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custom tail light help

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Redheadedrider113, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Apr 2, 2012 at 12:23 AM
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    Redheadedrider113

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    so im thinking about buying these tail lights replaceing the non led reverse and turn signal to led and painting the inside black kinda like the bhlm but my question is will that effect the funtion of the light at all and what is everyones opion on this?
     
  2. Apr 2, 2012 at 12:31 AM
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    pics of said tail light?

    My guess is that it won't change anything enough to worry about.
     
  3. Apr 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM
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    Konaborne

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    Depends on what you paint.
    Those use reflectors for the bulbs, so if you paint them black you wont get much output from them.
    just painting the case around the reflectors should be fine, though.

    They also sell a smoked version of those lights too, don't got to mess with anything on them. I run them, havent had any problems, got more light output than stock, and dig the look.

    Click the truck in the top right of the site or my sig ;I got pics of it in there
     
  4. Apr 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM
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    Snow: pics are in link I'll throw up a pic later when i can use a computer

    Kona: I've seen your build thread I'm actually subed to it I love your truck your tail lights were what convinced me to get the led tails in the first place cause I was waiting to see them on another truck and my trucks an 00 too. My original plan was to get the smoked but I'm doing the bhlm when install my retro and my thought was do the same to the tails so the match the heads and it will be unique. I didn't know the LEDs use the reflectors I thought it was halogens that used the reflectors
     
  5. Apr 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM
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    :eek: yeah realized I missed that, Kony seemed to give you plenty of info...

    It looks like they do "reflect" since LEDs have a wide beam but not "reflectors"

    but idk!
     
  6. Apr 3, 2012 at 9:34 PM
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    bump anyone else
    btw thank you snow and kona
     
  7. Apr 3, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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    I was actually more talking about the blinker and reverse halogens; unless you throw some of those cree LED's in the reverse, if you paint the reflectors it'll make them lose most of their output. (Though, the reflectors do help make the red brake LED's brighter too)
     
  8. Apr 3, 2012 at 9:40 PM
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    so if i replace the halogens with leds i should be good?
     
  9. Apr 3, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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    I see vehicles all the time with what appear to be LED bulbs in place of standards. The light output is very low compared to stock. I consider these unsafe. Hard to see a signal across an intersection in the daylight.
     
  10. Apr 3, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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    Depends on the LED.
    The cree LED that I was talking about is like a small projector, so it doesnt use the reflector to intensify it's light

    Im not sure there is one like that for the blinker, however.

    (IMO, the safest route to take is to get the smoked housing)
     
  11. Apr 3, 2012 at 11:24 PM
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    Okay thank you
     
  12. Apr 3, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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    Think it'll still look awesome too ;)
     
  13. Apr 3, 2012 at 11:48 PM
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    The smoked or my idea? I'm think I still my buy the clear plasti derp one compare them if it works peel off derp and paint both if it doesnt I'll smoke them my self
     
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