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Brighter Reverse Lights?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ThunderOne, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Jan 20, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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    Does anyone know if you can get a higher wattage reverse bulb in 1156?

    I have tried using a couple of "high wattage" LEDs but they end up being garbage and get dim after less than a year of use. I'm almost to the point where I'm going to have to slap some extra aux lights under the bumper somewhere.

    Any suggestions for me? I don't care if the bulb is halogen or whatever, just needs to be bright.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Jan 20, 2017 at 1:19 PM
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    Inexpensive incandescents hooked into reverse lights: way brighter! Been on for a few years, no problems. Kit came from auto parts store.
     
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    If you have a hitch laying around they make a add on piece on ebay that goes on the hitch and has to led pods on eachside. Just a suggestion
     
  4. Jan 20, 2017 at 1:34 PM
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    I just got done buying some 1156 LED Reverse lights from @csjumper2003 so far they're pretty bright. They have 10-5 watt Cree LED chips for a total of 900 lumens for each bulb. If you want anything brighter, you'll have to mount some flush mount pods or regular pods. I have these 4D optic 2500 lumen pods that I was going to mount below the rear bumper but I'm going to see how the bulbs work out first for a little while. I already have a set of those pods on my front TG bumper.

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    Heres a few examples. And to correct a spelling error. It was supposed to say two led pods Screenshot_20170120-152545.jpg Screenshot_20170120-152448.jpg
     
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    I saw that in my search, I am thinking about getting those Kawell lights from Amazon and bolting them to the bumper, ebay has them too (for less money... it all looks like the same light just with a different "brand name" on it anyways)
     
  7. Jan 20, 2017 at 1:46 PM
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    I have these now, and they're so dim at this point that they're useless. I just analyzed the Amazon reviews with fakespot and the product got an F... 77% fake or questionable reviews

    JDM ASTAR Extremely Bright Max 50W High Power 1156 1141 1073 7506 LED Bulbs ,Xenon White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MC6799K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_rsOGybX6JE8PX


    These are the eBay aux lights I'll probably get if I can't find a good reverse 1156 bulb
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/291725438245

    They look exactly the same as the "Kawell" ones on amazon, probably because they are
     
  8. Jan 20, 2017 at 1:50 PM
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    Another idea if you get aux. Lights. A guy around my town cut circle holes out on eachside of the grille and put like 2 inch circle led that the lip covered the circle up and looked professionally done. They were very bright
     
  9. Jan 20, 2017 at 1:57 PM
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    do you have output pics of those 1156s?
     
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    Not yet. Plus where I park, is under a lit car port. So I'll have to go somewhere dark and have my 7 year old daughter push on the brakes while I check out the output and take pictures. But nothing compares to auxiliary lighting
     
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    I think if the truck is off but on 'acc' you can put it in reverse and it'll light up, but not sure about automatics
     
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    Do you have a build thread? Your truck looks damn good :thumbsup:
     
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    Yes it will. Could also put your transfer case in neutral with park brake on.
     
  14. Jan 20, 2017 at 5:26 PM
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    I have ones similar to the jdm ones post above. Note: they aren't actually that blue irl

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    I went through the "brighter backup light" thing in the 1990s. First I bought some brighter bulbs that I could swap in for my standard backup bulbs. They were brighter when I looked at them from behind, but useless for backing up when I was in the driver's seat. Next, I mounted some Hella 150 mm rectangular lights underneath the bumper. They lit up the area nicely but not enough to be really useful when I was backing up. I actually backed into a bush and bent one of them. If you do mount some, you could turn them to the outside about 15 degrees to give you a nice view of the area when it's blacker than a well-digger's ......

    You could mount one bright lamp on top of your shell and point it down, but the best solution (for me, anyway) is to just stop driving about an hour before it gets dark and make camp while it is still light enough to see where you are going ;) .
     
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    Thanks! No build thread. But I've done a ton of mods.
     
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    Could do flush mount led cubes in the bumper.
     
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    Maybe use some reflective foil in around the bulb? in the space the plastic piece that separates the lights?
     
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    If you want a hitch, step, and lights for reversing then id look into a company called HitchWorks. They make some pretty cool hitch light combos.
     
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