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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:02 am    Post subject:  Brake Light Pulser Reply with quote

Added this to my wifes Mustang (plug and play) so wanted to add it to my Impala.

Pretty simple cut the wire to the center brake light and wire it in. I picked up some connectors with wire and built a harness. Now its removable if I sell the car.




BLP-1 Universal Brake Light Pulser Module

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Whats the reasoning behind this? sorry i just dont get it.....it just pulses when you press the brake?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Whats the reasoning behind this? sorry i just dont get it.....it just pulses when you press the brake?


A lot of people with motorcycles around here have them. When you apply the brake it causes the brake light to flash for a second or two and then it goes solid. Apparently it increases the visibility of the brake light for people that aren't paying attention while driving.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:03 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sounds like this mod would make you replacing the buld quicker the normal?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Maybe on a car with a bulb, but the Impala has an LED strip in the third brake light. I don't think I've ever seen a 2000-2005 Imp or Monte Carlo with a dead third brake light.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:11 pm    Post subject:  flashing 3rd brake light Reply with quote

both my 07 SS and 09 SS have that feature. I thought it was a stock feature.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Maybe on a car with a bulb, but the Impala has an LED strip in the third brake light. I don't think I've ever seen a 2000-2005 Imp or Monte Carlo with a dead third brake light.


Shoot... the things I forget sometimes. I have never seen that happen either.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

with the touchy electronics these cars have, I'd be leery about adding any "universal" module to anything

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:09 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

surprised they aren't illegal being a red flashing light on a vehicle

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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surprised they aren't illegal being a red flashing light on a vehicle


Probably not any faster than tapping your brakes manually for the same effect. Although this automates the process.

I don't see the value of this - if it was particularly effective, the NHTSA would probably have made them law by now. Though it's worth noting that the more vehicles that have it, they probably lose whatever effectiveness they may have.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:38 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I do this manually in the winter. It really cuts down on the possibility of being rear-ended by somebody who is paying less attention, and also warns people ahead of time of my intent to slow down/stop. I've personally seen a difference between just braking and having cars almost slide into me when I turn (very icy roads in upper Michigan) and giving them a warning ahead of time of my intent to brake. Flashing lights do attract more attention, otherwise cops lights wouldn't flash Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I actually see a lot of these on all makes of vehicles. I have heard through USAA, that this feature could reduce my insurance rate because of the added safety feature. So, i think its worth checking out.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

gg05impala wrote:
surprised they aren't illegal being a red flashing light on a vehicle


I was curious, so I did some digging. It appears that they are legal in Tennessee, I bet other states have similar statutes.
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(b) (1) Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with two (2) red tail lamps and two (2) red stoplights on the rear of the vehicle, and one (1) tail lamp and one (1) stoplight shall be on each side, except that passenger cars manufactured or assembled prior to January 1, 1939, trucks manufactured or assembled prior to January 1, 1968, and motorcycles and motor-driven cycles shall have at least one (1) red tail lamp and one (1) red stoplight. No non-emergency vehicle shall operate or install emergency flashing light systems such as strobe, wig-wag, or other flashing lights in tail light lamp, stoplight area, or factory installed emergency flasher and backup light area; provided, however, that the foregoing prohibition shall not apply to the utilization of a continuously flashing light system. For the purposes of this part, “continuously flashing light system” means a brake light system in which the brake lamp pulses rapidly for no more than five (5) seconds when the brake is applied, and then converts to a continuous light as a normal brake lamp until the time that the brake is released.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The new Mustangs have to blinking directional signals. Kinda figure that would stir up something. But the blinking 3rd brake light is quite common in my parts..... Laughing

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