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Would LED CREE bulbs improve the back-up lights?

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by drdoom, January 8, 2016.

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  1. drdoom

    drdoom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Number4, I appreciate the information. I always enjoy reading your posts, always helpful, and based on knowledge and experience.
     
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  3. TechGuru

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    I have this cheap one hooked up to my Kenwood.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XTZUHOM

    For power I wired mine to the license plate lights for two reasons. It's a lot easier to do, and so that I can have the camera on without the vehicle being in reverse. Only bad thing is I have to turn on the parking lights to use the camera. Someday if I'm bored enough I might install diodes to let it get power via both reverse lights and parking lights separately.
     
  4. Number4

    Number4 "I'm counting to 3, then I'm getting your dad." Elite Explorer

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    Ha! I wired mine inside to the reverse lights. But I also ran power from a toggle, so I can turn on the camera without being in reverse. Only problem, is my reverse lights come on. I knew this would happen though. Bought a diode yesterday, have yet to install it.
     
  5. drdoom

    drdoom Well-Known Member

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    I called Crutchfield they recommend a popular seller for 80 bucks, going to order one of those and put it in the pile of other parts I have yet to install :-/
     
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    I ended up buying a flood llight pods off of ebay for about 30 bucks and wired them in with a relay and switch as additional reverse lights and mounted them under the hitch. I used a 2 way rocker switch. The relay is because i want to have them turn on an off as i put the car in reverse but also leave them on if needed. I have 5%tint on everything except the windshield. It makes a HUGE difference at night:D. Espically if im conected to my trailer i can angle them to get a wider light pattern. I was thinking of buying rigid or Black oak (I have a Black Oak light bar in the lower grill) but went the ebay route instead in case i want spots instead. Once they break from a rock, or just time i will put in a quality name. About a year and no issues. I also used a plug like the foglight (9145) so I can disconnect it to repair or replace easily.
     
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    I have LED reverse lights. They helped a bit, but I found way more visibility when I did the aux lights in the rear

    below the bumper I have smaller flood style light that show off the sides better for using my mirrors
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    the top are spot lights that really light up whats behind me, but dont do the sides as much.
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    i use them in tandom or for the job they do better. They have their own switch up front so I have control of them no matter what gear the truck is in. Can you guess which switch runs the top mounted downward facing spot lights ;)
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  8. Number4

    Number4 "I'm counting to 3, then I'm getting your dad." Elite Explorer

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    Where did you get these switches? Part numbers?

    I'm assuming that our light sockets are the standard type and not CK?
     
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    I just installed my cheap Chinese LED eBay reverse lights tonight. I'll report back after some time of using them. They definitely appear to be brighter so far.

    UPDATE: Drove around at night and tested the reverse lights in really dark condition. I noticed a small improvement. They definitely could be a lot brighter.

    What's the brightest LED you can safely and reasonably put in these for the reverse lights?
     
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    Try these: http://www.amazon.com/JDM-ASTAR-Extremely-Bright-Power/dp/B00MC6H0AI/

    if too pricey these are the next model down: http://www.amazon.com/JDM-ASTAR-Lumens-Chipsets-Projector/dp/B00WTPY8F2/
     
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    Number4 "I'm counting to 3, then I'm getting your dad." Elite Explorer

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    I bought the JDM lights recently from Amazon. I was hoping they'd allow the backup camera better vision at night, they don't. Not their fault, but I need rear fogs for the backup camera. Something that focuses more in the immediate area in the cameras field of vision.

    I'm hoping, that for $29.99, they last more than one year.....

    http://www.amazon.com/JDM-ASTAR-Extremely-Bright-Power/dp/B00MC6H0AI
     

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    TechGuru Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like you need a better backup camera. Mine sees just fine with a $5 set of Chinese eBay LED's.
     

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