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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-21-2015, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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LED source for trunk tail lights

Alltronics.com Listed as 3rd brake light strips. HP #QPWR-G299.
Their #96L001, $14.
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Just bought 2! Need to replace the ones I have and have a spare.

Pain in the butt to get the OEM LED strip out. Need to be careful with the dremel and cut nice straight lights.
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Just bought 2! Need to replace the ones I have and have a spare.

Pain in the butt to get the OEM LED strip out. Need to be careful with the dremel and cut nice straight lights.
Please provide detailed information on the new LED strip and installation and if it was an exact replacement or only close to original. How does the panel lights look at night - any pictures of panel at night would be great. Did the new LEDs in the repaired panel look exactly like the opposite original panel?

The LED strips do look like the originals - see link.

http://www.alltronics.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi

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I've never seen these on a bird. Were they an option?

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They're OEM on mine. The lights on the trunk part.

these are the exact replacements for what's in there.

It's basically a circuit board of LED's, encased in that silver chromed holders, topped off with clear plastic lenses to magnify the lights.

I'll do a write up with lots of pictures. There's one on here now but it needs more info.

You do need to be wary of cutting. I'll need a better Dremel cutting head, and I'll need to buy another junkyard driver's part as I destroyed mine in my prototype attempt.

I'll post it all up when done
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Just purchased two more lights on eBay for $40 free shipping...

I'll be cutting soon!
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They're OEM on mine. The lights on the trunk part.

these are the exact replacements for what's in there.

It's basically a circuit board of LED's, encased in that silver chromed holders, topped off with clear plastic lenses to magnify the lights.

I'll do a write up with lots of pictures. There's one on here now but it needs more info.

You do need to be wary of cutting. I'll need a better Dremel cutting head, and I'll need to buy another junkyard driver's part as I destroyed mine in my prototype attempt.

I'll post it all up when done
This will be a most interesting write-up. I have wanted to repair my PS rear panel for years. But, have been reluctant to do it without a detailed write-up and pictures. My TB looks bad from the rear at night with one good panel - all nice and bright and the PS half lit. I have recently acquired a PS panel, but just do not have enough information on the process to proceed. I am sure many other TB owners will benefit from the write-up. Thanks.

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No problem. luckily the lower portion of the tail light is black, so if you cut JUST below that line, straight from one end to the other, you'll get enough movement to pull that LED assembly out. You'll notice in the pic of the LED there's two screws, those are the bumps on the back of the tail light assembly. It's important to keep them, so the LED doesn't wiggle & bounce around. I'm not sure how robust 1990's LED's are!

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Direct link for those looking:

Red LED Light Bar (3rd Brake Light) | Alltronics

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KEEP your old LEDs if you take them out. You can de-solder them and put them in place of ones which are burnt out.

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the brightness may vary between old and new, you'd be better off replacing the whole strip. odds are the strip is what went bad anyway, not the LEDs
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You might have seen the few pictures I posted a while back when I did mine. What I did was use a red flexable LED strip, and I hot melt glued it over the top of the factory light strip. I got two of them on amazon for under 10$ IIRC. It worked out well and is about the same brightness as the taillights when lights are on.

Getting out the strip was a lot more tedious then I expected. The black plastic housing is pretty thick and not easy to cut. I went through quite a few rotary bits. You also need to be careful you don't cut too far up in the light housing to remove the strips; or it will be noticeable due to the reflective surface being broken.

After going through all that for my Tbird... I am honestly kind of glad the Cougars never got the LED running lights.

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I saw your post..good write up.
You have to ensure you cut JUST A LITTLE bit below the black on the front of the assembly. Cut wide enough to be able to jostle it out too..

Don't worry about damaging the one that's in there, just be patient. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES, and take your time!
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the brightness may vary between old and new, you'd be better off replacing the whole strip. odds are the strip is what went bad anyway, not the LEDs
It all depends on how deep you want to go into the rabbit's hole. If your TBird has a few burnt out and their dimmer you could solder some of the "good" ones into it... You can get to the LED's but need to be careful prying the assembly apart... Would be a lot of careful prying, and gluing back together...

But for the price they have online, it's just easier to buy new ones... they seem to have 42 left... wonder if that's it all together!


Why Ford didn't think to make that one part replaceable.....who knows!
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It all depends on how deep you want to go into the rabbit's hole. If your TBird has a few burnt out and their dimmer you could solder some of the "good" ones into it... You can get to the LED's but need to be careful prying the assembly apart... Would be a lot of careful prying, and gluing back together...

But for the price they have online, it's just easier to buy new ones... they seem to have 42 left... wonder if that's it all together!


Why Ford didn't think to make that one part replaceable.....who knows!
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Got my two LED strips today - two day delivery. Very well made - good quality and they even have the same electrical connector on them as the original. As soon as the instructions are posted I am going to do this job.

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We discussed it before:

Cougar Reflector Panels

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I always wanted to make my trunk lights work with the brake and turn signals, so added 2 other led strips in them, and wired them up.

My camera sucks, and shows the real bright red as orange for some reason.

Thunderbird Taillight Upgrade

They are just as bright as the outer tail/stops.
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I was thinking about that too after I did mine...where an additional strip could go.

I wonder if it's possible to tie the power to the corners, but not turn them off, but dim the entire strip.....
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