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Old 06-28-2013, 06:43 PM
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LED PY24W Turn Signal Replacement

I changed out my PY24W turn signal bulbs with LEDs from GP Thunder (www.hidlightsusa.com). Cost was $55.98 shipped.

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1. These were the most difficult bulbs to replace because of the damn piece of the cover they connect to. Basically you attach the bulb to the cover and push the bulb in and engage the connector pins and THEN turn the cover to lock the cover in place. What this means is the cover actually turns and not the bulb. Took me about an hour to figure this one out. Probably should have Googled a video online. It only took me five minutes to replace the other side. With my particular headlights (Valeo), it's only about a 1/2 inch (at most) turn clockwise to lock.
2. You might want to consider jacking up your car to allow more room in the wheel well to work in. This really helped on the passenger side. But don't jack the car up so high that the wheel is off the ground - otherwise it spins if you lean on it and gets your clothes dirty (learned that the hard way).

I like the LEDs because they are a softer light. And there are no orange bulbs anymore on my front end (also replaced side markers with LEDs - JamStrait 194A at AutoZone for $10.99 per pair).

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Pic 1 - Original PY24W Bulb (with cover attached)
Pic 2 - Original PY24W Bulb installed
Pic 3 - Original PY24W Bulb installed
Pic 4 - GP Thunder LED PY24W Bulb packaging
Pic 5 - LED PY24W Bulb (not attached to cover)
Pic 6 - LED PY24W Bulb installed (looks yellowish in the picture, but it's orange)
Pic 7 - LED PY24W Bulb installed
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:51 PM
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hmmm maybe it looks better with the human eye, but to me it has the old mercedes side corner look. original looks brighter. i also was thinking of changing mine to bright white but i guess the lens in front of the bulb is colored?
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hmmm maybe it looks better with the human eye, but to me it has the old mercedes side corner look. original looks brighter. i also was thinking of changing mine to bright white but i guess the lens in front of the bulb is colored?
The original was definitely brighter, but I like how it's more subtle. The originals were overpowering to me when comparing now. Plus I've become obsessed with lighting, so I thought I'd give them a try.

I didn't get the bright white because I wasn't sure if it would match the Xenon headlights (6500K), the DRLs (currently halogens (7500K) but LEDs (7500K) here next week) and the LED angel eyes (not sure of temp). Plus I like the contrast of the orange.

You might want to check if it's legal in your state to have white turn signals. In Oregon it is legal to have amber or white.


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