There are LEDs that you can just buy. You just have to find a LED that has a bright mcd or whatever they go by for brightness on SMDs. There are people who have done their own custom taillights. You can do a google search to see what they have used. There is a thread in the forum about custom taillights but no one ever fully went through with it.Usually the major automakers completely design the tail lights in house, but the actual LED's are outsourced from major suppliers such as phillips/lumileds, osram/sylvania etc.
I know most of the major german automakers like audi and mercedes outsource the LED's from phillips for those DRL's, but the actual design of the lens is done by the automaker's themselves.
I suppose I can try e-mailing toyota directly and see if they will tell us what LED's they use if they even outsource them, it would be useful to know for those of us that want to build custom led tail lights that are equivalent to the brightness of the stock units. If anyone does know feel free to chime in .
how is the output? i put a led bulb in there the other night, but since it is in horizotally the led's didnt put out much light.This is a short little DIY on the replacement of the rear reading lights with LEDs in a 2011 Camry SE with sunroof.
While this was pretty easy and straightforward, I hope someone might find it useful.
For this I used 2pcs of WLED-xHP6 Wedge Base Bulb.
Sitting in the back seat, I used a small flat head screw driver to pry the light. There are 4 retaining clips, 2 in front (shown) and 2 in back.
The original bulbs have a little reflector / heat shield that doesn’t let you really get to them.
I again used the small screw driver to split the grey/white housing apart. There were 8-10 clips around the entire housing.
Once apart, the bulbs are easy to access. The photo also shows the color / brightness of the oem bulbs.
** As a note if you have the door open or bulbs on for any period of time they will be HOT**
I noticed that the connectors that hold the bulbs do not hold the LEDs quite as tight and they would go out if bumped. Again using the small screw driver you can deform the metal just a little to hold them tighter.
Make sure you test the lights before you put it back together. The photo also shows the color / brightness of the LED bulbs.
Reassemble and enjoy!!!
Again, I hope this might help someone...Good Luck.
Output is pretty good but not as bright as the front. Reason being is that there is no chrome reflectors. With that specific LED, you have two more LEDs on the other side, pointing up and two more on the tip. Both doesnt really give you illumination. So the only light source is the 2 bulbs aiming down.how is the output? i put a led bulb in there the other night, but since it is in horizotally the led's didnt put out much light.
how are those bulbs ? since there are 2 leds pointing directly down.
Front parking lights look bright at night but how bright is it during the day? Is it even visible during the day? Probably not
Here is a video (click image above) of the LEDs I put in for my small parking lights and license plate lights.
LEDs bought here:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170515839231
Installation for the front: Unclip two clips from wheel well, reach in and get the bulb out.
Installation for plates: Unclip 6 or so clips from trunk liner, swap out bulbs.
The license plate isn't as bright because the LEDs are all aiming forward. I'd recommend an LED bulb that also has LEDs on the side in a 360 pattern if you want it to be brighter.
Audi's are visible during the day but thats on a whole different level of LEDs. LOL.Most LEDs are not visible during the day, including cloudy day.
Why would you care about the day? Unless you drive around with your parking lights or head lights on during the day
As workerant said when it rains, you need to have headlights/parking lights on. This is by law and for safety reasons. Even if its a cloudy day...this is so that other drivers can see you.^ When it rain it is best to have the headlight on or at least the parking light.
AUTO & DRL, the back doesn't light up so when it rain it's just as hard to see your car.