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Is that street legal to do?
 

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Probably as legal as the LED turn signal lights I installed. ;)
Nice. Makes the lights resemble 'American' car models with red-colored turn signals. What tint film or application did you use?
I can't believe I never noticed my Ford Fusion had red turn signal lights or that other cars had them. I must be colorblind or this article I found was really on to something. :(
 

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Only major downside, is it now looks more like an accord from a quick glance, but with your car color, I love the results.
 

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I always prefer taillights with very little yellow or white on it, I prefer solid red as much as possible. So i tried for the first time vinyl wrapping the tail lights of my 2021 Insight Touring. Im so happy with the result. I just realize after, its quite similar to a BMW 4 series (see comparison photo)
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Don’t mean to burst your bubble and welcome to the forum. But don’t you think that might be dangerous since the turn signals are clearly a different color than the brake lights, but now you have matching brake and turn lights.
 

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Don’t mean to burst your bubble and welcome to the forum. But don’t you think that might be dangerous since the turn signals are clearly a different color than the brake lights, but now you have matching brake and turn lights.
Hi, I see your point. Although im not too concern considering Insight's turn signal is quite big, it high up and wrapped around the corner. And although the vinyl wrap I used appear red when not lit, its actually more dark orangy than red (when lit) and since i didnt change the amber bulb, the turn signal when lit appear more like tangerine. Its hard not to get the attention of the driver behind. Thanks for your comment.
 

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Hi, I see your point. Although im not too concern considering Insight's turn signal is quite big, it high up and wrapped around the corner. And although the vinyl wrap I used appear red when not lit, its actually more dark orangy than red (when lit) and since i didnt change the amber bulb, the turn signal when lit appear more like tangerine. Its hard not to get the attention of the driver behind. Thanks for your comment.
Nice job, looks pretty seamless. Plenty of American cars (and the BMW example) have red rear turn signals, and the flashing light is the differentiator between turn signal and braking on those cars. The turn signal is sometimes even integrated/exchanged with the brake light on some American cars (which makes it hard to see), and your set up is better in that it maintains the turn signal and braking separate. @andrew28 shared a related article on the topic of red/amber rear turn signals in post #5 above. - Turn signals - amber or red?

The clear rear turn signal covers weren't my favorite feature on the Insight; I wish they were yellow-tinted like on my older Hondas. And with them being somewhat top-mounted, they're more subject to UV yellowing... which I guess could achieve that 'yellow' turn signal look eventually LOL... but I've also considered adding UV wrap on the rear turn signal cover as some others have done.

If you have a chance, could you share video of the color relative to the brakes when the turn signal is activated? What material did you choose to use?
 

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First of all, I hate you. Red turn signals, blasphemy! Anywho, I am a little bit surprised that the turn signals are still orangish. I was always taught any tint you put over an incandescent bulb will turn it that color while LEDs will remain mostly true to the color of the bulb. Lastly, I am glad you are in Canada and I never have to be cursred by seeing your horrible red turn signal... I might be a little bit opinionated on this subject.
 

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I am glad you are in Canada and I never have to be cursred by seeing your horrible red turn signal... I might be a little bit opinionated on this subject.
Umm... how are you dealing with all the cars in 'Merica that come with standard red rear turn signals? More of those models invade US roads than in Canada.
 

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Other than the cost saving by combining the stop/turn function into the same bulb, I've never understood why the rear signals wouldn't be amber. I've had VWs in front of me signal and pump the brakes at the same time. Like, which way are you turning dude?

I don't mind the clear lenses. The LED upgrade I did a while back is holding up well and looks awesome.

BTW, there is a group page on Facebook named, "I Tint My Tail Lights So They Work Less." Check it out for a laugh.
 

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Umm... how are you dealing with all the cars in 'Merica that come with standard red rear turn signals? More of those models invade US roads than in Canada.
For the most part only American brand cars have red turn signals... and I hate them. Modded my two for amber turn signals. Canada actually tried to join the amber turn signal club making it a law but it was shot down because of the US. Accidents happen in seconds, even though it does not take much time your brain has to process "what does that red mean", you get the point. There are people six feet down that would still be walking around if the auto makers did not try to save a few dollars.... and that was back when everything was bulbs and cheap. This is just one study. The money they put into the over engineered LED assemblies now? I have bought loose LEDs and the red ones cost the same as the amber ones. Also, I hate switchback lights if you were interested.


Other than the cost saving by combining the stop/turn function into the same bulb, I've never understood why the rear signals wouldn't be amber. I've had VWs in front of me signal and pump the brakes at the same time. Like, which way are you turning dude?
Combining multiple functions in the same light does not always equal savings. It complicates the wiring and with the Insight and my Challenger, the logic for it is incorporated in the BCM. Your turn signal and the hazard lights on the Insight are two separate circuits in the BCM. It was the early 2000s-ish when the change started to happen. Seeing the older cars and the newer ones I always got the feeling it was more due to the cost of 3 color lenses over 2. What the actual reason was, I am sure it was financial. Now give me back my spare tire! Apparently, maybe the amber LEDs are more expensive because they are required to be brighter. I also like how that is 12 years old and still nothing has changed.
 

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Its crazy how things vary State by State in the USA and Province by Province in Canada. Here in Saskatchewan, we can only have Amber or Red Light to the rear (Many of our vehicles use red signals) and only white and amber to the front.
 

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I wanted to link to this excellent YouTube Channel that talks about turn signals and the problems associated with red turn signals. Not to give you any crap Peter...you sent me an e-mail about the color change you did and I really think it's actually quite cool, I just wanted to show you why having red turn signals in America is actually considered a bit on the "unsafe" side of things.
 
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