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Old 02-20-2009, 05:27 AM   #1
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I am looking at a Ford Edge to replace my 07 Vue. For Edge owners how have you set up your lights? I think some use magnetic light on top. Won't work on the Limited I am looking at no metal on top, has vista roof, glass. Still haven't closed the deal yet but getting close.
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Old 02-20-2009, 11:14 AM   #2
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I'd recommend using diodes to power the existing lamps.
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:30 PM   #3
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So would I. A friend has an 07 Edge and that's what he did.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:05 PM   #4
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Do you know who made the diode kits?
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Another alternative would be to use the extra lights that you mount in the toad's rear light housing. That is what I did with my 2007 Ford Focus (I know -- different car) and by doing that, I did not disturbe any of the car's electrical system. Several companies (including Road Master, etc) put out these light kits and they are not that hard to install.
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Old 02-21-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
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Do you know who made the diode kits?
Blue Ox. Here is a link to their website.

One reason I don't like the auxiliary light kits that David mentions above, is that the light bulb mounts into the existing tail light in a position which is not optimum for the internal reflector design, which reflects the light back out thru the red lens. End result, in some installations, the auxiliary lights are not very bright.

This is why I like using the existing electrical system and installing the diode kits. Your stop/turn lights will be as bright as the OEM.
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I've had my share of Fords and have used the add-a-bulb kit from Blue Ox in a 2002 Focus and then in a 2004 Explorer. Ford tailight housings generally have room to drill the hole for the added bulb socket.

That said, I recently got a 2008 Explorer and used the Roadmaster diodes. I've also recently wired a friend's PT Cruiser with the diodes. Diodes are the way to go. The Roadmaster diode pack has the wiring schematic and instructions that make it pretty clear how to do it with no problems.
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With all due respect to other posters, I disagree on the diode route. I tried diodes on my toad and ended up jerking them out. I went to the individual bulb route and had a much better response. Reason? One must remember that regardless to whether or not itís a diode pack or individual diode from say a Radio Shack, diodes will have a .7 volts drop across them. Should wiring between diodes and master unit (motor home if that be the case) become a bit shaky and have more of a drop in voltage at the diodes, thatís providing less voltage to the bulbs and said illumination will be less. Thatís why I went from diodes to individual bulb mounted in the rear light housing. Rear tail lights illumination with diodes just seem to be much less then what I liked. Iím more then satisfied going this way.

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if you have enough room, maybe you can convert to led lamps. then voltage drop would not be a problem.
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I did a couple things to my Edge.
1. Made a light bar with LED lights to clamp to the roof rack.
2. Made a plate to fit behind the license plate that has 4" round LED brake lights and Amber turn signals on either side of the license plate.

Total cost was about $100.00 for the lights (I had the Aluminum extrusion and wires from other projects and machined the clamps and brackets using other stock I had stored away).

All are wired directly to the Alpine, which has seperate tail/stop and signal lights.

I have a schematic and can provide the sources for the lights if interested.
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