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Hi guys, I added some Classicar LEDs indicator bulbs in to the i30 and they are very orange and very very impressively bright. I can't really make sense of Australian design Regs for light intensity or if they are legal. I spoke with local police who didn't believe there were only rules on indicator brightness and implied the brighter the better and ADR is mainly for headlights??

I tried to post a video but it won't allow .mov files off iPhone
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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #1 : March 21, 2018, 11:50:29 »
I'm not sure on .mov files though you could try to upload to sendvid :link: Upload and Share Videos - Sendvid

I'm guessing you changed the flasher as well :undecided:

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #2 : March 22, 2018, 03:44:34 »
As far as I know the Aust rules spec minimum brightness ( lumen ) mostly 5w globes.
Unaware of max lumen,  but you can't go blinding those around you,  nighttime would be the worst.
If you stand to look at it in the dark , without  leaving those spots when you look away or reaching for the sunnies , you should be good.
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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #3 : March 22, 2018, 05:17:13 »
These are plug straight in LEDs like canbus no additional resistors required.

 See if this link works for front indicators, i feel theya re brighter than dipped headlights  :rolleyes:

:link: iOS Video - Sendvid, Front

:link: iOS Video - Sendvid, Rear
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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #4 : March 22, 2018, 05:36:05 »
Both vid's work fine :goodjob: the brightness of the indicators is better than standard for sure, don't think they'll be a problem though as the police already mentioned.

I might have to grab a set of those for myself :)

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #5 : March 22, 2018, 05:43:17 »
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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #6 : March 22, 2018, 05:46:04 »
Which bulbs were they Scott ?

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #8 : March 22, 2018, 06:39:26 »

:link: Canbus BRIGHT AMBER LED INDICATOR BULBSNo Hyperflash BAU15S PY21W 581 ? Classic Car LEDs
Thanks :goodjob: they're all sold out :Pout:

They must be newly released bulbs as I don't see them listed on their ebay site :confused:

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #9 : March 22, 2018, 06:54:56 »
Either sold out or their trusty bulb tester has put a workers compensation claim in for burnt retinas  :rofl:

They were a good company to deal with were sent quickly and well packaged from UK.
The cheap Chinese indicator LEDs I tried off Ebay had a washed out orange colour almost white, also needed a resister which is difficult to incorporate into the PD headlamp indicator assembly & is probably the same style bulb holder & electric track as on the GD headlight

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #10 : March 22, 2018, 07:02:07 »
Yes they are the same PY type and Canbus for mine, I also tried some Chinese one's a couple of years ago that were supposed to be Canbus no error and they didn't work right so never ventured there again, it's handy to now know of some good quality one's :goodjob2:

Note! these bulbs wont save power though, they have 105 LED's in them to soak up 21w's, but the brightness is much better :)

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #11 : March 22, 2018, 09:22:11 »
Note! these bulbs wont save power though, they have 105 LED's in them to soak up 21w's, but the brightness is much better

Saving power is so overrated & last year Craig  :snigger:

I feel like im single handedly keeping Synergy's enormous profits soaring with my electricity bills  :crazy1:
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« Reply #12 : March 22, 2018, 10:14:12 »
Note! these bulbs wont save power though, they have 105 LED's in them to soak up 21w's, but the brightness is much better

Saving power is so overrated & last year Craig  :snigger:

I feel like im single handedly keeping Synergy's enormous profits soaring with my electricity bills  :crazy1:
:lol: I know how ya feel :)

We're currently in the process of changing the whole house over to LED, 25 new downlights and 3 pendents :sweating: it'll be some time before the smaller footprint pays off the outlay and installation costs :whistler:

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #13 : April 06, 2018, 11:00:54 »
@Crustycottage finally ordered myself some of those LED bulbs now that they have em back in stock :happydance: I discovered they're also the one's Dazz had mentioned in an i30N topic previously :link: Changing indicators to LED in i30N

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #14 : April 06, 2018, 23:28:10 »
Don't forget the welding mask when testing  :cool: I hadn't seen That post from Daz, but I was a bit more careful removing my light cluster than the you-tuber  :crazy1:
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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #15 : April 16, 2018, 11:42:49 »
Those bulbs finally turned up this afternoon :happydance: I see what you mean by needing a welding mask, they are seriously bright :Jaw:

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« Reply #16 : April 16, 2018, 17:02:45 »
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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #17 : April 16, 2018, 17:16:28 »
Those bulbs finally turned up this afternoon :happydance: I see what you mean by needing a welding mask, they are seriously bright :Jaw:

:link: IMG 0877 - Sendvid

I did warn you. But as the cops said best to be seen.  :crazy2:
The bulbs flash correctly in your car too Craig so no canbus errors.  :goodjob2:
I like these LEDs & the fact they just plug straight in with no messing around is a real bonus  :happydance:
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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #18 : April 16, 2018, 23:24:00 »
The bulbs flash correctly in your car too Craig so no canbus errors.  :goodjob2:
I like these LEDs & the fact they just plug straight in with no messing around is a real bonus  :happydance:
Yeah they’re an easy change over, I also replaced the side indicators with these :link: 2x T10 CAR BULBS LED ERROR FREE CANBUS 6 SMD YELLOW AMBER W5W 501 501A ? Classic Car LEDs   without issues.

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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #19 : May 01, 2018, 19:37:15 »
How are you getting on Craig with new indicator LEDs?
im getting used to extra brightness  :snigger:
Good to be seen especially with driving standards & lack of indication in WA  :crazy1:
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Re: What brightness is allowed for direction indicators?
« Reply #20 : May 01, 2018, 23:03:32 »
They’re working well, much more visible in daylight.
I  haven’t done to much night driving since installing them but I think people behind me at the lights should get a nice tan :D