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Old 04-16-2014, 11:19 AM   #1
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I purchased new headlights with LED halos and want to connect the halos to come on with Parking/Marker lights. Does anyone know where I can tap into the 12 volt wire for Parking/Marker lights some place near the headlights?
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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I tapped into the wire that is going to the current parking light in the headlights. It is right there. There are two wires going to that bulb (three counting the ground). One is the turn signal, and the other is the running light. I checked the current running through each wire, and took the one that was on with the headlights, as opposed to the one that had current with the turn signal. But a better option might be to find a source that is hot with the ignition, so that they always come on when the engine is running. I want to do that myself, but haven't taken the time yet.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:36 PM   #3
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On the front bumper harness (has two round connectors that plug it into the chassis harness above the gen) there is a white "SW-BPOS" wire. I'd check that to see if it is switched positive w/KeyOn.
Otherwise you are looking for something out of the main chassis harness or from the dash side that you can poke thru & run along w/the leads to the bumper (gen cap) harness.
IIWM&I was threading a new wire, I'd put a disconnect fitting at the same location as the two round 7-pin connectors so I could disconnect the gen cap harness fully in the future if needed.
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Thanks Mike. I checked the wire labeled SW BPOS and it is it only has .27 volts with ignition key ON. Do you see any other wires in the front bumper harness that are hot with the ignition ON?
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I found the hot wire for the parking lights and have the halos connected and working.

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Curious, just received my new LED/Halo headlights from SPECDTUNING and found the signal/marker light [amber] was set up for a single filament bayonet-style bulb [my 03 has a two-filament, blade bulb[combination marker and turn]]. Think my only solution is to use the old blade socket with an amber, two-filament bulb--hope they make such a thing. The old socket is not an exact fit for the new headlight buts its pretty close. Like Alpines, guess not all BMW E-39 lights are created equal????

PS--what is the concensus, are people hooking the LED/Halos to the marker lights? Based on install instruction from SpecD, the BMW solution has them connected to the driving lights????
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They do make an amber two-filament bulb. Pep Boys or any auto parts store should have them. I used an amber LED bulb, so the amber would not show when not lit.

And as I said before, I used the parking light circuit. I don't see a reason to use the driving light circuit. Ideal would be anything hot with the ignition if you want to take the time to run a wire from wherever. LED halos are low draw. If you had the fluorescent type halo, those would need much more current.
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