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Best Blacked Out Looks for FORD F150 Trucks

A picture of one of the blacked out headlights on a new Ford F150.

Understated is the new bold, and nothing will give you that cool, subdued, understated look like blacked-out lights on your FORD F150 pickup truck. RECON has you — and your lights — covered. We have custom-fitted blacked-out and smoked-out LED projector headlights and taillights for old and new FORD F150 trucks.

The Hottest New Trend in Truck Lights

The popular FORD F150s headlights and taillights are consistent with their paint and window tint. Unless you drive around in a red and white FORD F150 with paint that blends seamlessly with your stock lights, you’re probably not going to be able to create a look around white headlights and red taillights. It’s time for a RECON upgrade.

Enter Projector Headlights

One nice thing about owning a FORD F150 in modern times is that you have the opportunity to replace its stock headlights with LED projector lights. Projector headlights have a few significant advantages over reflector headlights:

  • They are massively brighter.
  • They don’t blind other drivers (even though they’re more brilliant).
  • The light is more consistent.
  • They have many cool blacked-out and smoked-out looks that can remain legal because the light is so much brighter.

Because projector headlights are brighter, the blacked-out and smoked-out covers don’t really affect the light output when they’re on. When they’re off, your FORD F-150 truck has black or gray headlights, depending on which one you pick.

Why You Want Black-Out Tailights

So, the term “black-out” doesn’t correctly apply to taillights. Taillights can be dark red, smokey red, or like most taillights, just plain red. You don’t see black taillights for several reasons, but the two most important are safety and legality. Unlike projector headlights, taillights can’t be so bright that they blind the other driver, but they also can’t be so dim that the drivers behind you can’t see them. Additionally, all states have some law that requires your tail lights to be red. That means the closest you can get to black taillights is dark red. But on a FORD F-150, they look amazing, particularly when you pair them with blacked-out or smoked-out headlights.

Top Smoked and Black Headlights and Tail Lights

As you’ve come to expect, RECON has a full array of blacked-out and smoked-out FORD F150 headlights and taillights for newer and older model trucks. We also have great options for GMC, CHEVY, and other model trucks, but we’re going to stay focused on FORD F150. Here are some of the products that we have for your FORD F150 pickup:

Black and Smoked Projector Headlights

For a full list of RECON projector headlights for FORD, click here.

Dark Red and Smoked LED Taillights

For a complete list of RECON LED taillights for FORD, click here.

Why RECON’s Black Headlights and Tail Lights Are the Way to Go

With a complete stock of FORD F-150 black and smoked projector headlights and dark-red and smoked taillights spanning ‘04 to current model years, RECON has the light conversion kits that you need for your F-150. RECON’s limited warranty and friendly return policy mean that if you order the wrong part, or you can tell that it’s not going to make your truck look rad, you can return the parts in their original packaging. And if you shop around, you’ll find that our prices beat or compete with any competitors — especially retail operations.

State Laws Affecting Truck Lighting

The last thing you want is to buy and install new headlights or taillights and start getting equipment violation tickets every time you take your FORD F-150 out for a spin. While most cops appreciate a tricked-out truck, they may still draw the line regarding unlawful equipment. The good news is that the projector lights and tail lights that RECON sells are currently street legal in all fifty states. Projector lights are brighter than conventional reflector lights, even with the blacked-out or smoked-out surface, which is why they’re so popular. You may achieve a similar look with headlight covers, but they are not usually legal at night. That means you have to take them off once dusk settles, and who has time for that? The same thing is true with taillight covers. Our LED taillights, however, are street legal since they shine bright red when activated. The lights are complicit with state laws, but check your state’s motor vehicle compliance laws if you’re still unsure. You’ll find they usually read something like this: “An object, material, or covering that alters the headlamp’s light color, may not be placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied over a headlamp.” Our projector headlights and LED taillights are not designed to skirt around the law. They are fully compliant with state laws.

Frequently Asked Questions About Black-Out Lights

Many of the FORD F150 owners who shop RECON have the same questions you do. If you don’t see your question here, contact us today!

What Are Some of the Advantages of Projector Lights?

The main advantage is safety. Because projector lights are brighter, they can help you see better and further at night. From an aesthetic viewpoint, because the smokey or black effects don’t impede the projector lights, the brighter lights allow you to drive with them at night legally. Also, LED bulbs have low heat, a low draw on your battery if you leave them on without the engine running, and they last for years. They may even outlive your FORD F-150, but that’s a tough call.

Can Blacked-out or Smoked-out LED Projector Lights Get Me in Trouble With the Law?

In most states, it’s illegal to put covers over your headlights for night driving. Our products are smoked-out or blacked-out without the use of detachable filters. More importantly, the light is brighter than halogen reflector lights. You should be fine, but if the laws change, we’ll let you know.

Why Aren’t Taillights Available in Black?

All states have laws requiring taillights and brake lights to be red, which is why they’re standard on all U.S. vehicles. Our dark-red LED taillights are as dark as they can be without crossing the line.

What If I Don’t Like the Lights When I Get Them?

RECON stands by all of our products, and lights are no exception. If you receive a product that you don’t care for, you can return it in its packaging for a refund minus a 20 percent shelving fee. Understandably, we can’t accept the return of used items.

Is It Difficult to Install Headlights or Tail Lights?

Our headlight and taillight products are fitted for your F-150 and use the existing wiring. In most cases, all you need is a screwdriver to uninstall your current lights and install the replacements. Always follow the instructions, and if you feel overwhelmed when you’re reading them, don’t be afraid to take your F-150 to the shop.


RECON is America’s top online aftermarket parts dealer for FORD F-150 and other trucks. Shop RECON with the confidence of knowing that you will get the parts you ordered from a company that stands by its name at a competitive price. Light up your FORD F150 by GETTING LIT with RECON today!

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Installing The Best LED Truck Bed Lights

installing the best led truck bed lightsLED truck bed lights can not only take your truck to the next level in style, but it is also highly functional. Bed lights are required in most states to legally operate your truck, but often the factor installed cargo lights are not always up to the task. This is particularly true if you are carrying a load and the lights are obscured. Read on to learn more about the benefits of installing the best LED truck bed lights. Continue reading Installing The Best LED Truck Bed Lights

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Properly Adjusting Your Truck’s Projector Headlight Aim

Front view of headlight beams in the distant at night on a dark road.

As a truck owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle is in excellent condition. You can do simple things, such as checking whether the tires have sufficient air pressure, the brakes’ function properly, and the cleanliness of the oil and filter for good engine health. Another crucial thing is to ensure proper headlight aim. Continue reading Properly Adjusting Your Truck’s Projector Headlight Aim

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Interior and Exterior Truck Lighting Ideas

Close up picture of one cool looking headlight on a white SUV.

If you’re looking for truck lighting ideas to give your ride a major upgrade, you’re in the right spot. Whether you’re looking for truck exterior lighting ideas or truck interior lighting ideas, there are endless ways to customize your truck with aftermarket parts and accessories to create a look that’s entirely unique. Continue reading Interior and Exterior Truck Lighting Ideas

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The Benefits of LED Lights

Front view of a dark colored GMC pickup trick with bright LED headlights.

A common question we hear from fellow truck and SUV drivers here at RECON is regarding the benefits of LED lights. As a truck lover, you want the very best parts for your vehicle. From the major things like projector headlights down to the smallest details such as LED replacement bulbs, you want products that offer superior function and provide optimum style. LED lights benefits check off both of these boxes and the best news is that you can use them in a wide variety of your truck’s lighting components. Continue reading The Benefits of LED Lights

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Off Road Lights for Trucks and Jeeps

Black Jeep at the head of a rainy off-road trail.

No matter what model truck or SUV you drive, adding off-road headlights is essential for those times you go off the beaten path. Whether you’re hunting, fishing, mudding, driving through the desert or to your favorite camping spot, it can get dark out there. RECON makes sure that you stay lit, adding both style and functionality to your truck with the best selection of off road lights.

Off road lights offer high performance, which is crucial, as driving through wooded areas and terrain with no lights can be dangerous. You need all the visibility you can get and you need your light installation to stand up to impact from branches, sand, debris, and water. Continue reading Off Road Lights for Trucks and Jeeps

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How Do Projector Headlights Work?

White pick-up truck with aftermarket projector headlights installed.

While rising in popularity among drivers and auto manufacturers, many individuals wonder how do projector headlights work? Projector headlights are a newer type of installation compared to their reflector headlight counterpart. While reflector headlight installations have been present on vehicles for many decades, widespread use of projector headlights first came about in luxury vehicles of the 1980s. Now, drivers of all vehicles, including trucks and SUVs, are choosing to make the upgrade. However, it’s common for consumers to have questions, particularly when doing work on their vehicles themselves. Many individuals want to know how to adjust projector headlights and how to aim projector headlights, as well as what type of lightbulb is best suited for the installation. Continue reading How Do Projector Headlights Work?

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How Long Do HID Bulbs Last And Other Facts

GMC pick-up truck with HID headlights

Two of the most common questions our technical support representatives hear at RECON are regarding “how long do HID bulbs last?” and “why are HID bulbs so expensive?” It is true that HID light bulbs are more expensive than their traditional halogen counterparts, however, they are well worth the investment. HID light bulbs are more technologically advanced, being a newer type of bulb to the market. They pose many benefits for drivers, last longer than traditional headlight bulbs, and offer superior function. HID headlight bulbs are quickly becoming the lighting option of choice for truck lovers everywhere. Continue reading How Long Do HID Bulbs Last And Other Facts

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How to Get Moisture Out of Your Headlights

get rid of moisture in your headlight

Finding moisture in headlights is frustrating, especially when you don’t know the source. Most truck owners, at one time or another, will find themselves looking up “how to get moisture out of headlights.” It’s a common problem, and one that can be costly to repair if it isn’t correctly addressed. When it comes to getting rid of the condensation that builds up in your headlights, prevention should be the first line of defense. There are steps that you can take to rid your headlights of water, and then ensure that it stays away for good. Continue reading How to Get Moisture Out of Your Headlights

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How to Install LED Rock Lights

Pick-up truck with LED rock lights

Learning how to install LED rock lights doesn’t have to be complicated. And when you buy from RECON we give you everything you need for a successful installation, including wiring, hardware, and gaskets for a 4 piece kit.  LED rock lights add an unbeatable element of “wow” to your truck. Once you pick the color you’re looking for and buy your brand new set of LED rock lights, installation is the next step. You can get up and running in a matter of minutes and be ready to put on a show with your new jaw-dropping display. Continue reading How to Install LED Rock Lights

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Most Popular LED Lighting Upgrades for Ford Truck Owners in Florida

truck upgrades in florida

If you’re a lover of trucks in Florida or looking for Ford truck upgrades, LED lighting is the perfect place to start. Aftermarket LED light upgrades provide you with many benefits, in addition to looking awesome. By selecting a variety of different parts, you can create a look that stands out like no other truck on the road.

Here at RECON, the options are limitless. Projector headlights, LED tail lights, 3rd brake lights, bed lights, puddle lights, and more. There is no LED aftermarket truck light that you can’t find. Available in a variety of styles and colors, our Ford truck upgrades give you a distinct appearance.

Check out some of the most popular LED lighting upgrades for trucks in Florida below, and get some ideas for how to customize your ride. Continue reading Most Popular LED Lighting Upgrades for Ford Truck Owners in Florida

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The Most Popular Types of Trucks in Texas

texas trucks

For all the Texas truck lovers out there, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular trucks in Texas. Not only that, but there are some great ways that you can customize your truck to be sure you stand out from the crowd. It’s no secret that trucks in Texas are extremely popular. RECON truck accessories provide the opportunity to help make your vehicle look even more rugged, more robust, and cooler than ever, so yours looks unique. Continue reading The Most Popular Types of Trucks in Texas

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Top Inexpensive Ways to Customize Your Jeep

Red Jeep with custom parts.

Looking to customize your Jeep with inexpensive jeep mods? There are simple upgrades you can make that will give your Jeep a completely re-vamped, powerful, rugged look. After you customize your Jeep, you’ll be ready to hit the road- or dirt- in style. We’ve compiled a list of the top ways you can modify your Jeep that won’t break the bank. Continue reading Top Inexpensive Ways to Customize Your Jeep

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The Top Tips for Maintaining Your Truck

Well maintained white pickup truck.

Once you’ve customized your truck using the best aftermarket parts and lights, you’ll want to know the best truck maintenance tips to keep your vehicle in prime condition. Keeping your truck properly maintained does more than just ensuring that it looks its best at all times, but it will help you save money in the long-run.

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Choosing the Best Custom Tail Lights for Your Truck

Rear view of red pickup truck with custom tail lights.

When choosing the best aftermarket, custom tail lights for your truck, there are many options to consider. Not only can you select custom tail lights, but you can opt to purchase tailgate light bars, custom brake lights, truck bed light kits, and illuminated license plate kits. The options to customize your truck with aftermarket tail lights and accessories are endless. With all the parts available, you can design a one-of-a-kind truck that is truly yours.

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Are My Truck’s Tinted Tail Lights Legal?

Back view of row of pickup trucks showing legal tail lights.

When having aftermarket truck tail lights installed on your truck, the last thing you want to worry about is getting a ticket for them in the future. Tinted tail lights have become extremely popular in recent years, due to their sleek and modern look. But are tinted tail lights legal? It depends.

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Do My Truck’s LED or HID Headlights Blind Other Drivers?

Truck LED headlights close up.

The question many drivers have is whether or not their aftermarket truck headlights blind other drivers. If you’ve recently installed HID and LED headlights, you know that they’re much brighter compared to the traditional halogen bulbs. So are they blinding to other drivers on the road?

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The Ultimate Guide: LED Headlights vs. HID Headlights

hid vs led headlights

Halogen light bulbs come stock on most trucks and vehicles, though they often aren’t the best option for drivers. As technology has progressed, better lighting options have been developed that offer a wide range of benefits to consumers. RECON offers options for all aftermarket headlights, helping drivers choose the part that best suits their needs.

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The Lifespan and Installation Process of LED Truck Headlights

Man standing next to newly installed LED truck headlights.

There are many benefits to installing LED headlight bulbs on your truck, and RECON offers more than ten different models to meet the unique needs of your lifestyle and vehicle. The greatest benefit to installing LED truck headlights is the brighter output of the bulbs, as well as their long lifespan.

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How to Easily Change Your Truck’s Headlight Bulbs

Blue pickup truck in front of mountains

If you’re looking to easily change your truck’s headlight bulbs, whether you’re replacing halogen, HID, or LED lights, it can be a simple process if you follow these steps. There are several items you’ll want to make sure you have before you get started. Make sure you have a clear workspace away from any street traffic or potential hazards. Never attempt to change your headlight bulbs if it’s raining or in a wet environment, since you’ll be working with electrical components. Safety always comes first.

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Replacing Halogen Headlights: Everything You Should Know

Two trucks in need of halogen headlight replacement

If you’re looking to replace your halogen headlights with LED or HID bulbs, there are a few things you should know before you get started. The popularity of LED and HID headlights as aftermarket truck parts has continued to rise in recent years, due to certain advantages that they have over the conventional halogen option.

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Foggy Headlights: Common Causes and Best Restoration Methods

Foggy headlights being cleaned properly

Whether you have halogen, LED, or HID lights, sooner or later every truck owner is going to struggle with foggy, hazy headlights. It’s a fact of aging, and nothing stays new forever, but it’s something that needs to be addressed. 

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