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Old 01-13-2021, 04:56 PM
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What was used as a switch to trigger the lights when in reverse?
I used one of these, attached to a custom fabricated bracket mounted to the transmission. When put into reverse the arm bolted to the transmission actuates the switch.

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Old 01-13-2021, 05:05 PM
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My 2019 Backdraft RT4 is now equipped with an awesome led strip light designed specifically to blend into the top or bottom edge of your license plate. Check out the website: www.vleds.com and find the LP series. $ 75 seems like a lot until you mount it on your car and back up at night. Suddenly it's daytime. Good Luck, Mark
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Are the reversing lights for, a warning or to actually see where you might be backing to?
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Are the reversing lights for, a warning or to actually see where you might be backing to?
If legislation required them to actually illuminate the area behind you, then major automakers would be producing something far brighter than we see. I believe the intent is a warning to those behind you, much like reversing alarms on commercial vehicles, forklifts, loaders, etc.

Roughly 40 years ago I drove a Ford E-150. Anyone familiar with these realizes the postage stamp size backup lights were useless at illuminating anything behind you. There were many places I travelled that weren't lit up very well (e.g. my parents' cabin), so I installed a pair of inexpensive lights under the rear bumper and wired them so they'd light up with the factory backup lights. Big improvement - you could actually see things BEFORE you hit them.
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Are the reversing lights for, a warning or to actually see where you might be backing to?
Two answers or issues...
1. Reversing light must be fitted to satisfy registration requirements
2. On an open-top car like a Cobra, with no likelihood (in my case) of ever having a hood/top fitted, 360 degree vision is available at any/all times by just turning your head

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I remember thirty years ago trying to come up with a back up light system where I could turn off the trucks back up lights and have back up lights on the trailer. I was always arriving at hunting camping sites in the dark and trying to back up the truck and camping trailer in the total darkness, the front of the trailer all lit up and everything else behind the trailer is black. All together different situation than a Cobra replica but it was a big deal then to me.
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