LED Tech Tip: Reflector Removal

Upon converting to LED tail lights on my 1959 TR 3 A I found that the backside of the tail light lens reflector was blocking proper light emission by more than half of the lumens.

To offset this I removed the glued-in reflective lens (with a Dremel tool) and now the light is even in all the lens.

In view of the fact that in most jurisdictions you must have a reflector, I installed 2 two inch bicycle reflectors to be legal.

–Ben Mikkelsen

With the reflector removed.

With the reflector removed.

With the reflector in.

With the reflector still in place.


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'LED Tech Tip: Reflector Removal' have 2 comments

  1. March 5, 2015 @ 10:03 am Scott

    Well, it seems nice, BUT- you did away with the original “look”, and also changed the light configuration: The upper part is intentionally blocked: it was a REFLECTOR… The lower part has a Fresnel in front of the bulb, to concentrate and intensify the light. If you notice, the LED is now a bunch of dots around the lamp: one of the reasons I will be sticking with regular bulbs- LED screw up the intentional light patterns…(I also can’t stand the “snap-on/snap-off” operation- I like the rapid rise/fall of the glow of a turn signal, etc. I find LEDs harsh…

    But, if you are happy, enjoy!


    • December 14, 2016 @ 6:27 pm Jeff fink

      My biggest concern is that the person behind me doesn’t see my brake lights and drives over me. The harsher the light the better!


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