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The Purpose of Truck Cab Lights

White pick-up truck with amber cab roof lights at night.

While they look awesome, many drivers don’t know cab lights‘ purpose. They are legally mandated on specific vehicles, and if you’re wondering whether or not you need them, finding yourself asking “What are cab lights for on a truck?” there is more to it than meets the eye.

At RECON, we sell premier LED cab roof lights for Ford trucks, Dodge Rams,  Chevy and GMC trucks, as well as the Hummer H2. Your truck may not meet the legal requirements to have cab lights installed by the manufacturer, which is where we come in. We have the best selection of aftermarket truck cab lights on the market, and they look way better than any OEM factory-installed part ever could.

Keep reading to learn more about cab lights’ purpose, and a quick bit about how to install truck cab lights at the end.

What Are Cab Lights for on a Truck?

Trucks over a certain size must have cab roof lights, as per the government. You frequently see them on large pick-up trucks, and tractor trailers. Trucks that are more than 80-inches wide are mandated to have cab roof lights.

The cab lights’ purpose is to alert oncoming traffic that an over-sized vehicle is approaching. This can be especially helpful at night on roads that are not very well lit, as well as on roads that do not have a median or divider. They can serve as a way to let drivers know it may be a good idea to move over to allow a safe amount of room for a truck to pass.

But, there are a few reasons to install truck cab lights even if the law does not require it.

Truck Cab Lights Enhance Your Look

When you check out the photos of RECON’s LED cab roof lights, you’ll see for yourself that they make your vehicle stand out. And, unlike when you get factory-installed truck cab lights, you have a variety of choices.

Personalize your truck to match your style. If you’re looking for amber lights, white lights, a smoked lens, or a clear lens, there are truck cab lights out there for you. If you’re in the process of upgrading your truck, there is no better time than now to install a set for the final touch of “wow.”

Your cab lights’ purpose will be to let everyone know you’re arriving in style, making a statement that you’re not like the rest. They’re great to show off at a local truck meet, but they’re also practical and functional. Truck cab lights give drivers the best of both worlds.

How to Install Truck Cab Lights

If your truck came with OEM factory-installed headlights, but they aren’t the look you’re going for, you can easily find a set to replace them. Most truck cab lights come with complete wiring kits and hardware and you will only need minor hand tools to complete an assembly.

But if your truck did not come with cab roof lights, that doesn’t mean that you have to go without. In fact, they will make a great upgrade to your truck and can transform your entire look, again, without any major work to your vehicle.

Buy a Complete Truck Cab Light Kit

Either way, we recommend making sure that the set you purchase does come with all the necessary parts. These parts include the light lenses, the light bulbs, the necessary wiring, and any hardware you will need to complete the installation. This way, you won’t have to go searching the internet for parts that you hope are compatible. You will have everything in one place once your order arrives.

Steps to Install Truck Cab Lights

When you buy at RECON, we supply customers with installation guides that break things down step-by-step and have technical support technicians that are available by phone to answer any questions you may have.

There are several key steps for how to install truck cab lights:

  • If you already have OEM factory-installed lights, carefully remove all components.
  • If you do not have OEM factory-installed lights, you will likely need to drill small holes in the top of your truck roof to fix the lights to the top securely and route wiring through the truck’s electrical system.
  • Ensure that the roof of your truck is cleaned off, with no dirt, debris, or residue in the area you will be placing the lights.
  • You will likely need to remove the interior fabric on the roof of your car in order to properly access the wiring.
  • Make sure that you space the truck cab lights out at even intervals on your roof.
  • Ensure that the truck cab lights are in the proper position- they should sit flat on your roof, not face out at a horizontal angle.
  • If you have OEM factory-installed lights, you will know where to place your new, upgraded set.
  • Once you have everything in position, ensure that you connect the wiring correctly, as per the instruction guide.
  • Once everything is connected, turn the power on in your truck to ensure that each light is working properly, that there is no flickering, etc.
  • If you chose strobing truck cab lights check the strobing function.

Choosing the Right Truck Cab Lights

Whether you need an installation for the legal cab lights’ purpose or are looking to make a statement with an aftermarket installation, there are several things to consider when choosing the right set.

We recommend purchasing a set with LED bulbs, as they will produce a brighter light that people will see further in the distance, compared to traditional OEM halogen or incandescent lightbulbs. Additionally, LED bulbs last much longer and are more durable so it’s less likely that you will have to replace them as frequently.

Select the color cab lights you would like, the type of lens (smoked or clear), as well as whether you would like them to have a strobing option. Here at RECON, we have them all.

Once you decide the look you’re going for, all that’s left to do is purchase. Complete the quick installation, and your truck will be lit in no time.

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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.

At RECON, we’re dedicated to helping each of our customers and readers make the most out of their aftermarket truck parts and accessories. Choosing to make the switch to truck projector headlights, or replacing an outdated installation, is a big deal. After all, your headlights are what the world sees first when looking at your truck. They’re also one of the most significant safety elements on your truck. You want to be sure that you’re getting the right installation for your vehicle, and that the headlights are set-up in a safe and effective manner. We’re here to answer the question of “how do projector headlights work?” and more.

What Are Projector Headlights?

Projector headlights are a newer version of headlight, considered by many to be superior when compared to traditional reflector headlights. Projector headlights are both brighter and more focused compared to headlights of the past, meaning that drivers have the ability to see more clearly and further into the distance at night and in poor weather.

This type of headlight installation aims downwards, toward the road, instead of directly ahead of the driver. Many individuals prefer this set-up as it is less likely to blind other drivers or produce a glare back into their own eyes. Additionally, they give drivers the opportunity to use a better quality of headlight bulb, such as XENON HID bulbs or LED bulbs that last longer and draw less power from their truck’s battery source. These bulbs are generally too high-powered to use in traditional reflector headlight installations, which require halogen bulbs that are prone to burning out more frequently.

How Do Projector Headlights Work?

Projector headlights work similarly to traditional reflector headlights, with one key difference. The headlight bulb goes inside a steel bowl that contains mirrors, just as reflector headlights have. However, in addition to this steel bowl and the mirrors that magnify the beam of light, projector headlights also contain a lens inside them. This lens provides further magnification, making the beam of light even brighter and more focused.

The result is headlights that shine further into the distance, provide better peripheral vision and function better in inclement weather. They emit more light, as the lens inside the headlight bowl works to magnify the beam.

How to Aim Projector Headlights

Another key difference when it comes to projector headlights is that they aim downward, towards the ground instead of straight ahead. This means that they can emit a stronger light without posing the risk of blinding other drivers on the road. However, as the light that they emit is so strong it is essential to know how to aim projector headlights and how to adjust projector headlights if necessary.

When learning how to aim projector headlights, work with one headlight at a time. Face your truck toward a solid wall or your garage door, as this will serve as your “template” to test the height and angle of your headlight beams once you turn them on. The ground should be flat, do not park on a sloped driveway or floor. You will need to park your truck 25-feet away from the wall or the garage door.

Next, use a measuring tape and determine the distance between the center of the headlight and the ground, as well as the distance between the center of one headlight and the center of the other. Write down these measurements. Now, go to the wall or garage door and using a pencil or a piece of painter’s tape place a mark that corresponds with each measurement. You should have two “plus signs” on the wall or door that note where each headlight is. Take your measuring tape again, and mark a spot exactly two inches below each plus sign.

When you turn your headlight on, if it is aimed properly the light should align with the plus marks on the wall horizontally, and the mark two-inches below that vertically. Repeat the process with your second headlight.

How to Adjust Projector Headlights

If you do this test on your projector headlights and find that they are not properly aligned, you must adjust each headlight as soon as possible. Projector headlights that are not properly aimed pose the risk of blinding other drivers and create a danger on the road.

When learning how to adjust projector headlights, again, work with just one headlight at a time. Use the steps for how to aim projector headlights and turn on your low beam only. You will need to open your truck’s hood, and find the adjustment point on the rear of the headlight. There are adjuster screws in the back of the headlight–use the appropriate tool to turn the screws until your headlights align with the marks you drew as noted above.

Projector Headlights vs. Reflector Headlights

Many auto manufacturers still make vehicles with reflector headlights and many drivers wonder if it’s worth making the switch to projectors. When deciding which type of headlight installation is best for your truck, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each.

The pros of choosing projector headlights are that you will have a brighter beam that is more focused, performing better at night and in inclement weather conditions. However, some individuals don’t like the style or appearance. When considering reflector headlights, the most positive aspect of the installation is that due to the simple design they tend to be less expensive. However, with reflector headlights, you may not be able to see as well. The light may appear hazier or duller compared to a projector headlight installation.

Most truck lovers agree that projector headlights are the way to go and that they pose many benefits not just for the driver of the vehicle but for others on the road as well.

Can You Use LED Bulbs in Projector Headlights?

Another common question we hear is regarding the type of lightbulb that is best for use in projector headlights. Many drivers choose XENON HID bulbs, however, you can use LED headlight bulbs as well. In fact, using LED lights can offer an advantage–they are known to last longer than both halogen and HID bulbs, while being virtually just as bright as HIDs. This means you will not have to replace the bulbs as frequently, but will not have to sacrifice on the quality of light.

LED Bulbs vs. HID Bulbs

Once you know that you can use LED bulbs in projector headlights, you may wonder whether they are the best choice or if you should stick with HID bulbs instead. This is a common question among drivers. Generally, LED lightbulbs are better for projector headlights than HID bulbs. They tend to last longer, and unlike HID bulbs which may take 10 to 20 seconds to reach full illumination, light up at full power almost immediately.

However, it is important to note that if you are using LED bulbs in your projector headlights you may need to add a heat sink to the back of the bulb near the engine bay. This may not be possible for all MAKE and MODEL trucks. If this is the case, HID bulbs are the second-best option.

Shop RECON Today

When you shop RECON, our technical support representatives are available to answer any questions you may have regarding your new installation, including the question of “how do projector headlights work?” We stock projector headlights for a variety of MAKE and MODEL trucks and SUVS, including:

  • The FORD F-150
  • The FORD RAPTOR (Raptor headlights)

For a new set of aftermarket projector headlights and taillights that will give your ride the major upgrade it deserves, shop RECON today and GET LIT!

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How Long Do HID Bulbs Last And Other Facts

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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.

How Long Do HID Bulbs Last?

HID headlight bulbs last up to six times longer compared to halogen bulbs. This is a significant benefit to many drivers, as it means less frequent replacement and less worry about the bulbs burning out. Drivers can often go years without needing to replace HID headlight bulbs, making them a convenient and worthwhile purchase option.

The lifespan of your average halogen headlight bulb is just 500 to 1,000 hours, while HIDs last between 2,000 and 3,000 hours. There are other headlight bulbs on the market that last longer than HIDs. Xenon bulbs may last up to 10,000 hours, while LED headlight bulbs can last for up to 30,000 hours. However, every type of bulb will not work with every headlight installation or meet your unique needs as a driver so it is crucial to look at the pros and cons of each before you make a decision on which to buy.

When asking how long do HID bulbs last, it is crucial to know that their lifespan is closely connected to how many times you power on the bulbs. While the longevity of other types of bulbs may depend on running hours, HIDs depends on how often you use them. If you make frequent short trips at night, they are not likely to last as long.

The Benefits of HID Headlight Bulbs

With so many options for headlight bulbs, truck lovers often wonder about the benefits of buying HIDs specifically. HID bulbs produce a better quality of light compared to traditional halogen headlights, emitting a blue/white light that provides a better line of vision at night and in inclement weather. They perform better in bad weather compared to halogen bulbs and also draw less power from your truck’s battery while they are running.

HID headlights produce more than 3,000 lumens which are more than twice as many lumens as traditional halogen headlight bulbs. This makes the light from HID bulbs brighter and more efficient. The light from an HID headlight installation will reach further into the distance than halogen bulbs, will provide a greater scope of coverage in your peripherals, and provide even and focused illumination. HID headlights are said the be among the brightest lights on the market. They are also considered to have the whitest light and the best reach. Additionally, HIDs have a better selection on the color spectrum. Drivers can choose bulbs ranging from 3,000K to 30,000K while LED lights generally only offer options ranging from 3,000K to 10,000K.

If you frequently drive at night or in poor weather, HID bulbs are the ones you want, and if you live in a colder climate where it frequently snows HIDs are also the best bulb for you. This is because HID bulbs emit light in the infra-red spectrum. Infra-red light can help melt frost, snow, and ice off the lenses of your headlights in bad weather. LED lights do not emit this type of light and are therefore not beneficial to melting away debris in the winter months.

Cons of HID Headlight Bulbs

While there are many benefits to buying HID headlight bulbs for your truck, they may not be the best choice for you under certain circumstances. Many people ask “why are HID bulbs so expensive?” and the reality is that they do cost more than traditional halogen bulbs. For this reason, if you don’t do a lot of driving at night and don’t require the maximum power HID lightbulbs provide, they may not be the best option for you as a driver. Economically, they may not make sense.

Additionally, aftermarket HID installation kits are not street legal in every state. It is crucial that you check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to see if there are restrictions where you live.

Other potential disadvantages to using HID headlight bulbs include the fact that they generally do not perform as well as other types of lights in foggy weather. This is due to the blue hue of the light that the bulbs emit, which gets scattered in the fog. When this happens the light can reflect back towards your eyes, instead of penetrating the water droplets and providing the illumination you need. If you frequently drive in foggy weather HID headlight bulbs may not be right for you.

Advances in Automotive Lighting Technology

Why are HID bulbs so expensive compared to halogen bulbs? Part of the answer lies in the technological advances that have created HID headlights over the years. Halogen lightbulbs have existed since the 1880s. They are not a new technology and therefore are very easy and quick to manufacture. As long as cars and trucks have had headlights, halogen bulbs have been the installation of choice.

HID lightbulbs, however, are much newer compared to these traditional halogen components. HID lights first came to use in the 1990s, more than 100 years after halogen bulbs. It’s said that the first car to ever use HID installations was the BMW 7 series, but their use has grown in popularity ever since. First widely used in luxury car brands, now drivers everywhere have access to HID technology.

What to Do about Worn Out Headlights

Whether you have halogen headlight bulbs, HID bulbs, or LED bulbs, there will likely come a time when you do need to replace them. Headlight bulbs may break, burn out, or start to fade over time. While a halogen bulb is the most likely to simply burn out and require a sudden replacement, with HID bulbs you may notice that their power begins to fade over time.

HID bulbs lose approximately 70% of their power over their lifespan, meaning they will not provide the same quality of life as they did before. When you notice your lights starting to dim, it is best to replace them as soon as possible before they burn out to avoid being down a headlight on the road. Not only can losing a headlight bulb negatively impact your vision, but you may receive a traffic ticket from law enforcement as well.

If you currently have a halogen headlight installation and are looking for an upgrade, considering purchasing an HID conversion kit. Even if your truck came with halogen bulbs installed from the manufacturer, the process to convert your headlight installation so that it is compatible with HID lightbulbs is not complicated and does not require too much time. In fact, you should only need minor hand tools and the proper ballasts and wiring components to get up and running.

Make the Switch to HID Bulbs

If your truck is still using halogen headlight bulbs, make the switch to a set of newer, brighter, longer-lasting HID bulbs today. Many drivers wonder if it’s worth it and ask “how long do HID bulbs last?” The answer makes them well worth your while, as they have a lifespan that is up to six times greater compared to those traditional halogen bulbs. Additionally, many ask “why are HID bulbs so expensive?” However, when you see the difference in performance you will see that they are worth the investment.

HID bulbs offer many advantages over halogen bulbs, providing better sight at night and in poor weather. This is crucial for many truck drivers who demand the very best from their vehicles. Making the switch to HID bulbs is easier than you think–there is often no major work that needs to be done and a simple version kit will do the trick.

When you purchase HID lights, you will see that the difference is like night and day. Get ready to see further into the distance, with greater peripheral vision, and a clearer line of sight. Best of all, you likely will not have to worry about replacing the bulbs for years to come. You will get many miles out of your new installation and your truck will get the fresh upgrade it deserves.

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How to Get Moisture Out of Your Headlights

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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.

About LED Rock Lights

You may also hear LED rock lights referred to as underbody lights, and they can entirely transform the look of your truck at night. Perfect to activate at truck meets or when you’re looking to stand out, the right LED rock light or underbody light kit makes your truck entirely unique and different compared to every other vehicle on the road. Other common terms for the aftermarket truck part include under glow lights or ground effect lighting.

LED rock lights fit on the underbody of your truck, where you attach them to the chassis or the wheel wells. These lights create a stunning glow on the ground surrounding your vehicle, and illuminate the wheel wells putting the spotlight on rugged tires. They are particularly popular with drivers who lift their trucks and the light can make quite a statement. Additionally, they provide an extra element of safety when driving at night as they provide more illumination on the road.

At RECON, you can shop for colors including white LED rock lights, red LED rock lights, blue LED rock lights, and green LED rock lights. Create a look that’s entirely customized and sure to turn heads next time you’re out in public.

LED Rock Lights: Installation Steps

When learning how to install LED rock lights, there are a few simple steps to follow. You do want to have a solid understanding of your truck’s anatomy, as you will be working with electrical wires as well as your truck’s battery. While RECON LED rock lights come with all the necessary installation hardware and wiring, you will need minor hand tools to complete the job.

  1. Park your truck in a clear area, without clutter or debris that may pose a danger while you’re working. It is always a good idea to activate your emergency brake, since you will be working near the wheel wells. Ensure that the area has sufficient lighting and is dry, as you will be working with electrical components.
  2. Turn off the power to your truck and disconnect your battery before you begin working.
  3. Examine your wheel wells and determine where you would like to place the LED rock lights, you will need to drill a small hole in this area to attach the lighting installation.
  4. Once you drill a hole in the wheel well, screw in the LED rock light and ensure that it is properly attached using the included hardware from RECON.
  5. Connect the wiring to each LED rock light.
  6. Run the wires from each LED rock light underneath your truck, toward the front end where the battery is. Ensure that the wires do not cross paths with any moving parts of your vehicle.
  7. Attach the red and black wires to the corresponding part of your truck’s battery.
  8. Reconnect the battery and power on your truck in accessory mode to ensure that all the LED rock lights receive power.
  9. Ensure that each light shines in the intended direction and that you are pleased with the appearance.
  10. Close the hood of your truck, and your LED rock lights installation is complete! You’re ready to hit the road and start blazing a trail of color wherever the pavement may take you.

Bonus Tips for How to Install LED Rock Lights

LED rock lights installation is fairly easy and straightforward. They are a favorite part among many truck drivers for this reason, as you don’t need major hardware or tools to complete the process. Plus, the visual element they add to your ride is unparalleled. All RECON LED rock light sets come with four pieces, one for each wheel well. However, if you would like to mix and match colors for a look that’s truly yours you can buy multiple sets for this purpose.

When installing LED rock lights, in addition to working in a clean, dry space, activating your emergency brake, and disconnecting the battery prior to installation, it’s best if your truck is not running for a period of time before you begin. This is because you will be working in close proximity to metal components on the truck as well as the engine, which can both get very hot after running for too long. It is best to let your truck cool down for an hour or so before you begin to minimize your risk of burns.

Additionally, when shopping for LED rock lights, look for sets that are weather and impact resistant. As your rock lights will remain permanently installed you want to be sure that they are safe from inclement weather. And, if you take your truck off-roading or drive through tough terrain, you want to ensure your parts can stand up to the job and that they are sure to last.

Shop LED Rock Lights at RECON

If you’re in search of a new awesome set of LED rock lights for your truck, shop RECON today. Our LED rock lights are universal, which means that they fit most pick-up trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs that are sold in the United States. Additionally, all of our LED rock lights are backed by a limited warranty, and we offer free online installation guides if you are looking for more information on how to install LED rock lights. We also have a dedicated technical service department, with live representatives standing by Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm ready to take your call and answer any questions that you may have.

For the very best in automotive lighting, shop RECON and GET LIT today!

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Most Popular LED Lighting Upgrades for Ford Truck Owners in Florida

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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

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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

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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

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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.

If truck accessories and lights are properly maintained, you will have to replace them less frequently. Follow this truck maintenance check list to get the most out of your aftermarket lights and truck parts. 

How to Maintain Your Truck

If you follow this list of top tips for maintaining your truck, you’ll be sure to get the most out of the accessories and lights you’ve purchased. Your truck will look great for years to come and you will be less likely to incur expensive repairs or replacements. 

Inspect Your Truck Regularly

The best way to maintain your truck is to inspect the vehicle regularly. If you routinely check your aftermarket truck lights and accessories, you will be able to spot small problems before they become large problems. Look for cracks in your headlight and taillight covers that may be letting water into the installation. Water can lead to the erosion of wiring and metal, leading to what can be an expensive repair.

Follow this same approach with all the other parts and accessories on your truck. Regularly test your brake lights, turn signals, high beams, windshield wipers, and any aftermarket parts you have put on to ensure that they are working properly and fixed securely to your truck. If you catch a problem early you’re more likely to save yourself from a larger inconvenience down the road. 

Keep Your Aftermarket Truck Lights Looking Their Best

Keeping your truck’s lights looking their best has little to do with the HID or LED truck headlights you’ve installed, and more to do with the headlight cover. Overtime, headlight covers can turn yellow and dull, dimming the shine of your bright new lights. 

You can either have routine headlight restoration done at a shop, or use do-it-yourself methods at home. There are many headlight restoration kits available for sale at major brick and mortar stores and online retailers. Additionally, there are home remedies that truck enthusiasts swear by, such as cleaning the headlight covers with toothpaste or baking soda mixtures.

No matter which route you choose to go, keeping your headlights from turning yellow is an essential part of maintaining your truck looking like it’s brand new. 

Keep Extra Aftermarket Truck Lights On-Hand

One of the best truck maintenance tips is to be prepared in advance, in the event that you do find yourself in need of a replacement bulb. Keep extras on-hand, either in your truck itself or in the garage at home. This way, if you notice that a light has gone out you can replace it right away. Otherwise, you’ll have to make another trip to the store or wait for another bulb to be delivered. 

Along with keeping your lights lit up for aesthetic reasons, if a headlight or tail light goes out you’ll want to change it as soon as possible, as in most states it’s illegal to drive with a light out and can land you with an expensive ticket. 

Clean the Exterior of Your Truck

Cleaning the exterior of your truck seems like a no-brainer, but a routine wash can do more than just give your truck that sparkly, shine-in-the-sun look. Ridding your truck of dirt, dust, and any small abrasive fragments will stop your paint, your lights, and any other aftermarket accessories such as an antenna, from incurring damage. 

If you keep the exterior of your truck clean, you will prevent the chances of paint chipping, which can lead to rust and erosion. It’s key to keeping your vehicle looking its best for years. We recommend using high quality detailing products or having your truck cleaned professionally for the best results. 

Don’t Run Your Battery If You Don’t Have To

If you’re looking to maintain your truck accessories and aftermarket parts, be careful about how frequently you run your battery. If you don’t need it running, it’s best to turn it off. When your battery is turned on, it’s powering your truck lights, and the lifespan of the bulbs is based greatly on how many hours they are used. Turning off your battery when it’s not needed can help preserve the life of your HID or LED headlights, meaning you’ll have to replace them less frequently. 

Maintain All Other Elements of Your Truck

Of course, we can’t talk about proper truck maintenance tips without touching on the more general aspects as well. We know that you’re looking to keep your aftermarket truck accessories and lights looking and working their best, but don’t forget about the rest of regular maintenance.

This includes making sure your oil is changed regularly, the timing belt gets replaced when needed, and that you check your battery and spark plugs for damage or erosion. If you maintain your truck and all of its parts properly, you’ll be enjoying it for many years. 

Upgrading Your Truck’s Aftermarket Lights and Accessories

Eventually, even with the best truck maintenance, the time will come for either a repair or an upgrade. Whether you need to replace a light or accessory that has reached the end of its life, or are looking to make a change to your truck’s appearance, shop RECON for the best aftermarket truck parts. 

With a wide selection of HID and LED headlights, tail lights, cab roof lights, and a range of universal parts to go with any truck, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. You can also shop by make and model, and we offer handy installation guides for truck lovers who like to do the work themselves. 

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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.

Choosing Custom Tail Lights for Your Truck

There are endless ways to customize your truck’s tail lights, beyond just the type of bulb that is used in the tail light itself. There are many other components of lighting on the back of your truck, and there are even more aftermarket parts that you can use for customization.

Knowing what’s right for your truck ultimately comes down to personal preference. There are many options that can not only increase the aesthetic of your vehicle but also increase safety for yourself and other drivers.

Custom LED Truck Tail Lights

Just as LED headlight bulbs are becoming a more popular choice for aftermarket truck parts, so are custom LED taillights. While the LEDs provide a crucial safety function, as they are brighter and easier for other drivers to see, they also last much longer than the stock halogen bulbs most trucks come with.

Aftermarket truck tail lights come in a variety of designs, meaning that you can choose an installation that’s unique and matches the rest of your truck’s look. You’ll stand out on the road. LED taillight installations come in a variety of shapes and color arrangements, with white, red, and black elements. From the classic vertical, rectangular shape, to winged or angled styles, custom tail lights provide a modern, rugged look.

There are smoked lenses, and a wide arrangement of the LED truck tail lights. If you own a Ford F250/350/450/550, check out these custom tail lights. They utilize the OEM blind-spot warning system, and even though the lens is clear, the bold white lines against the chrome background and red accents make a strong statement.

If you’re looking for something clean and sleek, check out these tail lights with scanning OLED turn signals designed for the Dodge 13-18 Ram.

For other makes and models, you can search here to find the best custom tail light for your truck.

Custom Aftermarket Third Brake Lights

If you’re going for a whole-custom look, don’t stop at just the tail lights themselves. Many products compliment tail lights on the back of your truck and add to the uniqueness of your vehicle. They also increase your safety on the road.

Third brake lights are the perfect addition. Here at RECON, we offer a wide variety of third brake lights for Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Toyota, GMC, Hummer, and Jeep trucks. Third brake lights are a must-have for truck owners. They’re positioned at the top-center of the back of your cab, providing one more level of protection for yourself and other drivers.

Third brake lights activate at the same time as your regular brake lights, providing one more added signal to cars behind you that you are slowing down. This is crucial if you’re driving in the dark.

Just like custom tail lights, third brake lights come in a variety of designs for you to choose from. Whether your preference is clear lens, smoked lens, red, or white lights, Recon provides tons of options. Select either a sleek “stealth” third brake light or a high power scanning LED 3rd brake light to complete the look of your truck.

Rain or shine, snow or sleet, these lights provide optimal visibility for other drivers.

Custom LED Tailgate Bars

Another way to increase visibility on the road, while showing off the bold look of your truck, LED tailgate bars add style to your vehicle. Tailgate bars come in a variety of colors and styles. They are installed on the back of your truck bed, over your license plate. Not only do they add more visibility, but LED tailgate bars illuminate the back of your truck for ultimate style.

Tailgate bars can be a variety of lengths, depending on the look you’re going for. They can be as short as 12 inches, or span the entire length of the back of your truck. They come in different styles, from a straight, seamless line of LED light, to lines of dotted light, and can be customized to virtually any color.

If you’re looking for something different, check out this mini-tailgate bar with LED running lights, turn signals, and ultra bright reverse lights.  For a tailgate bar that will span the length of your truck bed, Recon offers this 60 inch, dual row LED amber light. This particular model also features white LED reverse lights, providing even further benefit.

Custom Bed Rail and Cargo Light Kits

If you work, go fishing, hunting, or off-roading while it’s dark out, you’ll definitely want to check out the custom bed rail and cargo light kits for your truck. With LED bulbs, these kits provide clean, bright lighting in even the darkest environments.

If you’re frequently getting material in and out of your truck, these light kits provide an extra element of convenience. No more holding flashlights while you’re trying to secure items in your truck bed. The bed rail and cargo light kits do the job for you.

This universal model comes with two mounts that can be attached almost anywhere on the back of your truck and can be customized in seven colors.

Illuminated License Plate Kits for Your Truck

You’ve already put so much work into customizing the rest of your truck with aftermarket tail lights and accessories. You can’t forget the license plate. Custom license plate illumination kits are just another option you have to make your truck stand out.

Just like all other aftermarket truck parts from RECON, there are assemblies that meet everyone’s style. You can choose a brushed aluminum plate holder, that fits all standard license plates and has LED reverse lights or illumination kits that include both red and white lights. The red lights act as running lights, while the white LED lights face your license plate.

The variety of aftermarket lights that you can add to the back of your truck are all extensions of your custom tail lights, adding to the distinctive look you’ve created. There won’t be another truck on the road that’s quite like yours.

Installing Custom Tail Lights and Accessories on Your Truck

Once you’ve chosen the right custom tail lights for your truck, along with any additional accessories to complete the look, the next step is the installation process. Many of our products have a “plug and play design,” meaning that you’ll be up and running with your new custom lights in just a matter of minutes. Whether you’re a car professional, or just getting into the world of aftermarket products, RECON parts make it easy for you.

For installations that may be more difficult to complete, we offer installation guides and have expert staff on hand to help you throughout the process. Not only are we able to find the best tail lights and accessories for your truck, but we’ll help you find the right product at the right cost.

Our support for our customers doesn’t end after you’ve completed a purchase. Our Customer Service line offers support over the phone, should you have any questions either while you’re installing your new parts, or in the months to come. RECON prides itself as not only offering a great selection of aftermarket truck lights but also as serving as a resource for each one of our customers.

The Benefits of Buying From RECON

There are even more benefits of purchasing aftermarket truck tail lights and accessories from RECON. We offer same-day order processing and fulfillment, online warranty return authorization forms, and product specialists to assist with installation.

We work directly with dealers and manufacturers, to ensure that our products are of the highest quality and compatible with the makes and models they are designed for. This means our products will last, and you can be assured that you’re getting the very best aftermarket truck lights on the market.

Not only do we produce parts for major model trucks and SUVs, but we offer a large selection of universal parts, too. You can customize virtually any vehicle using RECON aftermarket lights.

Visit RECON today for even more accessories to personalize your vehicle.