Originally Posted by Blinky19
Phatty, I was looking through some old posts and you were very supportive to Red Kiosk when he changed all the bulbs in front. PIAA Super Terra for example. Why the change in opinion?
Yeah, back then my enthusiasm was based in ignorance. I was excited by LED technology and wanted to apply it to my MO. Based off of "reviews" I found around the internet, I experimented with several different types/manufacturers of parking light LED retrofits. They were extremely expensive, but deep down I hoped the adage of "you get what you pay for" would apply. But they kept failing... and quickly. It was evident, even in my naivety, that LED retrofits were majorly flawed. I didn't understand the reasons, so I dug deeper. I found that most*
automotive forums were unreliable; spewing uninformed, unattributed, subjective views on the matter (*honestly, this forum is uniquely educated). Obviously, anyone can write baseless assertive posts in any random forum without being tested against reality. Since those adamant, but misguided views already contradicted what I saw with my own two eyes (this commercial
comes to mind), I knew they could not be trusted solely on "their word".
I began properly researching the subject, seeking attributable
evidence from industry experts. Mucking through a lot of internet garbage, I stumbled across Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy
and an all encompassing lighting forum
kept credible by industry experts that provide reliable attribution (links that end in .gov, .edu, etc.). I learned a lot about lighting science, the way it applies to the automotive industry and the regulations (and their basis) adhered to worldwide.
So yes, I've changed my opinion on the subject. Unlike the hard-line political views we see so much of nowadays (see Three Wise Monkeys), people's views should
change and adapt when presented with credible evidence that differs from their personal beliefs and understanding. Hopefully yours does too!
So specific to the topic of LED retrofits, they are illegal (and should be
) for many reasons. If you care to know why, refer to this thread
, specifically post #7
from an automotive lighting regulatory expert.