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Old Thu, Mar-03-2005, 09:40:00 AM   #21
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Does the wire bundle from the headlight switch go through the firewall? If so, couldn't you just wire the halos to the same wire on the other side instead?

No, the 12V parking light wire from the bundle doesn't go through the firewall. The headlight, high-beam, fog lamps, blinkers, and 6V parking light wire go through the firewall.
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So if I understand you correctly, you connect the halos to the switch in lieu of the parking lights themselves instead of in addition to? Otherwise if they are both connected your parking lights and the halos would be on at the same time and look rather silly, no?
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So if I understand you correctly, you connect the halos to the switch in lieu of the parking lights themselves instead of in addition to? Otherwise if they are both connected your parking lights and the halos would be on at the same time and look rather silly, no?

I'm not sure what you mean by "both," but the wire from the switch is the parking light wire. The Light Control Module distributes power to all of the lighting in the car. The light switch (LCM) is a convenient location to tap into vs. wiring a connection to the rear of the car. To Clarify, there is only one tap into the wire coming from the switch, which is the same thing as the parking light wire.
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Let me try to clarify my question - when you turn your headlight switch the the parking light position, do both the halos AND the parking lights come on? Or have you disconnected the parking lights from the box altogether?
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Let me try to clarify my question - when you turn your headlight switch the the parking light position, do both the halos AND the parking lights come on? Or have you disconnected the parking lights from the box altogether?
The parking light and the halos turn on at the same time. If I turn off the parking light, the halos turn off along with it. I did not disconnect the parking light at all. The trigger wire for the relay simply splices into the parking wire.
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Gotcha, thanks for clarifying

One more question, do you drive around with your parking lights on??
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Gotcha, thanks for clarifying

One more question, do you drive around with your parking lights on??

I don't drive with my parking lights on during the day-time. I leave my light switch on auto. This will turn on my halos with the headlights automatically. If I want people to see all my lighting (6000k headlights and 6000k fogs), I press my fog switch and that turns on all my lighting provided that my switch is set to auto.

Did you buy your halos yet? You might want to check this out...
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=58821
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You could do a real DYI and break the cold cathode out of a cold cathode lit PC fan...It's the same thing..you just have to find the bigger of the fans, not the 80mm one...That way you can pick whatever color you want...This one even has a little brother, that you might could find a home for :nixweiss: ..http://www.pccasegear.com/prod1901.htm
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Well there goes my plans! My instructions say to remove the parking light bulb and connect the wire to the positive side.

I guess I will run them with the driving lights.
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Well there goes my plans! My instructions say to remove the parking light bulb and connect the wire to the positive side.

I guess I will run them with the driving lights.
Noooo..that sounds ghetto..I hooked mine up to a red/white striped wire with yellow dots in the junction box on the drivers side of the car using a t-tap..It turns the Halos on anytime the running(daytime) lights are lit..It'll also stay on over 10 sec after shutting down the car..looks awesome when you walk away..you can even hit the high beams after shutting down to light them up as the walk away feature...Trust me...You can then go to the dealership and have them program the running lights off, that way during daytime..all that is lit is your halos..which are usually bright enough to be running lights...at least Phosphyre's are...looks nice
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