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Charles Coushaine, Punta Gorda, Florida
Daytime Running Lights and Sweeping LED Blinkers
2001 Ford F350
2012 Chalet DS116RB
To make my truck more visible and safer, I installed some daytime running lights with sweeping LED blinkers.
My truck being a 2001 Ford F-350, it did not have any constant-on front lighting which new cars and trucks call daytime running lights. To complicate matters even further, I usually carry a large scooter on my front hitch which blocks some of my forward lighting.
I had already added some auxiliary driving lights, but noticed that my front blinkers were also compromised or blocked by the scooter.
So, after searching for a solution, I came up with the perfect flexible LED strips that provided both a nice white daytime running light coupled with amber sweeping LED blinkers. I mounted them up high on the top bar of my brush guard and voila – a spectacular looking and functioning solution to both problems.
I purchased a specialty set of 24-inch LED strips with built-in electronics. These strips, when the truck is powered on, turn white (for the daytime running lights). When the blinker is activated, the white LEDs turn off and a set of amber LEDs sweep from one end to the other making a very distinctive display of your turning direction.
Above: The details of the modification are shown in my video
As shown in the above video, the first thing I did was add extensions to the LED wires to be able to reach the fuse box in my truck.
Next I replaced the adhesive tape on the back of the LED strip with a much better 3M VHB permanent tape.
Then, I mounted the strips to the underside of the top bar of my brush guard. I mounted it there to get the maximum height to get visibility above the scooter I carry.
I then carefully wired the white LEDs to come on when the key was turned on, and the blinker wires to the front blinkers. I was very careful to route the wires inside flexible cable conduit to keep them protected.
I also did lots of testing throughout the build to make sure my wiring was correct to the proper fuses.
I have driven many miles with this new lighting enhancement and it is spectacular! The white daytime running lights are on as soon as I power the truck on, and the blinkers sweep either left or right from the center depending on which way I am turning. I feel very confident that my visibility has been greatly increased and am very happy with this modification!
It took me eight hours to complete this modification and cost me $75. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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