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Unread 04-16-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
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After replacing ( 6volt batts on my car and finding only two were bad, I decided, thru input from the board, that the probable culprit were the lights hooked directly to the 2 deceased batteries.

So, in effort to preserve my new batt bank, I decided to replace my bulbs with LEDs (lower wattage, and brighter) Easy replacement however during the test drive last night I realized a problem. When I press my brakes and engage my brake lights it also engages my head lights, regardless whether the HLs are turned on or not .

The incandescent bulbs were hi/low beam the LED are single. Is this my prob? Can I fix it? I would like to keep the LEDs. I plan to reverse to the old bulbs this evening to see if the new issue continues. However I REALLY would like to keep the LEDs if possible.

Any thought or direction is appreciated.

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Unread 04-20-2015, 03:33 PM   #2
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Is this stupid question or have I just worn you guys out?
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Unread 04-20-2015, 03:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Bulb Replacement

Here's a suggestion. Get a 48v/12v reducer so you don't end up with the two dead batteries again
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Unread 04-20-2015, 04:30 PM   #4
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I second that motion. A voltage reducer is the way to go to power lights.
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Unread 04-20-2015, 04:34 PM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestion CC. I've already ordered a reducer/converter, however I am still preferring the LED (lower draw/brighter), any idea why or if a single mode bulb (9004 style) would be causing a crossover to my brake lights
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Unread 04-20-2015, 04:42 PM   #6
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Default Re: Bulb Replacement

That is a bizarre problem, I wouldn't think the brake circuit and headlight circuit would be connected at all.
So do you have a high/low switch?
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Unread 04-20-2015, 04:46 PM   #7
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Yup Jake, the old bulbs were Hi/Lo with the dimmer switch in the floorboard. New LED Bulbs are not hi/lo. It activates the headlights when I push the brakes regardless which position the simmer switch is in.
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Unread 04-20-2015, 05:02 PM   #8
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Default Re: Bulb Replacement

Im no electrician....

When your replaced the bulbs, you replaced the original incandescent "brake" light bulbs with LED's?
If your original brake bulbs were a "two-filiament" type....that is one for running lights and one for brake lights, then by replacing those with a "single" LED could lead to..."by pressing the brake, charging the brake circuit in turn charge the entire light circuit too include running lights/front lights???
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Unread 04-20-2015, 05:11 PM   #9
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Default Re: Bulb Replacement

What LVCJ is saying, the head lights and the tail lights are on the same wire. The brake lights have a different wire. If the tail / brake lights you just put in only have a single contact on the bottom of them you are connecting the brake light wire to the tail light wire which also goes to the head lights. put the old bulbs back in and it should work.
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Unread 04-20-2015, 10:51 PM   #10
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Thanks LVCJ and Mr Golf,
The bulbs that have been replaced are headlights, I haven't changed the brake lights. I was planning on replacing the old (incandescent) headlight bulbs to see if that remedied the issue of the headlights turning on when I pressed the brakes, but after looking hi and low, I am afraid I threw them out. It really has me scratching my head
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