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Headlights in taillights.

Too late I already did it.

Bought 9006 bulbs and harness at advance auto, spliced em in, liquid nailed em in place. what a hack job.

Think I need a relay? I guess I will find out but I didn't want to deal with all of that. will see how it handles. night pics once it gets dark...











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People behind you will probably hate you...
But cool idea!!
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Going to be bright!

I've seen a Ford Edge with HIDs before.

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wow those hids won't last long.... he'll be replacing bulbs left right and center....
unless he leaves it in reverse for 2 minutes + to properly allow the bulbs to change states....
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Brake lights or just reverse?
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Cool idea but I'd get a relay on there if I were you!
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I can't wait to see this!

P.S. I like your bed liner.

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preliminary verdict? meh.. really i hoped for more. should have left in a reverse bulb to compare. didn't really help visibility but will try again when it is darker still. if it doesn't get better I say it is not worth it. that or go with a brighter bulb.
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I took a few better pictures. I think the bad thing really is the beam pattern from the square reverse light housing. hard to really see when backing up over the tailgate. maybe just put the tailgate down when hookin up the trailer.

front shot, just for fun.


into some trees, honestly didnt look this bright in person. you can see the cutoff line in the pattern as well.


comparison shot of how the front fogs look on
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I googled it, Those are only 47 watts. i think you can get something higher wattage and get brighter.
or get a set that have high and Low capabilities and wire it up to run as high beams.
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My led ones are brighter than those and they plug in and go
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If you go with a really high watt bulb I would do a relay harness but you could go with a 65w highbeam bulb from a car
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i may go with something different at some point. I'll just see how it goes.

i doubt your led's are brighter than headlights, i'd like to see some pics and a link to it though.
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Wirelessly posted

Ill try to get some tonight
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Have you thought about using some h3 bulbs?
You'd probably need part of a metal reflector/housing to mount them to the tail light.

They're what a lot of fog/driving lights have & are rather small... usually around 55w.

I never thought about putting them in the actual tail light housings... I just mounted a set of cheap driving lights under my roll pan & have them on their own relay/switch so they're not turning on/off every time I put the truck into gear.

You get an A for effort though
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Thats pretty sweet
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The reason those bulbs aren't that bright is probably the bottleneck in the factory wiring. Those wires are a whole lot thinner than the regular headlight ones. So its probably restricting the current. I would hook a relay to your stock reverse light wires and have power going to it from a pretty good size wire.....equivalent to the ones on your stock headlights. That should give you the better brightness you need.
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Vled's, just plug and play (thanks to KLC)

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i appreciate the comments and will probably end up trying something different. however i doubt LEDs will be the way I go. I am not looking for something to appear bright when lookin at it, i'm looking for something to illuminate the area behind my truck, and illuminate it well. I do not think any plug in LED's will give me that kind of light.

and honestly any pictures will not be accurate, i love to see em but this kind of thing is hard to capture with a camera.
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I agree, most led's will be super bright when looking at them but won't put out a ton of useful light behind the truck... even my 63 led bulbs don't have a long range throw.

Now the driving/fog lights I have for aux reverse lights put out quite a bit of long distance/useful light.

You might be able to do a combo of both led's & aux lights for the best of both worlds...
Have the led's for basic lighting/reverse indication & have the driving lights connected via a relay & extra switch so you could activate them with the reverse lights for the added light when you really need to see behind you (not just a reverse indicator).
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yeah thats probably a better idea. then i wont always have blinding illumination but also i wont have to be in reverse to use it. I would like to try some of those really small cheap walmart foglights and mount them inside my taillight. I'm afraid if I put lights under my bumper they'll get torn off. and I don't know if I wactually want them mounted IN the bumper either.

I would like to run like a 4 ga power wire to thee back and get a distro block, then I can run any number of accessories back there.
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really looking there is going to be holes in that bumper.... lol
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sorry for the horrible pics idk how to do night pictures like the OP. but here are the 54 VLEDS


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to get an actual representation you would have to get a camera and use the same exact settings that were used to take the other pictures
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I'm pretty happy with mine, they are brighter than my stock bulbs but I can also see backing up a lot better.

I'd like to see this work, I'm still considering other mods with my taillights/reverse lights so I'll keep watching this thread
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