Introduction: How to Install Ford Focus LED Daytime Running Lights

Seems like many cars nowadays are getting the OEM fit LED daytime running light treatment, where a simple installation gives the car an OEM look without having to pay the expensive factory sticker price. These OEM style LED daytime running lamps for the Ford Focus give the car a crisp, clean look and even has a feature to dim the headlights by 50%, just like the OEM LED daytime running lights you see on high end luxury cards like Mercedes Benz and Audi.

Step 1:

Remove driver side headlights. The driver side is closer to the battery when you have to tap the wires later.

Step 2:

Use a pry tool to pop out the plastic bezel and connect the LED daytime running light wires to the module box.

Step 3:

Replace with the LED daytime running lights and route the wires to the driver's side battery location.

Step 4:

Tap the wires: Black to ground and Red to ACC 12V+

Step 5:

Find the wire for the headlights and tap it to the blue wire. When the headlights are on, the LED daytime running lamps will reduce by 50%.

Step 6:

Test to make sure everything works and enjoy your new OEM Fit LED daytime running lights.

Comments

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cmoorman91 (author)2016-08-22

Nice installation guide, had a bit of issues with the wiring because of different DRL brands but I got that all figured out. Only one issue I have found. When the car is running, and headlights are on (at this time, the LEDs should dim and they do but), the LEDs seem to flicker. When I have the lights on and engine is off, it doesn't do this. Any solutions?

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cmoorman91 (author)cmoorman912016-08-26

UPDATE: I found another solution to fix this problem but not fully fix it, it's an alternative. I removed the splice connector off of the headlight wire and directly connected the red cord to the battery. I did some testing and it worked for me. Only downfall, it does not dim the DRLs(obviously) but they do not flicker while the engine is running anymore. I suppose another way to fix this would be to wire it to a switch to dim the DRLs instead but that would be kind of a pain. Hope this somewhat helps others with this issue.

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EvanH34 (author)cmoorman912016-09-13

Any idea's on how to fix this? Really starting to annoy me...

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gduke (author)2015-04-08

Same issue with my setup (same car, same lights). I lose about 1/2 of the radio stations I normally listen to. Once I unplug the positive side of the LED, the radio returns to normal. Any suggestions?

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focusss (author)gduke2015-06-17

have you found a solution use leds and radio without interferencing?

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xeoncy (author)focusss2016-08-17

Hi, take a look on my comment on top. hope it helps.

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buckshot15 (author)2015-07-21

Has anyone figured the reception problem out yet. I installed these on my car today and lost all my reception. Somebody please help !

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xeoncy (author)buckshot152016-08-17

Hi see my reply up. hope it helps

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xeoncy (author)2016-08-15

Hi all, to those having problem with the LED lights. it seems the problem is related with poor noise reduction on these (cheap) controllers. Thus wrapping the control box with aluminium foil and grounding it would reduce the generated EMF noise. This acts as a Faraday cage. Now you still need to add additional capacitor on the connection leads in order to reduce electrical noise injected in the electrical circuit. This acts as a line filter and needs to be in parallel of the electrical installation. An electrolytic 16V 1000mf should do fine. Also using ferrite bed in addition to the above could also help by wrapping the wires as a coil over it once or twice.

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buckshot15 (author)2015-07-22

Ok. About the reception problem, wrap the control box in metal paper ( metal tape that HVAC people use works nice ) and ground it. That helps about 60-65% .

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ilovejdmtoy (author)2015-04-09

You can try use a different ACC location and also try mount the module box at a different location too.

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buckshot15 (author)ilovejdmtoy2015-07-22

I tried different acc and still no luck ! Company tells me to wrap control box with metal paper and ground. Also put capacitors inline on positive and negative. Not sure about all that but will try.

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focusss (author)ilovejdmtoy2015-06-17

regarding this kind of leds, i found two types: one with reduced luminosity (-50%) when turned on the headlights, and other with constant luminosity, and also I don't know what wattage to choose (1, 0.5 or 14).

do you know which to choose???

thank you anticipated!

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focusss (author)2015-06-17

regarding this kind of leds, i found two types: one with reduced luminosity (-50%) when turned on the headlights, and other with constant luminosity, and also I don't know what wattage to choose (1, 0.5 or 14).

do you know which to choose???

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Focuslights (author)2015-03-21

I have installed the lights but now my radio does not pick up stations very well. All of the stations have static and as soon as I unhook the power to the light the radio works fine again. Any help on fixing this would be great.

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focusss (author)Focuslights2015-06-17

have you found a solution use leds and radio without interferencing?

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