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Had these NiLight 18W recessed LEDs in the garage in a box for ~6 months. Finally decided to install. Hardest part was using the angle grinder to make the rectangular holes in the bumper. Low Amps = tied them right into the reverse wiring on each side. Decided to go YouTube again for my 3 total subscribers. 馃ぃ

I went with the Flood version but they also have a Spot style. So far have only had them installed for a few days but a few trips to the grocery store and a 7 mile trail drive out in the desert before sunrise and they were fantastic. I can see, and people can see me. Durability...we'll see. But being in Arizona it's so dry I don't anticipate any "humidity" issues that some people noted in the reviews.


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I used the same exact lights except I chopped up the plastic humps cause I didn't want to cut into my bumper :<
Thanks! And I almost did that, then thought, nah, I'll bash it on something. But watch, I'll back the bumper/led light directly into a stump or something and it won't touch the plastic. Haha.
 

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hey there ! watched your video yesterday ))) another thing I didn't comment there but I think you said that you going to paint the bumper right ... just dont let it wait long so it won't start rust on the spots where you cut out.. paint it all )) just to be on the safe side
 

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hey there ! watched your video yesterday ))) another thing I didn't comment there but I think you said that you going to paint the bumper right ... just dont let it wait long so it won't start rust on the spots where you cut out.. paint it all )) just to be on the safe side
Indeed - I will almost surely have a couple rust spots soon if I don't get something over that bare metal. Fortunately no rain in the forecast for the next few weeks. 馃尩馃敟.
 
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I have NiLight front lights and they've held up great for several years now. I DID have to snug the case screws down a bit (they are light bar style 6.5in 'pods').
I think some put them in the plastic because its easier to cut, but also because its further to the side, and SLIGHTLY angled outward... just to spread all the light around a bit more.

I almost did this, but I didn't want pod lights every time I backed up in a grovery store lot. There's some REALLY nice (Diode Dynamics) reverse lights to go in the stock location, or the budget versions stuff that is still miles better than oem. Would compliment your pods nicely too. I've got some shots in my build thread. I tried some REALLY cheap lights, then some nicer ones. The JDM Astar ones are still going strong 4.5yrs later
 

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I have NiLight front lights and they've held up great for several years now. I DID have to snug the case screws down a bit (they are light bar style 6.5in 'pods').
I think some put them in the plastic because its easier to cut, but also because its further to the side, and SLIGHTLY angled outward... just to spread all the light around a bit more.

I almost did this, but I didn't want pod lights every time I backed up in a grovery store lot. There's some REALLY nice (Diode Dynamics) reverse lights to go in the stock location, or the budget versions stuff that is still miles better than oem. Would compliment your pods nicely too. I've got some shots in my build thread. I tried some REALLY cheap lights, then some nicer ones. The JDM Astar ones are still going strong 4.5yrs later
Wow, those JDM ones look like a great addition. I didn't even think of just switching out my crappy stock quality reverse bulbs. Prob should have looked first but saw these NiLight ones for cheap and had the familiar Amazon gift card just asking to be spent. :D
 

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I have led bulbs in the stock location. maybe they are not as bright as the diode dynamics ones, but I just don't see how they would be anywhere as bright as the pods.. the design of the pods with the multiple reflectors will definitely put out more light.
 

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The diode ones CAN be as bright as pods. They have a couple versions ranging from $20 to $90. The $90 ones (XPR?) have twice as many led chips as my Astar ones. They are supposed to be 720 lumens per bulb. Though, I know the cheaper the bulb/company, the more they skew/lie about lumens.

The cheaper ones aren't as bright as pods... but they are a NICE addition with VERY little effort.

There's various types/brightness of LED chips... but these pods are only 6 chips... so I could see how a replacement bulb could come close. Its just about battling the heat generation in a closed housing. Maybe 10 (astar) or 16 (Diode Dynamics) smaller chips helps with that. Or maybe the heat isn't an issue like it once was for LEDs.
 

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This is what I got to replace the stock reverse bulbs and they are super bright, almost to a blinding bright if you stare at them. It does a fantastic job lighting up my whole rear when I reverse. I believe the light pattern is more of a flood. These bulbs paired up with your pods, I think astronauts can see you reverse from outer space. :D

 

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This is what I got to replace the stock reverse bulbs and they are super bright, almost to a blinding bright if you stare at them. It does a fantastic job lighting up my whole rear when I reverse. I believe the light pattern is more of a flood. These bulbs paired up with your pods, I think astronauts can see you reverse from outer space. :D

(y) I'm good with near-blinding light when I'm in reverse! Will check those out.
 
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