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LED Reverse Lights

Discussion in 'Kia Stinger Lighting - Inside and Out' started by derek0609, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. derek0609

    derek0609 United States Member

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    Has anybody swapped out the halogen reverse bulbs for LEDS yet? I know it's a W16W/921 and I saw Walmart has Sylvania 921 LEDs for $15.
     
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  2. DaJackson

    DaJackson United States Stinger Enthusiast Staff Member Moderator

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    Yup, I used LEDs from DeAutoKey.com. Had my entire GLI swapped to LEDs from them. Super bright and can tell a big difference in the backup camera.
     
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  3. derek0609

    derek0609 United States Member

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    I assume access to the reverse lights is in the hatch. Any difficulties?
     
  4. DaJackson

    DaJackson United States Stinger Enthusiast Staff Member Moderator

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    Instructions to chsnge reverse lights are actually in the manual.

    Pop the hatch, pop two covers on each side of the hatch, remove 3 bolts in each side, unclip the wiring harnes for the lights, pull the whole assembly from the back of the car, twist the bulbs to remove, reverse steps to reassemble.

    The LEDs were a bit longer than the stock bulbs so I had to pull up some of the foam covering the back of the taillight to get more play in the wiring harness but once the bulbs were in the foam went back to its original position.
     
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  5. Never thought

    Never thought United States Stinger Enthusiast

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    I had the dealer swap them out for me. Used 921/T10 sized Philips Ultinon LEDs. They are a little brighter than stock.
     
  6. westcoastGT

    westcoastGT 2500 Posts Club!

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    I have a set on order , here Wednesday . I'll post pre/post for reference .
     
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  7. derek0609

    derek0609 United States Member

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    Thanks for the heads up!

    Thank you sir!
     
  8. Clearly Canadian

    Clearly Canadian Canada Stinger Enthusiast

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    Doesn’t anyone have a pic of the stock reverse lights in action? I’ve never seen them because I’m always in the cockpit.
     
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  9. derek0609

    derek0609 United States Member

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    Here’s my car with stock bulbs
     

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  10. Clearly Canadian

    Clearly Canadian Canada Stinger Enthusiast

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    @derek0609 could you set up a mirror behind your car please? :laugh:
     
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  11. DaJackson

    DaJackson United States Stinger Enthusiast Staff Member Moderator

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  12. eflyguy

    eflyguy United States 1000 Posts Club! Staff Member Moderator

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    I have replaced all halogen bulbs with LED (and HID low beam) in my Sorento, and I had the first set of reverse lamps fail - which I hadn't noticed. So I bought replacements that I am really happy with, and now occasionally check the function of all my lights, either by reversing up to a typical glass-fronted store at night, or putting the car into reverse then turning off the engine.
     
  13. westcoastGT

    westcoastGT 2500 Posts Club!

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    Which brand did you buy to replace the failed units ? and which license plate bulbs did you use , I tried twice and both bulbs failed on my Sorento plates ?
     
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  14. ballistic

    ballistic United States Active Member Founding Member Sustaining Member

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    @Clearly Canadian doesn't want to see how bright the reverse lights light up the area behind the car. he wants to see what the lights look like on the back of the car. so do i.
     
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  15. derek0609

    derek0609 United States Member

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    I think I am going to tackle this in the next couple days and I will take pics of the process. Looking in the owners manual, you have to take out the entire center section of the rear lamp assembly to access the bulbs!
     

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  16. DaJackson

    DaJackson United States Stinger Enthusiast Staff Member Moderator

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    It’s really not hard. 6 bolts and it slides right out, no clips or anything.
     
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  17. eflyguy

    eflyguy United States 1000 Posts Club! Staff Member Moderator

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    I know this is a crappy pic, I took it while changing out the first failed LEDs for the new, and put one of the stock halogen bulb back in for this pic.

    Guess which side is which.

    These are the ones I used: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0193ISBUA

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    I'll need to do some digging to see which number plate light bulbs I bought..
     
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  18. westcoastGT

    westcoastGT 2500 Posts Club!

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    Wow , the difference in minimal ! I'll say the drivers side is the LED ? Thanks for posting this and checking for the plate bulbs !! Much apprciated ! :)
     
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  19. robz32

    robz32 United States 1000 Posts Club! Staff Member Moderator Texas Stinger Swarm

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    Will be tackling this mod soon. Will makea new thread with pics comparing both halogens and LED.
     
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  20. westcoastGT

    westcoastGT 2500 Posts Club!

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    My back up bulbs arrived : hopefully I'll find time to get them installed today
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