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Guides you in taking apart the Slimlighter Super-LED for maintenance or just pure curiousity :)

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Whelen Slimlighter Super-LED, use our service manual.

This is Whelen's second generation Slimlighter. Whilst the first generation had multiple 5mm LED's, this generation Slimlighter has 'only' 12 TIR6 style LED's. Enough chatter, let's take it apart :)
  • This is Whelen's second generation Slimlighter. Whilst the first generation had multiple 5mm LED's, this generation Slimlighter has 'only' 12 TIR6 style LED's.

  • Enough chatter, let's take it apart :)

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Optionally one can first take of the suctioncup brackets. They are held in place by two Philips screws. Next you can take off the retaining brackets. They are held back by a little notch that has to be lifted with a spudger. Repeat this step for the other side. Once the notch is lifted pull the bracket away from the light as shown.
  • Optionally one can first take of the suctioncup brackets. They are held in place by two Philips screws.

  • Next you can take off the retaining brackets. They are held back by a little notch that has to be lifted with a spudger. Repeat this step for the other side.

  • Once the notch is lifted pull the bracket away from the light as shown.

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Once the brackets are released the light can easily be dissasembled. Begin by lifting the diffuser lens up as shown. One can also have clear lenses here, the procedure is the same. Note that the lens has a similar notch on the other side, underneath the Whelen logo. Carefully pull the lens out from underneath, don't force anything or it will break.
  • Once the brackets are released the light can easily be dissasembled. Begin by lifting the diffuser lens up as shown.

    • One can also have clear lenses here, the procedure is the same.

  • Note that the lens has a similar notch on the other side, underneath the Whelen logo. Carefully pull the lens out from underneath, don't force anything or it will break.

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With the diffuser lenses removed the optics are exposed. They are not secured by anything so carefulle take them out as shown Nifty little optics here, kudo's to Whelen. Try activating the light now, see the differences with and without these optics
  • With the diffuser lenses removed the optics are exposed. They are not secured by anything so carefulle take them out as shown

  • Nifty little optics here, kudo's to Whelen.

  • Try activating the light now, see the differences with and without these optics

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Now you can CAREFULLY take out the LED assembly. It's attached to a metal heat dissapating bracket. CAREFUL with the wiring. Note that the bracket is retained by the plastic housing. It might need some help before it gives way. Now you can CAREFULLY take out the LED assembly. It's attached to a metal heat dissapating bracket. CAREFUL with the wiring. Note that the bracket is retained by the plastic housing. It might need some help before it gives way. Now you can CAREFULLY take out the LED assembly. It's attached to a metal heat dissapating bracket. CAREFUL with the wiring. Note that the bracket is retained by the plastic housing. It might need some help before it gives way.
  • Now you can CAREFULLY take out the LED assembly. It's attached to a metal heat dissapating bracket. CAREFUL with the wiring. Note that the bracket is retained by the plastic housing. It might need some help before it gives way.

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The wires are held back /retained by a stickon Whelen logo. The logo can easily be removed, just tear it off carefully. The wires are held back /retained by a stickon Whelen logo. The logo can easily be removed, just tear it off carefully. The wires are held back /retained by a stickon Whelen logo. The logo can easily be removed, just tear it off carefully.
  • The wires are held back /retained by a stickon Whelen logo. The logo can easily be removed, just tear it off carefully.

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Once the Whelen logo tab is removed the light comes apart completley. Take out the two metal brackets holding the light. Note that one of the brackets holds (part of) the flasher assembly.
  • Once the Whelen logo tab is removed the light comes apart completley.

  • Take out the two metal brackets holding the light.

  • Note that one of the brackets holds (part of) the flasher assembly.

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If desired, take out the six Philips screws to remove the LED circuit board from the bracket. Note that the rear circuit board is held back by the same screws. The LED board can easily be replaced by any other TIR6 board, any color (as far as I could check!)
  • If desired, take out the six Philips screws to remove the LED circuit board from the bracket.

  • Note that the rear circuit board is held back by the same screws.

  • The LED board can easily be replaced by any other TIR6 board, any color (as far as I could check!)

  • Note that there is cooling paste between the LED board and the bracket. Make sure you replace it.

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All done! No more steps required :) All done! No more steps required :)
  • All done! No more steps required :)

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