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Eventually I will be adding some auxiliary lights to the rear of my truck that will be able to engage with a switch as well as when the truck goes into reverse but, that wont be until I swap over to custom tube bumper on the back of my truck.

I recently added the bulbs in the photo below onto the truck. I put them in the door lights and they are bright as hell. You can see the difference in the second pic. the fronts have the leds and the rears are factory bulbs.





I also put them in cargo area lights and they are definitely brighter that the factory bulbs. I also like that they have a crisp "cool white" glow to them instead of the warm yellow of the factory bulbs.

Before i swapped them into the cargo lights I tried one in the reverse light and while it did have the "cool white" glow, they were not as bright as the factory bulbs. I am guessing this is because of the way the reflector inside the light housing is designed. Since the led bulb only has a single led pointing directly backwards to the rear of the truck, that even with all the other side facing leds there simply is less light pointing backwards.

So I am now asking, have any of you guys had any luck with getting better reverse lighting without adding any lights and only swapping out the factory bulbs? If so, could you provide me a link for what you swapped to?

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Yeah Armaden sells the 3W cree backup bulbs. I have a set and they are pretty stinkin bright. The biggest difference in them is just the whiter light output which makes everything more clear. I also added some cheapo lights under the bumper that I got for $20 at autozone.
 
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Hey dan200 where did you get those lights from?? hopefully its somewhere local..
 

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Hey dan200 where did you get those lights from?? hopefully its somewhere local..
Those were from ebay... look up "white led bulb 194 bulbs"... there are tons of different ones ..... have fun stimulating the economy of hong kong...

some people have gotten bunk ones but not me... but i always buy some extras just in case because they are so cheap...
 

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Dammit bout the Hong Kong economy business but those lights are way to clean to pass up. Lol thanks for posting pics an inspiring my next mod.
 

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Dammit bout the Hong Kong economy business but those lights are way to clean to pass up. Lol thanks for posting pics an inspiring my next mod.
Basically all the bulbs you buy from american companies were made in china or japan anyway... yer just bypassing the middle man...

Is that un american? NO... the regulations that prohibit US companies ability to compete in manufacturing are UNAMERICAN...
 

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Eventually I will be adding some auxiliary lights to the rear of my truck that will be able to engage with a switch as well as when the truck goes into reverse but, that wont be until I swap over to custom tube bumper on the back of my truck.

I recently added the bulbs in the photo below onto the truck. I put them in the door lights and they are bright as hell. You can see the difference in the second pic. the fronts have the leds and the rears are factory bulbs.





I also put them in cargo area lights and they are definitely brighter that the factory bulbs. I also like that they have a crisp "cool white" glow to them instead of the warm yellow of the factory bulbs.

Before i swapped them into the cargo lights I tried one in the reverse light and while it did have the "cool white" glow, they were not as bright as the factory bulbs. I am guessing this is because of the way the reflector inside the light housing is designed. Since the led bulb only has a single led pointing directly backwards to the rear of the truck, that even with all the other side facing leds there simply is less light pointing backwards.

So I am now asking, have any of you guys had any luck with getting better reverse lighting without adding any lights and only swapping out the factory bulbs? If so, could you provide me a link for what you swapped to?

Thanks and happy Fathers Day.
I have those same led bulbs in my truck... They are great in the doors but not so much when you put them in the reverse lights... they do shine back and illuminate the area, but not as good as oem. I think i will give the cree leds a try too
 

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I have those same led bulbs in my truck... They are great in the doors but not so much when you put them in the reverse lights... they do shine back and illuminate the area, but not as good as oem. I think i will give the cree leds a try too
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Not sure what you went with...but the Cree ones I bought from Armaden were cheap. I think they were $10 a piece or so, not the $40 mentione earlier. Shoot him a PM and check them out.
 
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