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56 n Performance & Hotrod Business n December 2014 HOTROD However, one issue with conventional designs is that they don't offer a long pat- tern to see far into the distance. Hella's rearward-facing LED technology solves this issue. The LEDs are fired backwards into a very specifically designed reflector to create an excellent long beam pattern." Philips' newest lighting product, says Hines, is the Vision LED line, "designed as direct replacements for interior and exte- rior vehicle lighting. Vision LEDs can be used on both new and older vehicles to replace brake lights, taillights, side mark- ers and back-up lights; plus interior dome, glove compartment and trunk lights." Philips also offers upgraded halo- gen bulbs in its Vision, VisionPlus, and X-treme Vision lines, which provide 30-, 60- and 100-percent more light than stock halogen bulbs, respectively. Delta Tech offers LED conversion kits for specific vehicles—"all the lights, front to back," notes Durian, including the inte- rior as well as exterior. "We have kits for Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge, 1950-1970." Delta Tech also offers plug-in LED replacements for 7-inch round, 5-3/4- inch round, and 200mm rectangular sealed beams. Durian emphasizes the modular construction of all Delta Tech headlamps. "If you break the glass, you can just replace the glass. If something goes wrong with the driver that delivers the current, you can just replace the driver. It's all serviceable." Awesome Applications LEDs can be used to achieve dramatic lighting effects, such as the wall-to-wall taillights featured on Bennett's limited- production Corvette ZX-1. More subtle is "one of our current proj- ects," says Lippke, "a 1969 Mustang Boss 429 tribute car. Every light source on it is a custom-wired-and-mounted LED, from the headlights to the sequential taillights. But if you're imagining a UFO with dots of light coming from every corner of the car, or the cheesy under-glow of a 1990s street racer, you're mistaken." Instead, Bennett has applied LED tech- nology to achieve "a factory upgraded look. Our Mustang has backlit custom LED headlamp conversion on a '69 Boss 429. Bright vertical straps behind the lens are cosmetic, helping camouflage the yellow color of the LEDs when off. Otherwise, appearance remains stock. (Photo courtesy Bennett Coachworks LLC) Front turn signal conversion on a Boss 429, on and off and with and without lens. The appearance remains stock. (Photos courtesy Bennett Coachworks LLC) 1969 Mustangs came from the factory with orange bulbs behind white lenses. The light is much brighter with LEDs. These photos are intentionally underexposed to show detail. (Photos courtesy Bennett Coachworks LLC)

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