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    LED license plate and reverse lights

    Hey all...

    Im two weeks into my Black w/ morrello red interior 2.0t Premium and loving it...Looking for a nice set of LED's for the license plate lights and possibly for the reverse lights. I have a site I have ordered for my Acuras in the past but I recall hearing that I would need Canbus proof ones for the ATS?

    Anyone have any experience or a product they recommend? Looking for a nice white LED to match the DRLs if possible.

    Thanks.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    I did mine. The reverse light is much more noticably white and matches the doorhandles and front lighting better. I didn't notice much difference on the license plate lighting. I bought from Super Bright LEDs. I installed them in my driveway in 5 minutes.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Will regular LED's suffice? or is there a need for resistors?

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    For the backup lamp, I used this T10 13 SMD 5050 Canbus white LED light bulbs from eBay.
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    For the license plate lamp, I used this T10 4 SMD 5050 Canbus white LED light bulbs, also from eBay.
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    There was no need for resistors. I did all of the interior as well - looks great!

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Let me play dumb here and ask what the difference will be from stock. Brighter? Different hue? Just curious.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    The LED lighting gives a more crisp flow of light and is indeed brighter. Most of the time people will swap for LED's for aesthetics reasons.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    What about rear backup camera lights? Did you replace them too? I really dislike its color. It doesn't fit with the rest of the lights.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by ben.gators View Post
    What about rear backup camera lights? Did you replace them too? I really dislike its color. It doesn't fit with the rest of the lights.
    What camera lights? If you mean the backup lamp, yes I replaced them too (bulbs pictured on previous post). LEDs give off a much brighter, whiter light as opposed to the stock yellowish incandescent bulbs.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    How does the LED reverse look in the cam at night? Have you done the interior ones as well?

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalibr View Post
    What camera lights? If you mean the backup lamp, yes I replaced them too (bulbs pictured on previous post). LEDs give off a much brighter, whiter light as opposed to the stock yellowish incandescent bulbs.
    Thanks, I think we are talking about the same light; that yellowish light, right in the middle, under the license plate. So that is called back up lamp too? How color change affect visibility when you are using the back up camera?

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Thank you sir,

    How was the installation of the Backup lights?

    License plate lights are usually simple just a tab to pop off and bam..

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalibr View Post
    For the backup lamp, I used this T10 13 SMD 5050 Canbus white LED light bulbs from eBay.
    Attachment 150657

    For the license plate lamp, I used this T10 4 SMD 5050 Canbus white LED light bulbs, also from eBay.
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    There was no need for resistors. I did all of the interior as well - looks great!

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by ben.gators View Post
    Thanks, I think we are talking about the same light; that yellowish light, right in the middle, under the license plate. So that is called back up lamp too? How color change affect visibility when you are using the back up camera?
    Yes, we were talking about the same light. The rearview camera probably has an auto white balance feature so in terms of color change there's not much of a difference. However, I believe the LED light output is higher, so the view from the camera at night or in a dimly lit area seems brighter with the LED bulbs.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Just ordered the interior and reverse LED lights yesterday. Should be here by the weekend along with my HID's. Took only 7 days of having the car before I start tearing it apart haha

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by listrats View Post
    Thank you sir,
    How was the installation of the Backup lights?
    License plate lights are usually simple just a tab to pop off and bam..
    Installation was not too bad. You have to reach under the bumper, behind the backup lamp housing, rotate and pull out the two bulb sockets.

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    Re: LED license plate and reverse lights

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalibr View Post
    Yes, we were talking about the same light. The rearview camera probably has an auto white balance feature so in terms of color change there's not much of a difference. However, I believe the LED light output is higher, so the view from the camera at night or in a dimly lit area seems brighter with the LED bulbs.
    Thank you, sir! Ordered the parts!

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