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Old 03-16-2015, 01:08 PM   #1
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LED reverse lights worth it?

So are LED reverse lights a good upgrade for 2012 tail lights? They seem like kind of a pain to install for someone not mechanically inclined (and scared to break something on my car).

I bought two LED bulbs, not thinking I actually need four, so I'm thinking of picking up two more and doing the install today.

My dome lights, trunk light, and license plate lights have been upgraded to LED already using the Raxiom lights from American Muscle.


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Absolutely worth it. I did it when I had my GT on my 2011 and they are so nice. If you can screw a screw in then you can do it. You literally just take the push pins off your black plastic in the back of the trunk and then there are I think 4 bolts on each taillight that you unscrew with a wrench and then pull out the bulbs and plug in the LEDS. You will need 2 LEDS for each taillight though so I think you mentioned you had 2 extras? That would only be enough for 1 taillight. I made that mistake and had to order 2 more and do the right one like a week later. Besides that it is very very easy and makes a huge difference. I have no idea why Ford puts yellow bulbs in a 2012 but LEDS are a must for me. Not only for safety because you can see more when reversing and other cars will see yours much better but also for looks. They look like night and day.


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Now I see what you are going to get 2 more so you are good. If you really want to see how easy it is just pop your trunk and take off the black plastic piece by taking the tabs off and you can see the bolts you will be taking off before hand. Just to see what you are working with.


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I went ahead and bought 2 more less and installed them today after work. They were easy. The biggest hassle was texting them without anyone around. I had to prop my phone up and record video then watch it lol.

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wait, on the 10-12, are the rear lights LED or regular? i can never tell when i see one.
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wait, on the 10-12, are the rear lights LED or regular? i can never tell when i see one.

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ahh i thought they were. when i saw the turn signal though, the bulbs didn't seem to have that like cool-off thing...don't know how to explain it..like how when you light up an old school brake light, it like warms up to full brightness, and fades off. LED"s are just on then off. i never noticed that fading on the 2010-2012. weird.
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The red sequential lights are LEDS. The reverse lights are bulbs. Why Ford did this, who knows.


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really? wtf. haha that's weird.

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Yeah, this was changed for the 2013 though.


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I have the sequential lights on mine. My neighbor has a 2011 and he doesn't have them. I always thought the previous owner of the car installed the sequential wire into them.

The LED reverse lights look so sweet. I'm happy I did it! I was so excited to see them at night.


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All US 2011s have them. I think in like Canada or something they aren't allowed to have sequential so they just blink but besides that they should be sequential.


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I have the sequential lights on mine. My neighbor has a 2011 and he doesn't have them. I always thought the previous owner of the car installed the sequential wire into them.

The LED reverse lights look so sweet. I'm happy I did it! I was so excited to see them at night.


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2010+ should have sequential lights!

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All US 2011s have them. I think in like Canada or something they aren't allowed to have sequential so they just blink but besides that they should be sequential.


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Somewhere they aren't allowed to have them sequential, I just forgot where lol but yeah all 2010+ have them. Now I'm wondering where it was that doesn't have them


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So are LED reverse lights a good upgrade for 2012 tail lights? They seem like kind of a pain to install for someone not mechanically inclined (and scared to break something on my car).

I bought two LED bulbs, not thinking I actually need four, so I'm thinking of picking up two more and doing the install today.

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Hey Alex,

I ran the Raxiom Reverse Light LED Conversion Kit in my previous 2012 5.0 and absolutely loved it!

The light they produced, along with the killer look was the selling point for me, I was not disappointed.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions!

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