Let’s brighten things up.
LED lights are moving from the realm of strictly upper-end vehicles and show cars to the mainstream. And they’re moving quickly, spurred on by the automotive aftermarket entrepreneurs.
In this How-To, the team at Echomaster, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., shows a straightforward approach to installing LED DRL (daytime running lights) on a 2012 Ford Focus.
And though Echomaster uses its DRL system for this step-by-step install for this article, because other manufacturers offer LED DRLs, the company recommends that for any product questions or technical assistance you might need, always contact the supplier/manufacturer for specific information and assistance.
Let’s get started.
This installation will show the DRLs (daylight driving lights) being installed on a base model 2012 Focus.
Remove headlight assembly on both sides of cars. Remove the two bolts to remove and unplug the light.
Remove both air dam openings on each side – use a trim pry bar to remove. -¨NOTE: Be careful to not damage tabs.
Run the light harness under the black plastic cover at the front of the hood – this can be loosened by removing four screws – it doesn’t need to be removed. Follow the existing wire run that is already present. Feed both light plugs to the openings on the left and right sides.
The light harness should easily reach the driver and passenger side openings.
Place the light ECU under the headlight area on the driver-side of the car – there is an open area under the headlight. Connect the light and power harness to the ECU.
Connect the red wire with ring terminal to the existing ground screw on the driver side.
Locate Pin 12 in the driver headlight plug; cut this wire approximately 2″ from the plug.
Connect the blue wire from the power harness to the harness side of the wire, then solder and heat-shrink the connections. NOTE: Make sure to tape off the wire from the connector side to avoid a short.
On the passenger side, locate Pin 14 and cut the wire approximately 2″ from the connector. Tape off both sides of the wires just cut.
Locate Fuse 42 in the fuse panel next to the battery. Connect the black wire with “add a fuse” to this location.
Connect the new DRLs and insert into openings on bumper; they will snap in using the OE tabs.
Reconnect the headlight harness and install headlight assembly for -¨passenger and driver side.
After installation, check to see that the DRLs work properly: When the vehicle is running, they should be at full power; when the headlights are active they should dim by 50%.