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Smoked tail lights?

KLBC Sep 14, 2018

  1. KLBC

    KLBC Member Team V8 Audi S4 Saloon S tronic

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    Whats everyones thoughts or experience on tinted tail lights?

    I have been looking at some aftermarket LED taillights such as the osram ones etc.

    But until I get round to buying new units im thinking about tinting them but I am concerned about the amount of light let through.

    For anyone who has them, What shade do you have? How badly does it reduce light?

    For anyone who doesnt have them, do you think they are tacky or? I have seen some cars with horrible jobs done and look terrible. On the flip side ive seen alot of cars which look awesome with smoked lights.
     
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  3. DieselJake

    DieselJake Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    I've had both LED aftermarket ones and tinted my own (b6 but same difference), LED light output is better but they do look a bit aftermarket if you know they're aftermarket if that makes sense and they don't tend to last more than a couple years without flickering but I really did like mine so haters gonna hate. Tinting them yourself is pretty straightforward, blacker the better in my books so I did a fair few coats on eBay light tint followed by lacquer to make them glossy and the light output isn't too bad although the reverse light doesn't seem to shine all that bright now. The rear light brightness can also be set in vag com to make it brighter I believe but I haven't got around to playing with that yet.
     
  4. KLBC

    KLBC Member Team V8 Audi S4 Saloon S tronic

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    If i were to get them tinted I would use tint film wrap myself Jake, id of thought tint film would have better properties in allowing light out out aswel as looking dark?

    I remember when everyone was sticking black tights over there lights lol anyone still do this?
     
  5. KLBC

    KLBC Member Team V8 Audi S4 Saloon S tronic

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    Also yeah in regards to the aftermarket lights, some can really look dog s**t but I have seen the odd one that doesnt look too bad, these look great... 20180915_100901.jpg
     
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  6. Jwrat32

    Jwrat32 New Member

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    Where they from bud I like the look of them

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  7. KLBC

    KLBC Member Team V8 Audi S4 Saloon S tronic

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    Im not entirely sure matey, i have the guy on instagram I have seen many similiar but I dont know if its the editing or what that makes them look great.

    I know his headlights are the best aftermarket ive ever seen and they are Osram, i wouldn't be surprised if these were the same. Osram headlights are selling for 700 quid on Amazon so not cheap!!
     
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    i got my lights slightly tinted. i will take a picture tonight and upload
     
  10. Nollywood

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    A very subtle smoke, I don’t mind.

    It’s when it’s so dark, and almost indistinguishable from the actual surrounding bodywork, and the brake lights are difficult to make out in bright sunlight, that I have issues.
     
  11. KLBC

    KLBC Member Team V8 Audi S4 Saloon S tronic

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    If you would mate please, with lights on too!
     
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  13. KLBC

    KLBC Member Team V8 Audi S4 Saloon S tronic

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    Yeah thats what im wanting. I find the fully black tint and slight faint red glow from the brakes make the car look cheaply modified. I have seen many newer cars with the new led tailights that look great. My worry is that because i have halogens, it may look terrible! I may try to swap in some LEDs to see how they change, if i go ahead and tint them.
     
  14. DieselJake

    DieselJake Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Sorry only just saw this, I just took mine off the car and sprayed them with cheap light tinting stuff off eBay then used lacqure which I think looks best. Problem with tint is it can bubble and/or rip, I mean it's probably ok for a few months but I like doing things that last and like you say I've also seen people put tights, fly eye wrap and all sorts on them which look ok... from a distance... :playful:

    As to whether or not brake lights shine through I'd more say that's to do with the stuff that's used rather than how dark or light the rear lights have been done. My friend sprayed his headlights black with regular black car paint and then tried to make up for this with HID's :playful: needless to say the light output was still rubbish where as I've smoked the rear lights with stuff designed for lights and the output is still alright. Thought you would be the last person to comment on what people should/shouldn't do to their car's anyway haha.

    Haven't got any night pictures but this is how mine looks (b6 but same difference):
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    Last edited: Sep 19, 2018 at 3:08 PM
  15. Nollywood

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    You’re getting it completely wrong, Jake.

    I never said people shouldn’t tint their tails. I merely stated how I found it. As for what I do to my cars, I’ve had comments, some positive, some negative. I take it all in my stride, though.
     
  16. GDCAUDIA4B7

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  17. KLBC

    KLBC Member Team V8 Audi S4 Saloon S tronic

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    These look fine to me, and are these wrapped? I want them not to look blacked out, but so the red colour isnt as prominent!

    Cheers for the replies lads.
     
  18. GDCAUDIA4B7

    GDCAUDIA4B7 Active Member Team Dolphin Grey saloon Audi A4 Manual

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    Got the spray painter to flick some black over the lights. Been two years now and no fading!
     

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