Originally Posted by JTS97Z28
Ehh, first off LED's have come a LONG way since those junk ones you have seen on old Cadillacs. I betyou have not seen a more modern car that has had a single LED tail light bulb burned out. You don't need to run down to your local pep boys to replace lights like you used to ;-)
Yeah ok, lets talk about that again in 10 years.
They don't last forever. (And I have seen defective clusters on Audi and other cars here in Los Angeles not to mention CHMSL's with dead LED elements almost every day)
There are no standards regarding housings, boards, etc so each light cluster is unique to each model, hindering repair/replacement, especially the home or shade tree mechanic.
They are expensive to replace when they die/malfunction.
Restoring these vehicles down the road or out of warranty is going to be a giant pain in the ass due to the above.
I have a 40 year old Lincoln in addition to several other vehicles that is one of my toys. I can go into any part store in this country and buy replacement parts for it.....cheap....for obvious reasons. Parts are ubiquitous and not proprietary.
The point I am trying to make here is that LEDS are cool and awesome and the shiny new object that everyone loves, but in reality it's disposable tech that is meant to obsolete the vehicle or part when (not if) it fails. You can't just drop in some $2 part.
EDIT: For the record, I am not anti LED...I've got a couple thousand worth of LED lights at home on/in my house (standard fittings) and also a bunch of Rigid LED units, along with recently converting my 2012 Wrangler to TruckLite LED headlights (which are awesome - and also based on a standardized headlight size making replacement easy/inexpensive)
What I am concerned with is the wild wild west lack of standards for LED lighting in the automotive world (vs regular incandescent bulbs/housings) which in the end is only going to cost us, the consumer, more money to replace vs. a drop in, easy to source part.