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Old 10-06-2003, 09:24 AM   #1
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Anyone know where to get brigher 7440 bulbs for reverse lights?
I have seen 50 watt halogen reverse lights, but not in the 7440 bulb.
There are the LED clusters in Ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2435131381
but I don't think they will be any brigher than a 21 watt 7440.
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Old 10-06-2003, 12:33 PM   #2
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Try this: Brighter Back-up Bulbs. That might point you in the right direction.
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Old 10-06-2003, 02:02 PM   #3
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Unfortunately, those are the wrong bulbs. The weblink in there is good, but they don't have the 7440 bulbs listed.
There is an old thread around here about someone adding an extra bulb and houseing to his reverse lights.
Time for more search.

Edit: Found it http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hlight=reverse
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Old 10-06-2003, 02:21 PM   #4
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Here is something interesting...

The 3157 series LED bulbs will also replace the Japanese type 7443 and 7440 bulbs in Honda Civics and Accords if minor modifications are made to the LED bulbsí plastic housing per the following drawings:


according to http://www.jamstrait.com/products.html#wedge
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Old 10-08-2003, 08:26 AM   #5
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Ignore that, it doesn't work.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:58 PM   #6
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Old thread, I know, but still the topic is exactly what I want. Does anyone know anything about "R5 cree"? Is it just hype, or do these look like they'd be brighter without the need for additional wiring?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2PC-T20-7440...sories&vxp=mtr

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Old 12-02-2012, 01:27 PM   #7
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The stock reverse bulbs are probably going to be a few hundred "lumens" each. The Cree "R5" that is advertised is referring to the brightness of the LED, in this case the "R5" bin slightly brighter in terms of lumen output. IIRC, those LEDs are a step in the right direction but still not as bright as stock bulbs.

They have a glass lens which might make them seem brighter; the light is focused more like a spotlight instead of using the reflectors. They look nice too, but subjectively speaking, not worth it.

There are a few companies that make HID reverse lights with mini bulb capsules and small ballasts; these are brighter then stock, but generally not effective for most people because they take a bit of time to warm up to full brightness. For me, (and probably 75% of other people) are probably DONE with my reverse maneuver before the HID's have fully warmed up. Then again, they are brighter than stock after about, ehh 5-10 seconds. BUT, if you live in the country, where you might have to reverse into a long driveway, etc. etc., it would be a definate improvement.

Other points to consider with reverse HID's are the color and install method. They usually aren't plug and play, and require some basic wiring. Also, the color. While "warming up", the HID's may have a sickly greenish-blue tinge of light which may or may not float your boat when reversing.

Uh huh.

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Old 12-02-2012, 05:21 PM   #8
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Thanks, that is exactly the kind of comments I was looking for. My 53 year old eyes are not what the used to be. I really don't want to mess with auxiliary backup lights...
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:31 PM   #9
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I picked up a set of silver star 7440 reverse light bulbs from autozone. I'd say they have almost twice the light output versus oem bulbs and the light a bright white color.
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Old 12-02-2012, 05:57 PM   #10
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My CREE LED's are much brighter than stock. I can show output pictures if requested.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:09 PM   #11
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My CREE LED's are much brighter than stock. I can show output pictures if requested.
What bulbs are they? Where purchased?
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:48 PM   #12
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Cree led's are insane LEDs, links please!
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:13 PM   #13
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I actually have a friend in CA that I buy them from since he gets pretty decent discounts so I have no clue what brand. All I have is this picture for a reference:

http://instagram.com/p/NK3WLhPuj0/

I'll try to take illuminated pictures for everyone tomorrow. They really are like rear facing projectors.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:16 PM   #14
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I actually have a friend in CA that I buy them from since he gets pretty decent discounts so I have no clue what brand. All I have is this picture for a reference:

http://instagram.com/p/NK3WLhPuj0/

I'll try to take illuminated pictures for everyone tomorrow. They really are like rear facing projectors.

Well, they look like the ones in my link above. Maybe a $28 gamble to try...
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i just got some cree lights for my reverse lights mainly cause i got tinted tail lights so i could see better at night. the link is http://www.ebay.com/itm/2PC-T20-7440...sories&vxp=mtr lol just copy and pasted it but its the same brand and seller i got it from. since its a projector looking bulb it brights up a circle be hind you. i havent really used it yet but its bright enough for people to notice.
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here u go, i have an extra new pair f/s, friend wanted a pair and backed out as part of the group buy...




i got it from V-led while back , it's similar to this deisgn but better (with a projector end so it's a beam)
http://www.vleds.com/6k-white-1157-2...57-1-pair.html

as u can see in the pic, also got the rear signals f/s also...

reverse lights, 35 shipped to you, let me know. (paid 50 + shipping)
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http://www.scionlife.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160258

I did this mod on my 2003 WRX wagon after trying the projector LEDs posted above.

Problem with the LEDs in the 2003 wagon is that since the light projects forward, it doesn't "fill" the housing with light so from the side, you can't see the light "lit". The other issue is the fluting that the stock housing has, distributes out the light so it doesn't project as well as the newer cars either.

I tapped into the wiring for the reverse lights using a separate plug harness for the H8 using some vampire taps (you can find everything at any auto parts store). The bulb basically plugs into the factory housing a little loose via prongs same as the stock bulb holder (they match) so you can rotate the plug end to a better location so the harness doesn't foul the body. I used some dielectric grease on the seal to ensure water-tightness and sealed all connections. You do not have to modify the stock housing like the Scion link above.

The factory reverse light harness is still there, just out of the way in case I decide to go back. I'll probably make it more permanent in the future but wanted to try it first.

Cliffs: H8 35w versus 7440 21w. A little modding but effectively plug and play.

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Auto illumination has 3 different kinds of lights with Cree LEDs. There's a light bulb shaped one that looks promising.
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:53 PM   #21
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Sorry to re-awaken an old thread, but saw these: http://www.diodedynamics.com/store/i.../#!prettyPhoto

and wanted an opinion on how much brighter these things might be compared to tower LEDS, which I have right now.
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I think they are all a gamble.

I tried these:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2PC-T20-7440...-/321106081179

They may be a bit brighter, but not as much as I was looking for to help with my old eyes. I may have to run some aux lights mounted under the bumper like I did on a truck once.
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No, do the h9 halogen bulb swap, run them off a relay wired to the battery. I have 1 reverse and it alone is brighter than both together and any led I ever had.
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