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    2019 CX-5 low, rear red reflectors: Replace w/ lighted brake/tail units?

    I'm really interested in this. Have seen after market lamp conversions for the red reflectors located on rear of our CX-5, - the ones on each side, near tail pipes. My only feelings about the appearance of the back of the CX is that it is pretty plain, especially compared to some of the competitor's SUV's that have more, "jazzy," tail lights. Converting the lower reflectors to illuminated tail/brake/direction signal, Functional lights I would like. After market stuff, of course, is Chinese, so always suspect. I have seen some folks make these reflectors into rear fog lights, but that is not what I'm after.
    Anyone doing this? I'd love to see what you've done and where you obtained parts, including wiring needed. (Will a trailer hitch harness from Mazda work?)

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    Arrow 2019 CX-5 low, rear red reflectors: Replace w/ lighted brake/tail units?

    Our moderator Chris_Top_Her has done it on his gen-1 CX-5 not as the rear fog light, but brake and tail lights from some eBay Chinese LED unit. It should be easy, with some extra wire spliced into tail light and brake light wires.

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    Thanks. I'll watch for what Chris did - or look around for it.
    I keep thinking it ought to be simple as well. Also, I need to look into what the trailer package harness has in it. That would break out all the lights I'm looking for and, if Mazda was thinking ahead, might be a plug in so I don't have to begin tapping or cutting into looms on our car that barely has 1,000 miles on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisT View Post
    Thanks. I'll watch for what Chris did - or look around for it.
    I keep thinking it ought to be simple as well. Also, I need to look into what the trailer package harness has in it. That would break out all the lights I'm looking for and, if Mazda was thinking ahead, might be a plug in so I don't have to begin tapping or cutting into looms on our car that barely has 1,000 miles on it.
    If you turned your rear fog lights into aux lights, you would likely have to splice the power wire into your running light/brake light/flasher (however you want them to function)

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    Thanks. I am talking about the plain reflector non-illuminated lens, one on each side of the rear, bottom corners, near tail pipe. They are merely plastic reflectors now. I think they would help protect the rear if they could be converted into a second set of tail/brake/direction lights. Mirror the regular tail lights if you will. That's why I thought a trailer hitch harness would tap all that, but instead of hooking it up to trailer, hook it to new bottom lens units as long as they had bulb sockets, etc., Hope this makes sense.
    Regular stock rear lights including any with fog capability, I do not want to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Top_Her View Post
    If you turned your rear fog lights into aux lights, you would likely have to splice the power wire into your running light/brake light/flasher (however you want them to function)
    What are rear fog lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post
    What are rear fog lights?
    In other countries, the rear fog light is a single or double red light, mounted very low so that vehicles from behind can see they are coming up on a vehicle going their direction in the same lane.

    In the case of the CX-5, the lower reflectors in the rear bumper are turned into LAMPS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdadude View Post
    In other countries, the rear fog light is a single or double red light, mounted very low so that vehicles from behind can see they are coming up on a vehicle going their direction in the same lane.

    In the case of the CX-5, the lower reflectors in the rear bumper are turned into LAMPS.
    In addition to tail lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadonoz View Post
    In addition to tail lights?
    Yes. Mounted as close to the ground as possible so it is visible sooner than tail lights


    Here they are on a CX-5

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfFT4wkan2M

    Here show a visual example of on road usage.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jINrFUW7MKk
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdadude View Post
    Yes. Mounted as close to the ground as possible so it is visible sooner than tail lights


    Here they are on a CX-5

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfFT4wkan2M

    Here show a visual example of on road usage.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jINrFUW7MKk
    Thanks for the links

    More visibility is more better.

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    I'm actually doing this to my 2019. I'm awaiting some parts and I will probably do quick video of how to do this and what to get with links

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    Arrow 2019 CX-5 low, rear red reflectors: Replace w/ lighted brake/tail units?

    Quote Originally Posted by mazdadude View Post
    Yes. Mounted as close to the ground as possible so it is visible sooner than tail lights


    Here they are on a CX-5

    That's Chris_Top_Her's mod I mentioned above!

    Here show a visual example of on road usage.

    Legally in Europe or other countries when Rear Fog Light is mandatory, you can only have one red bright tail light serving as rear fog light. It'd be on the left side for left-hand drive vehicles such as in Germany; but on the right side for right-had drive vehicles such as in UK. Or you can mount it in the middle, like on Mini, for any countries.

    You need different light stalk switch with rear fog position which can only be toggled, so the rear fog has to be turned on manually again for each engine start-up to meet the regulation. The dash front and rear fog indicators are also required by law which are missing for our US CX-5.


    CX-5_Fog_Light_Switch.jpg

    CX-5_Fog_Light_Dash_Indicators.jpg

    And here's new light switch for rear fog mod, but dash fog indicators are too expensive to add.

    Quote Originally Posted by TANKGUNNER View Post
    New fogs and switch installed.



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    Just be forewarned - I know here in Ontario Canada, there is a minimum and maximum # of headlamps and colouration when dealing with stuff like this.

    In some jurisdictions, this could be illegal and could net you a ticket, despite the fact that it is, indeed, much safer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisT View Post
    Thanks. I am talking about the plain reflector non-illuminated lens, one on each side of the rear, bottom corners, near tail pipe. They are merely plastic reflectors now. I think they would help protect the rear if they could be converted into a second set of tail/brake/direction lights. Mirror the regular tail lights if you will. That's why I thought a trailer hitch harness would tap all that, but instead of hooking it up to trailer, hook it to new bottom lens units as long as they had bulb sockets, etc., Hope this makes sense.
    Regular stock rear lights including any with fog capability, I do not want to change.
    I was thinking about doing the exact same thing on my 17' CX-5, if you do go through with it, please post a write up.

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