(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today we're taking a quick look at and installing these LED Black Tail Lights, available for the '14 to '18 Silverado 1500 without factory LEDs. Now if your truck did not come with factory LEDs, you should be looking at these if you're looking to completely transform the rear end look of your truck by ditching the factory traditional tail lights for a very modern, completely redesigned taillight.Now as you can see, these guys switch up every aspect of the tail light, the only thing that stays the same is the quality of construction. You're getting that impact-resistant polycarbonate lens that's clear, so no smoked lens here, but it does have a matte black interior housing to give you that stealthier look at the rear. You're also getting two running light designs that are really bright, really attractive red LED. And then, inside of those, you'll get 12 individual LEDs for a total of 24 bright red LEDs that'll operate with your brakes, your turn signals, and, of course, just your regular running lights.Now you're also gonna reuse your factory reverse light bulb and you have a couple of accents on the side along with some reflectors. All in all, really good option if you want something very unique and very different. In my opinion, they are some of the most different tail lights as far as design goes in the category. This guy is gonna come with your driver and passenger side, so you get the pair for right around 250 bucks.Now, no splicing, no cutting, no wiring involved, that is a direct plug and play. You're reusing the factory harness. It's gonna be super simple, so I'm giving the install one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home with, I'd say, about 30 minutes to an hour from start to finish. It is super simple. I'd say it's one of the easiest things you can do to your truck. You're gonna need simple hand tools. I'll walk you through every step of the process. Let's get to it.Tools used in this install include an impact gun or a ratchet, Phillips head screwdriver, and a T15 Torx bit. The first step for the uninstall, of course, drop your tailgate, grab a T15 Torx bit, and we're gonna remove the two screws holding on the factory tail light. We're gonna start here on our driver's side, and then, of course, you'll just do the same thing on the passenger. So grab your Torx bit. I'm gonna use an impact gun but you can use a ratchet as well.All right, from here, I'm gonna grab the inside of that light, just pull straight back. You're gonna twist and disconnect the bulbs from the housing, just like that. Now while we're here, what you're also gonna do is remove the factory taillight bulbs. We're gonna keep the reverse light, that one is gonna get reused, but we're gonna have to pinch and disconnect the upper and lower bulbs on the factory harness. So just grab the bulb by the base, just gonna wobble it back and forth, and pull it straight back. Just like that, and there you go.All right, so we've got our factory tail light off of the driver's side here and we have it next to our LED tail light in black. I want to take it through some similarities and differences, and the first I want to start with is some of those similarities. Now as far as fitment is concerned, you can expect all OEM like quality, so that will be a very big similarity there as far as the quality of construction. Now it's gonna use an impact-resistant polycarbonate lens also clear like your factory one. The factory one does have more of a reddish tint to it, of course, as well as the interior. So that is a little bit different but the quality of the lens is the same.Now as far as design goes, complete night and day difference. Your factory one is very traditional, very red, chrome, reflective interior, and it's got all of the traditional reflective housings and all of the little side markers. So your new light completely rethinks that design. You now have a black interior, matte black to be exact, which this gives you a nice stealthy look at the rear end. And the lighting here is completely modernized. You're going from that factory incandescent bulb styling to your new LEDs, completely LED with the exception of that reverse light. Your factory reverse light will be put in right in the middle.Now as you can see there's kind of a top and mirrored version of that on the bottom. This guy has this C-shaped turned on its side, which is gonna be your running light design, that's gonna be a really bright red LED for your tail lights and turn signals. And in between those are 12 individual red LEDs, 12 on top, 12 on bottom, for your total of 24 individual LEDs.Now those guys will also work in conjunction with those running lights to be your tail lights and turn signals and they are gonna be a lot brighter and a lot more attractive than your factory incandescent bulbs. So the technology is a huge upgrade and the actual aesthetics of it, in my opinion, look a lot better at the rear end. I think this is one of the more unique tail light designs in the category. So if you're really looking to stray away from that factory look, as you see here, this is obviously a good way to go.On the side, you get a couple more accent LEDs that will work in red, and then finally some of those reflectors, so all-around, big change-up. Now as far as the back, I just want to quickly take you through here. It does come with a foam-protective housing on the back. Of course, once you pop that off, you'll be able to see that it's a new LED wiring harness. Once the protective foam is removed, you'll see that these are two LED plugs.So you'll have your LEDs go here and your factory reverse light go here. This means there's no wiring, no cutting, no splicing, direct plug and play. It's also gonna have those retainer clips on the side to make sure it's staying in place once it's installed. So what we're gonna need to do is take the two sockets that we removed the bulbs from and plug them in here and then twist them into the socket, and then we'll pop in our reverse light. So let's go ahead and do that.All right, so we got our driver's side tail light here sitting on its face. What we're going to basically do is take these harnesses and put them into the bulb sockets. Now there is a certain way you want to do it. As you can see on our new LED harness, there's a black, white, green, and red wire on the back here, and on our factory harness where the factory bulb used to be, there's a black, brown, grayish, and in green. What you basically want to do is plug this in so that the black wire on this harness and the black wire on that harness are on the side, that's matching your negative to your negative and your power to your power. So this would be wrong because the black is over here and the black is over here, so we're gonna flip this guy around and plug it in.All right, just like that. Do the same thing for the other one. You might have to peel back some of this plastic wiring there. So we're gonna plug this guy in the same way. There you go. Now, of course, the factory reverse bulb will go up here, but let's twist in those LED sockets first. So you're gonna basically feed that new harness back into the housing, line up the socket, twist, and keep it in place. Do the same thing for the bottom. You may need to bring the tail light a little closer.All right, so those are in. Let's grab our reverse light and put it into place at the top socket. So now we can take this light and pop it into place. All right, so now there's new Phillips head screws included in the kit to hold this guy in place. So let's grab those and we're gonna thread them in by hand and then grab a Phillips head and tighten it down. All right, repeat this on the other side. Well, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the LED Tail Lights in Black, available for the '14 to '18 Silverado 1500 without factory led taillights. If you want to pick yours up, you can do so right here at americantrucks.com.
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Enhanced Looks and Safety. For a stylish and distinctive look for your Silverado 1500 that also enhances nighttime visibility and safety, replace the existing tail lights with these LED Tail Lights. It features extra-bright red LED bulbs and fiber optic stripes to give your truck a unique rear-end look and improved illumination and visibility. Style-wise, the black housing and clear lens combine to give your Silverado a sleek and eye-catching look.
Made From High-Quality Materials. These tail lights were made with longevity and durability in mind, which is why they’re made from heavy-duty materials. The high-output, long-lasting LED lights are housed in a tough black casing, completely sealed with a clear and impact-proof polycarbonate lens. The all-around hermetic seal ensures that no particle of dirt or any amount of moisture can seep in and get trapped inside and affect performance.
Plug-and-Play Installation. You can directly replace the OEM tail lights of your truck with this pair of LED Tail Lights. Using the appropriate tools and the stock connectors of your truck, you can complete installation in about an hour.
DOE- and SAE-Certified. These LED Tail Lights are approved and certified by the SAE, which means these lights have passed the strictest materials and quality tests. In addition, these tail lights also comply with all the safety requirements and regulations by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Application. This pair of LED Tail Lights can be installed on 2014-2017 models of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 that don’t have factory LED tail lights.
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