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LED Brake Light Upgrade

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by Steve C Wilson, Feb 26, 2024.

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    Steve C Wilson

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    I searched the for a similar item before posting this. I have a 2002 530i.

    I have replaced the 1156 standard brake light bulbs with red CAN bus type LEDs. These LEDs are supposed to contain a resistor so that it emulates a standard incandescent bulb, and supposedly will not trigger a warning that a brake light failure is detected. After doing this, the brake light fault is happening anyway.

    I suspect that wiring a standard bulb parallel to the LED might solve this, and wiring a 6-ohm resister might do the job a too. Has anyone encountered this problem, and how has it been solved?

    I am not impressed with the brightness of the standard bulbs, especially compared to the blinding LEDs now common on the newer cars.

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