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Hey guys, I recently tried putting in new bulbs into my side view mirror lights. When I turned the light on, it flickers very quickly like a strobe light. Does this happen for those who swapped out their bulbs too?

Also, where can I get the housing, because as I was popping out the lights, the latch snapped on one of the lights...
 

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Re: (Vash13)

I've taken them out before and never had any problem with strobing...could be the type of light you are using...is it the same kind or an 'upgrade' of some sort?
 

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It's not the headlight. It's the light below the side view mirror. When I replaced the bulb with a white LED, it strobes. I bought the same LED as my DRLs and as a DRL they work just fine, but under the side view mirror, they strobe...

Any ideas?
 

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Re: Side View Mirror Flood Lights (1SOUL)

Many of the lights on the car aren't provided with a constant 12V, they are illuminated via a PWM (pulse width modulated) signal to soften then and save energy. PWM signals don't work well with LEDs.

I'm not sure, but I'm guessing the puddle lights are PWM.

Tom.
 

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Re: Side View Mirror Flood Lights (tmtalpey)

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Many of the lights on the car aren't provided with a constant 12V, they are illuminated via a PWM (pulse width modulated) signal to soften then and save energy. PWM signals don't work well with LEDs.

I'm not sure, but I'm guessing the puddle lights are PWM.

Tom.

yes they must be. this "issue" (issue? lol!
) came up a couple of years ago when some of us were first trying to upgrade to all leds. when i was popping leds into my front running lights, i tried them in the puddle lights first... STROBE...

i ended up using tinted incandescents. too bad, the leds would have looked awesome. the tinted bulbs loose a little in output.

... oh, btw: you have to pop out the mirror glass to get at the puddle lights. feels totally destructive at first when your doing it. but it does work.
 

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Re: Side View Mirror Flood Lights (vivek9856)

Probably. Give it a try!

Tom.
 

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I dont have those lights but I want them, could I replace the blank with a bulb and thats it? How do I get the black out last time I tried by removing the mirror and pulling up on the blank (it did nothing).

What size are they? W5w?
 

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Re: Side View Mirror Flood Lights (vivek9856)

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throwing in a capacitor should fix it... Right?
+1 Right on.

Put a 470-4700uF electrolytic cap across the + and - terminals. It may even fit in the housing.
http://www.radioshack.com/prod...02511

If you feel like driving down to Tyson's some time, I'll give you a couple of caps and put em in with ya.

EDIT: Just saw the dates
Guess this is a little late. I haven't tried this yet, so can't confirm or deny.
 

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I've tried LEDs in the puddle lights a few years back, but they were too dim for me. So I have incandescent bulbs in there.

However I have installed white LEDs in the dome lights, glove box, trunk, footwell, license plate and DRLs and they have worked for years. Get the ones rated for 14V if you can.

http://store.42draftdesigns.co....html

One footwell LED is strobing now, which I installed in 2005...or thereabouts.
My experience with LED failures were always in the license plate lights. They worked for a day or two, strobe and then go out permanently. I bought the 14.5V version and the problem never recurred. I've had them for 2 years now.
 
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