GL1500 turn signal to led


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GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by Lutzinmn » Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:04 pm



I am looking into changing my front turn signal lights to led. Can this be done by just swapping out bulb to a led bulb? I keep reading about people adding relays and resisters to make the turn signals work. I also read that even though I have an amber lens, going led I should use amber led bulb. Is that true? Also looking at bulbs, sites say I need 1157 bulbs except mine are wedge style lights and I don't know if my 12v23/8w bulb translate to 1157. I would appreciate any guidance.



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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by curtm » Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:53 pm

If it is a wedge style bulb it is not an 1157, 1157 is a 2 filament push and turn style, incandescent, 1156 is a single filament, you can get different wattage if you want them bright, remember if you install a higher wattage bulb they use more power and get hotter, thus possibly melting the lense
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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by Charlie1Horse » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:11 pm

If you change all 4 turn signal lights with LEDs they will hyper-flash so to keep them flashing properly you have to add resistors in the line, (one resistor on each side). But to add resistors still gives a somewhat large draw on the battery/alternator which is the reason I changed to LEDs. I replaced the rear turn lights and all tail/stop lights with super bright white LEDs and kept the front standard bulbs which keeps it from hyper-flashing. If you change the front and rear you can replace the flasher (under the seat) with an electronic flasher which, as I understand will disable the auto cancel for the turn lights.
Wing-admin wrote an article that discusses the reason for same colored LEDs as lenses, something to do with the wave length of the light. I really don't understand but, for that reason I am ordering red tail/stop lights and amber turn lights.
I can't tell about the style of the front bulbs but, 1157 is for tail/stop lights and 1156 is for rear turn lights.
Here are the lights I am ordering in red and the white ones I am now using from the same ebay seller. They have all types of bulbs and I am happy with them. They are about $26.00 for 4 bulbs and 10% off if you order 2 sets and free shipping. https://www.ebay.com/itm/4x-1157-High-P ... %7Ciid%3A1
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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by Bluewaterhooker0 » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:56 pm

Keep in mind, if you're trying to save electricity, the turn signals are used so intermittently that the available power savings is very limited simply because they aren't used all the time.
I changed my tail light turn signal bulbs only, and I still had the hyper-flashing issue. Maybe not as fast as with front and rear, but certainly a lot faster than normal. If you change the bulbs only, you will need to install high capacity resistors to stop the hyper-flash. At that point, you are consuming exactly the same amount of power as with the standard 1156 and 1157 bulbs. Thus, no gain in the power department.
The alternative is to install an LED capable flasher under the trunk, actually 2. One for turn signals, and one for emergency flashers. There is one described on the forum that is supposed to work without causing other issues with auto-turn signal cancel operation, but I haven't personally tried it.
After much consideration, I decided to stick with the standard bulbs and avoid all the potential issues, primarily because I couldn't see the gain.

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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by Lutzinmn » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:42 pm

I more want the brighter lights. Could I use the quad load balancer device? My understanding this would add load to the turn signals so they will blink at normal rate. Anyone know if this will allow my auto sensor to work and shut blinkers off?

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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by Lutzinmn » Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:32 pm

I take it that no one has experience with the quad load balancer.

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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by ct1500 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:44 pm

Lutzinmn wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:32 pm
I take it that no one has experience with the quad load balancer.
Is that an upgrade from the Flux Capacitor in the Delorean?
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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by Lutzinmn » Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:57 pm

Lol no. It is supposed to stop the hyperflashing of led bulb. I just don't know if the blinkers will auto shut off using it.

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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by Happytrails » Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:35 pm

ct1500 wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:44 pm
Lutzinmn wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:32 pm
I take it that no one has experience with the quad load balancer.
Is that an upgrade from the Flux Capacitor in the Delorean?


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Re: GL1500 turn signal to led

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:43 am

I don't know what a "quad load balancer" is, but if it's just some power resistors, then yes, it will work, and the auto cancel will still function.



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