Review & Install Video
Hey, everybody. I'm Justin with AmericanMuscle.com and this is my quick review of the Recon LED License Plate Illumination Kit, available for all '09 to '14 F150s.
The LED kit from Recon is a great option for F150 owners out there looking to convert all of their factory incandescent bulbs to the more modern LED lighting technology and don't want to leave any area out. Now, this is also a cool kit because it's pretty unique. It's more than just a license plate LED kit. It's a dual purpose kit and I'll talk a little bit more about that in a second.
If you aren't familiar with Recon, here's what you need to know. Over the last few years, they've quickly become the most popular company when it comes to aftermarket lighting and accessories for the truck, Jeep, and SUV community. Their products really appeal to owners out there who aren't satisfied with the factory lighting and would like to have something that would increase their visibility and light output overall while also separating their ride in the process.
The benefits of switching to an LED are substantial. First and foremost, they're going to be far brighter than your factory lighting, really increasing the light output to your license plate area. And that, of course, is the main purpose when installing a kit like this.
This kit from Recon is going to produce a color temperature of 6,500 Kelvin or 6,500 K, which is a bright white light with just a small touch of blue and each LED is two Watts apiece.
Secondly, the LEDs are going to last roughly 40 to 50 times longer than a traditional incandescent bulb or 50,000 hours. So essentially, you might be paying a little bit more for these things up front, but they should last you the life of your truck.
So, what was this dual purpose thing all about that I mentioned a little bit earlier? Well, like I said guys, this is more than just an LED license plate kit. Although it does have that, they also include an additional housing for the LED themselves along with a secondary red LED that's going to be used as a running light at night increasing your safety and your visibility while on the road. And when combined with the LEDs, with the license plate, the whole package looks pretty cool overall, especially during the nighttime hours.
Now these extras are going to add a considerable amount to the final price tag as this kit from Recon is coming in around the $100 price point, which is going to be far more than what you might spend if you just wanted to upgrade the license plate bulbs themselves. So you have to ask yourself if these extras are worth it to you and your truck.
One thing I can tell you is that Recon kit is built very well for what it is and installs easily in a matter of minutes using nothing more than the flat head screwdriver.
Using that flat head, you're going to want to carefully pry out the factory bulb housing and then twist it off the harness. Once that's removed, simply remove the factory bulb and then reinstall the Recon LED in reverse order. Twist the new Recon housing onto that harness and then reinstall into the bumper and you should be good to go in a matter of five minutes from start to finish.
Again, guys, it doesn't get much easier than this one. A very soft, one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter, in a few minutes and you should be wrapped up.
So, the Recon kit, while pricey, is giving you the brightness and durability benefits of an LED along with the added bonus of a running light and a very easy to install package. Be sure to check one for your F150, right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
Dual Rear Lighting.
Being both legal and safe are two things that the majority of drivers strive to achieve and something all drivers should aim for. With the help of Recon's LED License Plate Illumination Kit, you can be sure to accomplish both goals. These dual housings project bright white LED lighting onto your rear license plate while also providing two rear-facing red LED running lights. Not only get noticed more in your F-150 pickup, but illuminate your plate for ease of viewing.Bright LED Bulbs.
Complete with four bright LED bulbs, this set of two black stock-like light housings encompass two 6,500 Kelvin 2W white LEDs to illuminate your plate and two extra bright 2W red LEDs functioning as additional running lights. Combined, the LEDs found in this License Plate Illuminate Kit by Recon will deliver increased safety and visibility for your 1997-2014 Ford F-150.Plug and Play Install.
Designed to be a quick and painless install, this Rear Illumination Kit features a plug and play connection. Just taking a few minutes to complete, you'll be back on the road in no time with a new, crisp rear end appearance.Application.
This Recon LED License Plate Illumination Kit is designed to fit any 1997 to 2014 Ford F-150 Pickup. Not
compatible with 2015+ F-150s.
- What's in the Box
- (2) LED Housings
- (2) LEDs
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 5 Minutes
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 97-03 - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03
- 04-08 - 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
- 09-14 - 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Not Compatible with 2015+