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Old 04-01-2015, 11:58 AM   #1
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Making running lights blink with turn signals

This may be an obvious "no", but I figured I'd throw it out there. I'm rebuilding a '65 Overlander, and I installed six LED yellow running lights on both sides. For the sake of safety, I think it would be great if the running lights blinked with the turn signals, but were also on with running lights (which would be wired to the head light switch if I'm following the wiring guides right). Does any one know if it would be possible to have the running lights be both blinkers and running lights? I guess it would be:

If headlights on -> running lights on
If turn signal activated -> running lights flash with turn signal

If headlights off -> running lights off
If turn signal activated -> running lights flash with turn signal
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:06 PM   #2
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You would need two filament bulb set up like a rear tail light/brake light and wire it that way. You may need to upgrade the flasher to handle the extra amps for all those lights.
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:20 PM   #3
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Easy way is to add a relay on each side with the coil connected to the turn signal. The normally closed contact and common would be wired in series to the running lights on that same side.

What this would do is when the turn signal comes in, the running lights would go off. Turn signal off, running lights on. It works 'backwards' to the turn signal but would get attention. No heavy duty flasher required.

However, check state regulations for legality of this setup. I've seen it on some U-Haul trailers and tow dollies.

Find a place to put the relay and a socket for it that's easy to access. Relays do go bad...


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Ahh there is a simple way ,

Run two wires one from a tail light the other from the stop/signal light , repeat for the other side.

First isolate the running light ground from the body.

The running light would be feed from the tail light and grounded through the stop/signal light filament instead of being grounded by the body and the signal will be grounded by the tail light filament.

This will only work with incandescent bulbs, and with only one light on the circuit.

As you step on the brakes or turn signal with the running lights OFF the connected lamp will light .

As you step on the brakes or turn signal with the running lights ON the connected lamp will go off.

You can run LED's on all the other running lights but the stop/turn light and one running light have to be incandescent.
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I believe this would be an open invitation to visit with Officers all over this great country. A peek at FMVSS would probably clarify that for you.
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I believe this would be an open invitation to visit with Officers all over this great country. A peek at FMVSS would probably clarify that for you.
Not a problem The OEM's have been doing this since the introduction of side marker lights back in 1968.
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Well he said "running lights"....that includes the upper 3 rear and the two upper fronts.

If OP is just talking about the REAR lower corner marker only on the trailer, he might be OK. FMVSS should be checked.

I don't think that having all three on the lower sides or having ANY of the upper roof clearance lights flash is legal.
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Well he said "running lights"....that includes the upper 3 rear and the two upper fronts.

If OP is just talking about the REAR lower corner marker only on the trailer, he might be OK. FMVSS should be checked.

I don't think that having all three on the lower sides or having ANY of the upper roof clearance lights flash is legal.
I think you missed the part that he added 6 side running lights and that was what he wanted to flash.
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I'm starting completely from scratch, so I'm not really constrained by what was original to the trailer. Currently I'm looking at six yellow running lights on each side (upper and lower near front, middle, and back), two brake lights, license plate light, and a few LED lamps for back up lights (one in each wheel well, and two on the back bumper). I'm new to this, so I appreciate all of the feedback!
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Running lights are different than marker lights. Running lights are generally on the rear, marker lights are front, middle and rear. Either way, it might look neat. Peace,Jim
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Running lights are different than marker lights. Running lights are generally on the rear, marker lights are front, middle and rear. Either way, it might look neat. Peace,Jim
Bingo, and they are often referred to as "corner markers", not top markers or middle side markers.

I'm just sayin', check the requirements and potential restrictions. Even then, it wouldn't be the first time an officer uses something he may not know about to use as probable cause and pull you over....and not the first time tickets are written for legal things (like when projector and LED headlights came out)

Back to my first post....it's an invitation to converse with local law enforcement.
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Without knowing anything about the legality, it seems like a great idea. Kind of like the newer vehicles that have turn signals built into their mirrors.
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I doubt highly you'd be stopped. And I'm wondering if he meant the lower corner markers, forward and aft. I've wondered the same thing. One thing I am doing, when I get around to wiring it up to my LED tails, is a flashing stop module that they sell for Motorcycles. It will flash the LED taillights when braking.
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