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How to Upgrade Headlights & Fog Lights on Pickup Trucks (F-150, Silverado, RAM 1500, Tacoma)

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Despite their big price tags, fancy features and powerful engines, most of the new trucks on the market today still come with the same old lighting technology found in their predecessors since the 90’s - halogen headlights and fog lights.

Some of the popular trucks can be purchased with factory LED or HID lighting right from the dealership but that will cost at least a few thousand dollars, an option the average driver passes on.

Another option is to buy aftermarket LED or HID headlight assemblies, what is commonly called a headlight retrofit, but that can be just as expensive as getting the upgrade right from the dealership when taking installation costs into account.

The good news for those that own pickup trucks is that you can upgrade your halogen headlights to LED or HID for only a few hundred bucks using what is called a headlight conversion kit.

As some of the most popular vehicles in North America, pickup truck owners contact us everyday looking to improve their visibility on the road without having to spend thousands of dollars at the dealership or buying new headlight assemblies.

If this sounds like you, keep on reading!

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Upgrading Headlights and Fog Lights on Pickup Trucks

LED and HID headlight conversion kits are available for virtually every truck, including the Ford F-Series, Chevy Silverados, RAMs, Tacomas, Tundras, Sierras, and more.

Headlight conversion kits are the number one way to upgrade from halogen to LED or HID headlights quickly, cost-efficiently and without the need of a professional to install them. They are the perfect solution for trucks with factory halogen headlight and fog light bulbs.

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By converting your halogen headlight system to LED or HID, you can increase your light output and visibility up to threefold while having bulbs that last up to five times longer than your regular halogen bulbs.

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How do LED & HID Headlight Conversion Kits Work For Pickup Trucks?

Headlight and fog light conversion kits for trucks are a lot more simple than people imagine them to be.

Many truck owners believe these kits require rewiring their assemblies, drilling holes, splicing wires, and/or upgrading their fuse box. This could not be further from reality.

In fact, these kits essentially include a pair of bulbs and one or two Plug & Play accessories that help “convert” your halogen system to LED/HID and connect to your truck’s factory power supply.

LED Headlights & Fog Lights Conversion Kit For Trucks

LED headlight conversion kits are as simple as it gets. These kits consist of a pair of bulbs. The bulbs have an integrated LED driver, which helps regulate the power flow while ensuring your truck’s CANBUS system accepts the LED bulbs just like halogens.

The bulb will slip in your truck’s headlight/fog light housing (just like your normal halogen bulb) and will plug directly to your car’s power harness (just like your normal halogen bulb).

Depending on how easy or difficult it is to access your truck’s headlights, you can completely transform your truck’s light output in as little as 20 minutes, simply magical!

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HID Headlights & Fog Lights Conversion Kit For Trucks

HID conversion kits are just as simple as LEDs except that they have a few extra components that require some very easy assembly prior to installation. Besides the two HID bulbs, these kits will come with ballasts and igniters, which plug right into each other as easily as LEGO.

The ballasts and igniters will control the flow of power from the vehicle and communicate with the CANBUS system to ensure the truck accepts the bulbs like halogens.

Like LED bulbs, Xenon HIDs will fit in your truck’s headlight/fog light housing and will plug directly to your car’s power harness, just like your existing halogen bulb.

Depending on how easy it is to access your truck’s headlights, you can install these bulbs in as little as 30 minutes.

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Should I get LED or HID headlights for my pickup truck?

Now that you understand just how awesome, easy and effective converting your headlights to LED or HID is, you are probably wondering which of the two technologies is best for your truck.

The answer to this famous question is simple. For reflector-style headlight assemblies, both LEDs and HIDs will work extremely well and will be a significant improvement over halogens, but LEDs will be better, brighter, longer-lasting and easier to install.

For projector-style headlight assemblies, HIDs is the undisputed winner since LEDs do not light up very well in projectors.

For headlights with a hybrid reflector-projector assembly, the low beam is traditionally the projector and the high beam is the reflector. For these, we recommend going with HIDs for the low beam (projectors) and LEDs in the high beams.

To learn more on these topics, visit our LED vs Xenon HID Guide and our Projector vs Reflector Headlight Guide.

Picking The Right Conversion Kit For my Truck

Headlight bulbs come in a variety of different sizes and shapes, commonly known as bulb sizes. Buying the right bulb size for your specific truck is crucial since any other bulb size will simply not fit your assembly or plug to the power supply.

At XenonPro, we’ve made finding the right bulb size for your truck extremely simple using our Vehicle Bulb Finder. Simply enter the year, make and model of your truck and we’ll automatically display the exact bulb sizes needed for your low beams, high beams and fog lights.

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Visit our guide on finding the correct headlight conversion kit for your vehicle to learn more on how to find out your truck’s bulb sizes.

Key takeaways

  • Upgrading your truck’s headlights and fog lights does not need to be expensive
  • LED & HID headlight bulbs will significantly increase your truck’s light output
  • Headlight conversion kits are inexpensive and very easy to install
  • Conversion kits will plug directly into your car - easy Plug & Play

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