LED brake lights

As long as I’m mentioning the magazine Mopar Action, I should highlight another suggestion made by their tech department.  I hadn’t  previously thought about this, but incandescent brake lights take time to turn on, due to the filament needing to come up to temperature.  I am told that this takes up to half a second.  While this does not sound like much, at 65 mph, this is the time required to go ~48 feet.  That is a goodly amount of space between the fellow behind me and my fragile car.  LEDs, on the other hand, illuminate much more quickly, essentially putting more time/space between you and the maniac tailgater back there.

So:

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At $15, cheap peace of mind for your bumper.  Don’t forget to drop another $1 on electrical grease to forestall corrosion.

As always, there are caveats.  First, make sure that they look right from behind the car.  You don’t want a narrow spot projected onto the forehead of the driver behind you, and since LEDs can be more directional than bulbs, it’s worth checking.  Second, your car’s electrical system may need a regulator across the wires leading to your brake lights.  I haven’t had this problem.  Third, some municipalities may have issues with nonstandard lights, no matter their benefits.

Lastly, the young fellow behind the parts counter may be disappointed when your response to his question “What are you putting these in?” is “A Saturn.”  LED taillights aren’t just for the boy racer crowd anymore.

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