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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-04-2019, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Backup Camera - Poor night vision - Backup Lights

Since I back in at night, and that for some reason the backup camera in the 2019 Traverse does not work well at night, I had to add backup lights. Some suggested lighted bumper steps, but I really did not want a "butt-wart" on the back of the vehicle. I wanted them mounted similar to a factory install. I started by planning to install flush mounted units, but was too much on the back of the bumper to get that to work. So mount them low, just above the exhaust.

After a bit of a pain (getting the rear lower fascia off then on again), but assisted by a trailer plug to make wiring easy .. got them in and tested.

When mounted you almost don't see them down by the exhaust (image 1). An earlier comment suggested that LEO might ticket me for "offroad lights", but image 2 is what he would typically see in a driveby. So I don't think that is a problem.

If you backup during the day they are noticeable, but not too bad (image 3).

At night they work great (image 4). The backup camera kicks into daylight mode (better resolution) and much easier to back up. As an upside they stay on a bit as perimeter lights. Took longer than I expected due to learning about how the Traverse is put together. But if parts are in hand and the wiring harness done ahead of time, probably could be knocked off in afternoon.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-05-2019, 02:15 PM
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They look amazing. Almost looks factory. Glad the trailer wiring suggestion worked.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 10:11 AM
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Looks great JPMG


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Looks good, way to solve the problem!

I will be interested to see if there are any issues with the heat from the exhaust... did you go with a name brand light or knockoff?

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I too was concerned about the heat of the exhaust. For wiring did a harness. Mounted it to the bumper tube and wrapped it all in a heat shield tape. Placed thin insulation below the lamps, for insulation and to prevent any potential banging. Not much room was available.

Lights were a hoot to find that would meet the size specs. Most were just too tall.

Trial set was a chinese knockoff from fleabay. Cheap with poor fit and finish and odd looking philips head screws holding on the face. Soft plastic over the LEDS.

Final set I got directly from China. Cost more but was surprised by the result. Stainless steel parts, decent socket head cap screws holding cover face on, lens cover a decent PC material. So far components and build quality looks good, and I bench tested them for a bit before install. I'm cautiously optimistic.

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I too was concerned about the heat of the exhaust. For wiring did a harness. Mounted it to the bumper tube and wrapped it all in a heat shield tape. Placed thin insulation below the lamps, for insulation and to prevent any potential banging. Not much room was available.

Lights were a hoot to find that would meet the size specs. Most were just too tall.

Trial set was a chinese knockoff from fleabay. Cheap with poor fit and finish and odd looking philips head screws holding on the face. Soft plastic over the LEDS.

Final set I got directly from China. Cost more but was surprised by the result. Stainless steel parts, decent socket head cap screws holding cover face on, lens cover a decent PC material. So far components and build quality looks good, and I bench tested them for a bit before install. I'm cautiously optimistic.

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Probably hybrid square/phillips:



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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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I saw the fasterneres and recognize them. Nope these were not those. Just regular, tiny phillips head screws.
When I meant "odd", I meant that they were so tiny and soft that I was not sure they were metal. more like "metal in name only".
Based on that those lights might get hooked up to a PSU on the bench, but never an outdoor vehicle.

Then again you can appreciate something good when you can sit it next to something bad.

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Probably hybrid square/phillips:



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