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Budget taillight upgrade

I have a 2014 GT and wanting to upgrade my rear taillights/marker lights to LED. The running lights and brakes lights are already LED.

At first I initially swapped them out with some spare 194 LED's I had laying around in xenon white. They looked good but barely any different than the OEM bulbs.

So I decided to buy some red VLED bulbs, there are 4 bulbs in total for the rear. I read on multiple sites including superbrightled.com page that red LED's should be used behind red lenses. The reason being red lenses filter most white light but filter very little red light.

After swapping the other LED's out for these red LED's all I have to say is WOW!!!!! These bulbs look amazing in the factory taillights and really transform the look completely. I used are more powerful 360 degree red bulb for the center markers and a lower power single direction bulb for the side markers. I tried the more powerful bulb in the side markers and it was just too much. In the rear they look perfect. I also have VLED's single direction bulb in my license plates lights in 6000k. I've been running this bulb for the past 6 months.

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So hold on .. I have a 2016 - T without the new front - and also the "old" lights.. I thought all the markers, etc where LED's already... they are not?

Btw it looks pretty darn good..

I like the new lights from the 16 GT / 17 .. with the solid diffused LED line and I think that would be possible with our "old" lights as well .. and not having one big spot in the middle.
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So hold on .. I have a 2016 - T without the new front - and also the "old" lights.. I thought all the markers, etc where LED's already... they are not?

Btw it looks pretty darn good..

I like the new lights from the 16 GT / 17 .. with the solid diffused LED line and I think that would be possible with our "old" lights as well .. and not having one big spot in the middle.

I'm not sure what lights the 16 touring has but I do know the 14 and 15's do not have rear led marker lights just brake lights. The ones on the side markers and on the trunk are 194 incandescent wedge bulbs.


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Uhhh . Now I have to check quickly ...
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I'm glad someone's tried this. I've been planning to use red VLEDs on my car as well. It's hard to gauge from your photos since there's no before/after comparison provided and because the colors and intensity of LEDs are hard to reproduce accurately in photos.

Still, it's great to hear you're happy with the results. What's "WOW!!!!" about them exactly?

- Are they brighter than stock?
- Do they fill out the lamp housing better?
- Is the color more red?
- Something else?
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So I checked my 16' and the only bulbs are for reverse and turn signal. Side and rear marker as well the "dot" seem to be all LED's and not replaceable.
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So I checked my 16' and the only bulbs are for reverse and turn signal. Side and rear marker as well the "dot" seem to be all LED's and not replaceable.

The more I think about it, if your taillights are the same as the 14 and 15 then you most definitely do not have LED's. Did you look behind the panel and attempt to pull the socket? There is absolutely no way you can tell what type of bulb is in there by just looking at it from the outside. They are both behind a red lense so you see nothing.


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I'm glad someone's tried this. I've been planning to use red VLEDs on my car as well. It's hard to gauge from your photos since there's no before/after comparison provided and because the colors and intensity of LEDs are hard to reproduce accurately in photos.

Still, it's great to hear you're happy with the results. What's "WOW!!!!" about them exactly?

- Are they brighter than stock?
- Do they fill out the lamp housing better?
- Is the color more red?
- Something else?

Yeah it is very hard to tell in pictures alone. I would have done a before and after pictures but I already had LEDs in there.

Are they brighter than stock? Yes, I wouldn't say WOW if there was no difference. I'd be disappointed and probably wouldn't even post results like my last LED's. The 360 degree bulb I used in the rear taillights are about 50% brighter than stock, if not more. The single facing led I used in the side markers are brighter than stock but only slightly.

Do they fill the lamp housing better? Yes the 360 bulb definitely fills the whole rear marker.

Is the color more red? Eh I don't notice, just brighter as more usable light is making its way through the red lense. I'm not really sure what more red is since the factory lense produces a good red. It's not a different shade of red if that's what you're asking.

Here's the bulbs I used.

Sidemarkers
http://www.vleds.com/194-hpc.html

Rear Taillights
http://www.vleds.com/194-6-hpc.html

You can use the bulbs I used for the rear taillights on both the side markers but I found them to be overpowering. They definitely fill the side markers much better but they are just too bright for side markers. They also just barely touch the lense when installed and since thee bulbs generate heat I didn't want to risk it.


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That looks awesome...I think? It's just so hard to see lighting differences in pictures. If you go out there and put the incandescent bulbs back in one side and take a comparo pic, I'm sure you'd get a lot of internet high fives...like...tons.

I also tried the several styles of white LED's in the rear and saw no difference. Glad you figured it out with the red! I may try it with these to avoid the hot spot in the middle of the rear strip.
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Here's the bulbs I used.

Sidemarkers
HIGH POWER COLOR LOW PROFILE 1 LED 194

Rear Taillights
HIGH POWER COLOR 360 6 LED 194

You can use the bulbs I used for the rear taillights on both the side markers but I found them to be overpowering. They definitely fill the side markers much better but they are just too bright for side markers. They also just barely touch the lense when installed and since thee bulbs generate heat I didn't want to risk it.

Thanks my95tsi. Those are the exact bulbs I was considering. Your experience makes the decision easy. The HPC bulbs are the brightest ones they sell. It's also nice that the side marker bulbs you used are low profile in design. When I was asking about the color being red, I meant you don't see a pinkish hot spot where the bulb is located - that often happens with super bright white bulbs in a red housing as the intensity overwhelms the color of the housing.


One question: Your rear tail lights are just regular marker lights, right? I.e., they're not brake lights and don't get brighter as you step on the brakes?


If that's the case, how do the brake lights look in comparison to your upgraded tail lights when you step on the brakes? Theoretically, the brake lights should light up to be brighter than your tail lights. Does that happen? If not, I wonder if your upgrade is legal and/or it would confuse drivers behind you.
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