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I prefer amber turn signals. The Seltos has amber LED turn signals in front, but red incandescent turns in rear. Typically, putting an amber bulb behind a red lens will result in amber coming through. And an amber LED would likely come through much brighter, but then you have to worry about hyper-flash due to LED's unless you can find a CANBUS certified LED to use. Has anyone tried amber bulbs in their rear turn signals?

Also, has anyone removed the rear taillight housing? I removed the screws, but something is still holding the housing on there. Someone suggested it likely just pops off with slight pressure after screws are removed, but I worry about breaking a hidden tab or something. Has anyone actually removed the tail light housing and would share how to do it?
 

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You have to use a little force to pop it out and once it is free in the back you have to slide it out towards you as it is held on by a peg that slides into a slot.You should check about putting anything but red bulbs in the rear of your car.I am pretty sure it's against the law to have anything else but red.
 

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You have to use a little force to pop it out and once it is free in the back you have to slide it out towards you as it is held on by a peg that slides into a slot.You should check about putting anything but red bulbs in the rear of your car.I am pretty sure it's against the law to have anything else but red.
Thanks for the info on removing the lens unit. No worries about legality- you'll notice lots of cars have amber lenses. In fact, in virtually all of Europe amber lenses for turns/hazard are required by law. That's because they're so much more visible, thus increase safety. As with headlights which are vastly better there, the US lags far behind the Europeans in automotive safety.
 

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Ok.I have been trying to get a CANBUS certified led for the signal lights for a couple years.I was told by a custom shop that does a lot of mods including lights that their were none on the market that work in a signal light.
 

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I just tried a set of amber leds in mine and there is no difference as it does not come thru as amber.I did not think amber would show thru a red lens in the first place.The idea of it is an amber bulb with a clear lens like in front of ours which by the way is illegal in the rear or an amber lens with a white bulb for the rear.They are the only options.
 

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The idea of it is an amber bulb with a clear lens like in front of ours which by the way is illegal in the rear or an amber lens with a white bulb for the rear.They are the only options.
An amber bulb in a clear housing for the rear signal is not illegal, my 07 caliber came from the factory like this.
 

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That changed in 2009!
Soryy I was reading about something else.This is the facts
No, they do not have to blink amber. You can have bulbs that blink white OR amber in the front. In the rear, they must blink either amber or red. The casings/housings themselves can be clear so long as the bulb blinks either amber or white in the front and amber or red in the rear
 

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This came off of google.
No, they do not have to blink amber. You can have bulbs that blink white OR amber in the front. In the rear, they must blink either amber or red. The casings/housings themselves can be clear so long as the bulb blinks either amber or white in the front and amber or red in the rear
 

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An amber bulb in a clear housing for the rear signal is not illegal, my 07 caliber came from the factory like this.
As do 2008 and later Saabs. My 08 9-3 convertible has perfectly clear lenses from factory with amber turns/hazards and red tail/brake lights.
 

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I just tried a set of amber leds in mine and there is no difference as it does not come thru as amber.I did not think amber would show thru a red lens in the first place.The idea of it is an amber bulb with a clear lens like in front of ours which by the way is illegal in the rear or an amber lens with a white bulb for the rear.They are the only options.
Must be something about the type or thickness of the lens material. I've seen numerous red lenses with amber bulbs which do come through the red lens as amber. I even did a Google search and came across numerous videos demonstrating amber bulbs behind red lenses coming through the lens as amber. Wouldn't have believed it either if I hadn't actually seen it! Here's one of them: Amber led bulb upgrade behind red tinted lens - Bing video
 

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I prefer amber turn signals. The Seltos has amber LED turn signals in front, but red incandescent turns in rear. Typically, putting an amber bulb behind a red lens will result in amber coming through. And an amber LED would likely come through much brighter, but then you have to worry about hyper-flash due to LED's unless you can find a CANBUS certified LED to use. Has anyone tried amber bulbs in their rear turn signals?

Also, has anyone removed the rear taillight housing? I removed the screws, but something is still holding the housing on there. Someone suggested it likely just pops off with slight pressure after screws are removed, but I worry about breaking a hidden tab or something. Has anyone actually removed the tail light housing and would share how to do it?
Federal regulation: Amber front, red rear. In a dark or foggy area, this let's you know if the car is coming towards you or in front of you.
 

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Federal regulation: Amber front, red rear. In a dark or foggy area, this let's you know if the car is coming towards you or in front of you.
Transport Canada allows for rear turn signals on vehicles to be either red or amber. The provincial Highway Traffic Act does not specify the colour of turn signal lamps and thereby makes allowance for compliance with the federal standards

Red turn signals in the rear are perfectly fine in the USA, but the fronts cannot be red. If you haven't removed the side reflectors on your bike yet, you will notice that the amber front, red rear theme is used there as well..
 
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