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DewMan

Amber or white LED Bulbs for stock blinkers?

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DewMan
 
After spending way more effort that it should take, including a fruitless call to the Yamaha dealer's parts counter after not finding the information in the owner manual, I figured out that the stock U.S. model blinkers (that use an amber lens) use a 7443 (3 wire) socket dual filament bulb that I'd like to replace with LEDs for additional brightness and longevity. I'm one of the few who aren't turned off by the stock blinkers so I'm not in the market to replace them... call me old school. :)
If I am incorrect in the socket type, please let me know.
I want to keep the deep amber color and I'm concerned that if I use bright white LEDs it'll wash out the color and If I use amber LEDs it won't be brighter than stock filament bulbs.
[strong]Anyone have experience with using LEDs behind tinted lenses that can offer their opinion in this matter?[/strong]
 
Thank You for your time and attention. It's much appreciated.
 
 

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DewMan
Bueller?.... Bueller?
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Duke
I use Motodynamic's LED front turn signals and they're amber and have the 3 wire configuration (to retain the daylight running light function). They're pretty bright even with its smoked housing.
 
I personally opted for the amber color because white would've been unnoticeable during the day which is a safety concern for me but also it does give the police another reason to pull you over. Front turn signals legally have to amber but not many cops call you out on it but they could if they wanted to be jerks about it.
 

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DewMan
Thanks for the response @Duke. I've got amber lenses in my stock blinkers so there should be no legal issue. I'm just not sure if the amber LEDs will give enough added brightness over stock bulbs to be noticeably brighter, or if I go with white LEDs if it'll wash out the amber color of the lens.
 
I've seen red lenses that use such a bright white bulbs that they look pink. I'd hate my amber signals to look yellow.

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Duke
Ahh in that case, I think YouTube would be your best resource. 
 
If you're worried about brightness, I suggest investing in an LED bulb for your headlight. Cars will see you no problem hahaha

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Ahh in that case, I think YouTube would be your best resource.  
If you're worried about brightness, I suggest investing in an LED bulb for your headlight. Cars will see you no problem hahaha
Just installed Cyclops LED yesterday so I've got that covered already. :D 
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Duke
NICE!

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Beemer
[div]How much are bulbs? [/div]

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DewMan
The LED turn signal bulbs? $15-20 each for decent quality ones. If they'd been cheaper I'd have just gotten both colors. they're not as cheap as 194 bulbs which you can get 10 for $12.

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Update:I took a chance and ordered Amber replacement LEDs. I'm happy with how it turned out.  The front running lights are as bright, if not brighter than, the incandescent bulbs when they are blinking. When the LEDs blink they're a magnitude brighter still. Here's a picture that compares the incandescent (brake side) and LED (clutch side) running lights.
 
 
Running_LIghts.jpg
LINK to the bulbs
Link to the flasher relay
I'm not seeing any need to go with white LEDs at this time.
 
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liv2ride
Update:I took a chance and ordered Amber replacement LEDs. I'm happy with how it turned out.  The front running lights are as bright, if not brighter than, the incandescent bulbs when they are blinking. When the LEDs blink they're a magnitude brighter still. Here's a picture that compares the incandescent (brake side) and LED (clutch side) running lights. 
 
Running_LIghts.jpg
LINK to the bulbs
Link to the flasher relay
I'm not seeing any need to go with white LEDs at this time.
 
 

I have been looking to do the same, replace stock bulbs with LEDs. How did you come to choose these LEDs out of all those on the market?  Did you use the exact same bulb for the rear?  Were there any fitment issues with these bulbs?  

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@liv2ride To answer your questions, I chose these particular 7443 base type bulbs (they're drop in replacement for the dual filament bulbs) by claimed brightness, price and review scores. I used the same bulbs front and rear even though the rears are not running lights.
 
I'm sure there are any number of 7443 LED bulbs that would have worked. I had to make no modifications to the signals to allow the use of these bulbs. the turn signal assembly is quite roomy.

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liv2ride
I didn't see the lumen rating indicated on Amazon.  Any idea what it is running and flash?  I do like what I see, very noticeable difference in brightness.
 
 
How much room lengthwise (from socket) do you believe remains in the housing?  
 
Aloha

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I didn't see the lumen rating indicated on Amazon.  Any idea what it is running and flash?  I do like what I see, very noticeable difference in brightness. 
 
How much room lengthwise (from socket) do you believe remains in the housing?  
 
Aloha
You know as much as I do as far as the lumen ratings. The bulbs came undocumented in sealed anti-static bags with barcode labels on them. The Amazon description of "extremely super bright" was all I had to go on but I figured with a 4.5 star rating & 1yr manufacturer  warranty... they were worth a shot. The bulbs do not come anywhere close to bottoming out against the lens. there is still space.  The LEDs are only a few mm longer and no wider than stock bulbs if I remember correctly when I installed them.
 

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liv2ride
Here are the specs from the vendors website. That's a very good lumen rating from what I can tell for the yellow. I am very interested in conspicuity so I am leaning toward the white with 850 lumens.
 
Light Output: 36pcs high power and high illumination 2835 LEDs at sides of the bulb and 3pcs 2835 leds at the top of the bulb; 360 full degrees light output illumination for best light output.
 
Light Intensity (Max): White - 850 lumens per bulb; Amber Yellow/Red- 600 lumens per bulb.
 
LED Type: High illumination, high quality and high power 2835 SMD LEDS.
 
Polarized: No, non-polarized bulbs.
 
Operating Voltage: 12~18.0 VDC
 
Type: Aftermarket Replacement Bulb
 
Optional Colors: White/Amber Yellow/Red.
 
 

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