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    Tailights not bright enough

    Hey guys,

    For 98+ Firebird/Formula/TA

    Have you noticed on our cars when our tail lights are on, the lights don't actually wrap all the way around like the housings do.

    I read a thread on a site before (can't remember if it was this board) where by using different bulbs it will actually light up the whole tail section.

    Here's a picture of what I'm talking about. Don't mind my amazing ms paint skills.


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    I gess i have not looked at my lightsw in a while i thought there was a erally small light that went on the sides? :

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    I'm pretty sure there's three blubs in there, it should light up all the way around....it's really easy to get....just start tearing into it

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    I was wondering the same thing... All my bulbs are good but the side isnt brite at all.

    Bump

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    man I'm going to look at next break......

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    auto and advance have a replacement LED bulb that is brighter than stock bulbs...and lasts longer

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    so I just looked at mine and I can clearly see three blubs in there and it lights up all the way around...?

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    Maybe its a 98-99 thing??

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    Maybe its a 98-99 thing??
    no there all the same.

    i am guessing you need some bulbs.

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    Brighter bulbs might help. Mine have a lot of fog

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    off subject but yesterday I changed the front right turn signal,....that almost sucked

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    well the problem could be that sometimes the reflective material inside the taillight fades/blackens/corrides. . . due to heat and moisture, i believe. i cracked a taillight on my 98 bird a few years ago and replaced it with a new one. within a year that new taillight looked dimmer than the original, looked inside it and the refective part was half black. the fix isnt easy after its already blackened. i just stuck chrome tape in, as best as i could through the socket holes. ive read of a few guys actually taking the lense off the housing and were about to chrome tape the entire reflective part of the housing. also. . ive drilled 1/8" holes in each "valley" of the taillight to release any moisture in the housing, as a preventative measure
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    good idea about drilling the holes

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    led lights last longer

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    and are much much brighter

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    Never really looked at my car from the back at night and looked at the lights I was thinking about going the LED way with mine though

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    Sounds like the little 194 side marker bulbs in the taillamps are burnt out.

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    wouldnt the leds produce more heat and potentialy burn the lense?

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    My tail lights are dimmer on the sides too. I have checked the bulbs and they are all working. I am going to buy some LED bulbs from E-Bay and while I am at it I want to get those circuit boards that makes the lights light up one at a time in a relay when I turn on that blinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by QtrWhore View Post
    wouldnt the leds produce more heat and potentialy burn the lense?
    LED's are by far cooler than the stock bulbs.

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