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LED replacement bulbs have and still are evolving very fast... none are
D.O.T. approved yet that I know of, so use them at your own risk.
Some of the benefits of LED bulbs are a deeper, purer light;
"instant-on" illumination; less power consumption; and a supposed
life span of 10 years continuous burning
The LED bulb rule of thumb for color is to match LED color to your
desired color - red LED behind a red lens, and amber LED behind an amber
This is because "white" LED's put out a blue-ish tint light, nothing
like the yellow-ish glow of a "white" incandescent bulb, giving poor results.
Most cars that use a thermal flasher system will need its thermal flashers
replaced with electronic ones, due to the much lighter load the LEDs put
on the flasher. Some vehicles, including newer panthers, use LCM
(lighting control modules) which are easily confused bu LED bulbs. The
use of heat producing load resistors is one fix for this, but is not recommended
by myself. Some people have no problem using LEDs with the LCM,
but I have no experience with this.
You can find all of the following replacement bulbs on eBay - the only
source for the good ones I have found.
Just search for your bulb # and "LED"
First, lets have a look at some of the first LED bulbs that came
out - these ones BLOW (bad) and are the kind commonly found on your retail
The utilize directional style LEDs, and result in little circles of
light on your lens:
Now that that's out of the way, here's some of the next wave of
LED bulbs that came out - I have these type in my 85 crown vic, as seen
in the pics. These look incredible at night, but don't appear as
bright in direct sunlight. If they are less bright than regular bulbs
is debatable, I feel the difference is minimal.
I have no experience with the even newer style, but surely they must
be better than these:
Pics of "good" bulbs installed:
(fog lights are not LED)
The following pic still had incandescent bulbs in the tag lamp - compare
to LED tags above
The "5 star" 194 replacement shown above also work very well for dash
illumination, as show below in my 85 and 91 crown vics. All blue you see
in the pics is from these type of bulb replacements, except for the aftermarket
In the pic of the 85, the A/C control is not LED, but has since been
swapped and also works very well.
There are even newer, brighter, more high powered bulbs available
- even though I have no experience with them, Im going to go ahead and
classify them as "best"
The previous info has been of my personal
opinion - individual results may vary!!!