As you know, LEDs on most cars are starting to come standard, so it was only a matter of time before someone stepped up and provided LEDs for older vehicles. Fortunately for us, Dakota Digital had the foresight to invest into the Impala market and produce an LED line for most of the classic Impalas. If you don’t know who Dakota Digital is, they are known in the aftermarket world for custom digital gauges and retro kits.

When people hear about LED lights they assume that they are replacing the whole housing but the reality is Dakota Digital’s LED lighting systems are engineered to utilize your existing wiring harness, taillight lens and assembly. The LED modules are included for both left and right rear brake lights. Dakota Digital taillights include the LED brake/taillight modules, wiring and moisture-resistant crimp-on connectors.

If your existing housings or lenses can’t be cleaned or repaired, new replacement housings and lenses are recommended to get the best lighting possible. In our case the housings were in good condition but our lenses needed to be replaced. We called our friends at Classic Industries and they pointed us in the right direction and hooked us up on the taillights lenses that we used for this build. These new lenses will assure a brighter shine when the LEDs are being used.

Whether you have OEM wiring, or have updated to a new style harness, installation is effortless. Now let us show you how the pros at EG Auto Electric in Bell Gardens, California, wire up our Dakota Digital LEDs to our ’68 Impala.

<strong>1</strong>. We begin to change up the taillights on our classic Impala.<strong>2</strong>. The first thing that was checked was the wiring harness. This was to assure that we had power to our LEDs.<strong>3</strong>. Once we could verify that we had power we were able to start wiring the LEDs.<strong>4</strong>. Once we had confirmation that the lights went on we were ready to start installing Classic Industries new light products.<strong>5</strong>. The light housing was still in good shape and only needed cleaning to be used again.<strong>6</strong>. Using a little elbow grease these light housings were as clean as they needed to be.<strong>7</strong>. For this particular Impala, the LEDs are cut out and will attach to the stock housing.<strong>8</strong>. The double sided tape will keep the LED in place.<strong>9</strong>. The new LED housing was attached to the factory housing.<strong>10</strong>. With the new LEDs wired, the car was ready for the Classic Industries lenses that get bolted on.<strong>11</strong>. We wanted to keep the factory OEM look so we used the OER screws to hold our lenses in place.<strong>12</strong>. You can see the difference when you replace the old lenses with these new ones that we bolted on.<strong>13</strong>. This install was as simple as turning on your light switch.