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Anyone know a part number and a location where I can purchase a slower flasher unit for the turn signals? I purchased a set of sequential turn signals, and would like to get a little more separation between the flashes.
While I'm at it, anyone have a "trick" to remove the electrical connectors on the center console? Those things are a PITA, and I'm going to have to remove them to swap out the flasher.
As far as I'm aware, there is no flasher unit for the turn signals on C6's. The flashing rate is determined by the computer. I have no idea on how you would be able to change this rate (except for hyper flash when one of the bulbs is burnt out or they are replaced with LED bulbs with no load resistor).
The only flasher unit that can be accessed by removing the console bezel is the 4 way emergency flasher which has nothing to do with the turn signals.
I have the sequential turn signals module installed. Slowing down the overall flash rate (if that were possible) will not change the time between the two tail lights that are sequenced. That is determined by the sequential module itself.
I replaced the tail light bulbs on my sequential setup with LED bulb replacements and used a load resistor to keep the flash rate the same and prevent hyper flash. Because LED's come on at a much faster rate, the look of the sequential tail lights was greatly enhanced. Hope this helps.
I am having the same problem with my new LED tail lights. Mid America says the LEDs may need a flasher, which I purchased but do not know where to install it! I may need to purchase 2, one for eash side...
I just sent Mid America an email asking them the same questions.
Last edited by CLICON6; 08-26-2010 at 12:35 AM.
Reason: Added note.
I think you just need to add a 6 ohm/25 watt load equalizer to stop the "hyper" flash.
When I installed my front switchback blinkers they originally had the hyper flash, I added to the power wire and in-line 6 ohm load equalizer and they blinked normal.
I recently added the rear sequentials and the hyper flash is back and only one light blinks on each side instead of both. So I ordered 2 more load equalizers and will add them to the rears sequential and hopefully the hyper flash is gone.
I finally got a reply from Mid America. They said the flasher they sold me, which was recommended right below the LED tail lights , , will not work on C6s because they do not have turn signal flashers. Just like what was said above!
I asked my son, who works for Charlie at RPM Motors, for his recommendation. He said the exact same thing about adding the resistors. I guess I should have asked him first...but kids don't know what they are talking about...right?.... He said I could get them at PEP Boys and most likely 4 will be needed - one for each tail light.
Looks like the investment of sending him to UTI is starting to pay off!
Here is an extract of some information regarding flash rates and driver attention:
"LEDs are being used with increasing frequency in automotive lamps. They offer very long service life, extreme vibration resistance, and can permit considerably shallower packaging compared to most bulb-type assemblies. LEDs also offer a significant safety performance benefit when employed in stop lights, for when power is applied they rise to full intensity approximately 200 milliseconds (0.2 seconds) faster than incandescent bulbs. This fast rise time not only improves the attentional conspicuity of the stop lamp, but also provides following drivers with increased time in which to react to the appearance of the stop lamps."
"A study at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom showed that strobe lighting conveyed a greater sense of urgency to other road users, with the faster the flash the greater urgency, potentially helping to speed the emergency vehicle through traffic. It also concluded that factors such as flash pattern were important, with simultaneously flashing beacons attracting attention far quicker than alternately flashing versions, although this did increase discomfort glare. Unsurprisingly, attention was gained far quicker the higher the intensity of the light was, and the more beacons were present."
So it seems that the faster flash rate taken together with the very fast transition from off to full bright and back off is a good thing!