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Are LED sidelights legal?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by silver75, Jul 5, 2006.

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    Im thinking of replacing my OEM sidelignts with white PIAA LED Terra ones.. I read somewhere that LED sidelights arent legal true or false?
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    not sure but i have piaa LED sidelights & had no problems with them, i m also gonna upgrade to the TERA ones (6500k) just been released with built in resistors maybe a group buy would be a good idea @ £55 a pair their not cheap see www.priracing.co.uk
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    Think thats a bit expensive to be honest Im getting mine from Sanspeed in Bexleyheath think they are doing them for about 30ish but dont quote me on that.
    http://www.sanspeed.co.uk/tuning.htm

    Call em up Im sure its cheaper than 55
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    I had LED sidelights in my old Impreza. When it went for MOT, they removed them and replaced with correct bulbs as they would have failed it otherwise.
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    I had LEDs in mine bought from Cage on the forum. I replaced them with filaments for my MOT, then put the LEDs back in, but they blew a few months later anyway so back with the filaments. Liked the LED colour but they didn't last long enough for me to spend another £10.
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    Could be the older model ones you had or even non tera piaa leds there is a massive difference its reflected in the price.
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    There are two types of terras out from PIAA now and again a big differnce in price too. The new ones like Matt said dont have the seperate resistors to wire in and simply plug in to your existing holder. Ive tried the new 6500k Terras and there is a distinct difference between the new and the old ones.
    The cheaper leds that you can buy are really **** to be honest and i went through about 3 sets before 'investing' in the PIAA ones. Been fine since.
    If a few of you are interested in the new or even the older terras by PIAA then let me know and i could arrange a better price from PRIRACING provided there are a few of you.
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    Apart from the resistors is there a differance in appearance? The ones I saw at Sanspeed are a pure white light no blue just white, I would have thought 6500k would be too blue (maybe the ones I want arent the tera LEDs afterall...)
    On PIAA's websight the Tera LEDs are £35 a pair..

    http://www.piaa.co.uk/bulbs/bulbshow.asp?ID=led
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    Count me in. Raasta prices would be more of an incentive i think so if you could do the deal or get price, people may sign up.

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    I had some LED side lights fitted for a while, but for some reason they didnt reflect at all so were hardly visible. They were very visible when fitted to my Integra though, so i swapped back to standard, which IMO look better
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    jon, the piaa's are awesome trust me. I have them on my S3 and i can drive with out having the mian lights on they are that bright. Im not too sure how to post a pic on here otherwise i would show u.
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    I have a pair of these-Do the job well, unsure if I would leave them in for the MOT-It all depends on the station that tests the car I guess and also how blue the LED looks. :)
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    Aldo,

    Yeah, I find these are a really nice white. Not too blue.

    MOT's were done at the Audi dealer. :)

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    So back to the group buy is anyone wanting to sign up for the Piaa Tera 6500k sets ?

    Matt
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    "Ive tried the new 6500k Terras and there is a distinct difference between the new and the old ones"

    Mo, whats the difference? Much better/brighter? At 6500K i would expect them to be at the blue/daylight end of the colour range

    I like the idea of the plug and play version, infact im glad i havent bought the other version yet. :eek:)

    I may also be interested. 6500K version.
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    What i will do is get a picture of the 'old' Terra's and the new Terra's and post it on here for all to see. Hopefully get it done over this weekend if i can get hold of a set of the 6500k terra's.
    Just for the record though they are more 'bluey' than the previous version terra. But believe me they are bright!!
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    Just had to order another Varad number plate bulb as one of mine is having the flickers, and it reminded me of this post.../

    How did you get on with these Mo?

    I see they are no longer listed on PRIracings site?

    im tempted, as i didnt like the external resistor malarky of the original tera's
    the direct plug and play version is much neater.
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