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Old 25 August 2013, 16:20   #81
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This tells the car that the trailer is connected, & car goes into "trailer mode". The LEDs present a higher resistance than a filament bulb so the car doesn't see the trailer, however the search voltage is sufficient to cause the LEDs to glow.
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This tells the car that the trailer is connected, & car goes into "trailer mode". The LEDs present a lower resistance than a filament bulb so the car doesn't see the trailer, however the search voltage is sufficient to cause the LEDs to glow.
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Shouldnt that read

Iirc the LEDs have a current limiting resistor in series otherwise they would be a dead short on DC with the correct polarity. The current limiting resistor is around 1 kOhm, which is a lot higher than the the filament bulb, that's why you have to put the "spoofing" resistor in // with the LEDs, to simulate a filament bulb.
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I've got another set of "submerisble" ones that I was hoping to have fitted in time for tomorrow's Forth cruise, but various stuff got in the way and they probably won't be on 'till next week. Will report as & when they go swimming.
Once again life got in the way and the kit is now tested & ready to fit, but still lying on the bench...

So, Ford Focus with OEM trailer module. LED Autolamps clusters

No "strobing" as seen by others, but I have had to fit 2 22Ohm resistors in paralell with the indicators to stop "disco effects". Admittedly the disco lights were only a problem in the dark as the LEDS that shouldn't have been on were just glimmering (or in the case of ther O/S indicator - 3/6 of the LEDS were glimmering!) but other than that, plug & play.

Now I just need another 4 months to fit them to the trailer & I'll report back on the submersible side of things......
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Mine are well under way.

Stainless steel 'sliding' brackets fabricated - although only tacked together in these images.

Submersible light units, Number Plate light and Fog lamp.
Acrylic backing boards.

Just need to break out the adhesive lined heatshrink and run a set of cables down each side to the winch post where I'll add a waterproof junction box, before going forward with a single cable to the plug.
I'll also use the junction box to mount the resistors as the D3's CANBUS system doesn't like the light units I have.

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Mine are well under way. Stainless steel 'sliding' brackets fabricated - although only tacked together in these images. Submersible light units, Number Plate light and Fog lamp. Acrylic backing boards. Just need to break out the adhesive lined heatshrink and run a set of cables down each side to the winch post where I'll add a waterproof junction box, before going forward with a single cable to the plug. I'll also use the junction box to mount the resistors as the D3's CANBUS system doesn't like the light units I have. Nasher.
They look good I might have to go and raid PD shed for some bits now.
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This is exactly what I've used, but I purchased them from different vendors

12V 24V Number Plate LED Light Multivolt For Truck Trailer Boat BMW Audi Ford | eBay

Trailer Light - LED Autolamps 12v Rear 3 Function Stop Tail Indicator G2 Plug in | eBay

LED Autolamps 135FME Rear trailer, truck fog light | eBay

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Mine are well under way.

Stainless steel 'sliding' brackets fabricated - although only tacked together in these images.

Submersible light units, Number Plate light and Fog lamp.
Acrylic backing boards.

Just need to break out the adhesive lined heatshrink and run a set of cables down each side to the winch post where I'll add a waterproof junction box, before going forward with a single cable to the plug.
I'll also use the junction box to mount the resistors as the D3's CANBUS system doesn't like the light units I have.

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Not dis-similar to mine. I managed to get the ballast resistor into the light clusters behind the red reflector.
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Not dis-similar to mine. I managed to get the ballast resistor into the light clusters behind the red reflector.
I was a bit worried about squeezing them into a tight space as they generate a bit of heat.

Not going to get anything done on them tomorrow as I'm changing the D3's Timing Belt and HP Fuel pump belt
Hoping it will be easier than the last one I did which was my Subaru Legacy GTB.

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I was a bit worried about squeezing them into a tight space as they generate a bit of heat. Not going to get anything done on them tomorrow as I'm changing the D3's Timing Belt and HP Fuel pump belt Hoping it will be easier than the last one I did which was my Subaru Legacy GTB. Nasher.
Now that's a job and a half good luck
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