trunk lid taillight/stoplight shorted out on LSC on 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII

I was told that this part is obsolete and cannot be repaired. This is the trunk lid full- width light that I heard was referred to as a ballast. Any ideas for repair or replacement? LSC model does not have back-up lights built into the trunk lid. Back-up lights are incorporated into the quarter panel taillights.

Asked by for the 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
There is a gentleman in Texas that sells a customized ballast for the neon tail light. Many of us have used it and it is excellent. Comes complete with do it yourself instructions. I have had mine in for about a year and a half without any issues.
You can contact him at
He sells the unit for about $90.00.
Search "Glitch" at and see what other users have to say.
I am not related or affiliated with "Glitch", just a satisfied customer that wants to help other Mark VIII owners.
You can also search your problem there. There is a mesh inside your light housing that is used for noise suppression for the radio, it can "fall" and cause a ground problem with the reflective coating in the light also.
Old Poop
LVC Gold Member
i serched this glitch name on lvc and its showing him not to be a registered member?
You will not find Glitch as a member but, you will find messages about him and his ballast.
This may help you to make a decision about whether or not you want to do business with him. I have not heard any negative comments about him on any of the Lincoln boards.
This link may also help you with diagnosing a problem with the neon bulb, housing and ballast.
There's also feedback and ordering links on that web page.
Oh yeah, the ballast that I purchased from him still works great.
I believe that his price has also gone up to $100.00 now but it sure beats playing e-bay roulette with a used ballast.
Old Poop
This is an update for the neon brake light ballast for 97-98 Lincoln Mark VIII. The ballast can now be purchased from Neon Ballast Steve at Lincolns Vs. Cadillacs board:
At the time of this update, his price is $116.00 shipped (usually same day). This is a correct replacement alternative that will provide a "glow" for normal on and a brighter light for braking.
The neon light bar was designed not only to look good but because it reacts quicker than incandescent bulbs, provides a little more reaction time for drivers following you.
Old Poop
LVC Gold Member
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Is this what your talking about or is it this there's a lot of parts available from this site
There is a replacement ballast called DC45. CPI Advanced in Chino, California has them NEW for $39.98 plus tax. The phone number is: 1-800 533-1122. You can look at it online.

Is the DC45 a 2 stage power supply? 2 different voltages required for our neon light bar, one for running and one for braking.