: PSA: $10 Ridiculously Bright Reverse LEDs



FuzzyLogic
08-06-13, 10:03 PM
Hey guys--just a quick PSA for those of you who like to keep your lights up to date:

The following white 3157s are impressive--equal to or brighter than 35W HIDs. Despite the projection lens, there are no significant hot spots in the reverse lenses. I can read a textbook in the light of my reverse lights at 30 yards. Not only are these the brightest 3157 units that I've ever played with (and I've wasted a lot of money on LEDs), they're only $10:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121136236661?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2648

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/QuicksilverG4/DSC00983_zps435fe779.jpg~original
The LEDs are so bright that they're roughly equal to the direct sunlight shining on the side of the white condo to the left. Note: tail lights are triple 25W OSRAM SMD LEDs.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/QuicksilverG4/DSC00988_zps87ff6eb0.jpg~original
The white fence is 15 yards distant. The silver Corolla is 28 yards distant. I stopped casting a shadow at 75 yards (despite interference from the overhead lights), which is about 3/4 of the way to the far condo building.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/QuicksilverG4/DSC00990_zpsbead8d93.jpg~original
Standing at 50 yards from the car. In real life, I was not liking looking directly at the reverse lights from this range.

69stangscj
08-06-13, 10:16 PM
Anything "Cree" led are pretty bright.

FuzzyLogic
08-06-13, 10:18 PM
The anything "Cree" led are pretty bright.

Incorrect. Cree sells everything from economy 3028 LEDs to LEDs with nearly 200 watt per lumen efficiency.

69stangscj
08-06-13, 10:23 PM
Let me reword that, the Cree type LEDs usually have higher lumens than the standard led.

joshuajohn1981
08-07-13, 02:35 AM
Thank you for the info. I think I may give these a try on my brake lights as well. They're tinted and sometimes I get a little nervous as to whether people can see them or not. With these, looks like that wont be an issue.

FuzzyLogic
08-07-13, 09:56 AM
Thank you for the info. I think I may give these a try on my brake lights as well. They're tinted and sometimes I get a little nervous as to whether people can see them or not. With these, looks like that wont be an issue.

If you do, the red color will look a little sickly, since the effective color of these LEDs is about 5000K.

I don't know why this guy is selling these so cheap--all of the other vendors are selling the same part for $45-55. However, if you go to another vendor, you will be able to find red and amber versions that will look better in your tail lights (albeit at reduced brightness, since the luminous efficiency of the LEDs drops off with color). I will be installing those aftermarket LED tail light housings on Friday--if my amber turn signal LEDs arrive by then, I may try to take pictures to show people.

69stangscj
08-07-13, 10:31 AM
I think I'm getting a set myself, thanks.

RyRidesMotoX
08-07-13, 10:54 AM
Damn, blind people much? Those are super bright. I like them.

Andringa
08-07-13, 11:06 AM
Fuzzy, have you actually ordered and used these specific bulbs?

From the description: $28.94/pair shipped
High power LEDs(2pcs* Cree+8pcs* Samsung)

The other higher priced ones: $49.95/pair shipped
High Power 10x CREE SMD LED 3156, 3057, 3157 light lamp bulb, ~50W

It seems that the price difference could be that they used 8 Samsung LEDs on the sides instead of the CREE.

seeyouinajif
08-07-13, 04:00 PM
Looks awesome, great for when people pull up on your bumper at a stop light. Ill be doing this soon.


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SevillianSTS
08-07-13, 10:00 PM
Decided to give them a try too. and so I decided to sign up for paypal's "bill me later" so they will give me a first time use credit of $10. Haha. Free + Shipping, LOL.

joshuajohn1981
08-07-13, 10:21 PM
Might be a stupid question, but is this for a pair or just for one bulb? Didn't specify on eBay which made me think that this is for a single bulb...

FuzzyLogic
08-07-13, 10:29 PM
Single. Sorry for the confusion, if anyone was.

Famous556
08-08-13, 12:33 AM
Also purchased these. Backing up in a dark place with dark tinted windows leaves me wanting more from my reverse lights. Thanks for the tip Fuzzy

thefulmonty_07
08-08-13, 04:59 AM
Thanks for the post, just bought a pair too.

seeyouinajif
08-08-13, 07:11 AM
Anyone wire these to a switch yet? Would like to see how difficult that would be.


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SevillianSTS
08-08-13, 07:51 AM
damn it. just ordered another one. So much for free, guess its "half-off" now. LOL

PJGross
08-08-13, 08:16 AM
Just ordered these. I have fairly dark tint, too, so these will help!
I have to seal up the third brake light area as I've been getting water leaking into the trunk lid when the car is just sitting (yes, in the rain sometimes) so this will give me an opportunity to get to that.

What is the thing to do with the 3rd brake light? Is the guy who was doing conversion to LED + core still around or is there an aftermarket choice for that on its own?

-PJ

xbladr
08-12-13, 09:45 PM
Hmm i may jump on this too

SevillianSTS
08-25-13, 02:05 PM
Fuzzy, how did you get these in ? They are similar but not quite the same connector. I tried shaving down the side of the base on the bulb but they still don't want to click in.

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The bulb needs this little notch to click in. Did you change the connector ?

http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i424/SevillianSTS/CTS-V/100_8252.jpg

FuzzyLogic
08-25-13, 03:03 PM
No modifications. Just force them in. The 7440 tab is a half millimeter thicker than the 3157, so friction should hold them in just fine. Before you close up the housing, make sure to test the reverse lights to make sure that they're working. If you hit the remote and one light doesn't shine, turn it 180 degrees and reinsert.

liqidvenom
08-25-13, 05:07 PM
reverse lights? what type of ricer thread is this?











So i just ordered two...

SevillianSTS
08-25-13, 06:15 PM
The picture does not show the intensity difference, but they do seem pretty bright.

Left bulb = LED, Right bulb = Stock Bulb.

http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i424/SevillianSTS/CTS-V/100_8256.jpg

FuzzyLogic
08-25-13, 06:46 PM
The picture does not show the intensity difference, but they do seem pretty bright.

Your camera, sir, has a very strange sense of color. ;)

BlueAngel#07
08-25-13, 07:16 PM
Holy crap.... Those are close encounters bright... What are the lumens on those?
I think I just found my new cornering lamps.
How do they compare to the HID kelvin color?

4300k?, 5000k?

SevillianSTS
08-25-13, 08:04 PM
Your camera, sir, has a very strange sense of color. ;)

The right one is the stock 3157 bulb. "a comparison" LOL.

also, meant to say I forced the bulbs in, but they still didn't feel real secure; so I put just a dab of JB weld quickset on each side of both bulbs. (easily removeable if needed)

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Holy crap.... Those are close encounters bright... What are the lumens on those?
I think I just found my new cornering lamps.
How do they compare to the HID kelvin color?

4300k?, 5000k?

They are nice and "white" so I'd say 5000k

FuzzyLogic
08-26-13, 12:27 AM
Speaking of lights in the rear...what might this blurry picture be of? ;)

http://i1345.photobucket.com/albums/p663/Fuzzylog1c/DSC01449_zps4238c154.jpg (http://s1345.photobucket.com/user/Fuzzylog1c/media/DSC01449_zps4238c154.jpg.html)[

JD03Cobra
08-26-13, 03:58 PM
LED Brake lights! Would love to have those.

xbladr
08-26-13, 09:15 PM
fuzzy more info on the break lights if im going to do the reverse lights I might as well do em all :)

Ludacrisvp
08-26-13, 10:36 PM
Holy crap.... Those are close encounters bright... What are the lumens on those?
I think I just found my new cornering lamps.
How do they compare to the HID kelvin color?

4300k?, 5000k?

The ad says 700 lumen per lamp and color about 5500-6500k


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SevillianSTS
08-27-13, 07:41 AM
[QUOTE=Ludacrisvp;10823633]The ad says 700 lumen per lamp and color about 5500-6500k


There is no "blue" in these lights, I would call them 5000-5500

SlvrVee
09-17-13, 01:48 PM
Do you need to use a load resistor with these LEDs ?

SevillianSTS
09-17-13, 03:45 PM
Do you need to use a load resistor with these LEDs ?

no you don't.

SlvrVee
09-17-13, 07:10 PM
Thanks, just ordered two also

djgershom
12-13-13, 11:02 AM
Did the mod as well, Great idea! Sorry to wake up an old thread but just wanted to mention that I had to shave down some of the plastic on the new bulb housing to fit properly and seat correctly in the socket. It Wouldnt otherwise. Nothing a dremel tool cant fix :D

Ludacrisvp
12-13-13, 11:22 AM
Did the mod as well, Great idea! Sorry to wake up an old thread but just wanted to mention that I had to shave down some of the plastic on the new bulb housing to fit properly and seat correctly in the socket. It Wouldnt otherwise. Nothing a dremel tool cant fix :D
Same here, they are quite bright and a much better color / look for the car.

Z06sedan
12-13-13, 04:51 PM
I just pressed mine in...theyve been hanging in there for over a month. I love em

AAIIIC
12-13-13, 05:47 PM
Thanks for bumping this one, I was just thinking the other day I needed to search for this thread and order the bulbs.

FuzzyLogic
12-13-13, 05:57 PM
One of the simultaneously awesome and annoying things about the semiconductor industry is its pace of progress. Unless you're really looking to save a buck, I'd try the 80W 3157 units linked below. They're more expensive, but if you have tinted windows, it's almost impossible to have too much light output back there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281216518527

Also, sorry about not warning you guys about sanding down the edges of the housings. I probably did it earlier and totally forgot about it. It's not uncommon to discover that you have to touch up the edges of LED products manufactured in Asia to get them to fit. There *is* a standard for the 3156/3157 housings, but these manufacturers are not as rigidly compliant as you'd probably like.

carlson_mn
12-14-13, 06:06 PM
That's an 80 watt LED? They list that it has 16 led's each @ 5w. That almost sounds unbelievable but maybe I'm way out of the LED loop!

FuzzyLogic
12-14-13, 06:19 PM
That's an 80 watt LED? They list that it has 16 led's each @ 5w. That almost sounds unbelievable but maybe I'm way out of the LED loop!

Yeah, it's a couple months old.

SevillianSTS
12-14-13, 08:46 PM
One of the simultaneously awesome and annoying things about the semiconductor industry is its pace of progress. Unless you're really looking to save a buck, I'd try the 80W 3157 units linked below. They're more expensive, but if you have tinted windows, it's almost impossible to have too much light output back there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281216518527

Also, sorry about not warning you guys about sanding down the edges of the housings. I probably did it earlier and totally forgot about it. It's not uncommon to discover that you have to touch up the edges of LED products manufactured in Asia to get them to fit. There *is* a standard for the 3156/3157 housings, but these manufacturers are not as rigidly compliant as you'd probably like.

Are the bulbs in this link even brighter ? *I see that the listing "says" they are 100 lumens brighter than the original listing. Curious what the difference is ?

BlueZ06
01-06-14, 02:05 PM
One of the simultaneously awesome and annoying things about the semiconductor industry is its pace of progress. Unless you're really looking to save a buck, I'd try the 80W 3157 units linked below. They're more expensive, but if you have tinted windows, it's almost impossible to have too much light output back there.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281216518527

Also, sorry about not warning you guys about sanding down the edges of the housings. I probably did it earlier and totally forgot about it. It's not uncommon to discover that you have to touch up the edges of LED products manufactured in Asia to get them to fit. There *is* a standard for the 3156/3157 housings, but these manufacturers are not as rigidly compliant as you'd probably like.

I have a set of these on their way. Hopefully I won't have any problems jamming them in lol.

Ludacrisvp
01-06-14, 02:16 PM
I don't think you'll be disappointed.


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BlueZ06
01-09-14, 03:11 PM
I had zero fitment issues they slid and locked right into place.

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175458

Haydizzle
01-18-14, 10:14 PM
Just ordered mine. Can't wait to install!!!

acv1081
02-01-14, 09:03 AM
You guys that ordered the $10 ones... How much butchering did yo have to do? I'm trying to file it down, but so far unsuccessful getting the right modification. Kind if wish I'd just ponied up for the $38, just didn't see them to begin with.




Tia,
Adam

FuzzyLogic
02-01-14, 10:13 AM
It's not that hard. You're probably not pressing it into the socket hard enough.

acv1081
02-01-14, 11:31 AM
It's not that hard. You're probably not pressing it into the socket hard enough.
I glued it in and think I have it figured out... Not my best work, but if it works then whatever.

acv1081
02-01-14, 11:46 AM
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=182073&d=1391272906
Well worth the effort though... Wow. I added the eagle eye led tails and swapped in led turn signal bulbs with resistors and now the rear end looks much more the part of other cars on the road. Now if the winter would ever end here I could take her out of hibernation! Thanks for the link fuzzy.


Av

xbladr
02-03-14, 01:18 AM
ACV toss some pics of them installed in the car

acv1081
02-03-14, 02:25 PM
Waiting on the other bulb to show up and then will...


Av

acv1081
02-08-14, 10:14 AM
184089

acv1081
02-08-14, 02:58 PM
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/members/albums/25895-acv1081/acv1081-1842-picture30193-image.jpg
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/members/albums/25895-acv1081/acv1081-1842-picture30185-image.jpg

xbladr
02-10-14, 11:09 PM
Damn those are bright

ccorde
02-12-14, 07:26 PM
I want those wheels! Damn it! :)

thebigjimsho
02-14-14, 01:29 AM
Those crazy Iowa kids...

Jeff James
02-28-14, 03:38 PM
Thanks Fuzzy, since I tinted my lenses, the Std. Leds have left me wanting. Ordered a set just now!

Pook0823
03-26-14, 09:48 PM
Is it the socket or the actual bulb that needs to be modded? Anyone got an write up just to be safe bout to order a set for me and bigdaddyv

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SevillianSTS
03-26-14, 11:20 PM
I shaved the bulb down just a little, but some say you can just press it in real hard.

76Y82
03-27-14, 08:55 AM
Is it the socket or the actual bulb that needs to be modded? Anyone got an write up just to be safe bout to order a set for me and bigdaddyv

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If you order the lights from the link in the original post, you have to shave down the bulb. But it looks like this link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/281216518527 was posted later in the thread and comes with the proper connector for our cars. You can see BlueZ06 had no issues with his but the connector looks different than the ones I received.

fweasel
03-27-14, 03:44 PM
Is it the socket or the actual bulb that needs to be modded?I ordered a lower power version and I had to modify the bulb. It took about 15seconds per bulb standing in front of my bench grinder. Dremel, razor blade, coarse concrete floor, it would all work just as well.

Ludacrisvp
03-27-14, 06:23 PM
Coarse concrete floor? sure that would probably work but damn you must be really hard up to need to resort to that... lol

Pook0823
03-27-14, 06:36 PM
Coarse concrete floor? sure that would probably work but damn you must be really hard up to need to resort to that... lol

Agreed. I got a belt sander bench grinder dremel band saw and hand sander if need be before going to the concrete floor.

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fweasel
03-27-14, 10:46 PM
Tuff crowd, tuff crowd, cemetary's two blocks to the left...

-Ross-
03-28-14, 11:30 AM
Can someone post the ebay link to the ones which do not require any modification? I don't mind if they cost a few bucks more. Thanks.

Edit: Are these it?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-Hot-Sale-CREE-80W-3157-LED-Brake-light-car-light-bulb-car-lighting-white-/271427474494?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f3256943e&vxp=mtr#ht_6689wt_4506

BlueZ06
03-29-14, 12:41 AM
Can someone post the ebay link to the ones which do not require any modification? I don't mind if they cost a few bucks more. Thanks.

Edit: Are these it?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-Hot-Sale-CREE-80W-3157-LED-Brake-light-car-light-bulb-car-lighting-white-/271427474494?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f3256943e&vxp=mtr#ht_6689wt_4506

Yes those are the ones I purchased, plug and play and super bright. Very happy with them :thumbsup: