Adding More Flare to Your Ride

Whether you drive an older vehicle or a brand new 2016 Ford F-150, there’s always room for customizing your ride to look a little different from the crowd. Using basic halogen fueled headlamps is fine for everyday use, but what if you want your vehicle to stand out a bit, either just for a special occasion or all the time? It’s possible to modify the front housing of your car’s headlights to accommodate LEDs or xenon lights with the proper customization knowledge. However, it’s also important to note that such modifications don’t come easily, and unless you have a large sum of money and patience, performing the steps required to install your new lights can be a very tedious, even impossible task in some situations. So before you start taking your car apart, you’ll want to be really sure that you want to invest the time and money required to start this complex project.

xenon_lights-24If you’ve looked around online for information about this topic, you may have come across talk of seemingly magical conversion kits that can perform your headlight modifications for you, quickly, simply, and effectively. Don’t be fooled though, these kits being sold by online users are often riddled with numerous problems that can lead to you ruining your ride . Typically, these kits only consist of xenon lights that have had their components modified to fit inside the lamp-holders that were specifically meant for halogen lights only. While this may not seem like a big deal at first, there are actually numerous problems involved with simply switching out your halogen lights to replace them with your new LEDs, which produce a lot more light than your original lights ever did. The first and biggest problem with doing this is that it’s illegal. That’s right, if you’re caught having done this kind of headlight modification and a police officer notices, you’ll be pulled over, ticketed, and possibly even arrested. But why is this the case, it’s just a simple change of lights? This is actually not the case, as once you’ve put your “magical” LED kit in place of your halogen lights, the lights no longer share the perfectly matched optical specifications of your old lights. This means that light will be leaking out of the holder with uneven dispersal, and, even in the case of kits that somehow manage to spread the light distribution evenly, there will be much more light emitted from your new xenon lamps that your original halogen ones. What does this mean? It means that your headlights will be extremely bright, and cause a huge amount of glare for other drivers on the road looking at your lights, which can be very hazardous to people’s safety.

So if using one of these easy kits isn’t the solution, what is? Well, now comes the difficult process that was mentioned early on, in other words, the actual process needed to install your new lights. First, you’ll have to actually purchase some headlamps, and you’ll likely want to do so from a large manufacturer that has certified credentials for their products. Next, you’ll need to have some technical knowledge and know how to apply it, by acquiring sensors that will interact with your light’s range control, control units themselves, a light washer unit for your headlamp, as well as plugs and cables to properly connect all of these modules. Now, you’ll need to actually install the lights by removing your original halogen lights along with their cables and plugs, and inserting the cables and plugs for your new LEDs instead. This is probably the most difficult step of the process, followed by checking to see if you need to reprogram the on-board electrical system.

xenon_headlights-136Does all of this sound like some kind of alien language to you? For most people, it will, which is why the installation of xenon lights is likely something you’ll want to avoid entirely, or seek out professional help with. Alternatively, you can check to see if any new car models have your desired lights installed and supported from the factory. After all, as cool as they look, LEDs are often installed incorrectly, and will likely wind up attracting the even brighter red and blue lights from police cars as they pull over the people violating the laws of the road.