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Old 13 July 2016, 14:39   #11
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I did that in the past, but it was more hassle than it was worth in the end.

I want to upgrade to LED as well and it seems cheaper to buy a full new board than all the bits.
Just changed my car so moved from 7 pin to euro 13 pin nonsense. Read on a few forums that CAN-bus LED lights may cause issues with car's onboard computer in as much as it doesn't recognise it. Not sure of the validity, but have stayed with old technology filament and used converter for light board connection.
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Cant disagree, however I have lessened the failure of the bulbs by rubbing them down with emery cloth at beginning of the season.
Getting a light board to illuminate at the start of the season is on a par with cracking the Enigma code.
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Getting a light board to illuminate at the start of the season is on a par with cracking the Enigma code.

Enigma code was easy to crack, ask the Americans
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Has anyone seen a 6 foot, 13 pin, with reverse light all LED light board?



I am struggling to find this set of options, I can find it in 5ft or without LED's or a 7 PIN verstion

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Read on a few forums that CAN-bus LED lights may cause issues with car's onboard computer in as much as it doesn't recognise it. Not sure of the validity, but have stayed with old technology filament and used converter for light board connection.
If your car uses Can-bus (i.e. can detect a blown bulb on the dashboard) then the LEDs need a resistor to allow the circuit to detect it.
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Just changed my car so moved from 7 pin to euro 13 pin nonsense. Read on a few forums that CAN-bus LED lights may cause issues with car's onboard computer in as much as it doesn't recognise it. Not sure of the validity, but have stayed with old technology filament and used converter for light board connection.

Just stick a resistor across the indicator wires simple
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Getting a light board to illuminate at the start of the season is on a par with cracking the Enigma code.
Your right there worst case of electrolysis you'll find
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Your right there worst case of electrolysis you'll find
Actually .. I think traditional Christmas lights might be in the running for reliability!!
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Just changed my car so moved from 7 pin to euro 13 pin nonsense. Read on a few forums that CAN-bus LED lights may cause issues with car's onboard computer in as much as it doesn't recognise it. Not sure of the validity, but have stayed with old technology filament and used converter for light board connection.

Some vehicles will work, some won't. It depends on the vehicle, generally the higher end the vehicle ( I.e. Complexity of electrickery) the more the likelihood that it won't work. Disco, Range Rover, BMW need resistors. Some Volvos do, some don't. It's pot luck. You can buy a plug in box that goes between car & trailer to supposedly get around the issue, here again, they work on some cars & not on others. My all singing new trailer came with an interface box for the built in LEDs, it didn't work with the Disco4, I had to solder some 2 quid RS resistors into the indicator circuits. The actual trailer lights will still work without them, but you get a strobing flash on the trailer indicators about twice per second, also the vehicle doesn't "see" the trailer, so things like reversing sensors, stability programs, rear fog lights etc. dont get enabled/ disabled.
I actually prefer the 13pin euro plugs, they are better sealed & offer a more positive locking action compared to the old 7 pin type. I don't like adapters though, more joints & connections to go wrong.


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I tried last year to fit LEDS following dave's advice on my shogan the electricery of the vehicle wouldn't play rang up the towbar fitters the box of tricks I wanted 180 so decided to buy a new board every year or replace the light clusters.
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