Ed's D

My 1983 De Lorean DMC-12, VIN 16908

2014 License Plate Renewal

“Thank you for renewing your license plates online with the Illinois Secretary of State.”

Fee For This Transaction
Renewal Fee : $114.00
Payment Processor Fee : $2.25
Total Fee : $116.25

Next year I’m going to look at getting “Expanded-Use Antique” plates, which are cheaper to renew.
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/vehicles/license_plate_guide/antiqueexpand.html

Front, Rear and Trunk LEDs!

By now, the basics of LEDs are well known: longer life, faster light up time, and reduced power consumption. Many Delorean owners are converting their incandescent bulbs to LEDs for all of these benefits. One really well written blog entry on Delorean LED conversion and benefits can be found here:

http://delorean2109.blogspot.com/2011/07/going-100-leds-on-your-car-is-good-idea.html

I saw someone else used these 48 LED SMD Panels as a trunk light. I liked the look, and had a few panels left over. This is a big improvement in brightness over the incandescent festoon bulb, and my later LED festoon bulb:
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I should have probably bought bigger brake lights, but after testing, these 42 LED bulbs were deemed just as bright as the incandescent brake lights. I purchased amber colored LEDs for the turn signals, however I was disappointed that the turn signals were dim. I decided to replace them with some bigger white LEDs.
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I added a 48 LED SMD Panel to the engine bay light as well:
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I reclaimed the LED festoon bulbs from the trunk, engine bay, and interior lights. I used two of them in the rear license plate lights. I like the white color they produce, compared to the dim, yellow-ish light.
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The flasher relay I purchased wasn’t set up correctly for what the Delorean needed. Swapping some relay pins with some jumper wires was a quick and easy fix. New flasher (left), old flasher (right):
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Using the same 12 volt battery for my testing, I measured the amperage of the lights I removed, and the new LED lights. Here’s the breakdown:

Light Application Quantity Used Incandescent Amps LED Amps Amperage Savings
Back Turn

2

2

0.26

3.58

Back Running

2

0.57

0.25

0.64

Back Brake

4

2

0.16

7.36

Back Reverse

2

2

0.31

3.38

Front Running/Turn 1st Contact

2

0.46

0.1

0.72

Front Running/Turn 2nd Contact

2

1.71

0.29

2.84

License plate

2

0.42

0.03

0.78

Trunk Light

1

0.73

0.21

0.52

Engine Bay Light

1

0.73

0.21

0.52

Rear Dome

1

0.42

0.42

0

Front Dome

1

0.42

0.1

0.32

Total:

20.56

Now all these lights aren’t lit at the same time, so the savings isn’t always over 20 amps. However, I have significantly reduced the load on the electrical system. Maybe my alternator will live a little longer.

Costs:

Item Location Qty Vendor

Cost

Shipping

Total

Flasher Relay Under Dash, drivers side

1

Ebay

$ 2.79

$ 1.70

$ 4.49

1156 BA15S 68 SMD Amber / Yellow Tail Fog Turn Signal 68 LED Car Light Bulb Lamp Rear Turn Signal

2

Ebay

$ 6.92

$ –

$ 6.92

1157 BAY15D 102 SMD Pure White Brake Tail Turn Signal 102 LED Light Lamp Bulb S Front Indicator, turn signal

2

Ebay

$ 8.92

$ –

$ 8.92

1156 BA15S 102 SMD Pure White Tail Signal Turn 102 LED Car Light Lamp Bulb 12V Reverse

2

Ebay

$ 9.92

$ –

$ 9.92

1156 BA15S P21W 3528 SMD 44 LED Bulbs Light Lamp CANBUS Anti Sans S0BZ Rear Running

2

Ebay

$ 9.92

$ 1.55

$ 11.47

1156 Tail Brake White 42 SMD LED Light Bulb Lamp Brake Lights

4

Ebay

$ 2.00

$ 7.38

$ 9.38

48 SMD LED White Panel Light Trunk Light

1

Ebay

$ 3.03

$ 0.40

$ 3.43

48 SMD LED White Panel Light Engine Compartment

1

Ebay

$ 3.03

$ 0.40

$ 3.43

LED Festoon bulb License Plate Lights

2

On Hand

$ –

Total:

$ 57.96

 

Unused:
Item Location Quantity Vendor

Cost

Shipping

Total

1156 BA15S 68 SMD Amber / Yellow Tail Fog Turn Signal 68 LED Car Light Bulb Lamp Rear Turn Signal

2

Ebay

$ 6.92

$ –

$ 6.92