Besides being required by the law, bumper reflectors also help to keep you safe while you are driving, as well as when your car is parked. Bumper-mounted reflectors reduce rear-end collisions significantly. When you park your car on a dark road, or stop on the road shoulder at night, you are vulnerable to unintentional collisions. A bumper reflector lowers such type of risk.
Some features to look for while buying a new bumper reflector are:
- Resistance to corrosion or to vibration
- Easy installation
- Mounts on flat or curved surfaces
- Candlepower per square foot (this will tell you the amount of light it can reflect)
- Attractive finish
As the bumper reflector is constantly exposed to harsh elements like weather and road debris, it needs to be durable and must be resistant to crusting. If it’s of the adhesive type, it should not loose the adhesion too soon, especially if the bumper reflector is frequently exposed to water or rain. Most reflectors are red in colour, and have prismatic designs that blend in nicely with most taillights that are similarly coloured red.
How to install LED bumper reflector
This is the step by step DIY guide for installing a LED bumper reflector.
1) In order to remove the tail light assembly, first remove the two screws and then pull straight back. There are no other screws or clips that keep the assembly in place, so just pull straight back. It feels as if it is about to break, but put some muscle into it, and pull.
2) To remove the factory reflectors, you need to remove the bumper fascia because the reflectors have screws holding them in place. They cannot be pried out from car’s outside.
3) In order to remove the bumper fascia, there is one screw on the driver’s side as well as one on the passenger side. These need to be removed first.
4) For removing the bumper fascia, there are 4 plastic retainer clips that are under the car. Use a flat tip screw driver for removing them.
5) In case the bumper has to be removed, just use quick release tabs to allow the bumper to come off without cutting the wiring.
6) Then, remove the factory reflectors and insert the wiring and replace the retaining clips as well as the screws.
7) Replace the fascia and all of the screws and the job is finished.