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    Backup lights too dim

    I have a CX-5 sport without a backup cam. The backup lights aren't bright enough to see anything behind me and I really don't trust backing up at night. Any recommends on either new backup lights (led, xenon...), or should I just bite the bullet and get a backup cam with some led lights in it? I was looking at these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...&ie=UTF8&psc=1
    or these - I prefer a name brand...
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    They definitely appear whiter, but in some of the pics, they aren't any brighter.
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    Hi cbsic,
    I read that Diode Dynamics, has very good LED bulbs for backing up and also for license plate and they are not expensive. They also have a interior kit replacement for maps and ceiling lights.

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    I have those Phillips bulbs installed in ours and I've been happy. It's definitely a whiter light that it gives off, but I'm not so sure that it's all that much brighter. They are a bit brighter, but likely not enough to make a drastic difference.

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    Arrow Backup lights too dim

    If you’re really concerned on night vision during the back-up, you should go for a good quality after-market back-up camera. The back-up camera will save your expenses even just avoided one incident. I wouldn’t want a vehicle without it nowadays.

    Since there’s no true built-in reflector so the function of the back-up lights are limited to see the road, but rather just let other drivers to see you backing up. As mentioned above, those LEDs for back-up lights won’t help you too much to see the raid backing up in the dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yrwei52 View Post
    If you’re really concerned on night vision during the back-up, you should go for a good quality after-market back-up camera. The back-up camera will save your expenses even just avoided one incident. I wouldn’t want a vehicle without it nowadays.

    Since there’s no true built-in reflector so the function of the back-up lights are limited to see the road, but rather just let other drivers to see you backing up. As mentioned above, those LEDs for back-up lights won’t help you too much to see the raid backing up in the dark.
    Thanks for confirming my suspicions. Now to try to find a decent backup camera. I hate that all I can find are non-known brands. LeeKooLuu, Auto-Vox, Chuanganzhuo, Esky... When Pyle is the only brand I recognize in the bunch, I worry about reliability!
    I guess my next question - any recommends for a decent backup camera??

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