Today, I installed a long overdue improvement on bowtie6: a set of LED lights for a Triumph TR6. The “kit” consists of all new 360 degree replacement LED bulbs. This means, the new bulbs have diodes on all sides and give a much brighter beam compared to the traditional bulbs.
The advantage is obvious: a much brighter indicator with little or no heat dissipation. I’ve seen the effects of traditional bulbs on the TR6 tail light clusters: damage can occur and this replacements are expensive. The downside is this improvement is a little on the pricey side. I’ll explain shortly…
This picture shows on the right, a traditional front side-marker light bulb as fitted to a 1971 Triumph TR6. The bulb on the left is the LED replacement, with amber light emitting diodes. Yes, the replacement bulbs are available in different colors depending upon their intended use. As you can see, there are four diodes around each side and one on the tip. This provides the 360 degree coverage.
All bulbs in the kit came individually and carefully packaged in a box. Shipping was not too bad, however the kit was $125.00. Yes, rather pricey but worth it.
By now you are asking for proof. Well, take a look at the following pictures. The first picture shows the “stock” front-side marker light:
Followed by this picture, showing the replacement LED bulb in action:
The difference is noticeable and I must say, the picture does no justice. In person, the LED replacements are much brighter.
Moving along to the back of the car, this picture shows the new LED bulbs on the left and the traditional bulbs on the right:
The picture shows the red “running” lights and the white back-up lights in the “on” setting. Each LED replacement is much brighter with a richer light beam and full coverage. The amber turn signals are not “on” unfortunately, but believe me they are very bright now!
Here is a close-up of the rear running lights with the LED bulb on the left and the traditional bulb on the right:
Left side with LED bulb
Finally, if you decide on getting one of these LED kits let me save you some aggravation. The manufacturer’s website has a mistake on the bulbs required. The front turn signal bulbs need two “filaments”. The website has the replacements are only one “filament”. As a result, I will need to order the a pair of two “filament” amber bulbs.
Also, don’t forget the resistance of LED’s is different from tradition bulbs. Therefore you must change the flasher to one compatible with LED bulbs. Otherwise, the “blinking” won’t happen properly.
Here is the corrected list of bulbs if you wish to know:
- 1156-A18-T in Amber – required 2 for the rear turn signals
- 1157-R27-T in Red – required 2 for the rear running/brake lights
- 1156-CW18-T in Cool White – required 2 for the rear backup lights
- BA9S-RHP5 in Red – required 2 for the rear side marker lights
- BA9S-AHP5 in Amber – required 2 for the front side marker lights
- 1157-R27-T in Amber – required 2 for the front running/turn signal lights