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    Default Third brake light LED?

    Anybody have experience with these? Do they really provide enough light for looking in the bed at night? I tried doing a search for third brake lights but didn't seem to get any hits on peoples opinions of them.
    Thanks for any info y'all might be able to provide.
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    44 views and nobody has ever installed one of these LED third brake lights? Hmmmmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by gatormike69 View Post
    44 views and nobody has ever installed one of these LED third brake lights? Hmmmmm

    I have one made by Putco.... I have never used the OEM light nor the LED one to look for anything in the bed....

    The LED ones seem to direct the light straight out....maybe if you have a shell it would be benificial....but with an open bed not much better than the OEM.

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    My input is that nothing from the third brake light can light up the bed enough to be worth the time. Recon makes two 4' long LED ligths for $100 bucks. I'd go with that.
    Good luck.
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    I have a recon LED third brake light that my girl got for me and the brake light function is great but the bed lights leave a lot to be desired. Hope this helps

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    I have an IPCW mega third brake light which is as wide as the cab of the truck, and I have 32 LED's for the cargo light and it doesn't light up a damn thing inb the bed. I agree 100% with the bed lights from Recon, or Putco also makes an 8 piece set of lights for the bed that really light it up and you can put them anywhere under the bed rails.

    Bottom line don't buy a third brake light in LED to light the bed, you will be seriously dissapointed.
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    i had an old 1988 silverado and under the bed rails i had some of these.

    the 6 foot white and they were AMAZING!!!!
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    Thanks, I knew they didn't really look like they would light the bed much. Under the rails with LED's sounds like the way to go.
    I always have a flashlight in the truck but sometimes ya need two hands to load stuff.

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    i have the rencon blacked out led 3rd in my truck too, and as far as loading stuff in, i think it provides mroe than enough light, i'm sure some KC's would do better, but hey, not bad still lol.

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