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Unread 12-13-2014, 11:11 AM   #1
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Pros n' Cons of LED Tail Lights?

On occasion over the years I've replaced burnt out tail light bulbs on my JK.

Yesterday was the most recent.

I got thinking about perhaps replacing the OEM lights with LED tail lights by IPCW®.

Does anyone have personal experience with LED tail lights?

If yes, what are their pros n' cons?

My requirements would include a brighter intensity than OEM lights and maintenance-free for 5+ years and toughness/durability against impacts on the trail.

Are these reasonable expectations?

At the moment I'm considering these Ruby Red LED Tail Lights by IPCW® (see details below). Are there others that you have personal experience with that meet, or exceed, my requirements?

Another question, are you aware of any regulations (highway / traffic) that speak to smoked or dark lenses for tail lights? Legal, not legal?

Backgrounder: Jeep Wrangler 2011, Ruby Red LED Tail Lights by IPCW®, 1 Pair. Especially for those drivers who are bored of their monochromatic tail lights and want to change them into something more appealing and effective, these are the right parts to go with. These bolt-on LED tail lights will give your vehicle an exclusive look and expand its lighting capabilities.

Extra Info:
2011 Jeep Wrangler Tail Lights at CARiD.com
http://www.carid.com/2011-jeep-wrangler-taillights/

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Unread 12-13-2014, 12:04 PM   #2
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Overall, LED lighting is a great choice IMO.

Many LEDs are not reflective though which you need for the rear. Requires adding reflective tape if you go with those.

There are some brands that have poor track record with individual lights going out. Do your research.

You will have to change the flasher relay to avoid fast flash. Not hard, just something you have to do.

Shop around. Don't buy the first thing you see.
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Unread 12-13-2014, 05:33 PM   #3
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Brighter, less current draw, good chance you won't have to "replace a bulb" again
Some require cutting, which could be considered a down side. But not all require cutting. As note above you will need a new flasher or modify existing depending on the year.
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i think LEDs are great !!
Too bad they are priceless.

$$$$ is the only drawback.
A bulb is about 80cents.
Takes less than a minute to change.
In 40 years, at least 20 vehicles, plus a dozen commercial trucks... I've replaced less than 6 bulbs.

The only drawback to LEDs on MY Jeep..... $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

but yeah... I love 'em.
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AND the poor track record....

Thanks to deregulation since Regan allowing ANYBODY to sell ANYTHING in North America.
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buff said... but yeah. I love em!
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AND the poor track record....
LED taillights have been on my TJ for probably 4+ years with zero issues. And they cost less. As I believe I said above, one has to shop wisely.
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I found a set for less than $50. I did have to change my blinker relay as the LED doesn't draw enough current to make it blink.
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I found a set for less than $50. I did have to change my blinker relay as the LED doesn't draw enough current to make it blink.
I had to change my relay as well. I also found a set for less than $50. You dont know anything high end like lite-dots... just look at what companies like Grote have.
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