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Re: Phillips 3157 LED Brake/Turn

How would this Philips 3157 LED compare with the VLED Triton V3 solution in terms of brightness and color? Aren't they about the same in price also?

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Old 06-19-2015, 11:41 AM
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How would this Philips 3157 LED compare with the VLED Triton V3 solution in terms of brightness and color? Aren't they about the same in price also?
Im not really sure as I have never tried those Philips bulbs. I have always been using the V3's as they were hands down the best plug and play bulbs I have ever seen. They are brilliant in every lighting condition. A lot of LED's would suffer during bright sunlight conditions which the V3's do not. I would actually love to compare but I dont really want to buy a pair of the Philips just to try them. If someone had one laying around and didnt mind it to be sent to me for a bit I would be willing to take high quality DSLR comparison shots.
The VLED systems use an external control module and the bulbs have a decent size heat sink. I would like to think because of this the Philips would not be able to achieve the brightness of the VLED systems, but again I have never seen the Philips in person. If the Philips bulbs can atleast come close to brightness and light dispersion in the housing as good as the V3's then that would be great considering they do not require any extra space to mount the control box. Because of the "lens" that the V3's use I would like to say that they can utilize the full housing reflector better.
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Re: Phillips 3157 LED Brake/Turn

So both the control module and the resistor need to be mounted to the body behind the bumper?
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Re: Phillips 3157 LED Brake/Turn

resistors get real hot so place them accordingly.

the triton control box is the resistor in sheeps clothing.
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resistors get real hot so place them accordingly.

the triton control box is the resistor in sheeps clothing.
Actually it is not, atleast on their latest Gen 2.5. They redesigned them and made the control module much smaller, but it does not have the resistor built in. They did this for multiple reasons. First is not everyone needed the resistor, second, they said because of the heat, the built in resistor of the Gen 2 versions may have shortened the life of the control module electronics.
So now the latest Gen 2.5 has a small control module box (about the size of a quarter in the shape of a square). They also have specific resistors for the Tritons that are 100% plug and play right into one of the empty plugs coming from the control box. Its a real nice setup and I am still 100% satisfied with them.

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On the VLED gen 2.5 setup that I have, I mounted the square control box onto the actual headlight housing using double sided tape as seen in the picture below. Then the flat V3 resistor I mounted to the body behind the bumper to a flat painted surface using double sided tape.

Sorry for this being in the Philips LED thread, so if anyone has further questions regarding the VLED system, pleas respond in my other thread which is also at the top of the page.

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Re: Phillips 3157 LED Brake/Turn

I only considered the Philips LED's due to simple installation.
Philips is a great brand and somehow they claim those LED's to be the only ones "approved" for cars...They are 2W so not sure how bright, they look weird for sure.
I don't want it too bright either, should look OEM.
I'll do one side and then compare with regular bulb on the other side.
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Re: Phillips 3157 LED Brake/Turn

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3157 base adaptor and not the 3157CK, correct?
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Re: Phillips 3157 LED Brake/Turn

Took me only 15min per side.
Resistor install after removing that one bumper torx screw and pulling away the bumper cover a bit to slide in the resistor and pressing it against the flat vehicle body just below the taillight. Got some 3M automotive double sided tape.
Only had to rotate Philips bulb 180 degrees for polarity. As bright as OEM bulb but not brighter I'd say, fine with me.
Also had to press in the bulb till it clicked, initially it wasn't in far enough...
Great modification and ultimately very happy I didn't spend the money for the "taillightsolutions" LED modification...
Keeping OEM bulbs in the trunk just in case. Says the LED bulbs last 12 years but better have a backup plan in place...
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3157 base adaptor and not the 3157CK, correct?
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Re: Phillips 3157 LED Brake/Turn

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-12840R.../dp/B00P2D41LE
http://www.amazon.com/Philips-18957B...DT37QV7D2WHA3X

Good link to the Philips 3157 bulb and resistor
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Re: Phillips 3157 LED Brake/Turn

$12 for one resistor. Woof.
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$12 for one resistor. Woof.
I happily bought bulbs and resistors ($17 add-on) at Xenondepot and after a couple days must say that the bulbs are great, resistor mounting was super easy once I figured out the location.

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