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i just got my leds to day and started working on the heater panel got them wired up as trepaul86 has on his post. went to make sure the led would lite up some of them did and some of them didnt. starting moving some wires around and they got bright and would go back to the way they were before...not sure if i wired them up right...is thier any other way to wire them up???
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How are you connecting them together? You need to be soldering them.
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yeah im sodering them together
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What size resistor are you running?

They need to be in series in order to work correctly.
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i dont know what size the resistor is. i go the led and resistor together. they didnt say what size they are. the led is a 5mm 13000 mcd
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Yeah those are the ones. They should be a 510ohm 1/4watt resistor.

Only 3 LED's per resistor. After 3 you need another resistor. Series wiring too (Resistor to Anode side of led, cathode side to the next anode side of the led... so fourth).
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The colors on the resistor tell you what size they are.

Leds are polarized. Long leg is positive, and the base of the led has a flat spot for negative.

Im not really sure on what your doing with your leds. Mine were direct replacements. Plugged them in to the stock bulb holders. Worked well.





There is a hot spot in the middle and the red shows up as purple.

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ok i had 4 led to one resistor...maybe thats the proble...did you sand the top of the led???
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Yes, I sanded mine to dissipate the light evenly since they were directional (round). If you ran 4 only 1 or 2 would light up and not very bright either. So yeah, 3 is the max with the resistor size you have.
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ok well ill try again. i put it in to see how bright they were and i was like i did somthing wrong. ill try three...did u use the hot gule gun on these too??
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You can to keep them in place. I didn't. I just soldered them to the terminals on the heater panel and it doesn't move around on me. Over a year without problems too... knock on wood lol
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lol...yeah..im new here and saw this and was like thats not going to be too hard...well it kinda is just the sodering the leds together....thanks for all the help i will post some pics up if i get it done soon
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Awesome man! Glad to see someone tackling my how to! Lemme know if you have more questions. Glad to answer them. That's why we're all here. Thank Trent for telling my lazy a$$ to get online and help haha.
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how did you add this under your name:
100% LED AND HID! FTW!
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how did you add this under your name:
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Yeah Turb'z... Cough up $15 and be a member so you can have a cool LED or HID caption like me. Everyones doin it now days haha
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Its down to 12 now since there's no stickers
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I want me $3 back then! Jp lol
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trepaul86 just wanted to say thanks again for all the help. i just got done with it and it looks sweet. better than the green lights. i still need to dill the three hole and then ill be good. im going to do the gauge cluster tomarrow.
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careful taking off the needles, if your truck is newer watch my video!
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ok got another question. my trucks an 02 and it has the white and black gauges. when i go to sand the film off will i lost the white to???
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