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    How do I make tail lights as bright as possible?

    Hey guys. Pretty much that is my entire question. I drive a 2004 Chevy Cavalier, and I'm just wondering how to make my tail lights as bright as possible. They're not filmy or anything, just looking for a nicer, brighter light. I'm considering buying some high power LEDs or an SMT LED with 92 diodes. I'm just looking for some other opinions. How can I make my tail lights super bright?

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    leds are certainly not the answer as they are usually less than 1/4th the brightness. you want brighter filament bulb upgrade. find out what type of bulb you have and post it up. there is a higher watt version for almost anything. if i were to guess, i bet you have a 3057 or 3157, in which case a 3457 would be noticably brighter in signal/brake mode.

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    Caveleirs usually take 3057s a 3457 will fit just try to make sure there not cheap china bulbs because the sockets in the caveleirs and sunfires are very tight fitting china bulbs tend to get stuck in the sockets or wont fit in them
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    Unfortunately, the wattage for the "parking light" filaments for all those bulbs are the same while the wattage for the "turn signal" filaments are different.

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    Why do you want the rear lights as bright as possible. Maximum brightness is specified by law and for good reason. Rear lights that are too bright are painful to those behind you and don't add to safety at all.

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    If the new Dodge Charger passed government standards, we can all make our taillights realllllly bright now!!! Those things are silly bright and blinding. Not sure, but they look like Leds.

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    Maybe the brightness will keep people from following so close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishyx View Post
    If the new Dodge Charger passed government standards, we can all make our taillights realllllly bright now!!! Those things are silly bright and blinding. Not sure, but they look like Leds.
    the legal brightness regulations rely on a number of things-- the main thing here is the required illuminated surface area. most cars have larger reflectors/housings to meet the brightness standard, where the charger uses a relatively small ilumination surface to meet the standard. there is a difference..

    Quote Originally Posted by kcg795 View Post
    Maybe the brightness will keep people from following so close.
    hasn't stopped me yet..



    thunder, you're best option is to build a custom led setup. check the led section for more details on that. most pnp led bulbs will be dimmer then what you have now.
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    If Philips LumiLEDs are ~3lm @700mah each, I'm probably pushing close to 300lm with my main brake lights only. Add the CHMSL retro and then the Plasmaglow on the bottom, I'll probably be around 500lm. Its pretty damned bright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinity-x View Post
    SO WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU SPENDING $650 SO FAR ON HEADLIGHTS YOU AREN'T EVEN GOING TO USE??????????????????????????????????????????????? ????? THATS LIKE ORDERING DINNER FOR YOUR DOG AT OLIVE GARDEN.

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