEDs, the tail lights were useless in daylight. To that end, I have not planned to install a center brake light. I hope I'm not casting caution to the wind.

Anyway...great hearing from you again. Have fun.

Gary
07-11-2019 12:38 PM
Minn64Gal
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Hi again Gary !

I think, and sad to say, this seems to be the nature of the beast with LED's right now. At least ones that are made 'off-shore'. And like any of that stuff, you get those 'bad lots' as you mentioned. We've all found that to be true through-out all the parts we collectively buy for our old cars, right ? :/

Since 2016 I've gone around and replaced multiple bulbs, in our house too I mean..... and have found some flickering among them. As our local home centers get in more of them, with more options and styles, and better pricing, maybe this issue will improve ?

I've also considered adding a third brake light to mine ....have you ? Most of our cruise friends have universal style ones on their cars, and admittedly when we follow them (we're usually towards the back of the pack anyway), I like how they add a nice extra piece of illumination ....especially on those bright sunny days we occasionally get here --this year anyway, lol. :p

Well, in the meantime, I hope your current pair of bulbs live long and prosper !

Norm

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Originally Posted by garygalaxie View Post
Hi Norm,

It's good hearing from you. I'm glad you responded because these are the same LEDs you mentioned installing in your car in 2016. Maybe I just got a bad lot. Hopefully the pair I just installed will last longer. We'll see. Thanks again for your help.

Gary
07-09-2019 06:34 PM
garygalaxie
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Hi Norm,

It's good hearing from you. I'm glad you responded because these are the same LEDs you mentioned installing in your car in 2016. Maybe I just got a bad lot. Hopefully the pair I just installed will last longer. We'll see. Thanks again for your help.

Gary
07-09-2019 12:24 AM
Minn64Gal
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Sorry to hear that Gary !

I've not had to even touch my LED bulbs since I installed them around May of 2016. Now of course I'll be checking on them.

And like you I live in a fairly long winter area, so I don't put on that many miles cruising around in the nicer months.

Norm
07-08-2019 07:14 AM
garygalaxie
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

As a follow up to my original tail light post in May 2016, I have been running the Cree LED tail light bulbs since their installation in June 2016. This past weekend while getting ready for a cruise, I found that both tail light bulbs were flickering when on....both left and right and brake and tail light. I replaced both with the same Cree LEDs that I had purchased as spares and it resolved the flickering problem. Does it seem real that they would both fail at the same time? Given the long winters in western NY, the car did not have a lot of run time over the past 3 years...maybe 600 miles. Has anyone else experienced short life span on LED tail lights? Thanks.
06-22-2017 10:37 PM
ShotRod64
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Since i never put the LED bulbs in mine just the ring around the tail light i can't answer that but i don't see that they would overheat. I've had Christmas lights covering my entire car run by an inverter including over my non-conventional waterbed mattress convertible top, they didn't even get warm. And those are 110v.
06-15-2017 09:31 AM
royster
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

My taillight bulbs, LEDs from Cree, throw no heat off at all compared to stock bulbs.
I can have them on for the drive home & immediatly touch them after a 20 min. drive
I did use a resisitor in line to get flashers to work, I;m told the electronic flasher with the ground wire is the fix
06-15-2017 09:13 AM
SanDogDewey
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

A year later, has anyone had any problems with their LEDs getting too hot? I know most of these cars are driven on sunny days without the lights being continually on.
06-24-2016 09:00 PM
Minn64Gal
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

They look great Gary, yay! Thanks for sharing your pic.

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Originally Posted by garygalaxie View Post
Well I finally got the new LED 1157 bulbs installed (and the newly chromed rear bumper). It's certainly an improvement. The lights come on instantly and since I didn't replace the front parking light bulbs, the original thermal flasher works fine. The picture had the LED installed on the left and the incandescent on the right. Thanks to everyone for their help.
06-21-2016 11:43 PM
ShotRod64
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Looks great!! I am still thinking i will add the led 1157s down the road myself, the more light the better around here!!

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Originally Posted by garygalaxie View Post
Well I finally got the new LED 1157 bulbs installed (and the newly chromed rear bumper). It's certainly an improvement. The lights come on instantly and since I didn't replace the front parking light bulbs, the original thermal flasher works fine. The picture had the LED installed on the left and the incandescent on the right. Thanks to everyone for their help.
06-21-2016 11:40 PM
ShotRod64
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Just now saw this! But now that i have, what was it you said i needed to put in line for the ones i want to add across the back so they are brake only and not flash with the turn signal?

Manboy followed me home today with the sun at my back and he said the LEDs show up much better than tail lights only. He said he could see them but then he wasn't a moron behind me. I will be nice! A friend and I went down to Centralia Sunday to meet others and have pancake breakfast at a grange in Ford's Prairie, he followed me for a bit and said he loved the lights and it gave him an idea. What that is who knows. He has a '67 Fairlane convertible...finally it did well! He has had issues for the past few years...ever since he put a set of late model mustang seats in it. He recently pulled the interior out and the doors off etc and i'm thinking the car got a bit worried it was going to the junkyard!


Parade Thursday in Yelm if not raining and Sunday a trip to Mt Saint Helens. He can't afford the gas (non-ethanol) this journey so think he's riding along with me. My son is probably going also with his Granada. Don't know how many are going but supposed to be a few more old cars. Should be fun but a long day!

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Originally Posted by PSIG View Post
Yes. All in the trunk, and fairly easy, too. I'll take a look at them when your leave the car, and check options to get them working how you like. When I have some time after that, I can make a little module so the 3rd lights (or all the brake lights) do quick pulse flashes then steady if that "lights you up".

David
06-20-2016 06:30 PM
garygalaxie
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Well I finally got the new LED 1157 bulbs installed (and the newly chromed rear bumper). It's certainly an improvement. The lights come on instantly and since I didn't replace the front parking light bulbs, the original thermal flasher works fine. The picture had the LED installed on the left and the incandescent on the right. Thanks to everyone for their help.
05-31-2016 01:46 PM
ShotRod64
Re: Brighter 64 Galaxie tail lights

Now that is the part i didn't notice psig, the position of the 'pegs'. It was years ago but think those things are still around somewhere. In the console or something.
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