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Has anyone successfully wire a 2 wire LED as a front 3 wire marker/blinker?

I do not mean in addition to your normal incandecent front markers, I mean AS your front markers/blinkers?

Right now I am getting irritated I figured I had a nice set of truck-lite 2 wire amber rounds and was going to replace my fronts. wired them with diodes and all that shit per a "normal" 3 to 2 wire conversion, added a resistor and tested them

and they work PERFECT.......only with the running lights on

running lights off the do weird shit, partly light the rear and cause the side markers (also led on the factory 2 wire) to blink

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Sorry if this is a stupid question, doc.

Running lights = parking lights or running lights = fog lights?

Sounds like a good idea. I just want to make sure we're on the same page.


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are your sides LEDS also?
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the pirate post method should work for ya Doc from what can tell. Never mind with the other.
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Sorry if this is a stupid question, doc.

Running lights = parking lights or running lights = fog lights?

Sounds like a good idea. I just want to make sure we're on the same page.
the front on the grill turn signal/marker lights

ya, I did the diode thing and it needs a resistor (to apply load) but its still all stupid I will pull it all and try again tomorrow.
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what do you have for side markers?
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what do you have for side markers?
LED on the factory wires.
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and you have all the resistors and diodes in the correct order on all four lights?
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and you have all the resistors and diodes in the correct order on all four lights?
only the grill lights are set up for blink/running the fender lights are only setup for running and use the factory wires with no nothing. They have been that way for a few years now.
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When I put driving lights in the original grill holes, I put a pair of amber LEDs in the grill below them as turn signals.
If I recall, I didnt do anything weird or difficult - but I honestly dont remember if I wired them as running lights or just blinkers - it was awhile back.


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Get a 1K linear potentiometer and hook it between the LED and the parking lamp power wire. Dial-up the pot until you get about 1/2 brightness or whatever you're happy with as a marker brightness.

Take the pot out of the circuit, meter the resistance, and use the closest value standard 10W resister. Then use the diode to feed the turn signal line into the circuit between the LED and the resistor. Like so:

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Get a 1K linear potentiometer and hook it between the LED and the parking lamp power wire. Dial-up the pot until you get about 1/2 brightness or whatever you're happy with as a marker brightness.

Take the pot out of the circuit, meter the resistance, and use the closest value standard 10W resister. Then use the diode to feed the turn signal line into the circuit between the LED and the resistor. Like so:

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Thats what I tried earlier and it also worked great when the marker lights were on, but once turned off the blinker did random crap. I may have put a diode in backwards but nothing went pop. I luckily found some 3 wire one before i set it on fire
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I'm thinking about replacing mine with LEDs. Probably not anytime soon, but I'll post how it turns out here.

I would do the Recon LEDs but $100+ is just insane.

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Can you draw a diagram of how you wired one of the LED's in? Did you just split the B+ side of the LED (one for marker and one for turn signal?) If so are you running resistors and diodes on both legs of the split? You don't want anything back feeding back through either wire.

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I got it working... I'll look when I get to a real computer on Monday.

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Please post a pic of how you guys wired yours. Lol so funny I cut up my grill today cuz I had a set of 2.5" clear LED's from Poison Spyder laying around. I got into the project but it started getting dark out so I ditched until tomorrow morning. I cut out the turn signal buckets so I could silicone the LED's into place. I was just curious how the 3 wires from the factory harness get wired up to the two LED wires. Thanks!


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Driver side has 2 white wires with a green stripe and a black wire. The passenger side has two white wires with an orange stripe and a black wire. Someone please help me recognize which wires go to what. Thanks!

I picked up resisters and diodes from radio shack. Just not sure which wires are parking lights and which is for the turn signals??

In the meantime I set the rubber light grommets in place with a set screw on each side then I used clear silicone around the bezels to affix the grommets in place. So far so good. Gonna look really good once I figure this wiring out.


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Success. I figured it out by the art of elimination. Now i can do it in about an hour if I had to, but "What a fucking pain in the ass that was!!!"




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Success. I figured it out by the art of elimination. Now i can do it in about an hour if I had to, but "What a fucking pain in the ass that was!!!"


NOW, where is your pic and explanation?
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Success. I figured it out by the art of elimination. Now i can do it in about an hour if I had to, but "What a fucking pain in the ass that was!!!"


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First go to Radio Shack and buy 2 IN4004 Rectifier Diods (PN 276-1103) and 1 560 Ohm 1/2 watt resistor (PN 271-1116) per side.

Driver side has 2 white wires with a green stripe and a black wire. The Passenger side has two white wires with an orange stripe and a black wire.


So the black wire off the LED is a ground and goes directly to the black factory wire. I soldered those two wires together.

Next you will have to solder a resistor then a diode in that order to the white LED wire coming off of the LED light. After that you then solder the white wire with the resistor & diode directly to the middle factory wire. The white middle wires that are next to the black wire go directly to the LED white wires with the resistor & diode.

Next you solder a resistor to the 3rd white wire and then bypass the contact point of where you soldered the middle wires together and go above the white wire and make a connection and connect to the same side of the LED that you connected the parking lamps to. The other side (the black side) of the LED goes to ground.

Test it out, then tape it up.


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First go to Radio Shack and buy 2 IN4004 Rectifier Diods (PN 276-1103) and 1 560 Ohm 1/2 watt resistor (PN 271-1116) per side.

Driver side has 2 white wires with a green stripe and a black wire. The Passenger side has two white wires with an orange stripe and a black wire.


So the black wire off the LED is a ground and goes directly to the black factory wire. I soldered those two wires together.

Next you will have to solder a resistor then a diode in that order to the white LED wire coming off of the LED light. After that you then solder the white wire with the resistor & diode directly to the middle factory wire. The white middle wires that are next to the black wire go directly to the LED white wires with the resistor & diode.

Next you solder a resistor to the 3rd white wire and then bypass the contact point of where you soldered the middle wires together and go above the white wire and make a connection and connect to the same side of the LED that you connected the parking lamps to. The other side (the black side) of the LED goes to ground.

Test it out, then tape it up.
Cool! I can paint a mental picture of it.
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Nice let me know how it goes...


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