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ok, so a lot of you are going to know, instantly, what i am planning on doing with these... i'm not trying to sound like a dick here, but i don't want your opinions on if i should do it, or shouldn't do it, or if you think it's a good idea in general, or if it's a bad idea... what laws may or may not be around it. that is not what I am asking...

what I would like to know, is if you think these lights...
4x22 LED Strobe Flashing bulb Light Grill waterproof Am on eBay.ca (item 180451693122 end time 05-Jan-10 06:29:27 EST)
will be bright enough to put on my truck, to drastically increase the viability of my truck, both during the day and night. on the front, it would be mounted in the grill, and the rear, at the top corners of the rear windows, on the inside, and will be through the tint... will these be bright enough to see in the day light, do you think?
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The aluminum housings look nice on them. A quick coat of black might hide them a little better though if thats you thing.

Like I said in my PM, make sure they're sealed up well so they don't rot out on you. Silicone or even lightly packing them with grease (don't laugh, I used to do it all the time on the tail lights on my highway rigs to keep the salt out and it works) will keep them intact, especially if you do mount any under the rear bumper.

6w LEDs will be more than bright enough to see during the day, they will be much brighter/more intense than your OEM tail lights. LR
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yeah, i will be sealing them up for sure, i'm mostly wondering if they will be bright enough...

looking into making my own headlight/tail light LED's too, the kits were like 200$ for a 4 bulb set on ebay... not my dig... i'm thinking get a good flasher from one of these sets, and 3w led's all around...
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i like the idea of having these led's all around the truck, i do blue led's that are nonflashing for night car shows that i attend. Good luck with the install and yeah 6w are more than plenty of light for what your looking to do
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6 watts should be enough. 3 might be a little low but it'll still be brighter than a standard Grote LED turn/tail light. 6 watts works out to 0.5 amps drawn for each set, so on the plus side is that they won't be a hindrance on your charging system.

I did a quick search, and found that Grote LED turn.tail lights draw 0.02 amps on marker and 0.14 amps on flash/brake, meaning they produce 0.27 watts and 1.89 watts. Those LED lights catch your attention well, so a set of 6 watt LED strobes should be *at least* twice as bright depending on their design and efficiency. ( http://grote.com/prodcat/attachments/541XX.pdf <---spec sheet). Digging further, the high count LEDs draw 6 watts so they should be close to what you're dealing with. Hope this helps some. LR
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Don't bother putting them in your headlights. You wont be able to see them if you have your lights on. They make a wig/wag kit for the headlights themselves to do what you want.
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hmmmm i ordered 1, 3w LED, just to test out, try a few different things with... i might put amber LED's in the headlights, with the flash... which should look good...

main reason for not going with the halogen strobe bulbs, is that A) i don't want anything to be on my truck, that isn't LED, unless it has to be (headlights themselves) and B) the LED's can connect to the controller i am going to be getting (what ever it ends up being) and can be synchronized with the grill LED's... don't care if front and back are together, but front has to work as 1, and rear has to work as 1...

i'm using a setup of 6 in the back, and 4 in the front, right now...
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