Auxiliary lights are usually added to off-road vehicles to provide the driver with better visibility while traversing through challenging paths, especially during inclement weather and dark driving conditions. These lights, which are usually installed in the front bumper, on the roof, or in the rear, also make your ride more visible to other off-roaders. They're also important for your safety when you're doing any kind of work in the wilderness.
With all these advantages, it is just right that you keep your ride's bumper light set in good working condition. In case your off-road vehicle isn't equipped with one yet, you'd better do so before your next off-road adventure. Here are steps on how to install auxiliary bumper lights:
What you'll need:
- Drill bit
- Wire cutters
- Wire strippers
- Socket wrench set
- New bumper light set
Deciding on the bumper lights' mounting point
Step 1: Get the width of the bumper and mark its center. Check the bumper lights' label for the manufacturer's recommendation on how far apart the lights should be.
Step 2: If the label said that they should be installed more than one foot apart from each other, then you have to measure one foot or 1.5 feet from the center to both sides of the bumper. Mark the exact spots.
Drilling the mounting holes
Step 3: Position yourself in front of one of the marked spots and, with the drill and drill bit, create a hole in it. Do the same on the other marked spot to complete your bumper light mounting holes.
Installing the bumper lights
Step 4: Put one of the bumper lights on the hole you've created on the driver side of the bumper. If the light comes with a bolt, secure it in place by tightening the retaining bolt using a socket wrench. Do the same installation procedure for the remaining bumper light that will be installed on the other side of the bumper.
Running the wires
Step 5: Carefully run the wires along the back portion of your bumper, up into the engine bay. The black wire should be connected to a metal part on the engine or to the vehicle's frame while the red power wire must go into the passenger compartment and connected to a terminal of a 12-volt heavy-duty switch.
Step 6: You should also run a second wire from the second terminal of the switch up to the battery's positive terminal.
Testing the lights
Step 7: To find out if the bumper lights have been properly installed, turn on the heavy-duty switch. The newly installed lights should come on as well.
- Don't forget to put on safety eyewear before using power tools like the drill.
- Since you're installing a bumper light, which is an electrical component, make sure to disconnect the vehicle's negative battery cable to avoid electrical shocks.
- Before starting off with this DIY task, make sure that the bumper is clean. Even if you'll not be using adhesives, dirt or mud buildup can still hamper your installation process.