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Skip the Mechanic and Save Money: How to Install Extra Driving Lights Yourself

You did your research, looked for the discounts, assessed ownership costs, and bought your new car without spending a fortune. The problem is, the smartest buy in vehicles is lacking in lighting. 

Did you know that the minimum height for your vehicle’s headlights is 2 feet? Or that the maximum is 4.5 feet? There are many regulations when it comes to the lights you install on your vehicle. 

So how about installing some additional driving lights? Use this guide to brighten up your path. 

Pick Your Lights 

You will need to decide what type of lights you want to use. Do you want flooding spread out light or a spot beam type of light? 

The higher the wattage of the light you choose, the brighter the light will be. Then you need to think about whether you want halogen, LED, or HID. 

Halogens are going to be expensive. HIDs are going to give you the brightest of light options. LED bulb will last the longest. You can learn more about your buying options by looking at the different kits that are available to you. 

Choose the Location 

Before you go randomly selecting a location on your vehicle, check with your state’s regulations. Many states have restrictions on where you can place running lights. 

A common regulation you will find is that lights must be mounted in pairs. Because of this, most running lights are sold in pairs. 

Most people choose to put their additional running lights on the front bumper or the roof. 

How to Install 

Before you start any electrical work on your vehicle, you should always disconnect the battery. Next, you will install the switch that controls your new lights in your dash. 

You don’t have to do this. You do have the option of buying a set of lights that have a switch directly on them. Or you could wire your lights in the existing wiring for your lights. 

Relay Switch 

You will need to install a relay switch in the engine bay. You don’t want to wire your lights directly to the power source. Try not to mount it next to high heat as that will damage it. 

Once installed, make sure it’s grounded. Run a wire from the relay to a bolt on the body of the vehicle. 

Mount the Lights 

Now that you have your wiring in place you are ready to mount your lights. Most lights will require a bracket or harness, so if your lights didn’t come with one, you’ll need to buy that separate. 

If your lights require drilling be sure to do some weatherproofing. Otherwise, you’ll have a leak problem before you know it. 

Install Your Driving Lights

As you can see, installing additional lights isn’t a complicated process. You just need to do a little due diligence before you get started. 

Make sure you buy the right type of driving lights and install them in a legal manner. Then you can confidently cruise down a better lit road.  

Now that you have some sweet new running lights, how about taking a look at those insurance premiums. We have 5 tips to help you reduce your insurance costs