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I like having bright reverse lights. It makes backing up much better at night. Is it blinding? With my setup yes, but it's used only temporarily, so I don't find it to be an issue. No one has ever complained.

For reverse lights you want something that has LEDs firing in all directions so that it fills the reverse housing. It is not a surprise to me that the LED the OP chose was not very bright since it is only forward facing.
 

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I tell you that around these parts it seems as though every other driver is doing his best to blind everyone on the road. Add a 1,000,000 watt amp with a 60 inch woofer and you've got the epitome of a road hog the likes of which the world has never seen.

Anymore, when someone's lights are blinding me , I don't even try to figure out if they've got their high beams on, I just give them all the light I've got.

I might even add aircraft landing lights to the roof.
 

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I tell you that around these parts it seems as though every other driver is doing his best to blind everyone on the road. Add a 1,000,000 watt amp with a 60 inch woofer and you've got the epitome of a road hog the likes of which the world has never seen.

Anymore, when someone's lights are blinding me , I don't even try to figure out if they've got their high beams on, I just give them all the light I've got.

I might even add aircraft landing lights to the roof.

back up light? reverse? dark driveway?? how do i need to explain it ? i almost hit my car because of this
 

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Lower your windows! I have 5% tint, sometimes I have to lower the back window to see in tight spaces. If you're not 100% sure of your reversing skills you can also stop your car, get out, and check. It's better to check then to just ram your car into something.


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back up light? reverse? dark driveway?? how do i need to explain it ? i almost hit my car because of this
That comment wasn't directed at you specifically.

I was commenting on the mods people do to their headlights and the practice of driving around in clear weather with the fog lights on.

Your post simply brought the problem to mind, however, having backup lights that are too bright can be problematic for other drivers, too.

Don't you have a backup camera?

My stock backup lights are more than sufficient in concert with the camera.

i really need it super because of where i park + i have tints so i dont see shi$%
That's your problem, right there, camera or no camera.
 

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This isn't surprising - OEM lights have to meet some fairly rigorous specs that your random aftermarket LED simply won't be able to match.

I'm not sure how you could get a brighter backup light. The ones that Honda puts on are fairly bright. For some cars, I know that there are better options available, but Honda usually puts pretty good lights on their cars - from what I've seen, the Honda lights usually are the upgrades! I've been quite pleased with the quality of my peripheral incandescent lights (e.g. turn signals, reverse lights).

Theoretically I suppose you could try to find some sort of higher-wattage incandescent light, but there's no guarantee that the wiring or the housing would be engineered to handle the extra power - this could lead at best to poor performance, or at worst to melted components or even electrical fires. Or, for that matter, that the resulting setup would be anywhere near street legal and/or safe. Or that the bulbs would be optically compatible, which could result in a weird lighting pattern.

As lame as it is for me to say this, the most reasonable thing for you to do would probably be to pick a new tint for your back window. There's no sense putting form over function for something as critical as a car window.

EDIT: Thinking about it again, you might just be able to rig up a motion-sensitive light fixture pointing at your driveway. It would presumably light up when your car approached, allowing for more light without needing to screw around with your vehicle. I'm sure a 40W bulb or equivalent would be sufficient to outline the position of your other car.
 

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I agree no surprise. I posted my fail using LED turn signals which were way worse than stock. As posted, specific bulbs with specific firing is needed. They are not cheap. Ebay is NOT the place to look.
 

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White V3 Triton LEDs at http://www.vleds.com/v3-w-5k-2861.html will solve your backup light issue. 2 for $100.

There are also amber/white switchback V3 Triton LEDs for your sedan front parking lights and front turn signals. I use the white of the switchback as my DRL (I pulled the fuse on the 6V high beam DRL). 2 for $140.

There are red V3 Tritons (for brake lights) and amber V3 Tritons (for rear turn signals and front turn signals on the coupe). 2 for $100.

They are expensive but crazy bright, much brighter than any of the bulbs they replace.
 
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