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Old 06-16-2005, 07:37 PM   #1
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Hiya! I'm re-wiring my Hella FF1000 driving lights, and am currently stuck. I'm wondering if:

1. it's okay to use the parking light wire as a switched ground instead of the low-beam wire
2. uh, which one is the parking light wire? I can see which ones are the turn signal wires [green and black] but I can't figure out which wire goes to the parking lights in the driver's side headlight assembly

I've searched on this for a while, but haven't come up with anything. Any ideas, oh wise and powerful electrical gurus?
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:29 PM   #2
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Hiya! I'm re-wiring my Hella FF1000 driving lights, and am currently stuck. I'm wondering if:

1. it's okay to use the parking light wire as a switched ground instead of the low-beam wire
2. uh, which one is the parking light wire? I can see which ones are the turn signal wires [green and black] but I can't figure out which wire goes to the parking lights in the driver's side headlight assembly

I've searched on this for a while, but haven't come up with anything. Any ideas, oh wise and powerful electrical gurus?
1. Are you asking if it's ok to use parking light to control the Hella relay (that provides power to the driving lights)? Sure, if you like the idea of being able to run the driving lites with only parking lites on, and the driving lites working regardless of hi/lo beam actuation. Note: most states want your driving lites to actuate only with high beams.

2. Off the top of my head, I don't recall the parking light color. Just look at rear of headlamp assy, locate the parking light bulb, and there you go!
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Old 06-16-2005, 08:39 PM   #3
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1. Are you asking if it's ok to use parking light to control the Hella relay (that provides power to the driving lights)? Sure, if you like the idea of being able to run the driving lites with only parking lites on, and the driving lites working regardless of hi/lo beam actuation. Note: most states want your driving lites to actuate only with high beams.
Hmmm. When you put it that way, perhaps I'll just use the low-beam ground instead. Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2005, 09:27 PM   #4
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That would result in:
1. No driving lites with "parking lites only" on.
2. Driving lites usable when low beams are on.
3. Driving lites go off when you got to high beams.

Personally, I have mine wired to work off the parking lites...I once got stuck on a long cross country run at nite, and I've wired aux lites this way ever since (to allow them to work in any position, if low beams get hosed somehow). I don't reside in a state that conducts vehicle inspections.

If you run those Hella's with decent gauge wire (I like 12, others vary) end-to-end, with direct battery service via relay, you'll be very impressed with their output. I've got the little FF50's, and they put my low beams to shame.
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:00 AM   #5
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Yep, even the small driving lamps when properly wired will be brighter than your high beams. I had a set of Hella 530s and they were pretty bright.
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Old 06-17-2005, 02:02 AM   #6
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That would result in:
1. No driving lites with "parking lites only" on.
2. Driving lites usable when low beams are on.
3. Driving lites go off when you got to high beams.

Personally, I have mine wired to work off the parking lites...I once got stuck on a long cross country run at nite, and I've wired aux lites this way ever since (to allow them to work in any position, if low beams get hosed somehow).
I'm going to have to flip-flop a bit on this. I can aim the driving lights so that they focus tightly on the road ahead instead of being in other drivers' eyes, which is optimal for the vast majority of the highways in my part of the world. The highbeams are pretty high and wide, which is good for roadside critter detection, but they totally blind oncoming traffic. I think I'll try using the parking light as the tap, and if it sucks or I drain my battery, I'll re-wire it to the low-beam switched ground.
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I don't reside in a state that conducts vehicle inspections.
There are no provincial lighting inspections in Alberta, so I can put sharks with frickin' laser beams on my hood if I want.
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If you run those Hella's with decent gauge wire (I like 12, others vary) end-to-end, with direct battery service via relay, you'll be very impressed with their output. I've got the little FF50's, and they put my low beams to shame.
I'm using the wire that came with the Hellas, which appears to be 14 gauge. It's definitely thicker than the stock fog wiring, which appears to be 16 or 18 gauge. If/when I go to 100W bulbs, I'll defintely switch to 12 gauge.

Thanks for the help folks! I'll post again when it's all done and working.
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:46 AM   #7
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I'm going to have to flip-flop a bit on this. I can aim the driving lights so that they focus tightly on the road ahead instead of being in other drivers' eyes, which is optimal for the vast majority of the highways in my part of the world. The highbeams are pretty high and wide, which is good for roadside critter detection, but they totally blind oncoming traffic. I think I'll try using the parking light as the tap, and if it sucks or I drain my battery, I'll re-wire it to the low-beam switched ground.
No matter how you aim your driving lights they will still blind oncoming traffic. Why would you get driving lights just to point them down on the road. You need fog lights. What you are doing is back asswards.
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I had driving lamps (Hella 500s) replacing my foglamps on my car for a while in the OEM positions. I had them aimed low enough to not blind anyone in front of me. The top of the beams were no higher than my regular headlamp lowbeams at like 75 feet away. However, being that low, they really didn't let me see any further... What made them useful though was putting yellow bulbs in them which let me see the road easily in rainy weather which would washout my regular headlamps. I sometimes miss having them on my car (i switched to foglamps instead since i find the periphereal light alot more useful on road rallies).
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Hiya! I'm re-wiring my Hella FF1000 driving lights, and am currently stuck. I'm wondering if:

1. it's okay to use the parking light wire as a switched ground instead of the low-beam wire
2. uh, which one is the parking light wire? I can see which ones are the turn signal wires [green and black] but I can't figure out which wire goes to the parking lights in the driver's side headlight assembly
The parking light wire is orange, no stripe. Take a look at this other
current thread, it has a link to more info :

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=779528

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Old 06-18-2005, 01:39 AM   #10
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The parking light wire is orange, no stripe. Take a look at this other
current thread, it has a link to more info :

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=779528
Actually, I tapped into the parking light wire at the headlight. It is the yellow wire with a red stripe that is clipped in 2" above the main headlight wire. The other two wires are [1] black, and [2] black with green stripe. For whatever reason, the wire changes from yellow/red to red/green as it goes across the socket. So now the driving lights are on whenever the stock fog switch is depressed and any of parking/low/high beams are on. I've got them aimed straight out right now, but will aim them down if they are in folks' faces - I havent been flashed yet. I used a laser level to aim them. It really is like having a second set of high beams. Simply marvellous.
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