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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby TheSylntChamber » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:24 am

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TheSylntChamber wrote:That's what I was thinking. He says they are from a 92-95 Civic, but they look like CRX ones (except the crx has a green plug [from the ones I've seen]). Who knows, waiting for him to confirm what car they are from.


I'll have to look for my old pair and compare them. They def look like stock Crx harnesses.


Found out they were socket from his 92-95 EDM corner lights he bought. Said it came with the harness. So I guess either the EDM corners are different or whoever he bought the lights for stuck some 88-91 lights in there.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby yesirthegeneralhf » Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:34 pm

i did this but i juss tapped into the blinker in my corner lights ^_^ works the same
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby jtkc » Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:30 am

yesirthegeneralhf wrote:i did this but i juss tapped into the blinker in my corner lights ^_^ works the same


not to re-iterate. So you just spliced in a lead to your bumper lenses from your corner light.?
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Baker » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:21 am

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yesirthegeneralhf wrote:i did this but i juss tapped into the blinker in my corner lights ^_^ works the same


not to re-iterate. So you just spliced in a lead to your bumper lenses from your corner light.?


Yes, it's very simple, as it says in the original posts:
jfrolang wrote:There are 3 wires on the 1157 sockets, and you only have two wires on the stock bumper lights. Ground goes to ground, and you're going to tap into the front bulb of the corner socket for the third wire.

An 1157 bulb, for those uninformed, has a "bright" and a "dim" side. The factory bumper light hot wire goes to the bright side of the 1157. You just have to twist the wires together temporary like to see which is which, before finalizing the connections. The wire you pulled down from the corner lights will go to the dim side of the 1157.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby jtkc » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:23 am

man am i off my game. i knew i should have drank more coffee before reading and replying
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Baker » Mon Jan 25, 2010 11:41 am

Successfully did mine last year. I used 96-00 Civic corner light sockets.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby yesirthegeneralhf » Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:51 am

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these arnt the factory bumper lights i took some from this trailer kit i had lying around so it wouldnt be as bright
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby jtkc » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:31 am

cool! looks good man.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby jfrolang » Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:52 am

yesirthegeneralhf wrote:these arnt the factory bumper lights i took some from this trailer kit i had lying around so it wouldnt be as bright

That's why I recommend converting to an 1157 bulb to do this; you get the slightly dimmer running light while retaining full brightness with the turn signal. Another minor thing, if all you're doing is relocating or duplicating the rear bulb of the corner lights, you lose that alternating bumper/corner signal when the lights are on.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby yesirthegeneralhf » Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:28 am

ooo when i bought my car it didnt even come with the wiring to the bumper lights thats why i juss used my own wires :P
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby TheSylntChamber » Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:38 pm

Here's a quick video of what they look like while turn signal is on. Sorry for the bad quality, but you get the idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qenTcXRVzho
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby 3llon » Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:26 am

:-)b I did this mod early this morning..looks better now :D
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Jee-F » Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:28 am

Wow ive been waiting to do this for so long, the one day i actually had time and wanted to do it, i lost one of the pigtails, got many of them now and havent found time to do it!
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Greyfin » Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:33 am

Anyone have a video clip of the end result in action?

Is it possible to do this with a 1.6-16 which has single filament headlights?
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Baker » Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:36 am

Greyfin wrote:Is it possible to do this with a 1.6-16 which has single filament headlights?


You can do this to ANY CRX.
This has nothing to do with your headlights.
You're using a different bulb socket with the bumper lights and tapping into the constant running corner light.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Greyfin » Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:52 am

Oooooeee, very simple indeed.

And the bumper light stays on, and when indicating it blinks?

Is there no bad side effects like the bumperlights might not be able to withstand the heat of a bulb being on all the time?

Can't wait to do this, when my bumper light eventually arrives!
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Baker » Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:01 am

Greyfin wrote:Oooooeee, very simple indeed.

And the bumper light stays on, and when indicating it blinks?


Yes.
You use the running light/turn signal socket from later model Civics ('92 to at least '00), since the turn signal and running light are the same, they use a dual filament bulb. You're just using a different type of bulb socket.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Syphen » Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:08 pm

Looks sharp.. Going to check some junk yards.. wish I still had my eg that my wife crashed. It sat in my backyard for a year before going to a scrapyard.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby stillsohc » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:07 am

i did this with some DA tail light sockets i had laying around. only took me like 20 mins. lovely mod!
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby 90sexyrexy » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:08 pm

If you go to honda and buy the sockets there is no wire connected to it. Its just the socket and I can't find any egs if spent a few weekends looking for one so how would you connect the wires straight to the socket? Or any other ideas?
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Baker » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:57 am

90sexyrexy wrote:Or any other ideas?


This socket/harness combo was used on MANY 90's Hondas corner lights and tail lights. 92-00 Civic corner light socket harness will work.
Basically any harness that will fit onto that socket that used one dual filament bulb for signaling/running light.
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby JeffWilliamsUSA » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:54 pm

ok .. just finished this and wanted to add some info from what i discovered.

First off, if your gonna try to determine which wire is ground with a multi-meter,
forget it .. :shock: lol .. i tried and after getting a ground reading on both connections ( 3 times ) i examined the schematic and found that .. even IF you are on the 12v+ connection for the lamp, that lamp is connected to the next lamps 12v+ ** WHICH in TURN is CONNECTED TO THE GROUND ** .. so .. you'll get a ground reading on every connection unless you take out all your lamps ..

Theoretically, all the lamps could be hooked up backwards.
BUT , since this circuit we are adding "shares" a ground. We have to be sure it's actually connected in the right way.
Here are the wire colors you'll need to pay attention to.
RED/BLK is the 12v+ on the front most corner light ( the one that stays on )
That is the only wire you need to cut / splice in the corner .. i did this last.
The bumper light socket wires are BLK for ground & GRN/BLUE & GRN/Yellow for 12v+.
I connected the bright circuit for the turn signal first and tested that, then
I ran the single wire up to the corner light for the additional filament in the lamp.

Solder and heatshrink everything, properly ground it all .. your good to go .. :-)b

ALSO: i wanted to add that .. a relay could be added to each side that would turn the running light off when the blinker was activated.
This way you'd have the best of both worlds .. ;)
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby crboom » Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:29 am

I did this to one side today (all I had time for before I had to go to work). Upon getting all the wires twisted together I checked to make sure everything worked before finalizing all the connections. I found that everything that I did works fine, but the bulb that I didn't mess with was blown for some reason (rear bulb in the corner lens). This was working before I started. The side I was messing with is blinking rapidly, got some new 194 bulbs, and even then it's not lighting up. When I turn my hazards on both sides blink stock speed. Is there some fuse that goes to just that socket? :?: Want to try and figure this out before i go to the other side and possibly mess it up as well.

Any ideas?
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby crboom » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:44 pm

Bulb works fine, tried it on the other side. Put my DMM in the socket and turn the blinker on and i get a reading.. no idea what's going on here. Fuses are all fine. All other lights work fine. Disconnected batteries and put back together and nothing "reset". pressed the prongs in the socket together for a tighter fit, nada. Not throwing a code. I'm out of ideas.

Car is on, blinker going the whole time, battery voltage is sitting 14.7
No headlights on reading in the socket is .45
accessory lights on reading jumped up to 4.8 then slowly dropped down to 1.5
turned driving lights on and stayed at 1.5

What could be causing such low power?
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Re: How To: Turn your bumper lights into running lights

Postby Vxyooj93 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:37 pm

I have a question would this be the same process for the 94-97 accord cd5/cd6 because i also got the 92-95 civic turning light connector with the three pigtail and i connected black to black green to green and red to red and it turns on but doesnt signal.
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