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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-30-2013, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lately, I have been seeing F150's driving around with their head lights off and only running with the parking lights on. I'm guessing these are 2013 or 2014 models. Is there a way I can do this to my 2012 FX4?

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I think any of the HID equipped F150's are equipped with parking lights as daytime runners, I know mine has it.

I've even seen some Goat brand trucks with HID's that run the parking lights.

Memory serves, I think someone on here talked about how the HID's can't operate at the daytime running light voltage, so you have to go with something else ?

No idea how you would do it for a truck with regular halogen headlights, probably something fairly easy I'm guessing ??

I'm sure Travis has the answer, but he seems to be hit and miss these days, much like everyone else on this site....or not on this site as it were. lol
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My 2000 F150 was just a resistor ? I think it was behind the front bumper area unplugged it and no more daytime runners just had to flip the headlight switch to parking lights when driving.



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My 2000 F150 was just a resistor ? I think it was behind the front bumper area unplugged it and no more daytime runners just had to flip the headlight switch to parking lights when driving.
I know for sure that's how it works on 04-08 trucks. I'm sure it can be figured out.

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The F150's with just the parking lights on are the HID equipped ones most likely.. However it isn't the parking lamp side. it's the bright signal side.

No. It's done through the programming of the BCM.. The BCM is programmed and knows they have hids so the DRL's power the front signal side of the bulbs.

I don't have access to the wiring diagrams for the 2013's . but if the 2012 is like the 09-10 then the circuits for the front signal are interconnected to the rears. As for the 2013 which might not be, as the rear signals aren't powered during DRLs. so I would assume your 2012 would be the same as the 09-10 so the wiring would need to be isolated front to rear and a lot of headaches to complete.

Hence the reason why i added amber halos.

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Memory serves, I think someone on here talked about how the HID's can't operate at the daytime running light voltage, so you have to go with something else ?
So the DRL's are a really fast flickering of 12v's. they are on something like 3/4 of the time. which basically causes the bulbs to not fully power up.
in order to run HID's it is best to run a relay pack. as the relays will turns on with 8volts of power. so the relays stay on. They then grab power from the battery and supply full power to the ballasts. So the factory wiring is not loaded/overloaded by adding the hid system. It's only used to trigger the hid system.

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Thanks for the info Viper. So it sounds like I should put in the HID lights and maybe even the led strip that you see on most cars now.

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Coming from someone who has ran a couple different lights in my F150s. (09 and current 11). halogen, aftermarket upgraded halogen, hid bulbs in factory lights, aftermarket HID projector retrofit, and my current system which is upgraded 2013 OEM F150 HID projectors..

It depends on what you want to accomplish..
looks?
better lighting?
blinding on-coming traffic?
safety?

and finally.. budget?

best lighting option isn't cheap. i got used to one and then wanted more, wanted better, wanted safer.
hated people flashing me.
hated truckers flashing me after i passed them.
wanted more lighting width, to see the ditches incase of animals.
wanted better looks of the lights.

This all lead me to my current setup. with many steps in between, more research, more work, more experimenting.
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