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Old 12-07-2017, 10:59 PM
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Rear lights upgrade path?

Here's the story: stock JK tail lights are, well, crap. I honestly don't see much difference between brake lights' red and white when I shift into reverse.

The first thought was - to get hardtop hinge mounted lights (just not a light bar, I don't like them and I don't want them).

Then I realized that unlike the headlights, the stock tail lights on my Recon are not LED, and thought that maybe just replacing them would do the trick.

But having done some research, I came to a conclusion that replacement tail lights are much more about fashion and looking different than actually producing more light.

So, I'm asking for the collective wisdom - which rear/tail lights I want to get if my purpose is purely practical - to be able to see what I'm backing into in the dark, and possibly using that light source as area illumination when parked?

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Now I just want to preface by saying that I don't have LED tail lights, but I have seen a bunch on other Jeeps. For what you want, I'd think that auxiliary lighting would be preferable. If your goal is to use it both when reversing and as a light source when parked, I don't think the brake lights will be ideal (would you want to leave it in reverse just to see behind you?)

Auxiliary lights on the rear would be good in the sense that you could wire them into the brake wiring so that they come on when in reverse, and you could also wire a secondary switch to use them when the car is parked/off.

If you're willing to cut into the bumper (it is a Recon though, so may not be your top option), you can mount two flush pods really easily.

Again, I know that isn't what you were asking but I just wanted to offer some insight from what I've seen.

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Old 12-07-2017, 11:32 PM   #3
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I agree that auxiliary lighting is probably what you are really craving. IMO it's the only way to truly improve rear visibility in dark. I've seen several people on here that have installed well hidden lights on rear bumpers. My JCR bumper has cutouts for cube lights so I stuck some Rigid Industries cube lights in there. I LOVE having them. No issue seeing behind me now

@Buildit has thread where he installed some well hidden lights on his 10a rear bumper (I think).
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JW Speaker tail lights will make you see spots/lines they are so bright. They are also easy to install and legal.

As for reverse lighting - there aren't any that are really bright as it's more of a warning to others you are backing up and not a light for you to see by. If you want or need a good light to see by while backing up I'd suggest a light designed for it and wires separately so you can use it only when you need to. Something like a flush mount LED cube light, etc. Plenty of name brand and knockoffs to choose from.
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