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Old 12-24-2013, 05:52 AM
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CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

So I pretty much hated that the Amber parking lamps are always On with the head lights.
After some research I found that switching to single filament (ours are dual filament) would remove the parking lamps being on 24/7 with the headlights ON

So I bought some chrome single filament bulbs (the Ambers are ugly IMO) and I put them in and they work like a charm. The parking lamps only turn on when I use my turn signal. They are not on 24/7 with the headlights anymore.

The only negative thing was this particular bulbs light output. It wasn't very good compared to the stock bulbs but I can live with it.
For those that don't mind there Amber bulbs if you want to do this you can simply break 1 filament (strand of metal) off of your stock bulbs and it'll have the same effect.

I'm not responsible for any of your screw ups if you guys do lol. Just trying to help my fellow Jeep Garage friends out and saving us all money from not buying those ugly switch backs.

P.s sorry for the crappy phone pics, that's the best I got. Pics are of Stock vs Aftermarket, All with the head lights on. Happy Holidays!
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:47 AM
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Re: CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

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So I pretty much hated that the Amber parking lamps are always On with the head lights.
After some research I found that switching to single filament (ours are dual filament) would remove the parking lamps being on 24/7 with the headlights ON

So I bought some chrome single filament bulbs (the Ambers are ugly IMO) and I put them in and they work like a charm. The parking lamps only turn on when I use my turn signal. They are not on 24/7 with the headlights anymore.

The only negative thing was this particular bulbs light output. It wasn't very good compared to the stock bulbs but I can live with it.
For those that don't mind there Amber bulbs if you want to do this you can simply break 1 filament (strand of metal) off of your stock bulbs and it'll have the same effect.

I'm not responsible for any of your screw ups if you guys do lol. Just trying to help my fellow Jeep Garage friends out and saving us all money from not buying those ugly switch backs.

P.s sorry for the crappy phone pics, that's the best I got. Pics are all with the head lights on. Happy Holidays!
Wow that looks so much cleaner, can you tell me where you bought the new bulbs from? How hard was the actual swap?
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:55 AM
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Re: CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

hmmmm, this looks really clean! I'm going to have to do it
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Old 12-24-2013, 02:24 PM
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Re: CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

QUOTE=BANQue;949803]Wow that looks so much cleaner, can you tell me where you bought the new bulbs from? How hard was the actual swap?[/QUOTE]

7440 7443 wy21w chrome bulb tail light turn signal parking brake backup

^ That's the exact page I bought the bulb. If you want what I did, order bulb 7440 SINGLE Filament. And where it says choose color obviously Amber.

I'm going to warn you that since this bulb is chrome it doesn't even have half of the light output of the stock bulb, but it works for me.

The swap isn't hard. The passenger side is easy, you just need to undo 2 5/16 bolts holding the coolant tank. The drivers side is a bit tricky. Here's a thread I just found on a simple search, I'm sure you can find more threads yourself.

Halogen headlight bulb replacment guide


I will gladly answer any questions if anyone is curious about anything
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Re: CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

Why not simply use a white/clear 7443 bulb?

You would have white light for a 'marker' when the headlights are on and then a white turn signal, which I believe would not get you in trouble with the local law enforcement (if they are even paying attention).

OR, you could go to a 'switchback' LED bulb, but you would need a resistor on the flash circuit to prevent fast blink issues.

iJDMTOY Switchback LED For Turn Signal Lights and Parking Lights
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Re: CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

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Why not simply use a white/clear 7443 bulb?

You would have white light for a 'marker' when the headlights are on and then a white turn signal, which I believe would not get you in trouble with the local law enforcement (if they are even paying attention).

OR, you could go to a 'switchback' LED bulb, but you would need a resistor on the flash circuit to prevent fast blink issues.

iJDMTOY Switchback LED For Turn Signal Lights and Parking Lights
My point of this mod was to not have the "markers" on with the headlight, regardless of the color. This isn't a mod I put too much thought into, I like how it turned out, simple and cheap. I think the switch backs are expensive and cheesy, so I didn't want to go that route.
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Re: CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

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My point of this mod was to not have the "markers" on with the headlight, regardless of the color. This isn't a mod I put too much thought into, I like how it turned out, simple and cheap. I think the switch backs are expensive and cheesy, so I didn't want to go that route.
I see.
I pointed out on a similar thread that you could have simply tested the wires on the light socket and pulled the connector for the marker light.

7443 (and 3057/3157) lights have 3 conductors. 1 for ground, 1 for marker, and 1 for turn/brake (depending on which end of the vehicle it's on). Use a volt meter to figure out which wire is the marker and then use a pick to slide the connector out of the plastic plug.

But your method works too.
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Re: CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

I actually like having the amber in the front, it adds contrast to the front end. Sometimes having too much of the same color can make things look 'dull' IMO.
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I see.
I pointed out on a similar thread that you could have simply tested the wires on the light socket and pulled the connector for the marker light.

7443 (and 3057/3157) lights have 3 conductors. 1 for ground, 1 for marker, and 1 for turn/brake (depending on which end of the vehicle it's on). Use a volt meter to figure out which wire is the marker and then use a pick to slide the connector out of the plastic plug.

But your method works too.

Todd you idea is more complicated than just swapping to a 7440 bulb. Pulling the wire would require you to tape up the lead because it would energized


If you had a bi-xenon equipped JGC you could move the park light wire up to the middle position of the DRL plug and get the SRT/Euro white running/park light. I did this mod and swapped in a CREE led 3157 bulb to truly get white light. So I still have a parklight but now only the turnsignal occupies the amber bulb function.

I really did this because I have euro headlight and wanted them to be authentic but any bi-xenon headlight can move the wire. I am actually helping someone to do this mod.
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Re: CHEAP Mod To Your Front Parking Lamps! (signals)

Personally, I've been planning on getting the dual color switchback LED bulbs from Superbirghtleds. They had one listed last summer but they didn't have it for sale yet. It looks like they now have stock.

7443 Switchback LED Bulb - Dual Intensity 60 SMD LED Tower | S series | Specialty & Automotive | Universal LED Bulb Finder | Super Bright LEDs

It does look like a resistor may be needed. But I can't find what size for the front. I used a 6ohm 50w for the rear tail lights. Superbrightleds lists a 25ohm 25w for front turn signals, but they don't list by vehicle application.
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Personally, I've been planning on getting the dual color switchback LED bulbs from Superbirghtleds. They had one listed last summer but they didn't have it for sale yet. It looks like they now have stock.

7443 Switchback LED Bulb - Dual Intensity 60 SMD LED Tower | S series | Specialty & Automotive | Universal LED Bulb Finder | Super Bright LEDs

It does look like a resistor may be needed. But I can't find what size for the front. I used a 6ohm 50w for the rear tail lights. Superbrightleds lists a 25ohm 25w for front turn signals, but they don't list by vehicle application.
Switchbacks will definitely look awesome. As for the resistors most guys usually use 6ohm for taillights and 3ohm for front turn signals, but I'm not sure on our wk2s. Hopefully someone can chime in if they know.
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