Review & Install Video
Hey guys, it's Sara with americantrucks.com and today we have a review and install of the Black Projector Headlights with LED Halos, fitting your '09 to '14 F-150s without the factory HIDs. These are perfect for the F-150 owner who's looking to upgrade their factory headlights and enjoys this blacked-out look with halo accents. These projector headlights feature black housings with clear lenses. Now, the projector headlight is an upgrade to the factory because it offers a more concentrated beam of light when compared to the factory reflector. These headlights are DOT-compliant and they also include these LED halos with additional accent lights and these LEDs are gonna last quite a bit longer than your factory bulbs. Coming in at around $325, these headlights are low to mid-range price-wise when compared to other headlights. And for your money, you are getting this black styling as well as the LED accents, you're getting quite a bit of bang for your buck. So as far as install goes, I'm giving this one a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. These headlights do feature a direct bolt up install but will require some wiring to power the LEDs. All in all, this can be done in approximately one hour.For this install, you will need an impact gun or a ratchet, an extension, a 10-millimeter socket, a trim panel removal tool to help the headlight come out of the front of your truck, a crimping and stripping tool, and a pair of needle-nose pliers. All right. So once the hood is popped, the first step in our uninstall is to remove the three bolts holding in our headlight. Using a 10-millimeter socket, remove the two bolts at the top. Using a 10-millimeter socket, and you may want an extension here, remove the third bolt on the inside of the headlight. At this point, you can grab the headlight and wiggle it straight out. Now, there are two metal clips back here, you may need to pull pretty hard to release them. Unplug all of the connectors. Repeat that process on the other side.All right. Now that we have our factory headlight uninstalled from the truck, we can check it out side by side with our new headlight. And as I mentioned before, the biggest difference is that instead of the reflector lens of the factory headlight, we have a projector style lens on this one. Now, this just means that the beam of light is gonna be more concentrated. It's gonna be brighter than your factory. In addition, this headlight features a black housing with a clear lens, which is gonna give your truck a nice blacked-out look to the front end. They finish it off with these nice LED halos and accents to really give it that updated look. All right. So with that said, let's jump back into our install.So before we can get our headlight installed on the truck, we do need to prep it a little bit using some of the components from our factory headlight. We're gonna wanna grab this large amber connector and transfer it over to our new headlight first. Be careful not to touch the bulb, you can definitely wear gloves if you'd like. There is a larger portion on this that has to line up with a larger cutout, so line up the proper tabs and twist it in. Next up, we're gonna do the smallest side bulb. Remove this one and transfer it over to our new headlight as well. This one also has one tab that's larger than the rest. Make sure it's lined up and then twist it in. Next up, we need to wire the LEDs for our headlights for both of the halos here and here as well as all of the accent lights that come down here. Now, for this demonstration, I'm just gonna wire all of these together. There's lots of different ways to wire these, but as long as you have power and ground to the halos and the accent LEDs, it's done properly. So go ahead and twist together both of these power wires for the halos as well as the two white power wires. These are for the other accent LEDs. Using a butt connector, attach these together and crimp it down and then just double-check that you have a good connection. Now we're gonna repeat that for all of the ground wires. Starting with the two smaller ground wires for the halos, twist these together. I wanna make sure since we are twisting so many wires together, there's a nice tight connection between them so that one doesn't pull out. Go ahead and twist these ground wires together as well. Slide on your connector and crimp it down. Now, as I said before, you're welcome to use butt connectors to solder these. So long as you're supplying power and ground, they will work. Now we're gonna repeat that process on the other headlight.All right. So the first thing is we're gonna plug in our power and our ground. Now, we're using vampire clips here. Again, as I said before, there's lots of different ways to wire these. So if you'd like to solder or use another method, you're welcome. Make sure you plug in your power wires, so the green and yellow wire and your ground wire is into the black and green or black and gray. Now, if you're not sure about this, you can definitely use a test light just to double-check. Plug in your large brown connector. Plug in this gray three-in connector to the one powering the new headlights and finally plug in the small gray connector that we used our vampire clips on. Line up your headlight and press backwards so the metal clips engage. Line up the bolts at the top of your headlight. Grab a 10-millimeter socket and tighten this down. Next up, install the bolt on the inside of your headlight. Grab a 10-millimeter socket and extension and tighten this down. Make sure you do the same thing on the other side.All right. So that's gonna do it for the review and install of our headlights. Remember for all things F-150, keep it at americantrucks.com.