Brighter Tail Light/Brake Light Suggestions

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2017: Brighter Tail Light/Brake Light Suggestions
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Kelsey on Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 01:07 pm:

Several years ago, I purchased two Model A signal/brake lights to make my Tudor sedan more compatible in today's traffic. I have a very strong mag, so I run on that all the time. The issue that I am having is that the lights are not very bright and I am asking for any suggestions that you fellas might have. LEDs? Halogens? Any other options?

I am extremely electrically inept when it comes to understanding voltage vs amperage vs resistance vs, etc. I just don't get it, despite numerous attempts of friends and family to explain it. However, if given the proper steps, I can solder and wire things up properly. I am used to soldering LED's onto 1/64 slotless cars, which run 14-21v AC. These usually require a bridge rectifier. I can't tell you what the rectifier does - I just know that I need one and the LED's work great with it! Just tell me what I need and I will wire it up. Thanks!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Saylor, Citrus Heights, Ca on Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 01:18 pm:

Since you are using Model A lights, Synders sells a LED conversion that may be brighter but they are positive ground which may be an issue since T's are negative ground.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Whelihan Danbury, WI on Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 02:51 pm:

Brattons offer both 12 volt and 6 volt LED lights for their Model A tail/stop lights. That's what I run in mine.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kevin Whelihan Danbury, WI on Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 02:54 pm:

Brattons sells LED tail/stop lights for their Model A drum and tea cup lights. They can be had in 6 volt or 12 volt varieties. I'm running the 6 volt LED's in mine. Plenty bright and low current draw.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Allan Bennett - Australia on Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 10:16 pm:

Jim, often the real culprit is the very dark red of original lenses. I have replaced originals in my two brake/tail lights with lenses from old kerosine roadworks lights.


They let much more light through.

Just a thought.
Allan from down under.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dallas landers on Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 10:26 pm:

What is the inside painted like? I painted the inside of mine white and made a huge difference


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hal Schedler, Sacramento on Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 11:09 pm:

Try this:

https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/led-vehicle-replacement-bulbs/filter/bulbnum ber,1142,197,9117:


They also have some in 6V


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Doris, AZ on Friday, June 02, 2017 - 12:54 am:

I ordered a Super Bright LED 6 volt 1157 18 degree red tail lamp bulb just to try. On brake, it is incredibly bright, appears brighter than some 12 volt LEDís . Am adapting it to use in my stock í26 tail lamp housing. Only cost $3.95.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/tail-brake-turn/1157-led-bulb-dual-function-19-led-forward-firing-cluster-bay15d-retrofit-car/156/

(Message edited by AzBob on June 02, 2017)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Aaron Griffey, Hayward Ca. on Friday, June 02, 2017 - 01:54 am:

As Dallas says, I paint the inside white, it does make a big improvement.
Just do one, put the lens back, wait until dark then turn the lights on and stand back and take a look.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John Warren on Friday, June 02, 2017 - 04:40 am:

I'm with Dallas and Aaron, painting the inside white will make the most difference. You can easily see my tail/brake lights in the daylight. They are stock 25 tail lights painted white inside and converted to two element sockets and just standard bulbs (1157). I have also used the led but you will be happy with the results if you paint them.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Martin Vowell, Sylmar, CA on Friday, June 02, 2017 - 05:11 am:

I paint the inside silver, makes a big difference, you can see them in either daylight or at night. Not so sure about white...there are a lot of different shades of it...silver or argent, there's only 1.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tim Wrenn-Monroeville OH on Friday, June 02, 2017 - 08:40 am:

I lined the brake light on my '20 with the shiny side of heavy alum. foil. Makes a huge difference.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Doris, AZ on Friday, June 02, 2017 - 10:52 am:

I Painted two tail lights inside for comparison. One I painted white, the other aluminum. Aluminum paint appeared to be the brighter of the two.


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