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Old 12-05-2005, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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LED 1157 and 1156 Replacement Bulbs?

I have been looking around the web and found a few vendors selling 1157 and 1156 LED replacement bulbs for about $20 a piece. Has anyone used these and do they work as advertised?

One example seller is http://autolumination.com/1156_1157.htm

I have a 2001 325it wagon. Is the 1157 the brake lamp? What is the 1156?

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LED bulbs are very dim compare to regular bulbs. However they will give you a very nice effect when on/off.
You will need a equalizer for EACH of the LED otherwise you'll get the error message on your instrument panel. Every LED that puts on a BMW car will flash rapidly for about 8-9 times every time you turn on your ignition. Hope this help
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LED bulbs are very dim compare to regular bulbs. However they will give you a very nice effect when on/off.
You will need a equalizer for EACH of the LED otherwise you'll get the error message on your instrument panel. Every LED that puts on a BMW car will flash rapidly for about 8-9 times every time you turn on your ignition. Hope this help
LED's are not "very dim". They have a different beam pattern so that straight on they are VERY bright but they do not emit an all around beam like the halogens do, illuminating the entire housing. Rather there is a very focused but noticeable beam.

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LED's are not "very dim". They have a different beam pattern so that straight on they are VERY bright but they do not emit an all around beam like the halogens do, illuminating the entire housing. Rather there is a very focused but noticeable beam.

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Unless LEDs are viewed directly through crystal lense like on the new BMWs, than they are EXTREMELY bright. If original poster wants to put LED bulbs on his 01 325it wagon for brake lights or even signal lights, than the driver from behind might not see his blinker clearly. I put on the 24 LED bulbs in my car and they are significantly dimmer than the regular bulbs
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I agree about the brake lights, I would only use them for turn signals. However you are incorrect about the rear turn signals, we have many customers who use them and have had NO problems. Have you had experience with our specific kits?
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I have a 2001 325it wagon.

damn son why would you DO THAT to a bmw? a wagon?
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I agree about the brake lights, I would only use them for turn signals. However you are incorrect about the rear turn signals, we have many customers who use them and have had NO problems. Have you had experience with our specific kits?
No, Johnathan. I have your kits for the front turn signals where I have clear lenses and they are BRIGHT if you are in the car in front and look at the signal via the rear view mirror. I love it. However, the LEDs for the rear turn signals are not as bright as the the front because of the LENSES. I took them out because that was my PERSONAL OPINION, nothing wrong with your kits there.
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