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i installed some led interior lights in my 2015 transit passenger van . they worked fine for a while but then started flickering is this because the bulbs are trash ? or would this be a issue because of voltage . if anyone is satisfied with some led bulbs please advise of a url to buy i think its the w6w towards the front of the van that's the only bulbs which flicker thank you
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I purchased "canbus" style bulbs on superbrightleds.com I think they have built-in fake load resistors (or whatever) to present the wattage draw or voltage drop of a standard incandescent bulb. You van has an "all seeing" mcp processor doing housekeeping.

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I purchased "canbus" style bulbs on superbrightleds.com I think they have built-in fake load resistors (or whatever) to present the wattage draw or voltage drop of a standard incandescent bulb. You van has an "all seeing" mcp processor doing housekeeping.

thanks and are they the w6w size as there's a bunch out there ? i dont want to get the wrong ones they are for the three fixtures by the side door
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I have the cargo van so I have four lights in the cargo area for now and I had to use the festoon style.

Here is a page that starts you out. It will most likely give you a CAN bus and non-CAN bus choice for a given style.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/vehi...2020&year=2016

My bulbs were the 578 CAN Bus LED bulbs work great got the Cool 6000K. I had to use a small needle nose pliers to increase distance a bit on the "leaf sprung" style bulb holders

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Are they actually drawing a load, or faking it? It wouldn't be too advantageous to go with LED if you have to draw the same amount of current as incandescent. Brighter and cooler, I guess.

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Yeah those were my thoughts Bill as I was typing the reply. I am not sure relatively new to CAN bus. My Econoline had a Triton with those funky spark-plugs-on-coils and the CAN bus tester really saved me some time. Sort of joined the 21st century when I bought this Transit. I know a LED has a 1.7 voltage drop w/o inline ballast resistors and most 12 volt LED lights have ballasts so the LEDs don't super nova on you. What I would really like is my own CAN bus output decoder relay module! I've noticed some of the LED headlights have capacitance ballasts. I need to read up on this.

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My 2016 T150 Cargo had the incandescent bulbs and I replaced them with the non can bus festoon LED bulbs. Only one of the LED's will periodically flash. What I enjoy is a significant reduction of battery drain when I am working in the back of the van with the cargo lights on. I also replaced the bulbs in the overhead console. I have added LED fixtures of various types to improve upon the festoon units because I need light for the shelves, cabinets and work bench. Having the reduced electrical load means not having to start the engine often to keep the battery above 11 volts to satisfy demands of all the vehicle computers. I do know that when I swapped out one of the tail lights with an LED unit, the flash rate went up. You cannot just replace the flasher with a heavy duty one. Having to put in load resistors negates the power saving of LED lighting. You just get a color option and longer life. My requirement is longer time operating with lights on with out having to run the engine as I use the van for communications equipment maintenance and traffic control with emergency lighting.
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Are they flickering when supposed to be on, or off?

The LEDs I put in my wagon light up fine, yet glow and occasionally flicker slightly when "off" and ignition is on because the PWM power to them leaves a little juice in the circuit which incandescent bulbs don't respond to yet LEDs do (not the most accurately scientific explanation, but the general idea of it).

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Only flicker when turned on, probably because these are "cheap" replacements, not the ones that Ford uses. Also, when turning off, the LED's will still glow for awhile until the residule voltage gets way down. I have had this problem on other vehicles when LED's were used to replace incandescent. Since the LED's have such low current drain, they will glow in many circuits that have filter capacitors or electronic control circuits (timers). There are many replacement LED's from Superbrightleds and other vendors on EBAY and Amazon.
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Ford has a bulletin out describing the "slow dimming at off" feature on some 2015 Transits. I guess a lot of customer anxiety prompted a response and a rejigger.

"WHEN THEY SHOULD BE OFF, SOME VEHICLES, WITH HIGH LED INTERIOR INTENSITY, ARE EXPERIENCING LED CARGO LAMPS, WITH A LOW GLOW AND NEED NOT BE REPLACED."
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