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post #1 of 27 Old 01-29-2011, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Run high beams with low beams?

Not sure if this is a thread already but does anyone on here know if you can bypass your low beams shutting off when you turn on your highs? Would like to have my highs and lows run at the same time when Im doing mountain driving and no one is around. Thanks, any help is appreciated!


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The biggest issue with doing this is heat. The bulbs themselves are not designed to have that kind of heat put out all the time. Since both the high and low elements are in the same bulb in these designs, it builds a ton of heat. You will see more burnt out bulbs for sure. Some will say the wiring isn't designed for it either, but they are run on completely different circuits, so thats no big deal.

That being said, they're are diagrams out there to run your fogs with the high beams, so I'm sure there are diagrams to run all 3 at the same time.

Do you have fog lights? I found that running them with the high beams offers quite a bit of light in front of the truck depending on how everything is aimed (not aimed up at all to prevent blinding people...)

I see you also have a bull bar...ever considered putting driving lights on it?
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Its called Brite box.

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The biggest issue with doing this is heat. The bulbs themselves are not designed to have that kind of heat put out all the time. Since both the high and low elements are in the same bulb in these designs, it builds a ton of heat. You will see more burnt out bulbs for sure. Some will say the wiring isn't designed for it either, but they are run on completely different circuits, so thats no big deal.

That being said, they're are diagrams out there to run your fogs with the high beams, so I'm sure there are diagrams to run all 3 at the same time.

Do you have fog lights? I found that running them with the high beams offers quite a bit of light in front of the truck depending on how everything is aimed (not aimed up at all to prevent blinding people...)

I see you also have a bull bar...ever considered putting driving lights on it?

I have projector light housings and I am running hids. I run 8k for low and 6k for high beam that make any difference? Or still the heat issue?


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I have projector light housings and I am running hids. I run 8k for low and 6k for high beam that make any difference? Or still the heat issue?
Nope, if you have 2 separate bulbs, you should be fine. The box that the other guy posted up is what you need...
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Cool thanks guys! Now just got to shop around to see if I can find a better price.


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Also I read something about using a diode to bypass the low beam relay so they stay on anyone know anything about this?


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Also I read something about using a diode to bypass the low beam relay so they stay on anyone know anything about this?
I've never read about that, but there has to be a way to avoid buyin an $80 box if you don't mind doin a little work...
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I have projector light housings and I am running hids. I run 8k for low and 6k for high beam that make any difference? Or still the heat issue?
How do you have the two separate bulbs mounted? Is it a certain projector housing that you bought? How bright are they compared to stock? I'm wanting to do HID's soon.

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