Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

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otj
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Location: Finland

Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

Post by otj » Wed May 31, 2017 5:53 pm

My Astra Tourer has iLux lights, so rear lights and brake lights are leds. But unfortunately rear indicators are traditional filament bulbs. This had to change so I did a little mod.

First I started with installing ballasts, I bought these: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280949366384

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Sports Tourer uses BAU15S-type bulbs, not W16W as in the hatchback. So I had to find BAU15S type leds bright enough. I bought 10-smd bulbs that output 850 lumens.

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I soldered the ballast to two thickest wires.

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And a short video, leds in action:

https://youtu.be/OU4-c_eVEls

Leds are much brighter than OEM filament bulbs, so this was a really good mod.
Opel Astra Sports Tourer Innovation (Elite) 1.4T M6, Summit White.

Ordered: Opel Insignia B Sports Tourer Innovation 1.6 CDTI A6, Abalone white, AGR premium

Old: Astra J Sports Tourer Sport (SRi) 1.4T M6 2013


AdieMcc
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Re: Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

Post by AdieMcc » Wed May 31, 2017 6:22 pm

Nice and bright
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fryrpc
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Astra Model: Sports Tourer 1.6CDTi BiTurbo 160 Elite Nav
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Re: Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

Post by fryrpc » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:09 pm

Does the ballast get very warm - I thought there were normally connected to part of the metal body to allow for heat dissipation?
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Ivanzu
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Re: Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

Post by Ivanzu » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:26 pm

It's a blinker so it doesn't get used all the time and doesn't require a lot of cooling, especially if he is a BMW/Audi driver.


otj
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Re: Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

Post by otj » Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:19 pm

Ivanzu wrote:
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:26 pm
It's a blinker so it doesn't get used all the time and doesn't require a lot of cooling, especially if he is a BMW/Audi driver.
:D
Opel Astra Sports Tourer Innovation (Elite) 1.4T M6, Summit White.

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Old: Astra J Sports Tourer Sport (SRi) 1.4T M6 2013


Hugo_B
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Re: Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

Post by Hugo_B » Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:17 pm

I tried to do this on my previous car, an Alfa Romeo MiTo, the rear lights were also LED.
But the resistors really get very hot, even in the turn signal lights, so I gave up.

But it's a nice mod. I've got an ST also, with Matrix LED and I already switched the front fog lights and the reverse lights to LED.


cooldad
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Re: Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

Post by cooldad » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:17 pm

Nice one!

This looks neater than soldering the ballast across the outside of the unit. What colour temperature are the bulbs, out of interest? Did you also get them from eBay?

I once managed to source some non-CANBUS error white (5000K) LEDs to replace the standard indicator bulbs, they worked perfectly with no errors, but their colour, when emitted through the amber rear light cluster, was almost green, so I may have had a legality problem!!

There were almost no amber-coloured CANBUS LED bulbs available when I looked. That would have solved the problem!
Astra 1.6 SRi Turbo 200 PS / 150 kW, Power Red.
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Keeefy
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Re: Sports Tourer rear led indicators mod

Post by Keeefy » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:36 am

like it I will give it a shot as I am a bit of an LED freak


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