ALBUS - Now with Better Brake Illumination!
I have been thinking to replace, for my ALBUS, the OE halogen BRAKE bulbs to LEDs and making them a Flash Strobe Breaking Lights as seen in the Indonesian ANHCs versions.
I had a Flash strobe aftermarket Rear Bumper Reflectors about which I have already posted the DIY here:
I removed the STROBE MODULE UNITS from Rear Bumper Reflector lights and preferred to add to the Main Brake Lights.
Connecting Right/Left Strobe Module Units was easy there with aftermarket bumper reflector LED lights as no cutting of original wires involved. But connecting to the original Brake lights requires some more DIY steps .
There were a lot of doubts, whether I can get online Male/Female connectors to avoid cutting of original wires, whether to go for WHITE LED Bulbs or the RED ones – as which one will suit and perform better inside a red housing. After a lot of online research, I understood RED bulbs must be the better choice. Also decided to change the third brake light within the car to T20 Red LED one/ rear parking lamps to T10 Red LEDs.
Therefore, I have procured the following:
1. 2Pcs T20 Socket Adapter 7440 W21/5W W21W LED Bulb Base Connect Wiring Holder for Car Brake Light
Very Good Quality, but required little alteration for Honda City socket hole.
2. 2pcs 7440 T20 Plug Car Accessories Male to Female Wire Connector
Very Good Quality.
3. 2pcs RED T20 12V/W21 7440 LED Bulbs 3014 144smd Car Brake lamp
Very Good, managed to fit inside the lamp housing as the length of the bulb is 6 cms. and just exactly occupied the available space. Pleasantly Red Color but not extremely bright. Non Polar Bulbs.
4. One RED T20 LED 12V/W21 7440 LED Bulb Car Brake Light
Very Good, intensity is adequate and beautiful, best suited to the third brake light inside rear windshield in the center.
5. 2pcs RED T10 LED Bulbs Car Parking Position Lights
Very Good, Fitting Size and Non Polar, RED color intensity is okay.
WHAT I DID / OBSERVATIONS:
I did come across some difficulties and could overcome. The T20 socket design was not exactly matching the OE thread lock hole, so there was a need to reshape the aftermarket base. Though it went inside but not locked securely, so fixed with 3M double side tape firmly. The LED Bulb was not fitting firmly like halogen bulb, in fact it fell down inside the housing, then I removed it to get the bulb back. l solved the issue by taping (insulation) the LED Bulb base with base socket.
I replaced the OE T20 Bulb with a smaller T20 BULB (Refer No. 4 in picture) whose brightness is cute but not over bright as OE Halogen.
Also replaced the T10 Parking Lamps in the brake lens housing with LED Bulb, Refer No.5 in the picture which gives adequate Red intensity.
I did not change the WHITE OE Bulb meant Reverse Indication.
One thing I noticed, in 2012/13 Facelift ANHC Break Lamps Housing design there are two chambers for the brake warning light, and the bulb positioned in the center. The strobe flash makes all the more beautiful as the flash flows between top and bottom.
Overall I loved the performance,
Honestly they are …..Bright and Beautiful ( THAN IN THE PICTURES)
SOME INTERESTING INFORMATION:
WHY RED LED, NOT THE WHITE?
A red lens will filter out all colors other than the red portion of the light so if the light is all red, none or very little light will be blocked by the lens. The light from a White LED contains very little light in the red portion of the visible spectrum so most of the light would be filtered out by a red lens.
WHY RED IN BRAKE LAMP, WHY NOT OTHER COLORS?
Objects that are of the color red can be better seen from afar by the human eye compared to other colors. As for the refraction part, despite interference from outside elements such as the air’s moisture content, water (from rain), fog and the varying temperature of flowing air, the color red still emerges as the color that travels the furthest compared to the other colors.
WHY THIRD BRAKE WARNING LIGHT @ TOP CENTER?
It is compulsory for cars to have a central brake lamp or third brake light (Also, called safety brake lamp or high-level brake lamp) located higher than the left and right brake lights as a distracted car driver is more likely to slow down the car, if a third brake light in installed in the vehicle in front of him.
ABOUT STROBE FLASH MODULES:
There are three types (Different blinking mod) and I preferred the Third one.
1. CD0100 - Always Flashing
2. CD0101 - Five Times Flashing and stop
3. CD0102 - Four Times Fast Flashing & Four Times Slow Flashing and then stop.