Below, we’ll walk you through the need-to-know halo headlight installation instruction steps and tips that will help you to get your Oracle Lighting™ halo rings up and running as safely and easily as possible. Almost any halo ring kit requires the same basic installation, so even if you’re not overly confident in your abilities to complete this job, we’re here to tell you that it’s not that bad. The required tools are minimal, the time for installations vary, but can usually be done from start to finish in a few hours, and the hardest part usually involves being patient to see your halos in action.
Let's just make sure of something first. Did you bench test your halos when you opened the box like we told you to? If you did, excellent! If you didn't, you should still take the time to test out your halos before you go through the halo headlight installation process. Connect the wires to a 12v power source and make sure your halos light up. Let’s get going!
Planning and Forethought
Have you checked your state laws about owning and using these incredibly bright lights yet? In most states, installing colored halo rings is fine, but there are restrictions for where you may use them – especially when it comes to major roads. When driving, colors like red and blue are reserved for first responder vehicles only, by law. That’s why using them for regular driving purposes, or pretty much anywhere besides parking lots, race tracks and your own property, can get you into trouble with cops who may ticket you. Other colors vary in legality by state. It’s best to check your state laws and gather some intel on your lights beforehand.
It's also good to plan out what tools are required in order for you to perform your halo headlight installation. Read on to learn more about the types of tools you may need.
While the halo headlight installation process is generally the same from kit to kit, depending on your vehicle and the type of kit you have chosen, you may need different tools. Take a look at the instructions that came with your halo headlight kit to get an idea of which tools you may need. If you choose to buy every tool or tool type we’re recommending here, then more power to you!
Most Common Installation Tools
- Wire Crimper: A cheap must-have for any electrical job. They come in many styles and pretty much work the same. Crimpers allow you to cut wires, trim and remove wire sheathing, and crimping connectors and wires together.
- Soldering Iron: A fairly inexpensive tool that allows you to solder wires to wires, connectors to wires, etc. Most pre-made wire harnesses don’t require soldering (just connecting plugs with shrink wraps), but any DIY wire harness will require some soldering. The end result is just far better than loose connectors butting together, anyhow – unless, of course, you’re not good at soldering.
- Multimeter (or Dwell Meter): A must-have for wiring and electronics jobs, large or small. This tool helps you to test voltage, resistance, continuity, etc. Use on parts, wires, batteries, and circuitry to troubleshoot and verify proper current flow.
- Electrical Tape: Always have some electrical tape on hand.
- Screw Drivers: To get your assemblies apart, it might be possible that you’re going to need some screwdrivers.
- Plastic Wire Looms: You can buy these from auto stores and hardware stores by the foot. It’s cheap, and it really protects your wires from getting damaged, cut, bent, or shorted.
- Pliers & Wrenches: Having a basic assortment at hand is always good. Needle-nosed pliers always come in handy.
- Electronic Wiring Parts: Varies for your needs (cap connectors, molex connectors, butt connectors, shrink wrap, etc.).
Potential Installation Tools
- Drill and Drill Bits: Depending on your specific vehicle, or what extra supplies you purchase, you could need a drill to route wiring for your halos or switches. Having a wide selection of drill bits helps, too. If you’re needing a larger hole, start with a smaller bit first as a pilot, then progress to a larger drill. It will cut down on the damage that can happen if you just start with a big drill bit.
- C-clamps & Vise-locks: having a few clamps around really helps in securing parts, (i.e., assemblies) after sealing.
There are a few different ways that you can install your halos, depending on your type of vehicle. Every make is different, every model is different, and every mechanic is different. Regardless, you’ll need to set aside enough time to complete your project, making room for possible delays - you can't use your daily mode of transportation when you've got its eyes torn out. If you're new to hands-on headlight surgery, give yourself some grace time and realize that it could take you a little longer than you expect.
Once your halo headlight installation is completed, you’ll want to test everything to make sure your halos work and to verify that nothing could short out, cut, or damage your wires. Lastly, you’ll want to carefully seal everything up and make sure wires are tucked away. Then when you've completed these halo headlight installation instructions, go out and enjoy your vehicle's new look!