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Old 07-01-2011, 08:38 AM   #11
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Tony, thank you so much for posting this detailed account of your install! My kit just arrived from PowerBulbs on Wednesday, and I am looking forward to tackling this project tomorrow morning! I pulled them out of the package to do a dry fit, and I am going to abandon the brackets, too, since the light units appear to fit just perfectly in the opening without them. Based on your experience, do you see any reason why you couldn't just use double-sided tape on the bottom instead of on both sides? Did you use any automotive-specific type of tape? I have some permanent 3M foam double-sided tape. Any reason why that might not work?

I believe if you connect the other wire to the parking light wire, they will shut off when the parking lights come on, but if you connect it to the low beam wire, they will stay on with the parking lights but go off with the low beams. With auto headlights, this would only make a difference if you manually turned on the parking lamps.

PowerBulbs also sent me those free sidelight bulbs. I tried to delete them from the order but couldn't. Are these the same bulb that could go in place of the amber parking lamp at the top of the headlight module (but would be clear obviously)?

Did you happen to identify the parking light and low beam wires (by color) on the headlight wire connector?
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:39 AM   #12
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Nice install! Do you have a link to where you got them from? Thanks
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instead of tape have you given any thought to silicone sealant? should hold it in place fine along with sealing up the hole around the light install blocking out air, water, bugs, dirt, etc.
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Nice install! Do you have a link to where you got them from? Thanks
Tony mentioned this in another thread.

http://www.powerbulbs.com/product_detail.asp?prod=162

The day I bought them, they were right at 180 USD. I received them about a week after I ordered.
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Tony mentioned this in another thread.

http://www.powerbulbs.com/product_detail.asp?prod=162

The day I bought them, they were right at 180 USD. I received them about a week after I ordered.

Nice! Thanks!
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Thanks for the write up Tony!
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:40 PM   #17
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Tony, thank you so much for posting this detailed account of your install! My kit just arrived from PowerBulbs on Wednesday, and I am looking forward to tackling this project tomorrow morning! I pulled them out of the package to do a dry fit, and I am going to abandon the brackets, too, since the light units appear to fit just perfectly in the opening without them. Based on your experience, do you see any reason why you couldn't just use double-sided tape on the bottom instead of on both sides? Did you use any automotive-specific type of tape? I have some permanent 3M foam double-sided tape. Any reason why that might not work?

I believe if you connect the other wire to the parking light wire, they will shut off when the parking lights come on, but if you connect it to the low beam wire, they will stay on with the parking lights but go off with the low beams. With auto headlights, this would only make a difference if you manually turned on the parking lamps.

PowerBulbs also sent me those free sidelight bulbs. I tried to delete them from the order but couldn't. Are these the same bulb that could go in place of the amber parking lamp at the top of the headlight module (but would be clear obviously)?

Did you happen to identify the parking light and low beam wires (by color) on the headlight wire connector?
I supposed you could use the tape on just one side if you wanted. I did both just to be sure. I was also worried about theft, and with both sides taped it would take a little longer for someone to pry them out. Yes, 3M double-sided tape should work, it doesn't have to be automotive specific as long as whatever size you have works.

I ditched the free bulbs.

As far as the parking/low beam wire, it would probably work best for me to use the low beam. I hardly ever use just the parking lights, and if I did I would want the DRLs to stay on. By hooking the wire up to the low beams I would be assured that any time the lights were on (when it's dark I assume) the DRLs would be off. I haven't identified the wires yet. This is on my list of things to do.

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instead of tape have you given any thought to silicone sealant? should hold it in place fine along with sealing up the hole around the light install blocking out air, water, bugs, dirt, etc.
I suppose one could do this if they were better at making a clean-looking seal with silicone than I am. I'm not, so I didn't. LOL I'm not a big fan of silicone to hold things in place. I use it extensively in audio installs though to fill up holes and stop air leaks. Tape seemed less messy and easier, for me.

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I'm pretty sold on this.
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After washing the Focus tonight I got unexpectedly inspired to hook up the orange wire from the DRL main unit to the low beams so they go off when the lights come on.

The yellow wire with the green stripe is the parking light wire.

The brown wire with the blueish/gray stripe is the low beam wire.

I simply tapped into the brown wire, used an inline 10A fuse, and electrical taped the connections and that was that. Works perfectly. When I turn on the parking lights the DRLs stay on, but when I activate the low beams (manually or on AUTO) the DRLs turn off.

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