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Brighter reverse lights?


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#1 axgutt

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 02:18 PM

I just did a bling-bling window tint job on my wagon - 5% on the back windows, and now I can't see anything though the back window at night unless it has a freakin' spotlight on it. (I must say, however, that this is particularly useful for tailgaiting SUVs.) Is there a way to radically brighten up the reverse lights, or will I just end up blowing a fuse?

For those of you thinking about tinting your windows yourself, my advice is this - don't offer yourself a warranty. Otherwise you'll just end up doing it all over again. If I didn't already have some peeling paint (and almost 250,000 miles) I'd be pretty self conscious about the little bubbles, jagged edges, seams across the back . . . The thing is, all considered I think I did a pretty decent job.


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Posted 06 January 2006 - 03:27 PM

I don't know how much power the reverse circuit can take. I think I've seen 50 watt backup bulbs though. Check JcWhitney.

If it can't handle it, you could always put in a relay driven by the current backup circuit, and wire it directly to the battery with a new 20 amp fuse.

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I just did a bling-bling window tint job on my wagon - 5% on the back windows, and now I can't see anything though the back window at night unless it has a freakin' spotlight on it. (I must say, however, that this is particularly useful for tailgaiting SUVs.) Is there a way to radically brighten up the reverse lights, or will I just end up blowing a fuse?

For those of you thinking about tinting your windows yourself, my advice is this - don't offer yourself a warranty. Otherwise you'll just end up doing it all over again. If I didn't already have some peeling paint (and almost 250,000 miles) I'd be pretty self conscious about the little bubbles, jagged edges, seams across the back . . . The thing is, all considered I think I did a pretty decent job.


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#3 e4620

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 04:02 PM

Haha, well you could get an emergency light permit and add strobes:drunk:wish I could get a good picture of that on mine but they go off too fast, the only way really is to make a movie. It does look cool though to have the only sub on the block that can pull people over...:D

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Posted 06 January 2006 - 07:12 PM

In my old '65 Pontiac, I modified the housings to take the clip in 55W halogen fog light bulbs, worked great and never blew a fuse. If I was redoing it today I'd add a power relay to take the high load off the stock circuit.

BTW, the '65 Pontiac housings are cast metal not plastic.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 03:27 AM

Have you tried any halogen replacement bulbs?

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 09:57 AM

50 watt:

http://www.ipdusa.co...202&RootID=1414

30 watt:

http://www.jcwhitney...catalogId=10101

I think the bulb is an #1156...but not sure. Maybe it's an 1157? Please double check.

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Posted 07 January 2006 - 02:42 PM

I would steer clear of higher wattage bulbs.

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 02:48 PM

I use the 1156 halogen bulbs in my reverse lights. Noticably brighter and not any hotter. :cool:

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 04:58 PM

You could also use one of those bulbs that 'beeps'. It won't help YOU see but pedestrians/other cars might at least notice you more.




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