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If your car is tinted, you may feel that the reverse lighting seems a bit weak. For ~$40 / 10 minutes work, you can replace your lights with brighter LEDs.

Tools/parts needed (also replaced dome/map lights):

2 x 7440-W18-T (SuperBrightLEDs) - your bulb may be different
Knife / Flathead Screwdriver

Pull two push-pins out on each side:



Pull back the liner and disconnect the power:


Remove reverse light bulb (bulb closest to you on top) and replace it with LED:



Taillight:



Before/After:


NOTE: The camera does not do the difference justice.
 

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Sinister said:
I want outside pics!!
I took before shots last night. Have to wait until it's dark for after...
 

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I think there were halogen reverse lamps available at one point also. I wonder if the LEDs are brighter than those. I think the cost was comparable but I have not seen the halogens around in a while. Either way this is a great idea, there is no reason not to have as bright a backup lamp as possible, it's great safety.
 

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SD_GR said:
I think there were halogen reverse lamps available at one point also. I wonder if the LEDs are brighter than those. I think the cost was comparable but I have not seen the halogens around in a while. Either way this is a great idea, there is no reason not to have as bright a backup lamp as possible, it's great safety.
Interesting. I'd be curious to see a side-by-side comparison...
 

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I think there were halogen reverse lamps available at one point also. I wonder if the LEDs are brighter than those. I think the cost was comparable but I have not seen the halogens around in a while. Either way this is a great idea, there is no reason not to have as bright a backup lamp as possible, it's great safety.
technically led's dont "throw" light like a filament or arc source will.. they're just more intense. That said however.. there is power in numbers. Where one filament in a bulb has a certain brightness.. add 6 or 8 led's and now we have some comparable brightness as well as better light tone.


Matt where are those night pics??? LOL
 

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My single LED flashlight puts out 200 lumens. It's not just power in numbers.
 

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well better reflectors and technology help.. the new super high intensity led's are giving bulbs a good hard run for their money. Personally I'm excited to see more led lighting solutions. Imagine whole cities using long life low voltage lighting? .. one word.. awesome :D
 

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Sinister said:
It's night time... I'm Waiting.... ;)
mangostick said:
Matt where are those night pics??? LOL
Updated

As I said there, the pictures do not do the difference justice.
 

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Definitely cooler and they do look more intense too (is that your gardenia?). Thanks for the tip.
 

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SD_GR said:
Definitely cooler and they do look more intense too (is that your gardenia?). Thanks for the tip.
It's not quite as bright as I thought it would be, but the difference is significant, especially through my rear window (which is tinted).

As for the plant, that's an Endless Summer Hydrangea
 

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I wish summer really was endless... Sigh.... I miss Patrick Swayze...
 

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SD_GR said:
Aha, thanks! Very pretty, I'll look into them.
Completely OT, but they can be blue/pink depending on the alkalinity of the soil.
 

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rage-wrx said:
Looking good Matt.
In case you're interested in doing this, you have different bulbs, I believe. I have two extra, and I went to install them on a friends '08 sedan this evening, and the OE on his car were smaller...
 

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In case you're interested in doing this, you have different bulbs, I believe. I have two extra, and I went to install them on a friends '08 sedan this evening, and the OE on his car were smaller...
YES! I had some in my 07 taillights I was going to put in the 08 (just oe regular bulbs tho) and they were different!
 
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