Best LED Blinker Bulbs for the 2015 Toyota Tundra

If you’re looking for a really easy way to upgrade the safety, style, and functionality of the back end of your Toyota Tundra, changing the light bulbs to LED is a really great way to accomplish that!

People upgrade their lights to LED all the time for many different reasons. Either to increase brightness so people can see your vehicle easier, to change the color, to make the style more modern, and for longevity so that your bulbs aren’t burning out all of the time. That way you don’t have to worry about light bulbs being out on the back of your truck. So if you have a 2014 and up Toyota Tundra, this article is for you:

On the 2015 Tundra, the flasher module is integrated inside of the BCM computer that controls all of the functions on the truck. The BCM dictates how fast the light bulbs blink and monitors the filaments inside the stock incandescent bulbs. It is designed in such a way that when the stock light bulb is burnt out it blinks fast to alert the driver that there is a problem. When you put in an LED blinker bulb, instantly the BCM monitor is going to think there is a light bulb out since the new LED bulbs do not use filaments, it doesn’t “read” the same to the BCM.

Since there are no flasher modules for this vehicle, we solve the fast hyper-blinking by wiring in 50W resistors. When this resistor is wired in-line with the LED light bulb it tricks the BCM into thinking you have stock light bulbs still installed.

To do this install, first you’ll need to remove the tail light using a T30 torque bit.

Start by removing the two torque bolts on the inside of the tail light. One on top and one on bottom.

Start by removing the two torque bolts on the inside of the tail light. One on top and one on bottom.

Now the tail light housing is loose. Pry on the inside corners and be aware of push pins near the outside of the truck.

Pull outwards and be careful not to slip or drag anything on the paint.

Pull outwards and be careful not to slip or drag anything on the paint.

Next, turn on your four-way flashers. This way, when you remove the bulbs from the tail lights, you’ll know you have power to the new LED bulbs as they illuminate. If the LED bulb doesn’t turn on, just take it out, flip the bulb around, and re-insert.

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The bulb has two wires coming off of it. We followed these wires and stripped off the rubber close to where the harness starts. This will provide extra length for attaching the resistor in a safe place.

When installing a load equalizing resistor, one end goes to the bulb wire and the other goes to the ground wire.

When installing a load equalizing resistor, one end goes to the bulb wire and the other goes to the ground wire. The resistor now bridges the gap between the two wires.

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Resistor gets hot and needs to be installed in a safe place attached to a surface like metal that will not melt.

Resistor gets hot and needs to be installed in a safe place attached to a surface like metal that will not melt.

 

How to upgrade license plate lights to LED on the 2014-2015 Toyota Tundra

There are a lot of bulbs that will plug in and fit your 2015 Tundra License plate lights, but we went with the biggest and brightest LED bulb we could find to fit. We went with the GTR Lighting 3W CREE LED Projector Bulb. This bulb is commonly known as 194, but also T10. These bulbs are a direct fit to your stock 2015 Tundra license plate bulb, and are at least three times brighter and have a crisp, pure, 6,000K white color. These bulbs really make a noticeable difference. This bulb is perfect since it is directional forward facing; no light is needed around the edges of the bulb.

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Upgrading tundra license plate bulbs

GTR Lighting LED Bulbs – How they stack up

High Power or Low Power LEDs?  Your Choice

You can choose – low power LED bulbs or high power LED bulbs?

I had a chance to pit a few GTR Lighting LED bulbs up against some other LED bulbs to see how they stack up against their competitors and wanted to show you why I STILL stand behind the GTR Lighting line of high performance LED and HID products. If you’re in the market for luxury LED bulbs, then look no further than the GTR Lighting line, in this post I will demonstrate how not all LED bulbs are created equally!

The big thing that is worth talking about is the sheer power the GTR LED lights put out. Nothing that we’ve tested comes close and in fact, next to the GTR LED products, some of the competitors are laughable! I will show you a comparison of different pricing and light outputs to give you a better idea of how these bulbs rate.

1. Streetglow VS GTR Lighting – 1156 LED Bulb Comparison

LED Comparison

1156 LED bulb comparison: StreetGlow VS GTR Lighting

GTR Lighting LED Bulbs

Street Glow LED bulbs have only forward facing LEDs. GTR Lighting LEDs have 360 degree light output.

When comparing the StreetGlow 1156 LED compared to the GTR Lighting 1156 LED it is easy to see how they differ.
First, the SG bulb
has 12 3mm dome LED chips, which seems like an odd choice seeing as they are primarily used for indicator lights on dash boards or switches. They face only in one direction and altogether disappear when installed behind a red lens in a tail light housing. It has a heavy-duty metal base that is shaped like a mushroom and may have trouble fitting into many different styles of 1156/1157 style sockets.

The GTR Lighting 1156 LED bulb pictured above, however, utilizes 7 high power 5050 SMD LED chips, each containing 3 separate diodes. The GTR bulb is massively brighter and offers light output on all sides as well as forward-facing. This is important because the vast majority of automobile light bulb housings use reflectors to create the light output, not just the sheer power of the bulb. Without this side-emitting light the output of the light housing would be nearly useless and appear to be just a single spot. Furthermore, the construction of the GTR 1156 LED bulb is tapered and should easily fit inside even the strictest shaped light bulb socket.

The price of a pair of Street Glow 1156 LED bulbs is $28 (from Streetglow.com) and the price of a pair of GTR Lighting 1156 LED bulbs is $45 (from GTRLighting.com). Don’t even waste your money on the StreetGlow bulbs, the problem is that they are just plain cheap.

2. Streetglow VS GTR Lighting – 194/168 LED Bulb Comparison

194 168 T10 LED Comparison

The Street Glow 194 LED is dim compared to the GTR Lighting bulb.

LED 194 Showdown

The Street Glow LED bulbs are using old school, out-dated LED technology.

When comparing the StreetGlow 194/168 LED compared to the GTR Lighting LED it is easy to see how they differ again, SG is using inferior technology in a vain attempt to simply offer an LED for the sake of having an LED line without actually offering something worthwhile. The StreetGlow website states that “StreetGlow Mini-Bulbs offer greater illumination and faster response than standard bulbs.” and this is a flat-out lie. The Street Glow T10 style bulbs are so dim that they hardly output any light at all.
First, the SG bulb
has a single inverted 5mm LED chip, which does a good job of directing the light, but there’s just not enough of it – the light that is. Again, it is a uni-directional output with a narrow output pattern. The base is a standard plastic T10 housing that is very common.

The GTR Lighting 194/168 LED bulb pictured above again provides more light output and in more directions than it’s StreetGlow counterpart. It features 5 high-power 5050 LED chips, with 1 facing in each direction, including forward-facing. This is a great light if you need it to penetrate a colored lens found in parking lights and brake housings. It is easily 10 times brighter than the SG version and still creates very little heat.

The price of a pair of 194/168 LED bulbs from Street Glow is $9.99 (from StreetGlow.com) and a pair of 194/168 LED bulbs from GTR Lighting is $20 (From GTRLighting.com). Obviously you get what you pay for!

2. Plasmaglow VS GTR Lighting – 7440/7443 LED Bulb Comparison

Plasmaglow 7440 7443 LED Bulb

The Plasmaglow LED bulb is dwarfed by the GTR Lighting counterpart!

The Plasmaglow line of LED bulbs is very similar to the StreetGlow lineup, in fact they may even use the same manufacturer. Either way, they are equally inferior, these bulbs amount to nothing more than a pretty plastic light fixture, but pretty useless in the automotive world.
First, the Plasmaglow bulb
uses nine faint 3mm dome top LED chips, all forward facing, and a clear plastic housing. It does a good job of directing the light, but there’s just not enough to be used safely or effectively to replace an OEM light bulb. The Plasmaglow LED 7440 bulb is uni-directional and of relatively poor quality. This is surprising because Plasmaglow has been affiliated with prestigious organizations like SEMA and the Fast and Furious franchise.

If you look at the GTR Lighting version of a 7440/7443 LED bulb you will see that it is innovative, super-bright and downright impressive. It features 4 high power 1.5w flat LED panels, featuring 3 chips a piece. This is a total of 6w power from 12 surface mount LEDs. The base is a heavy duty plastic and the top is constructed from beautifully designed aluminum. Again, the GTR Lighting bulbs soar where others fail, by producing full 360 degree light output, great style, and high quality.

The price for a pair of Plasmaglow 7440/7443 LED bulbs is $18 (from JCWhitney.com). The price for a pair of GTR Lighting 7440/7443 6W LED bulbs is $65 (GTRLighting.com).

Conclusion: You get what you pay for!

Some people are interested in the least expensive option, but I’m afraid in this scenario all that will happen is you will end up spending ~$20 and getting nothing in return! Both the StreetGlow LED bulbs and the Plasmaglow LED bulbs are a waste of money, even coming in at half the price of GTR Lighting bulbs. Even if you saved a little money here you still wouldn’t have anything nice in the end. And after all, isn’t that what it’s all about? You “invest” money in the vehicle you love and hope to make it better than it was. My vote is to let GTR Lighting help you make your favorite ride better than before.

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