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Replaced both rear halogen turn signal bulbs with LED ones without needing to tap into any wires. Purchased this one with pre-wired decoder (low heat) that prevents hyper flashing: http://store.ijdmtoy.com/Error-Free-CREE-High-Power-7440-LED-Bulbs-p/20-009.htm

It comes in amber, white or red. I got the amber one to match the front turn signal color.

I did think about getting this one: http://store.ijdmtoy.com/No-Resistor-Required-3156-7440-LED-Turn-Signals-p/20-02x-cree.htm, but at 3.1 inches long, I am afraid it will fall out of the housing.

They had a mother’s day sale with 15% off. I am guessing they will have another sale this coming memorial day weekend.

Installation was pretty easy. It even comes with two heat shrinking tube for the connections from the light bulb to the decoder. Although everything is sealed, I wrapped a couple of the connections with moister sealing electrical tape. Probably over doing it but I rather be overly cautious than to have something shorting out.

I tested the decoder (resistor) for heat by turning on the hazard lights for about a minute to see how hot the decoder gets. To my surprise, it does not feel hot at all, I can wrap my hands around the decoder comfortably.

Comparing brightness, the halogen bulb appears brighter, but I think this is because the led bulb is more directional so there is a circle of concentrated light when the led light hits my white garage door.

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Video: [video]https://flic.kr/p/GXxix5[/video]
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Thanks for the share; appreciate it! What are the odds these would work up front, too? My guess is that the assembly up front would be much harder to get to...
You read my mind. I love the "clear" look so much I am thinking about replacing the front turn signals. I am hoping JDMToys will have a 15% sale during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend like they did for Mother's Day. The "clear" look makes Volt more modern, I would of been more than happy to pay GM for the "all around" led option if they had offered one.
 

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You read my mind. I love the "clear" look so much I am thinking about replacing the front turn signals. I am hoping JDMToys will have a 15% sale during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend like they did for Mother's Day. The "clear" look makes Volt more modern, I would of been more than happy to pay GM for the "all around" led option if they had offered one.
Any luck with the front turn signals?
 

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You got to be S******* me.jpg JDM Bulb will stick out beyond the line shown in the picture.jpg JDM bulb on left, EBAY bulb on right.jpg Ebay LED Bulb.jpg Damage to my housing.jpg

I had purchased these LED turn signal from http://store.ijdmtoy.com/No-Resistor...0-02x-cree.htm for the Volt front turn signals. They were a snug fit and drove a couple of weeks without any issues and no falling out, plus they were MUCH brighter than stock (see video).

However, at 3 inches in length, they stick out a little bit more than I had liked (see picture) So I decided to try another LED bulb from a vendor on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Amber-Error-...RRIRTB:US:3160 and boy was that a MISTAKE!

Although the LED bulb from the ebay vendor plugs into the socket and works as described, it will fall out VERY easily. So if you go over the slightest bump on the road, that piece of s*** will fall right out, scratching the inside of your lamp housing as it did to my (see picture) It took me 2 hours to get both bulb out of the housing, yes, it was a PAIN in the a**. If you decide on this light bulb, make sure you put electrical tape around where the LED bulb joins the light socket, or else, be ready for disaster and damage to your housing.

The LED bulb from JDM TOYS is definitely brighter (see video), but that may be because the LED bulb sticks out more. Quality wise, the one from JDM toys definitely feels better built. Just wish it was an inch shorter and it would of been the perfect LED bulb.

Dimension wise, as you can see from the picture, the JDM TOYS led bulb's diameter is shorter than the ebay bulb. Length wise, the JDM TOYS led bulb is about an inch longer.

Although look is subjective, in my opinion without any bias from my experience of the ebay bulb falling out into the housing, I still like the looks of the JDM TOYS led bulb because the led bulb is surrounded by silver housing where as the ebay bulb housing is black so it is more apparent than the JDM TOYS led bulb.

So, in the end, I am returning the ebay led bulb and will be sticking with the JDM TOYS led bulb. One can only learn from his/her mistakes, and that happened to me today =)

Please do flip the pictures in the correct orientation for a better view.

[video]https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/07Ju51[/video]

[video]https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/6D868B[/video]
 

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Looks like you also purchased white LED bulbs for the reverse lights. Did you also replace the incandescent brake lights with LED as well? If so I'd be curious to see how it looks.
 

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I had purchased these LED turn signal from http://store.ijdmtoy.com/No-Resistor...0-02x-cree.htm for the Volt front turn signals. They were a snug fit and drove a couple of weeks without any issues and no falling out, plus they were MUCH brighter than stock (see video).

However, at 3 inches in length, they stick out a little bit more than I had liked (see picture) So I decided to try another LED bulb from a vendor on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Amber-Error-...RRIRTB:US:3160 and boy was that a MISTAKE!

Although the LED bulb from the ebay vendor plugs into the socket and works as described, it will fall out VERY easily. So if you go over the slightest bump on the road, that piece of s*** will fall right out, scratching the inside of your lamp housing as it did to my (see picture) It took me 2 hours to get both bulb out of the housing, yes, it was a PAIN in the a**. If you decide on this light bulb, make sure you put electrical tape around where the LED bulb joins the light socket, or else, be ready for disaster and damage to your housing.

The LED bulb from JDM TOYS is definitely brighter (see video), but that may be because the LED bulb sticks out more. Quality wise, the one from JDM toys definitely feels better built. Just wish it was an inch shorter and it would of been the perfect LED bulb.

Dimension wise, as you can see from the picture, the JDM TOYS led bulb's diameter is shorter than the ebay bulb. Length wise, the JDM TOYS led bulb is about an inch longer.

Although look is subjective, in my opinion without any bias from my experience of the ebay bulb falling out into the housing, I still like the looks of the JDM TOYS led bulb because the led bulb is surrounded by silver housing where as the ebay bulb housing is black so it is more apparent than the JDM TOYS led bulb.

So, in the end, I am returning the ebay led bulb and will be sticking with the JDM TOYS led bulb. One can only learn from his/her mistakes, and that happened to me today =)

Please do flip the pictures in the correct orientation for a better view.

[video]https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/07Ju51[/video]

[video]https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/shares/6D868B[/video]


Just ordered front and rear. Gonna see it how it is


Also need the white led reverse lights. Do they have them built with resistors as well?
 

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Just spent the last 3 DAMN hours trying to get this amber dildo out of my headlight assembly!!!!!








Still stuck!!!!!


First one popped in flawless. Second one... NOPE! Scraped up the inside too.
 

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I WAS SO CLOSE!!!!!


put tape around a zip tie and put super glue on it and attached it to the led. I got it straight and was pulling it through the hole. Put my finger in to get a grip to pull it out and that mother *** came off and fell right back down to where it was before!!


Scratched up the inside pretty bad now and there's glue on the inside as well. Think I might just have to take it in to the dealer and get the entire assembly replaced and somehow have them get it out.


All this because of a dang LED. GM couldn't just put ALL LED's!!!


Rear LED's are perfect. I got the red turn signals. Will take some pics later. Those were easy. The front... not so much.
 

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I WAS SO CLOSE!!!!!


put tape around a zip tie and put super glue on it and attached it to the led. I got it straight and was pulling it through the hole. Put my finger in to get a grip to pull it out and that mother *** came off and fell right back down to where it was before!!


Scratched up the inside pretty bad now and there's glue on the inside as well. Think I might just have to take it in to the dealer and get the entire assembly replaced and somehow have them get it out.


All this because of a dang LED. GM couldn't just put ALL LED's!!!


Rear LED's are perfect. I got the red turn signals. Will take some pics later. Those were easy. The front... not so much.
Wow, sorry to hear about your terrible experience. Have you tried removing the led bulb by parking your Volt on a hill? That really helped me out when my” Ebay” led turn signal bulb fell out of the socket. For the tool I used, I basically Macgyvered a metal coat hanger with double sided tape on the end. I know how pain in the a** it was, especially when you almost got it!

Both of my LED bulb I got from JDM toys were a snug fit and it is still in the light socket after a month driving on different terrains and pot holes. For others, I would advise that you check the pin connection on the bulb before inserting the turn signal socket into the headlight housing. Since the JDM toy led turn signal bulb base is black, you can wrap a piece of electrical tape where the led bulb joins the light socket for a peace of mind.
 
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