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So I have some cheapo LED blinkers off ebay on the front and the rear. They both work without changing the flasher relay to an "LED" relay. Is changing the relay a requirement? What happens if you dont use an LED relay? I have been going for about 5 months now.
 

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i'm assuming the lights are blinking much faster than the stock bulbs did - my understanding of a relay is to slow down the rate of blinking back to normal operating levels.

most flasher relays are something like $30 or $40 and are almost all plug and play - for me - it was one of those "why the hell not" purchases.
 

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This would do the trick. There are other, less expensive options out there but I can personally vouch for this one.

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So I have some cheapo LED blinkers off ebay on the front and the rear. They both work without changing the flasher relay to an "LED" relay. Is changing the relay a requirement? What happens if you dont use an LED relay? I have been going for about 5 months now.
 

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So I have some cheapo LED blinkers off ebay on the front and the rear. They both work without changing the flasher relay to an "LED" relay. Is changing the relay a requirement? What happens if you dont use an LED relay? I have been going for about 5 months now.
What happens without an LED relay is you get a very fast blink rate, unless you have wired up some "load" resistors with the LED's. If the blink rate is the same as it was before changing to LED, then:

1. They are not truly LED blinkers...OR
2. There is already an LED flasher in place...OR
3. There are load resistors in the circuit.

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2. handle the voltage pass through which is different from standard halogen bulbs.
There is no difference in voltage. An LED flasher unit slows down the flash rate of the LEDs (which do not draw nearly as much current as a standard turn signal bulb(s), by using electronics that are built into the flasher unit to control the flash rate based on time....not amount of current draw.
 

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There is no difference in voltage. An LED flasher unit slows down the flash rate of the LEDs (which do not draw nearly as much current as a standard turn signal bulb(s), by using electronics that are built into the flasher unit to control the flash rate based on time....not amount of current draw.
I thought i might have misunderstood that when it was told to me - so thanks for clarifying triplethreat. It's more about load resistance than voltage - duh.
 

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I thought i might have misunderstood that when it was told to me - so thanks for clarifying triplethreat. It's more about load resistance than voltage - duh.
Exactly! The load resistance determines the amount of current flow given a certain voltage (in this case, 12.7 or so volts.) The OEM flasher unit is designed to open and close at a certain rate (time), based on a certain amount of current flow through the bi-metal strip inside the flasher unit.
 
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What happens without an LED relay is you get a very fast blink rate, unless you have wired up some "load" resistors with the LED's. If the blink rate is the same as it was before changing to LED, then:

1. They are not truly LED blinkers...OR
2. There is already an LED flasher in place...OR
3. There are load resistors in the circuit.

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There is no difference in voltage. An LED flasher unit slows down the flash rate of the LEDs (which do not draw nearly as much current as a standard turn signal bulb(s), by using electronics that are built into the flasher unit to control the flash rate based on time....not amount of current draw.
Not sure what the deal is or how to explain it but mine flash at regular speed. If they are not "truely LED" idk what they are because they are not bulbs.
 

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Did you install them yourself, or did a shop install them?
 

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The only other thing that I can possibly think of is that the blinkers have load resistors built into them already.....and I seriously doubt that possibility. Not only have I never seen that, they would heat up way too much. So, the only other conclusion I can come to is that they are not really L.E.D.s, especially if they were cheaply priced....just something made to look like LEDs.

Do you have a link to the eBay product that you bought?
 

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Ok so after watching the video i posted and other videos on youtube i see it is much faster. Not sure its worth buying the relay if it doenst actually do anything other than slowing the flash down. I admit defeat ;)

At about the 1:48 mark you can see a side by side of the slow vs the fast flash.
 

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No need to look at the links for the blinkers.....they are flashing much faster than the normal rate. The electronic relay would definitely slow them down to normal and they take all of about two minutes to install.
 
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just in case you are unsure where the blinker relay is - i took this pic for another reason but I circled where the flasher relay is

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