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[LED]Reverse Lights Upgrade Write-Up

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by K.Ray, May 2, 2016.

  1. May 2, 2016 at 9:07 AM
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    K.Ray

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    Reverse Light Upgrade

    I had a lot of interest surrounding this write-up in my build thread, and through Bold Overland, so figured I'd toss it up here for everyone to see.

    The reverse lights on a 2006 Toyota Tacoma are, for lack of a better term, shlt. I decided enough was enough and upgrading was necessary. The fact I'm about to embark on a 6000+ mile journey also played into the decision.

    The stock bulb is a 921 type. In my research I found that many many aftermarket solutions are available. The Tacoma has an endless cavern in the rear taillight housing so I went big. 1000 lumens big.
    I purchased them through Amazon here: FlashWolves 1000 Lumen LED (1 pack of 2 LED lights)

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    I wish I could put into words how bright these things are. The iPhone6s camera doesn't do it justice. I'd say there's maybe 3 or 4 times the amount of light with the new LED units.

    Shoving the 6-speed shifter into reverse initiates the birth of a new sun behind my camper shell now.

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  2. May 2, 2016 at 7:12 PM
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    LOL! I'm not even in the market for these, but that endorsement made me laugh AND want to buy the bulbs.
     
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  3. May 3, 2016 at 5:23 AM
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    conifers4

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    The price is right too!
     
  4. May 12, 2016 at 4:21 PM
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    How have these been treating you so far? I take it they're plug in and play?
     
  5. May 12, 2016 at 4:28 PM
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    I have similar bulbs from "JDM" on Amazon and you are correct Sir, they are bright as hell.
     
  6. May 12, 2016 at 4:31 PM
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    I just put a set of these on my truck. No problems, seem nice and bright.
    Haven't tried them in the dark yet.
     
  7. May 12, 2016 at 4:39 PM
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    Amazing. They even work at dawn and dusk, they are so very bright. 100% plug and play.
     
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  8. May 15, 2016 at 11:36 AM
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    Thx K.Ray. Bought and installed. Nice and bright....put the originals to shame.
     
  9. May 15, 2016 at 1:03 PM
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    Very interesting... I put CREE lights under my Tacoma bumper already but I'm not opposed to adding these too. I wonder if these will work in my '06 and '07 Camry? Did you notice any improvement in visibility of your backup cam?

    I had a Pontiac Bonneville with tinted windows and my wife could never see well to back up, I ended up with a higher wattage bulb to help, but this looks like a much better solution.

    Wow, 45 LEDs, I wonder what the current draw, actual wattage, and equivalent wattage is?
     
  10. May 15, 2016 at 6:44 PM
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    wish they made these around the 4500k mark.... absolutely hate the overly blue shit of 5000+k leds.
     
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  12. May 16, 2016 at 5:52 AM
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    Nice! Congrats

    I don't have a backup cam so hard to say, but I imagine it would improve dramatically. Draw doesn't appear to be significantly different but, again, hard to say. I haven't done any real scientific testing on them.

    They are white (full spectrum), no real overly blue, green or red, to be seen. They really make details and depth pop. A vast upgrade over the stock halogens.
     
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    Shoving a bunch of spicy bear stew into my mouth this weekend just initiated the birth of a new planet to orbit your new sun.

    That said, this is one bad-azz upgrade. Ordering bulbs now. Which # welding shade should I get with them? ;-)
     
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  14. May 16, 2016 at 6:53 AM
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    Great, more crap to buy for my truck. :D
     
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    Truck wins and your wallet looses again....... :goingcrazy:
     
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  16. May 16, 2016 at 7:29 AM
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    The reverse switch is pretty slow. You should be safe with a 12 or 13. Anything behind your truck will Terminator.

     
  17. May 19, 2016 at 7:48 PM
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    I have the base model with the non-led taillights.....will these just plug and play?
     
  19. Jun 20, 2016 at 11:16 AM
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    Sure will. They were originally installed into 2006 non-LED taillights but now live in 2009 LED taillights. No difference for the reverse bulb portion.

    Also, can confirm they will live under fresh water for 6+ hours and still work.
     
  20. Jun 20, 2016 at 11:32 AM
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    I did this a couple months ago. Can confirm.
     

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