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Ultimate Guide on How to Make Custom Tail Lights

Tail Light is the light that works as an indicator, reverser, and brake indicator. It’s an essential vehicle part and helps other drivers with upcoming actions.

The purchase and modification of automobiles have their craziness among the youngest. In this article, we will discuss how to make custom tail lights. It is a fun and innovative activity that gives a new look to your automobile.

1. Steps that You Need to Follow

1.1. Planning and Design

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Planning design is the initial step before customizing any tail lights because customizing requires a proper idea of shape, size, and style. With the help of paper and pencil, make a rough, light design for it. Make as many modifications as possible in the rough paper because physical modification is impossible.

1.2. Gather Materials and Tools

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Once the design is ready to implicate, then go for the next step of gathering materials and tools:

1.2.1 Materials

  • Tail light housings (either new or from your existing tail lights)
  • LED light strips or individual LEDs
  • Wiring harness
  • Resistor (if using individual LEDs)
  • Heat shrink tubing
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Electrical tape
  • Clear epoxy resin
  • Sandpaper (fine grit)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Painter’s tape
  • Automotive paint (optional)

1.2.2. Tools

  • Screwdriver set
  • Wire cutters/strippers
  • Heat gun or lighter
  • Dremel tool or similar for cutting and shaping
  • Safety goggles and gloves

1.3. Disassemble Existing Tail Lights (if applicable)

If you have an existing or old tail light in your vehicle, remove it carefully and disassemble it. Remove all the old bricks and wires, clean them with a cotton cloth, and remove all dust assembled on them.

1.4. Modify Tail Light Housings

Once you reassemble the tail light, the next step is to modify the tail light housing. You can modify it according to the sketch you made on paper while starting. For that, you require sticky paper or stickers, LED lights, and a new tail light (if needed). Wear goggles and gloves using a mechanical tool to open or reshape the tail lights.

Making DIY LED Tail Lights for my Honda Beat

1.5. Install LED Lights

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Carefully cut and paste the LED light strips inside the modified tail light housings. If you are using single LEDs, attach them carefully per the mark. Ideally, all LEDs should be attached to the current to prevent short-circuit damage. Once you paste all the LEDs, clear their dust with the help of a cotton cloth.

1.6. Wiring

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Wiring is one of the most critical steps in tail light customization. Wrong wiring ends all your efforts; sometimes, wrong wiring damages the LED. If you do not know how to wire it, you can get the help of some mechanics or electricians. Once you have done all the wiring, test to ensure it works well.

1.7. Seal and Waterproof

When your LED lights are ready to blow, reinstalled the tail light in his area. Some reinstallations create space between the tail light and the vehicle body, which is not noticeable easily, but sometimes, during rain or offroading, we see some water and dust inside the tail light. So, seal all areas of the tail light efficiently and waterproof it.

1.8. Final Touches

If you want to modify your car’s tail light, you can paint its parts with the same colour, giving it a new look. You can use thin painter’s tape to mask off any areas and do a double paint coating. Do not reassemble it just after painting it, or wait till it is scorched. 

1.9. Reassemble and Install

Once all modifications are done, reinstall the tail light and replace or install it back on the car. Verify that everything is correctly installed or that screws are in place. Make sure that the lights are working well after installation.

1.10. Enjoy Your Custom Tail Lights

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Once all your hard work has ended, go for the final result of watching its beautiful appearance and appreciate your hard work. It not only gives your car a new look but also gives it a unique touch. Custom lights require regular maintenance, just as tail lights require regular maintenance for long-term use. 

2. Frequently Asked Question

1. What is the use of tail lights on vehicles?
It works as a reverser, indicator, and brake light in vehicles.

2. What is the benefit of customizing the tail light?
It gives your vehicle a new and different look. Although all cars of the same model have the same tail light, with your innovative idea, you can make your car look different from others.

3. What is the cost of customizing the tail light?
The cost of customizing tail lights is difficult to determine because each design has a different price for modification. It depends on the type of design you use in your vehicle.

4. Is the tail light an essential part of a vehicle?
Yes, it’s an essential part of a vehicle. Without it, you would not be able to drive your car. It works as a tell-tale sign of what the user wants to do next while driving.

3. Final words

In the new era of development, the craze of automobiles among youngsters is at its peak. But purchasing is not the only way to satisfy him; they want to contribute their innovation with its parts. Customizing tail lights is also one of its innovations. To customize a tail light, one must plan its design on paper before going for the final output.

There are many ways to customize a tail light, but designing it with LED was one of the best choices. For that, we require proper knowledge of plug fitting or the help of a mechanic. Once it’s in the light, resemble it cautiously. Always remember to seal and waterproof before assembling to prevent any damage. Once your light is ready to glow, your full efforts show their results in the new look of tail lights.

Last Updated on by Khushahal Malakar


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