Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Fountain Valley California
During the first 6 years , I only lost 1 tail brake light element. Seeing the totally unfair price for either 1 or 2 OEM type lamps, I elected to buy a 10 pack of OEM style 7443 lamps for $8. I replaced both lamps (since I had to get into the one side). I can't come up with a reason, as to why your oem lamps are crapping out at the 6 month time span. But later on, I elected to switch over to an LED version of the 7443 lamp. I chose the Diode Dynamics *XP80* version. Now all the brake lights have the same tone of RED, an of course all 3 light assemblies now have a matching on/off illumination time speed. An the illumination level is very good. Granted the initial cost is up there, but I like the looks, illumination speed, and the matched color, that the 3 brake lights now have.