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    I want to replace my old brake lights with LED's. What do you guys suggest I get? What is the best quantity of LED's to get in the light? Is the more is always better theory go here or should I stick with the minimum (12-22)? What about the lens covers.. smoke, clear or Red? Some are DOT approved and others are pending.. I am looking for the 6 1/2 ovals for my application. The only reason I ask here is I wasnt sure where to post and this is going on my Jet boat trailer.
    I posted some pics of the trailer for a visual. Any suggestions comments would be appreciated.



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    Nice boat!! Only suggestion is that in your first picture you may want to put your pump on before leaving.

    How fast does it run?

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    Yeah that would help, but I figured I could save some gas that way...


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    Here is where I bought my LED lights. They are very responsive and their prices are great.

    http://www.kmtparts.com/index.asp?category=15163

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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    Here is where I bought my LED lights. They are very responsive and their prices are great.

    http://www.kmtparts.com/index.asp?category=15163
    not to step on your toes or offend but those prices are kinda high....

    the same pair of 6" ovals are $12 cheaper at pipe-light....it adds up when youre doing a whole trailer.

    i have wired 3 trailers with this place's lights:

    www.pipe-light.com

    This is the same guy's ebay store, he has a bigger selection of lights here:

    http://stores.ebay.com/Truck-Trailer...3aFQ3aSTQQtZkm

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    I would find the local truck supply store in your area.Bring your old light.Go and shop were you can look at them.The lights are all different.What I call the pigtail or were the wires plug in on back of light will make a big difference.If you pick the right light you will not need to do any wiring work.Some will require a rewire for L.E.D. light.

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    I like the "lots of small LED" look as opposed to just a few big ones packed into housings. So, I went with the Maximma brand.

    For instance, the "type 60" oval STT (stop, turn, tail) like you have on your fenders, have 60 LEDs (no relation to the "type"). Three rows of 20.

    Some brands have 40 or so. Others only have 13.

    In the small, grommet mount rectangular side lights, theirs have 8 small LEDs as opposed to 3 large ones in other brands. I think it is a nicer looking light.

    Several choices out there, though. If you want to see them in action, go to your local Freightliner or other truck dealer. In the parts department they will have a display with all the types lit up and blinking.
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    Here's another link you might check out.

    http://www.superbrightleds.com/led_prods.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad @ SCJB View Post
    not to step on your toes or offend but those prices are kinda high....

    the same pair of 6" ovals are $12 cheaper at pipe-light....it adds up when youre doing a whole trailer.

    i have wired 3 trailers with this place's lights:

    www.pipe-light.com

    This is the same guy's ebay store, he has a bigger selection of lights here:

    http://stores.ebay.com/Truck-Trailer...3aFQ3aSTQQtZkm
    No offense taken. You are right. $12 is $12. or 3 gallons of gas. lol. I used KMT for my dolly tires and rims too. I wanted something roadable.

    Cy

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    Thanks everyone for your help...

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    When I changed the lights on my other trailer (haven't done the boat trailer yet and not going to say horse trailer on here), I drove down the road for months looking at Big truck lights in all types of weather to see which were the most visible. I found some that were very bright and looked good then chased the driver down till I could get the brand. I wound up with a 62 light pair of ovals that were definately bright. I also went with the multiple smaller led clearance lights. If someone hits that trailer they are blind. As for your trailer, make sure what ever lights you go with are easily visible from the angles as it appears your lights don't sit pointing straight back (BTT point up slightly and clearance are at a 45). Some LEDs loose brightness or any visibility the greater the angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beer:30 View Post
    I like the "lots of small LED" look as opposed to just a few big ones packed into housings. So, I went with the Maximma brand.

    For instance, the "type 60" oval STT (stop, turn, tail) like you have on your fenders, have 60 LEDs (no relation to the "type"). Three rows of 20.

    Some brands have 40 or so. Others only have 13.

    In the small, grommet mount rectangular side lights, theirs have 8 small LEDs as opposed to 3 large ones in other brands. I think it is a nicer looking light.

    Several choices out there, though. If you want to see them in action, go to your local Freightliner or other truck dealer. In the parts department they will have a display with all the types lit up and blinking.


    I agree, here is where I got mine, with lots of leds, here are the 60 version.

    http://vehiclelight.com/l16r.html

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    I did mine a few months ago. I bought 2 clear oval tail lights and 7 clear markers with chrome bezzels (plastic) from Dana for a lil over a bill. I had to run a ground to the trailer at each light, no big deal.

    I prefer the big LED look. The lights with more smaller LEDs dont last as long.
    Last edited by NiceGuyEddie; 04-29-2008 at 11:36 AM.

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    I bought 2 of the clear LED that are red when activated for 24 bux a piece at Auto Zone. They look just like rIVERtRASH's tail lights.
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