Should I add LED tail lights to my car?

Car with LED taillights
Car with LED taillights –Bill Griffith

Should I add LED tail lights to my car?

Q. What do you think of adding LED tail lights to a vehicle that doesn’t have them? I like the look of the crisper light that LEDs provide.

A. LED bulbs come on quicker and may actually add a slight margin of safety when on the road. One issue is some LED bulbs will flash quicker than standard bulbs or turn on a dash warning that indicates a light is out. To remedy this issue, you may need to add a resistor to the circuit to compensate for the load that LED bulbs draw.


John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to