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DOB2009 07-08-2008 07:22 AM

LED Reverse light options / bulbs.
 
I know there are a ton of options out there. I already am decided on license plate bulbs, so Just want my reverse lights to match in terms of color and brightness. These are what I'm using for plate:
High powered LED festoon 3 LED bulbs

SO for reverse lights, I guess these are the correct size?
Back up light
7506

Looking those bulbs up I found a lot of options, would any of these work well?
super white LEDs

-What about these, they are half the price smaller in size. They should be bright enough though for reversing?

DOB2009 07-08-2008 07:42 AM

Not sure if I'm answering my own question here, but doing research cross referencing, it appears that the 7506 size, can be cross referenced to work with size 1156. So if thats the case I should be able to use any of these for my reverse lights right? Any one use any of these bulbs that can comment on brightness/quality, any pics?

-1156-x12 LED bulbs
-1156-x19 LED bulbs
-1156-x24 LED bulbs
-1156-x30 LED bulbs


The 1156 x 30 are only 8.99/ea I wonder if they would fit ok, and look good?

sillieidiot 07-13-2008 01:40 AM

yes any of them will work, and will match in color. it's going to be brighter than your license plate lights lol. but dimmer than your current halogen setups

DOB2009 07-14-2008 05:50 AM

just for reference the 30s are over sized and a little too big, so go with 24's if ordering.

Snik 07-14-2008 05:59 AM

if the reverse bulb is bad, or in this case, a LED, will it throw a code on the dash?

Edison@JleviSW 07-14-2008 01:43 PM

Yes it will, reverse bulbs also do not require resistors.

Snik 07-14-2008 02:09 PM

Yes it will throw a code if bad, but won't throw a code with LED reverse lights?

sillieidiot 07-14-2008 02:34 PM

no it won't

Snik 07-14-2008 02:48 PM

no it wont what, u guys are answering a 2 way question in a very vague way

sillieidiot 07-14-2008 03:12 PM

dude :read:

we've answered fully, there's nothing to explain.

Quote:

Originally Posted by snikwa
if the reverse bulb is bad, or in this case, a LED, will it throw a code on the dash?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nick@Jlevi SW
Yes it will, reverse bulbs also do not require resistors.

Quote:

Originally Posted by snikwad
Yes it will throw a code if bad, but won't throw a code with LED reverse lights?

Quote:

Originally Posted by sillieidiot
no it won't

i don't see what's the problem here.

Snik 07-14-2008 03:16 PM

there we, go, you just explained it :)

sillieidiot 07-14-2008 03:20 PM

lol, sorry if i came off as harsh or anything like that

e46addicted 07-15-2008 03:08 AM

Here is my experience with reverse lights LEDs :

The first time, i bought the popular 24LED 1156s 180] pins, and the color was blueish, nice, but they were useless. The light didn't even reach the ground, i could only see them when my bumper was about 5in from the wall. But i could not get back to the standard halogens as i had LED tail lights and license plate lights. I continued seraching and find bulbs at autolumination.com, white leds, rated as "the best backup bulbs ever" .... And they were !! The reverse lights now look as if they had xenons in them, very wide angle, and they light far behind the car. Last week i was parking my car and the girl in the car behind me came to tell "You're blinding me with your reverse lights, what the hell are those ?" :)
i'm very happy with them, look very nice and no compromise on night vision !!

sillieidiot 07-15-2008 03:13 AM

that's very nice, but you forgot something important. link to the product/picture/ or name

e46addicted 07-15-2008 07:53 AM

sorry, my mistake :)

The link : http://autolumination.com/1156_1157.htm

The product : Wide-Angle 180 degrees High-Powered 5 Watt Led + 4x super-powered SMT Leds
The most powerful led tail- reverse / back up light bulb ever made---1-3/4"" x 15/16" diameter
Note: 1157 version operates the 5 Watt led in bright mode (ie: brakes and turn signals) and the 4x SMT leds for dim mode (running lights).

These are the ones i have installed, but since then i see new products on the page, more brightness and more power

Hope it helps

Snik 07-15-2008 11:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by e46addicted (Post 8229549)
sorry, my mistake :)

The link : http://autolumination.com/1156_1157.htm

The product : Wide-Angle 180 degrees High-Powered 5 Watt Led + 4x super-powered SMT Leds
The most powerful led tail- reverse / back up light bulb ever made---1-3/4"" x 15/16" diameter
Note: 1157 version operates the 5 Watt led in bright mode (ie: brakes and turn signals) and the 4x SMT leds for dim mode (running lights).

These are the ones i have installed, but since then i see new products on the page, more brightness and more power

Hope it helps

$25 each? well fvk me running, damn thats one helluva bulb.

sillieidiot 07-15-2008 02:42 PM

lol i have that bulb too. haven't put it on yet though. too damn lazy. i'll do it when i put my cf trunk back on

Iball 07-15-2008 11:11 PM

Guys - did you need to put in any resistors/load balancers with these bulbs? Or was it straight plug in and play?


Cheers

Iball:)

e46addicted 07-16-2008 02:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iball (Post 8234020)
Guys - did you need to put in any resistors/load balancers with these bulbs? Or was it straight plug in and play?


Cheers

Iball:)

Non resistors needed for me, just plug and play, no flicker, no pissues. I also replaced all my 14 interior lights bulbs with leds from autolumination, and the LCM handled them as if they were OEM halogens.
I know they are quite expensive, put they are worth the $$$, and i thought my ride deserves them

You just have to keep in mind that the reverse lights are meant to emit a wide and strong field of light, that's why the standard halogens are in reflectors/housings, so you have to choose a LED bulb that emits light like the halogen one does :)

Cheers

sillieidiot 07-16-2008 02:25 AM

no resistors needed for the reverse lights.


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