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LBL 06-22-2013 01:17 AM

Park Lights
I changed my park lights/ turn signal light bulbs on my 59 Ford to LED's and found that for some reason, both sides flash when either side turn signals are used. If I leave the running lights on, the signal lights work properly so I want to wire my running lights to come on when ever the car is running. I have an electronic flasher so that's not the problem, anyways, I like the idea of having running lights so I am wondering what would be the proper way to hook up my park lights to operate when ever the car is running and sitlii be able to use them as turn signals ?

LBL 06-22-2013 06:07 AM

Can I run a wire from my ign. side of my ignition switch to the lights and then leave the rest of the wiring as it is because there are 2 circuits in the bulbs, one for running and one for turn signals. I think I may have just answered my own question .

vicrod 06-22-2013 07:55 PM

DRL's have been required in Canada for new cars for several years now. I think it's a good idea.
As you said, connect a wire from ignition ON wire to the front park lights. But you need to disconnect the existing park light wire.
Now the front park lights will only light with ignition ON. If that's not to your liking, you may want to consider a completely separate light fixture for the DRLs.
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LBL 06-22-2013 10:06 PM

I never thought about removing the existing power to the bulbs but I can see that being required ..>Thanks for that

vicrod 06-23-2013 03:38 PM

Just so everybody understands. The ignition ON and the park light systems must be kept separate. If not the systems will conflict such as the park lights will power the ignition system etc.


LBL 07-19-2013 12:58 PM

That went easier than I thought it would. I lifted the wire for the park lights off the light switch and changed ends so I could put it on the switched on side of the ign switch and they work perfectly. Thanks Vic .

vicrod 07-19-2013 07:39 PM

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There is another thing that may become an issue if the front lights use a dual filament bulb.
When the (DRLs) are on and you use the turn signals, sometimes the front turn signals are not visible in daylight.
There is a easy way to wire this so that the DRLs go off when the turn signals are is use.
This is done with a time delay relay OFF delay. The DRL circuit is routed through the normally closed contacts.
This TDR will be triggered when the turn signals are flashing but the relay will maintain the contacts open for the OFF time (3 seconds) of the turn signals. Then re-trigger when the turn signal flashes ON again.
When the turn signal cancels the TDR times out and closes the contacts, thus lighting the DRLs.
(2) TDR can be used, one for each side. Or a single TDR can be used but blocking diodes are need in the trigger circuit to separate the left and the right turn signals.


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