500SEC...use indicators as side light..

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    A question...is it possible to have the indicators constantly on, like the US versions?

    Obviously not for use while driving, but would be a nice to have feature...

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    The US ones will have a different bulb holder with a fitting (and wiring) for a No 380 bulb.
    Yours will probably just have a connector for a No 382 bulb.
    It could be done without changing the bulb holder/unit/wiring, but it might get a bit messy.
     
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    Thanks, I thought the same too. Was thinking if I could hook up another switch that turns it them on. But as you say it can get messy!
     
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    You don't want them fully on all the time as they would be too bright (should be 5 watt) and the heat might melt the lens over time.
    If you want them on with sidelights, it could be a fairly straightforward job to run a feed from the sidelights via a series resistor to the light and put a diode in series with the original supply.
    That's how I would do it, but it could take a bit of fiddling to get it totally right (no change in flash frequency etc)
     
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    true, I didn't think of that! I'll see if I can source a US bulb holder. Its more of a nice to have :)
     
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    Unless i get an led bulb!
     
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    Difficult to modulate the light output on a led bulb :)
    Might be worth seeing if another bulb holder (side/tail) would fit. That might make it easier.
     
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    Thanks again, another very good idea!
     

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