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LED brake lights non-functioning in car.

I recently got a 2015 Nissan Versa SV, and I immediately started with upgrading it. Primarily, I want to change all of the light bulbs over to LED. The brake lights are a single bulb with a 2 filaments (in a conventional bulb), so it has 3 contacts: 1 neg and 2 pos. When I first installed them I checked that the lights worked, and they did. The running lights were on, and a brighter light came on when the brake pedal was applied.

Now, the brake light part does not work, only the running/parking light. The 3rd brake light in the middle works, so I know power is being sent to the back of the car.

I've read enough to know that LED conversions can be complicated, but I don't even know what to search for when trying to figure this one out.

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Is the LED part burnt out? Did both sides fail at the same time? It's possible that you need the resistor to make it work correctly, since LED's don't draw as much current as incandescents. Also there may be some interplay between the turn signal and the brake light circuit; sometimes they're linked together.

I'd try putting a normal bulb back in and see if the problem goes away. If so, then you need the resistors.

The third brake light is on a different circuit.
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I am disappointed that in 2015 a car can't handle an LED bulb.

I ordered resistors, they are keep enough to not really make me dislike making the conversion. Thanks for your help.

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