The Brightest LED Reverse Light Bulbs in 2022

This review focuses on the brightest LED reverse light bulbs. 

If the reverse light bulbs on your car are dim, or if they flicker, it is important for your safety and that of other drivers on the road that you replace the bulbs at the earliest. 

Overall, we think JDM Astar’s LED reverse light bulbs offer the best balance of light output, power efficiency, and longevity. These bright and powerful LED bulbs make it a lot easier for other people on the road to spot your car, while also lasting longer than the competition. 

We’ve been testing and reviewing headlight bulbs for over a decade. So if you needed help figuring out which of the brightest LED reverse light bulbs is for you, you came to the right place. 

Keep reading for more of our thoughts on the brightest LED reverse light bulbs.


Overall Best
JDM ASTAR PX LED Reverse Light Bulbs
Pros
  • 2500 lumen light output
  • Available in red, amber, white, and blue
  • Can be used as tail lights, turn signals, DRLs, etc
  • Aluminum housing 
  • Two stages of operation 
  • Brake light is over 3 times brighter than the running light
  • 20,000 hour lifespan
  • IP 67 water and dust resistance
  • Plug and play installation doesn’t require any wiring
  • Compatible with a wide variety of vehicles 
  • Best for low visibility conditions such as rain, fog, or dust
Cons
  • Error codes on some vehicles

Best Budget Bulb
LUYED Non-Polarity Super Bright 3014 LED Reverse Light Bulbs
Pros
  • 900 lumen brightness output
  • 6500K ultra pure white color profile
  • 50,000 hour lifespan
  • Wider angle of projection than most LED tail lights
  • Intelligent IC driver for lower power consumption
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty 
  • Non-polarity design
  • Easy to install
  • Half the price of our top pick
  • Compatible with a wide variety of vehicles
  • Fully waterproof housing
Cons
  • Not as bright as our top pick

Best Premium Bulb
Philips 1156 Intense White Vision LED Reverse Light Bulbs
Pros
  • Bright and powerful lighting
  • 6000K color profile
  • Can last up to 12 years
  • Can be used in various configurations
  • Do not flicker or flash unnecessarily
  • Ideal for cars and trucks that get used in extreme conditions, such as off-road, snow, extreme heat, etc.
  • Provides great visibility for backup camera if used as reversing lights
  • Easier to see the vehicle from further away
  • Compatible with a wide variety of vehicles
  • Does not need any time to get up to full brightness
Cons
  • A bit more expensive than other options on this list

JDM ASTAR PX LED Reverse Light Bulbs

Overall Best

JDM Astar hit it out of the park with these LED reverse light bulbs. They are designed to be longer lasting than other options, so they come with an aluminum housing, and highly efficient power consumption, in addition to the high performance they are known for. 

The brightness output of these LED reverse lights is an impressive 2500 lumens. That’s stock headlight territory, which means pedestrians and other drivers on the road will see you reversing your car from a mile away! 

You might think that’s overkill, but we find that the higher brightness to be ideal for use in snow, rain, fog, dust, and other low visibility conditions. 

The coverage and beam pattern of these LED reverse light bulbs are second to none, thanks to the use of 21 PX LED chips which offer a uniform and well-calibrated beam of light. 

We find that these LEDs offer a nicer color profile compared to stock reverse light bulbs. They can be had in white, red, amber, or even blue. The white has a cooler tone compared to stock bulbs which tend to be yellow-ish and hard to spot. 

This means drivers can notice you reversing from a lot further away, giving them more time to react. It also helps you make out obstacles more easily when using your car’s backup camera. 

One of the best features of these LED reverse light bulbs is that they can also be used as brake lights, running lights, or even turn signals. 

If you use them as brake/tail lights, we think you’ll find the two different levels of intensity really useful. These allow the LEDs to run at a lower brightness in tail lights, and then emit three times brighter light when you press the brake pedal. 

We didn’t have any issues with the light-up time of these LED reverse light bulbs. They come on the second you put the car into reverse, letting others know you’re about to move and react accordingly. 

Compatibility is another plus point of these LED reverse light bulbs. They can be fitted to a variety of vehicles, and the installation is about as easy as it gets thanks to the plug and play design. 

One of our favorite features of these LED reverse light bulbs is how power efficient they are. They sip power, which also makes them a lot longer lasting. Here, the aviation-grade aluminum housing helps protect the bulbs from physical damage as well. 

In fact, if you go off the beaten path every now and again, you don’t have to worry about these LEDs getting damaged by the elements, thanks to the IP67 water and dustproof rating. 

All told, these features combine to give you over 20,000 hours of longevity out of these LEDs.

Pros
  • 2500 lumen light output
  • Available in red, amber, white, and blue
  • Can be used as tail lights, turn signals, DRLs, etc
  • Aluminum housing 
  • Two stages of operation 
  • Brake light is over 3 times brighter than the running light
  • 20,000 hour lifespan
  • IP 67 water and dust resistance
  • Plug and play installation doesn’t require any wiring
  • Compatible with a wide variety of vehicles 
  • Best for low visibility conditions such as rain, fog, or dust
Cons
  • Error codes on some vehicles

LUYED Non-Polarity Super Bright 3014 LED Reverse Light Bulbs

Best Budget

At the budget end of the spectrum, Luyed’s LED tail light bulbs reign supreme. These LED reverse lights are a lot brighter than stock, while also being one of the longest lasting bulbs we’ve ever tested. All at a price that undercuts our top pick by half!

The brightness of these bulbs comes in at around 900 lumens. That isn’t nearly as bright as our top pick, but it’s still a lot brighter than even the brightest of stock reverse light bulbs. 

In any case, we find that 900 lumens is more than enough to be visible in even the lowest visibility conditions. 

What’s really impressive is how well-calibrated these budget-friendly LED reverse light bulbs are. We didn’t notice any dark spots, any haziness, or any blurriness in the light output, which only improves performance and aesthetics. 

Low power consumption is one of this budget reverse LED light bulb’s best features. It easily beats stock bulbs in terms of power consumption, and even gives other aftermarket LED reverse light bulbs a run for their money. 

That lower power consumption is no doubt thanks to the inclusion of a smart IC driver that regulates power and prevents any spikes or blow-outs. 

Longevity is pegged at an impressive 50,000 hours, which is easily the highest we’ve seen in any LED reverse light bulb. 

One of our favorite features of this LED reverse light bulb is the fact that it has a 6500K color profile. This makes the light output ultra pure white, which not only helps other drivers see you at night, but also gives you a clearer view out of the backup camera. 

A non-polarity design means these LEDs can be mounted in any orientation, and you don’t have to fiddle around with the installation too much. 

And the cherry on top, these LED reverse light bulbs come with an industry-leading 2 year warranty. And when you consider the fact that the price is almost half of our top pick, the whole package becomes that much more compelling.

Pros
  • 900 lumen brightness output
  • 6500K ultra pure white color profile
  • 50,000 hour lifespan
  • Wider angle of projection than most LED tail lights
  • Intelligent IC driver for lower power consumption
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty 
  • Non-polarity design
  • Easy to install
  • Half the price of our top pick
  • Compatible with a wide variety of vehicles
  • Fully waterproof housing
Cons
  • Not as bright as our top pick

Philips 1156 Intense White Vision LED Reverse Light Bulbs

Best Premium

Philips come on the scene with an LED reverse light bulb that pretty much has it all. The performance is second to none, without being too hard on the power consumption. And of course, you get all of the reliability you could want from a Philips product. 

We were impressed by the brightness of these LED reverse light bulbs. It puts even the brightest of stock bulbs to shame, and even gives our top pick a run for its money. 

The angle of projection is also a lot wider than on most other LED reverse light bulbs, so you can expect better visibility when using the backup camera at night. Not to mention, it allows other drivers to notice your car more quickly. 

You won’t have to put up with any flickering or dimness either. The beam is really well-calibrated, as evidenced by the fact that it stayed nice and stable, even when we ran the bulbs continuously for hours on end. 

You get a 6000K color profile as well, which makes your car’s rear end look that much nicer. 

That same ultra pure white light makes it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle and react faster. 

Compatibility isn’t really an issue, since these LED reverse light bulbs will fit just about any car or truck out there. 

We were also impressed by the lifespan of these LED reverse light bulbs, but that’s to be expected from a Philips product. They are rated to last for over 12 years, even with more frequent nighttime driving. 

Lastly, touching on the build quality and durability of these LED reverse light bulbs, we are happy to report that the unique vibration-resistant design works as advertised, preventing any damage to the bulb, even if you take your vehicle off-road. 

And while these LED reverse light bulbs are the priciest of the bunch, we think the price is well worth it, considering you get all of the aforementioned performance and features.

Pros
  • Bright and powerful lighting
  • 6000K color profile
  • Can last up to 12 years
  • Can be used in various configurations
  • Do not flicker or flash unnecessarily
  • Ideal for cars and trucks that get used in extreme conditions, such as off-road, snow, extreme heat, etc.
  • Provides great visibility for backup camera if used as reversing lights
  • Easier to see the vehicle from further away
  • Compatible with a wide variety of vehicles
  • Does not need any time to get up to full brightness
Cons
  • A bit more expensive than other options on this list

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Richard Nickleson is the author and owner behind Headlight Reviews. He first started the site as a hobby to share his insights on car parts and specifically headlight bulbs, but it soon ballooned and now he writes on all topics surrounding headlights bulbs. If you've got a bulb question, contact Richard here.