I too would be interested in this mod. Thanks for any help you can offer.txwingnuts, please tell me how you did it (pictures are great also)!
I used a 30 amp relay from Radio Shack. If you have ever installed a relay you have four wires. The back of the relay package shows you where to make the connections on the relay.I too would be interested in this mod. Thanks for any help you can offer.
Do you mean fog lights or day time running lights? If you mean fog lights, this is what I am looking for, definitely need to put some light in that dark spot in front of the truck.I used a 30 amp relay from Radio Shack. If you have ever installed a relay you have four wires. The back of the relay package shows you where to make the connections on the relay.
3) Switch (connect to high beam positive wire with 3M connector)
4) Accessory (connect to driving light positive wire with 3M connector)
Hope this helps.
What this does is make the driving lights stay on any time the high beams are on. you cannot turn them off unless you add another switch on the #3 connection.
The driving lights will still function on low beam as before.
Using a relay as described is a way to keep the factory driving/fog lights from turning off when you go to high beam. Why would you need them to be off if you are using high beams? Kind of defeats the purpose of high beams.
Using the relay as described keeps the driving/fog lights on with high beams on, whether the headlight switch is pulled out or not for factory driving/fog lights.
You could also use this same method to keep the headlights on for daytime running lights, but usually they are 25% dimmer in a factory setup.
It is all wired under the hood, near one of the headlights. Does not need a switch to work. It's been working great for about three years now!
I live in Texas as well. Its a DOT issue, not a State issue. Fog lights have to be off when high beams are on. That is why they are wired that way from the factory on every vehicle sold in the US. You are also only allowed 4 lights shining forward on at a time according to DOT. This is likely why some turn off as well on cars which have 4 headlight bulbs burning when high beams are on. As for the State caring…I seriously doubt it. I was however pulled over about 3 years ago in a 2013 with HID kits in the headlights and fog lights. I was written a warning ticket out on I20 by Abilene for unapproved headlights. Some DPS officers simply have pet peeves…this was his. I know others who can't deal with window tint or lack of a car seat. I run with a bumper mounted 42" curved light bar when I'm in the sticks..which is quite often. I use it and the high beams. The light bar is fog on the outside and driving in the middle…plus my headlights and fogs are HID..I didm;t learn anything 3 years ago.Cobrajet,
I appreciate your point of view. I cannot locate any written requirement from DOT regulation driving light useage on non-commercial vehicles. Can you please show me where it is?
For safety sake, I have noticed that my factory driving lights NOTICEABLY shine wider and higher than the low or high beams. This provides more illumination for me on some of the dark roads I drive on near my home in east Texas.
I don’t feel that any officer would find fault with that, especially with all of the offroad-use-only driving lights I see being used on the road. At least my driving lights are factory installed. Plus, I DO lower my high beams for approaching traffic.
I did find that some states regulate the use of driving lights, but not all. If your state definitely will fail you for having the driving lights on with high beams, simply install a hidden toggle switch to keep them off during inspection.