BMW E90 Reverse Light Bulb LED Replacement

It is inconvenient when your reverse light bulb goes out. Apart from the warning message on the instrument panel, you will be left without a good light source when you are driving in reverse, which can cause even more troubles backing up or maneuvering in your driveway at night since visibility is reduced and other drivers may not be able to see you are about to reverse your car.

Replacing your BMW E90 Reverse Bulb is a simple process and you could even upgrade to a LED reverse bulb in the process. Let’s have a look at some reverse bulbs

Replacement Reverse Light Bulbs for BMW E90/E91/E92/E93

BMW E90 LED Reverse Light Bulbs (Pack of two)

Quick Overview

  • Bright LED replacement for factory bulbs
  • 6000K color temperature for a bright white light
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • CAN-bus error free built-in driver ensures no dash codes
  • 3x as bright as comparable halogens

Manufactured by Auxito, this product is designed by the highest standards and using modern LED technology. This means that this reverse light bulb is more durable and produces a brighter light than the OEM piece.

The official source claims up to 300% improvement over the stock item, which is essential. You want to have maximum visibility when driving in reverse, especially in pitch dark or when it’s raining.

The package includes two LED bulbs, 6W per bulb, 12-16V Wide voltage, 500Ma current, which means they perfectly replace the factory-provided bulbs. It also has 6000K clear white light, which looks modern and dramatically improves visibility.

921 912 W16W LED Reverse Light Bulbs for E90 3 Series

Quick Overview

  • High-power SMD LED chips to ensure a consistent light output
  • Improves side and rear-ward light spread
  • 6000K pure white color temperature
  • CAN-bus chips will not cause errors or lamp warnings
  • Plug-and-play installation

The LED replacement reverse light bulbs for BMW E90 3-series models are very popular, not just because they use less power and have a longer life, but also because they shine very brightly and are inexpensive.

Such is the product from the company called Last. It also comes in pair (for each tail light), and it is designed to be easily installed using the factory bulb jacks. This product is also engineered to provide the 6000K light power (clear white light), and it comes with MPL (Multiple Protection Load), which is basically a fuse to prevent it from burning out if the current becomes too extensive.

921TB Standard 921 Bulbs, 12V, 16W, 2 Pack

Quick Overview

  • Direct halogen bulb replacement
  • Standard miniature bulb for good light output
  • 3200K light color
  • 560H service life

Although the LED replacement reverse bulbs for BMW E90 are a very good option in terms of price, durability, and performance, some owners insist on having an OEM-style replacement.

Truth to be told, LED lights tend to look too bright, especially on the early E90/91/92/93 models, so incandescent bulb fans have a point. For that kind of owner, Hella prepared OEM-quality replacement bulbs which are available in twin packages. Those are top-of-the-line bulbs from brand name manufacturers and are quarantined to fit perfectly, and the car’s electric system will not report any errors.

Compatibility & Fitment

The bulbs listed above are guaranteed to work on all BMW E90/E91/E92/93 models made from December 2004 to October 2013. Compatible with sedans (E90), station wagons (E91), coupes (E92), and convertibles (E93).

Since the BMW used similar bulb sockets and tail light designs on several models, some products can be used on BMW 5-Series and X-Series models; however, we advise you to check before purchasing.

Additional considerations when replacing E90 3 Series reverse bulbs

BMW E90 Reverse Light Bulb Type

If you are unsure how to find a proper BMW E90 reverse bulb replacement, here are the factory specifications you should look for:

  • Type/Size: W16W, 921, 912 or also called T15
  • Wattage: 16W

Conventional Bulb vs. LED Bulb

Most modern cars have adopted LED technology but not that long ago, conventional, incandescent bulbs were the standard not just for tail light and interior lights but also for headlights.

The BMW E90 is one of those cars that feature this outdated technology from the factory. LED light upgrades are not only available for tail lights bulbs but also for indoor and courtesy door lights.

w16w 921 led bulb vs incandescent bulb
Incandescent bulb vs LED bulb

LED bulbs are generally much brighter, more durable, with a longer life expectancy than conventional incandescent bulbs. The price difference is almost marginal, and that is why people are turning to LED instead of incandescent bulbs.

Would LED Replacement Bulbs Bring Any Error Codes?

Replacing the original or OEM-style reverse light bulbs with LEDs is known to result in error codes since the car’s electrical system, designed for conventional parts, will not recognize the more modern LED unit. However, that happens with no-name brands and products of lesser quality.

If you purchase any of the replacement bulbs from our list, you can be sure that you will not have any error codes in your car’s system since all of those seats are equipped with CAN-BUS chips specially designed to prevent any errors.

How to Replace BMW E90/91/92/93 Reverse Light Bulbs

The great thing about buying a set of replacement reverse lights is that you need no tools and mechanical knowledge to successfully install them. Here is how:

  1. Remove grommets securing the trunk lid inner cover
  2. Remove trunk lid inner cover
  3. Locate the tail light bulb assembly
  4. Locate the reverse light bulb and turn it and remove it from the socket
  5. Install the replacement light bulb
  6. Check for correct functionality of the new bulb
  7. Reinstall the inner tail light bulb assembly
  8. Place the inner trunk lid cover and reinstall grommets

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