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Old 04-27-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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Back up lights

I mounted back up lights in the new Aluminess rear bumper today. I don't have them wired yet so I don't know how bright they will be. These are the lights I ordered.

http://www.rallylights.com/detail.aspx?ID=4133

They were the brightest 4" X 6" light I could find. Hella has 3 different beam patterns in this series of work lights to choose from. I ordered the long range beam light.

They come stock with 2 55W H3 bulbs in each light. I purchased 100w bulbs to replace the 55W'ers but I am a little concerned about heat so I'm going to run with the 55W bulbs for a while.

The lights didn't fit in the bumper very well due to the lights thickness. I ended up adding a 3/4" shim between the bumper and the light to center the light up and down. I'm a little limited with the ability to aim the lights outward. The edge of the light is very close to the bumper. I think the lights Aluminess sells for back up lights sit farther inside the bumper and don't have the clearance issues.

Front view of the light


Side view of the light, note the 3/4" shim on the light mounting bolt.


Shot of rear bumper. What do you folks think of the hub cap? I like it better than the stock steel rim look


Stock steel rim look
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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Re: Back up lights

I want to see you light up the night with them.

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Old 04-27-2012, 07:20 PM   #3
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Re: Back up lights

Feel free to sneak up behind me sometime with your high beams on. I'll be happy to give you an eyefull of light.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:03 PM   #4
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Re: Back up lights

So, you will have them on a separate switch?

Or do you plan to shift into reverse at 65mph?

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Re: Back up lights

My rear bumper lights are on a 3 way switch - Off / Switched on by reverse / Switched on by dash switch.
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Re: Back up lights

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So, you will have them on a separate switch?

Or do you plan to shift into reverse at 65mph?

Mike
I'll have them wired on a 3 way switch. On with reverse lights / off / On when the ignition is on.

I also have driving lights mounted on the back of my boat trailer that will be switched the same way. It's nice to have total control over the lights for backing up in different situations. I'm a big fan of the 3 way switch hooked up to a relay. The 3 way switch allows you to trigger the relay from 2 different power circuits.

This is a photo of the switches on my dash. Left to right they are, 3 front Hid driving lights, 2 front fog lights, 2 rear bumper lights, 2 lights on my trailer. I'm not sure what I'm going to use the other two holes for. Maybe one for onboard air and the other to switch my radio from the starting battery to the aux battery.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:37 PM   #7
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Re: Back up lights

Are they legal backup lights? I got the bird one time when some people passed me by. The Hella's were on and the sun was setting. I had kicked them on with my knee and it sure made em mad. If it was a cop, I'd probably have been pulled over. I wish I had a bright indicator...maybe one of these days. I don't know if I'd want them too much brighter but if I did there would be a dissable switch on them for backing in traffic. I have LED's in the back on top that supplement my Hella's in the bumper but they are on a single switch up on the headliner. Between the two sets, I'm satisfied but the more light the better.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:02 AM   #8
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Re: Back up lights

If I'm going backward they should be legal. I don't think having any white lights switched on that are facing rearward on a vehicle are legal if the vehicle is moving forward. With the exception of a license plate light.

I haven't checked the regs on rear facing lights but there may be a wiring requirement that could give me grief if some trooper wants to get technical with me.
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Re: Back up lights

They don’t say much about reverse lights in these pages but it seems to be a good source info on general Pacific Northwest laws. The second link “Forbidden Devices” seems to imply lighting from a vehicle on the side of the road too.

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=204-21-230

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=47.36.180

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.37.050


Check the “Projections” section about “Rear Vision Mirror” at this link!

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/passequip.htm#lights
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:24 PM   #10
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Re: Back up lights

Ca's law:
24606. (a) Every motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, of a type
subject to registration and manufactured on and after January 1,
1969, shall be equipped with one or more backup lamps either
separately or in combination with another lamp. Any vehicle may be
equipped with backup lamps.
(b) Backup lamps shall be so directed as to project a white light
illuminating the highway to the rear of the vehicle for a distance
not to exceed 75 feet. A backup lamp may project incidental red,
amber, or white light through reflectors or lenses that are adjacent
or close to, or a part of, the lamp assembly.
(c) Backup lamps shall not be lighted except when the vehicle is
about to be or is backing or except in conjunction with a lighting
system which activates the lights for a temporary period after the
ignition system is turned off.
(d) Any motor vehicle may be equipped with a lamp emitting white
light on each side near or on the rear of the vehicle which is
designed to provide supplemental illumination in an area to the side
and rear not lighted by the backup lamps. These lamps shall be
lighted only with the backup lamps.


Looks like I can get a ticket.
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