REVIEW: 3157 LED Bulb (MMP) UPDATE 10/05/2008 - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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REVIEW: 3157 LED Bulb (MMP) UPDATE 10/05/2008

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3157 24 LED Super Refractor DRL/Blinker Bulbs

I recently got a tip from our friendly resident LED FREAK... er... umm... GURU, Supermodulation on a line of LED bulbs offered by a company besides the OTHERS, superlumination.com/autolumination.com.

I checked out the website and found a delightful surprise! They are relatively inexpensive compared to the other websites mentioned above! So, I ordered 2 pairs of their 3157 24 LED variant of the wedge type housing.

Cut to 2 business days and they arrive in my mailbox. I immediately opened the package and found 4 wedge-type bulbs with an appearance of a higher quality build. They even feel more solid compared to the "other" wedge-type bulbs.

Installation was straightforward and no trimming of tabs was necessary for them to fit in either the parking lamp sockets of the DRL/Blinker sockets. The brightness during the day appeared to be the same (I will take pics later and upload them). At night, it was a different story. The new bulbs are V E R Y bright compared to the "others". I will have to point the truck at a blank wall so you can see how much luminance they project! I hit my alarm button and blinded myself!

Here's some pics for you to see for yourself...

New 3157 LED bulb on the right, other on the left



New bulb installed on the left, other on the right (taken at dusk)



Parking lights only
No flash

With flash


Parking lights + 6000k HID headlights
No flash

With flash


Parking lights + 6000k HID headlights + 4700k HOEN fog lights
No flash

With flash


Parking lights + 4700k HOEN fog lights
No Flash

With flash



The pictures above don't do the bulbs any justice and my tripod was a little canted to the right. But, you can see how the inner-bulbs match the 6000k HIDs very well and are brighter than the outer-bulbs. So, for now, since it's day one of the new wedge-type bulbs, I will give the appearance and quality of the bulbs 4.5 out of 5. I will see how well they last over the next year. The "other" bulbs have been running on my truck for 17 months and had a few individual diodes burn out. The individual diodes in the new bulbs are larger and hopefully will last longer.

Thank you James!


Here's the info on the bulbs

24 LED Super Refractor
Available in Amber, Red and White

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These are not your average replacement bulbs! Velocity Super Refractor bulbs have 18 forward firing LED's and 6 firing around the sides, this fills out the lens much better than any other replacement led bulb on the market.
$14.99+ shipping for white
$12.99+ shipping for amber or red

HERE'S THE BEST PART!
Prices quoted are for a PAIR!!!

I paid $34.77 for 4 bulbs shipped!!
The "others" have lowered their price to $10.99 each

Here's where you buy them

http://frickinbrite.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=42_48


Side note:

They also offer a brighter high-power wide angle 3157 bulb in amber, red and white. White version runs $24.99/pair while the other two are $19.99/pair. I was afraid the white bulbs were gonna be too bright, so I opted for the type above.



http://www.v-leds.com/Shop/Control/Prod ... /SFV/32481



**** UPDATE 2/22/2008 ****

It's been 8 months since I installed the 3157 24 LED Super Refractor LED bulbs and have had 2 go bad on me. So, I ordered the HID WHITE 13 LED High Power Refractor bulbs listed just above this update.

They're not projector bright like the original 24 LED Super Refractor bulbs but they "fill" the reflector very well. The difference between parking light and turn signal is very noticeable compared to the 24 LED bulbs. We'll see how well these last compared the the other bulbs as well. The yellow dots are visible when the bulbs are off and may turn a few people off on the look. My theory is that I can't see them from the driver's seat so I don't care lol

Here's a few pics




The right bulb is the new 13 LED High Power Refractor and the left is the 24 LED Super Refractor. Notice the diference in the amount of light coming from the reflector behind the bulbs




**** UPDATE 10/05/2008 ****

Well, the v-leds.com bulbs above only lasted 7 months before they started flickering.

Sooooo....

I ordered some Supermodulation White 60 LED 3157 bulbs a couple weeks ago. Very high quality build and solid feeling. These bulbs are freakin' B R I G H T ! ! !. They also fill the light housings very well and will match 6000K to 8000K HID lights nicely. The 60 LED 3157 bulbs also come in red or amber. Amber is available in stock and the white and red are special order.

You can PM James here: Supermodulation or visit http://forums.nec355.com/forumdisplay.php?f=41

As always, I will keep this thread updated and rolling with any updates. Stay tuned!

Supermodulation White 60 LED 3157 Bulb




Installed - Day Shots






Installed - Night Shots




In operation with my Sequential Mod






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Very nice review. I will have to check those out when we meet up this weekend. I am curious to see them :D


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so you just replaced your stock bulbs with those?
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they look like the same ones i got from ebay and they only lasted for a little while same price too

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The MMP staff is evaluating VLEDS LED's.
This is an on going evaluation, if we find any issues we will post them.

I’m evaluating the High Power LED’s in my DRL’s.
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Is the blinker rate the same as stock or does it blink twice as fast?


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Is the blinker rate the same as stock or does it blink twice as fast?
You still need a load resistor to slow the blinking rate for these LED's.
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Well check this, when I get in my truck, start it up, and try and use a blinker, the blinking rate is twice the normal rate.

I then turn on my headlights (Mtec HIDs) and let them sit for a few seconds, turn them off, and try the turn signals and they blink normal from there on out until I shut my truck off.

Could turning my HIDs on cause a voltage fluxuation making it blink normal?


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Well check this, when I get in my truck, start it up, and try and use a blinker, the blinking rate is twice the normal rate.

I then turn on my headlights (Mtec HIDs) and let them sit for a few seconds, turn them off, and try the turn signals and they blink normal from there on out until I shut my truck off.

Could turning my HIDs on cause a voltage fluxuation making it blink normal?
Turning the headlights (whether they're HIDs, Xenons or Halogens) resets the BCM after you turn them off and the parking lights go back to DRL mode. In DRL mode they will typically blink at the normal rate until the head lights are turned off/on. In parking light mode they will blink fast regardless.

With the load equalizing resistors, the blinking rate will be normal no matter what. Even if you take the bulbs out, the BCM's signal sensing will detect the load equalizer as a "bulb" and blink at a normal rate.


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Finally an explanation!

I have been so confused about this since I put HIDs in almost a year back. I figured I was just on a good one or something.

How hard is the install of load resistors? Just splice a few wires?


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Cool review, DB. :)

I may look into a set of these. I got tired of the diodoes in the superlumination LEDs dieing out and put my ambers back in.

I'm curious to see if these also do the same or not.

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Thanks Double-R to tha CN!

iwa, all you have to do is tap the wire ends (2) into the blinker line and ground line. No splicing or cutting. :D

Here's a pic of my load equalizer installed


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Can I get these Load EQs at somewhere like autozone?


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I saw a ceramic type at Kragen for $12 a pair.

I bought mine at superlumination.com for $4.99 each plus shipping.

http://www.v-leds.com has them for $8.99 a pair + shipping

http://frickinbrite.com/catalog/product ... cts_id=114


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just ordered a set, thanks DB for the info
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so do we just have to order the bulbs and replace these with the stock ones? sorry im new to CF and i just bought a 2005 colly z71 4X4 and just wanna start making it look sick!
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Cool deal Corey. I can't wait to see your truck after get more mods on it!


1991 - These bulbs are plug-n-play. All you have to do is swap these in place of the stock bulbs. The only other part you may need is the LED Load Resistor Kit that I provided a link to above. It will keep the turn signal's blink rate the same as stock. LED have a much lower power requirement and makes the BCM think a bulb is out which will then make the turn signal blink fast. If you don't mind the fast flash rate then you can skip the LED Load Resistor Kit.


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I was going to ask if the fast blink rate was cause any damage but you answered me already DB so I guess nevermind...lol.

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Thanks alot DBnissan.
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How much faster do these blink though?
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