Review & Install Video
These lights are for those of you who are looking to give the rear of your Jeep a more custom look by changing out the factory tail lights. Today, we're gonna talk about the installation of these tail lights. This is a very simple one out of three-wrenches for install, and all you need time-wise is 15 minutes or less. LEDs in general will give a much more modern look, whether it's because of the more unique design that you can get from an LED tail light or just the fact that you get that really crisp clean on and off from an LED, that you don't get with an incandescent bulb. A lot of modern vehicles and especially high end cars, are coming right out of the factory with LED turn signals and brake lights, so this is a nice upgrade. Now, these lights in particular are priced right around where you can buy a set of recon tail lights, and these ones definitely have a couple of drawbacks when you compare them to a high-end recon light. So, in general, I would recommend going with a recon light, if you like this styling, because I think you're going to get a little bit more quality for your money. But if you like these lights in particular, these are also an option. These tail lights are designed to bolt right in place of your factory tail lights, and they are also designed to be plug and play. However, the wiring is a little bit different from some of the higher-end tail lights on the market. Now, starting in the front, there is a ring of LED lights around the outside of this light that will come on when you have the parking light on, as well as two side marker LEDs as well. It also has reflectors on the side and in the rear to keep you legal. Then there is a larger center section that works as your turn signal and also your brake light, and a smaller white LED section that will be your reverse light. Now, as I mentioned, this is designed to bolt right in place of your factory tail light and also to be plug and play. However, instead of having the old tail light unplug at the large multi-pin harness, you actually leave that harness in place and just unplug the bulbs out of the factory harness and plug these small connectors in where those factory bulbs would go. I'm not really sure why these are designed to work in that way. In my opinion, having these two connectors just adds an additional fail point and it doesn't feel as clean or as well put together as if it were to connect to the main harness, again, like a recon or some of the higher-end LED tail lights on the market too. Another slight drawback of a light like this one is that it has these circuit boards with the resistors on it, and actually the back of the circuit boards that have the LEDs on them themselves are exposed through the back of this light. Now, I know that the back of the light is inside the body and there are flash guards to keep moisture from getting up inside of there. However, if it is a humid day or if the temperatures drop quickly and you get some condensation, those boards can get wet, which could cause an issue. Like I said before, this is a very simple one out of three wrenches for install. All you need as far as tools go is a Phillips-head screwdriver, and all you need time wise is 15 minutes or less. All you're going to do is remove the two screws on the inside of your factory tail lights. Now, there are four screws around the tail light, the outside ones just remove the lens of the light, the inside ones will allow you to remove the entire light. So, remove those two screws on the inside of each of those lights. That'll allow you to remove the whole factory tail light housing. From there, it's just a quarter turn on the socket to expose the bulb, you'll remove the bulb from two harnesses, plug in your new lights to those bulb harnesses, then set the light into the body and replace those two screws that hold them in place.One thing to know while installing these lights is that there are, again, two different harnesses on the back and your Jeep is going to have two different bulb harnesses as well, but it's not clear which one is which. These lights are marked so that you know the orientation of the plug, but not which plug goes in which spot on the factory harness. So you will have to do a little bit of trial and error. Try one, press the brake, if your reverse light comes on, you know you need to switch those harnesses. That's another benefit to the recon and some of the higher-end tail lights on the market. When you unplug the full harness and don't leave the bulb harness in place, there's only one way that harness can go together, you know for sure that when you plug it in, everything is going to work as designed. There's no chance of reversing polarity on one of these and having it not work or worse, burn up a component on the LED board, causing the light to be inoperable. From a price versus value perspective, I have to say, for the price tag that's attached to these lights, I think there are some better options on the market. I've said multiple times, recon tail lights, they come in a few different colors, they have a similar pattern, and in my opinion, they're just a much better built light and they're right around the same price as this one. Even if you do have to spend another $20 for the recon light, I think it's worth it. They're going to be sealed up a lot better, the connections are going to be a lot better, and if I had to guess, I would say that the components internally are going to be of a higher quality and are going to last a lot longer as well. So, if you're looking to swap out the tail lights on your Jeep for an LED version either because you're switching all the external lights to LED, or you just want an accent on the back of the Jeep, these are certainly an option. For the price tag, there are some higher-end, and in my opinion, better built lights on the market. But if you like these lights in particular, these are certainly enough. So, that's my review of the LED tail lights and Crystal Clear fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.