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Old 09-11-2010, 11:51 PM   post #1 of 33
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Anyone know where I can buy tail lights for a 318. I know John Deere can order them and evil bay has them for about $70 for the set. I haven't checked pricing from John Deere but evil bay price of $70 bucks seems a little steep to me.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:02 AM   post #2 of 33
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Check out this link, has to be something that you can use instead of paying 70 bucks for.
http://www.easternmarine.com/TRUCK-L...Marker-Lights/
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:04 AM   post #3 of 33
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enzminger, I have a second seat pan and I'm considering putting it to work and I'll be needing a set for it too. If I find a good source I'll PM you, if you find one PM me!
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:10 AM   post #4 of 33
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Thanks. I will let you know if a find anything. I will call John Deere to see what they want just out of curiosity. I do know I will not spend $70. I will find a set of LED's if that's what original equipment will cost.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:16 AM   post #5 of 33
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Please post here when you get a price from JD or when you find something aftermarket. I'm in need of some as well.

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Old 09-12-2010, 12:18 AM   post #6 of 33
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Give JD a shot.
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:41 AM   post #7 of 33
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Well, I found these in a few minutes of searching the web. They are LED's and dimensions of the light would work (according to my measuring skills).

http://www.iboats.com/LED-Oval-Boat-...view_id.164144
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:49 AM   post #8 of 33
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Thanks! Might order a set, I don't need the 2nd pan to look that good. I'm setting it up for the cab and it'll only be on for the winter months!
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:59 AM   post #9 of 33
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I may be all wet here, but, when you install LED lights to a regular 12 volts system and turn on the switch the 12 volts will blow the LED's in a flash of a second. You have to have resisters somewhere in between. Correct?
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when you install LED lights to a regular 12 volts system and turn on the switch the 12 volts will blow the LED's in a flash of a second. You have to have resisters somewhere in between.
If this is true, it is a new one on me.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:28 AM   post #11 of 33
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I don't know. ?????
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:31 AM   post #12 of 33
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If that is true, you would think whatever is needed would be supplied (resistors??). I know guys that have put LED's on tractors and they never said anything about it.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:36 AM   post #13 of 33
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I may be all wet here, but, when you install LED lights to a regular 12 volts system and turn on the switch the 12 volts will blow the LED's in a flash of a second. You have to have resisters somewhere in between. Correct?
As long as they are designed for a 12volt system there should be no problem at all.You can buy 12volt LED clearance lights most anywhere trailer lighting is sold
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I tried the LED's and they blew in a split second... Read below on why. The 12 volts system on a lawn/garden tractor probably is not setup for LED lights.


http://www.offroaders.com/tech/LED.htm






LED lights are fast becoming the light source of choice in many applications. There are good reasons for this. LED lights consume about 10th the power of a standard comparable light bulb making them much more efficient. LEDs also last much longer than standard light bulbs at approximately 100,000 hours. Recent advances have produced high light output LED lights that make them more desirable as a light source over the previous generation of LEDs that most people are used to seeing. Also LED manufacturing has produced mass quantities of LEDs at a very small cost per LED making LED much more affordable.


In the vehicle the LED (light emitting diode) is commonly used as an indicator for alerting you if a circuit is powered on. However you can't simply plug an LED into your 12 volt power supply in your vehicle and expect it to work. The common LED requires only 2 volts to work so the power supplying your LED needs to be reduced from 12 volts down to 2 volts. That is accomplished by using a resistor. Note: typical LEDs require 2V for each LED however some require 4V such as for blue and white LEDs.

In the diagram to the right, the "R" is a 470 or 560 ohm resistor, either will work for the common LED requiring 2 volts. You will need to acquire one resistor per LED. Resistors can usually be purchased in the same electronics stores as the LEDs themselves.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:40 AM   post #15 of 33
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Well, I found these in a few minutes of searching the web. They are LED's and dimensions of the light would work (according to my measuring skills).

http://www.iboats.com/LED-Oval-Boat-...view_id.164144
This set works with 9 - 16volts dc. I think all of the boat & truck clearance lights are for 12v dc systems.
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