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Backup camera difficult to view at night

Hi everyone. When viewing the backup camera during the day I see vivid colors on the screen. However at night, the screen appears greyscale. I am unable to see any colors at night, which makes the backup camera basically useless. Is anyone experiencing this?

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Is the camera being blinded by the reverse light?
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I'd say that is the issue.
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There was another thread with a easy fix for this awhile back. I thought it was something like a small shield to block glare of light...............probably I'm wrong, thread was a few months back.
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Yeah I wired mine up with a relay that kills the power to the license plate light when the reverse lights come on.
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Yeah I wired mine up with a relay that kills the power to the license plate light when the reverse lights come on.
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I need to know how to do this, I think. It makes sense to me but I'm not sure how I'd go about doing it.
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Is it a CCD or a CMOS camera. CMOS is supposed to do better at night.
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I need to know how to do this, I think. It makes sense to me but I'm not sure how I'd go about doing it.
Need to wire a relay into the license plate light and the backup camera power wire.

When camera is energized (in reverse) positive power will activate the relay (86 and 85) this causes 30 and 87a to disconnect/open (license light will go out) until camera power is turned off.

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85 (coil) = ground - to chassis
30 (common) = cut and run either + or - wire going to license light
87a (normally closed) = run this wire back to opposite side wire coming from the light
87 (normally open) = not used


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Is it a CCD or a CMOS camera. CMOS is supposed to do better at night.
Pretty sure it's cmos.
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