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dim headlights on my ’05’ are killing me! help please.


the headlights on my 2005 pickup have been driving me nuts for the last 2 years! a candle sheds more light than these things! it didn’t really bother me too much until this year as i have been doing a lot more night-time, winter driving. they are so bad that i actually have to use the oncoming traffics headlights or the traffic behind me to light up the roads enough to see the lines!

i had the stock headlights from 2005 still in my truck and i thought maybe i could upgrade those suckers and that would fix me up…… i installed brand new phillips x-tremes and it made absolutely no difference. i also added a britebox which made no difference at all other than to give a little more light when my highs are turned on (only because it lets the low beams stay on as well). today i went out and bough 2 brand new optima red top 850 cca batteries plus cleaned all my battery posts to look like new and my headlights are still too dim.

my truck only has 115,000kms on it and the headlight housings are not yellowed or pitted so this is not a housing issue…. it is a headlight brightness issue and i don’t know what else i can do to improve them? they are nowhere near as bright as they were when they were new.

any help here would be greatly appreciated.

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are they dim all the time or or flicker are any other lights bad?

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the head light’s on these truck’s were poor at best. i have been looking into hid light kit’s myself. i think you will find that most ppl dont like these light’s.

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originally posted by 2006lariat

the head light’s on these truck’s were poor at best. i have been looking into hid light kit’s myself. i think you will find that most ppl dont like these light’s.

on my 06 i love em, i think they are 10x’s brighter then the ones on my 01 dodge 2500.

i have been looking into hids myself. a guy at work just has hid fogs..and they are bright.

i would want my fogs and headlights to be hids but i think that would be blinding to other drivers.

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sounds like a trip to the eye doctor is in order.

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originally posted by 95psdieselp

are they dim all the time or or flicker are any other lights bad?

yes they are dim all of the time and there is no flickering. no other lights are bad at all. there are no bad grounds either.

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originally posted by 2006powerstroke90

on my 06 i love em, i think they are 10x’s brighter then the ones on my 01 dodge 2500.

i have been looking into hids myself. a guy at work just has hid fogs..and they are bright.

i would want my fogs and headlights to be hids but i think that would be blinding to other drivers.

your normal headlights are fairly bright on your ’06’? you should have the same exact housing/bulbs that i do in my ’05’….. there must be something wrong with a power lead or something in my pickup. i am going to try jumping direct from my battery to a headlight tomorrow and see if that makes a difference…. if it does, it has to be something in the circuit thats resisting the full delivery of power.

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my headlight’s must have something wrong. if there is a vehicle behind me, i can see the shadow of my truck, in front of my truck. all the 05-07 truck’s i have been in were the same, and the ppl that drove them had the same complaint as me.

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try adjusting them up or down slightly. for me well i just have to drive with glasses at night so i can see.

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tap into the low beam power and ground just behind the bulb (as near as you can get) turn the lights on and touch the jumpers to the proper battery terminal on the battery and see if they brighten up. if so, you found the culprit, or at least know which way to go. power and ground may be ok checking with a meter, and problem only shows under load. being the bulbs are new, if the jumpers do nothing i agree with cheezit. dim headlights on my '05' are killing me! help please. - ford truck enthusiasts forums.

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originally posted by 2006powerstroke90

…….hid’s

i had full hid’s on my vette and yeah they are great when they work right! but that car came equipped with hid lowbeams and didn’t blind everyone on the highway.

our trucks utilize a solenoid system to move the hid bulb back and forth in the housing when switching between high and low beam and i have heard a million stories (and seen it once) about that solenoid malfunctioning and leaving one lamp in the high position and one in the low position….. not to mention i have seen first hand that aftermarket hid’s do not always light when they are turned on. every once and awhile my friends (plural) vehicles will only have one side that works…. then they have to turn them both off, wait awhile and then hope they both turn on the second time. it can be a lot of $$$ for something that only
writings 80% of the time.

hid’s are also illegal here if your vehicle did not come equipped with them and i would rather not **** of the feds and give them reason to pull me over for something silly like a headlight fine….. bad enough we get ticketed for not wearing seatbelts which i believe should be up to the driver behind the wheel!

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i just installed a britebox on my ’05 a week ago and — oh!! whatta difference! dim headlights on my '05' are killing me! help please. - ford truck enthusiasts forums

i think they may even be brighter than having held the lights in the “high flash” position. if so, then the ‘direct to battery’ connection is making a big difference.

i also installed the (factory) fog lamp wiring kit and now i seem to have plenty of light.

on my #1 upfitter switch, i installed a pair of auxilliary 4537 lamps. these are great for when you are running solo at night on an open road.

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originally posted by 220kf250

i just installed a britebox on my ’05 a week ago and — oh!! whatta difference! dim headlights on my '05' are killing me! help please. - ford truck enthusiasts forums

i think they may even be brighter than having held the lights in the “high flash” position. if so, then the ‘direct to battery’ connection is making a big difference.

i also installed the (factory) fog lamp wiring kit and now i seem to have plenty of light.

on my #1 upfitter switch, i installed a pair of auxilliary 4537 lamps. these are great for when you are running solo at night on an open road.

are you saying you did both….. the britebox as well as the new wiring harness that gives power direct from the battery? i was told that would burn out the bulbs fast? if this what you did and it’s working for you please let me know.

i put in a britebox as well but all that did was improve the lighting if the highbeams were on at night (because it keeps lowbrams on as well).

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just an idea. i had a toyota pu that had the same problem on one headlight. turned out to be the relay was bad.

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