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Old 9th March 2014, 14:19   #1
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Default DIY: Adding an extra bulb to the Tail Lamp (Ford Figo)

Was very interested to add extra bulbs in the tail lamp of my Figo after Tharian's post and completed this weekend.
1. What are the items required?
  1. Bulb Holder (minimum 2 required - single or double filament or 4 holders)
  2. Bulbs
  3. Adhesive Tape
  4. Flower screw driver or Flower L key (size T 25)
  5. Wire cutter
  6. Sharp blade or stationery knife
  7. Permanent Marker Pen (optional)

2. Do you need any extra tools to do this?

Yes - One needs an Flower type screw driver or Flower type L key
You can use the normal screw driver (minus) but need to be careful as
it may slip and spoil the flower screw

3. Do you need any extra spares to complete this?

Yes - Need to have empty holders, bulbs

4. Is there any alterations in the DIY?

Yes - Need to remove the extra plastics which are used as locks in the
bulb holders
Need to splice the existing wires. One should know the correct wire to cut.

5. Can we get the original spares from Ford?

Yes - One can buy bulbs and holders. But note :
1. They are costly
2. Child parts like Holders are not available in loose. One has to buy the entire holder & wiring kit which is waste of money.

6. What has to be bought from normal Automobile spares shop?

1. Bulbs. There are two types of bulbs - single filament & double filament

Single filament - eg: Parking lights which has one illumination.

Double filament - eg: Brake cum Parking lights - An easy example - Ambassdor. When parking light is switched on, one filament glows and when the brake is applied the other filament glows giving a bright red colour cautioning the vehicles behind. This is the type used in Figo also. So depending on the requirement one can buy 2 single filament bulbs and 2 double filament bulbs which makes the tail lamp cluster completely utilised.

2. Holders - This is where one need to be careful. I am not able to find the right holder for Figo. The wiring kit consists of holders, wires and the connecting pin. The shop owner is ready to sell holders alone and I bought the same.

7. What is the cost?
This is my first DIY in this car and do not want to venture lot of things. So I went for basic modifications. As it is comfortable, I am planning to add two more bulbs.

Bulbs - 2 Single filament - Rs.60
Holders - 2 Single filament holder - Rs 80
(If you buy double filament bulb then one has to use the double bulb
holder as the contact positions differ)
Flower type L Key - T25 size - Taparia - Rs 65.
(T25 Flower screw driver is also there and the cost is Rs 90)

8. What is the DIY time?

Total 2 hours. Do the activity in a well lit place.

9. What are the precautions?

1. While removing the tail lamp after removing the screw, there are two plastic studs located at the top and bottom. Needs to be very careful while pulling the lamp. Use screw driver close the clip and push the lamp up. If the plastic stud breaks then the tail lamp will shake even when the screws are tightened.

2. After removing the tail lamp, pull the wires which is encircled by a rubber washer and remove the connectors. The connector may go inside the body which will make you frustrating. So carefully leave the pin to remain outside the body.

10. What are the risks after this DIY?

1. Checked with SC and there is no warranty problems as you are adding an extra bulb.
2. Since the holder and bulbs are sourced outside (local make), it may fuse or holder may become loose.

** Sorry for the poor quality of pictures taken by the mobile phone.

I want to ensure that this activity should be done in one shot. I removed the lamp a week back and noted the items to be procured before the activity. Second time it was easy to do.

I preferred to have an extra brake light rather than parking lamp. So I chose to cut the brown wire (double filament holder at the bottom).

This is not en easy DIY (may be for me) as one need to alter the holder to fix in the slot. Need to sleeve the protursions (which is used as lock) in the holder to push inside and rotate clockwise to get seated.
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Default re: DIY: Adding an extra bulb to the Tail Lamp (Ford Figo)

Hi!

Is there any way in which you can hook it up with Ford's fog-lamp switch?

I too have done something similar. Here it is
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Hi!

Is there any way in which you can hook it up with Ford's fog-lamp switch?

I too have done something similar. Here it is
That was wonderful sheel.

Mine is older EXI model and I need to replace the Fog switch & pull the wires. One need to connect parallely with the front fog lamp supply which will illuminate if front fog is on.

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Thread moved to the Modifications section, thanks for sharing!
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Awesome DIY. The fact that you spliced wires in the brake light unit and not in the car's wiring harness means no issues on warranty. If at all something goes wrong, the tail light wiring only will need changing.

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Is there any way in which you can hook it up with Ford's fog-lamp switch?

I too have done something similar. Here it is
For fog lamp switch you need to do the wiring from the fog lamp switch to the tail lamp. That's the biggest problem. Ford guys had told me the wiring is not done.
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Good effort there. However, if only you had clicked pics of better quality.
Some night time pics with the new lamps would be a welcome AFTER pic.
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For fog lamp switch you need to do the wiring from the fog lamp switch to the tail lamp. That's the biggest problem. Ford guys had told me the wiring is not done.
I think the Fog switch comes with only one "turn on" position to power front fogs. If it is parallely connected to the tail lamp, then another extra switch is needed to avoid tail lamp glowing when ever the front fog is on.

@benbsb29 - Will post the night time pics

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I think the Fog switch comes with only one "turn on" position to power front fogs. If it is parallely connected to the tail lamp, then another extra switch is needed to avoid tail lamp glowing when ever the front fog is on.

@benbsb29 - Will post the night time pics
Nice DIY. The headlight switch has two 'pull' modes. The first pull switches on the front fog lights and the second pull is for the rear fogs - a dashboard indicator also glows, but Ford decided not to do the wiring for the actual lights !
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Well explained DIY.

The one good thing about this DIY is that different combinations can be tried by just swapping the wire connections.

In my case, I started off with one park lamp and one brake lamp in the each of the empty slots. But, used a single filament bulb holder because of which the park lamp when turned on was too bright and actually started blackening the inside and of course would disturb the driver behind.

The next one was two brake lamps in the empty slots so when the brake is hit, there are three equally bright lit red lamps on each side.

The third combination which is the one I am at present has a bit of cab mentality in it.
The bottom most slot along with the stock lights are for the brakes and the top empty slot just below the reverse lamp is now connected to the turn indicators. So when the indicator is engaged, the orange lamp along with a red lamp blinks. Pure Christmas light set up.

The picture below shows just when the blinkers are just dying off.
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Well explained DIY.
The one good thing about this DIY is that different combinations can be tried by just swapping the wire connections.
So in your car,this is the vertical setup from Top to Bottom
1. Turn Indicator - Yellow - Stock
2. Reverse light - White - Stock
3. Turn Indicator - Red -Mod
4. Parking & Brake lamp - Red - Stock
5. Brake lamp - Red - Mod
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I think the Fog switch comes with only one "turn on" position to power front fogs. If it is parallely connected to the tail lamp, then another extra switch is needed to avoid tail lamp glowing when ever the front fog is on.

@benbsb29 - Will post the night time pics
No. The fog lamp switch has 2 fog lamp positions. There is a 2 step pull. The first pull is front and if you pull the knob a little more the rear fogs should enable. There is no wiring from the switch to the rear as per the dealer. However you do see the rear fog lamp indicator in the instrument console light up. Will put up a pic once I reach home.
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Can you share the specs of the bulbs you used? I mean the wattage of the bulbs. Are they the same bulbs that are there stock in the tail lamp cluster?

I am planning to fit the double filament bulbs-one on each side.
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So in your car,this is the vertical setup from Top to Bottom
1. Turn Indicator - Yellow - Stock
2. Reverse light - White - Stock
3. Turn Indicator - Red -Mod
4. Parking & Brake lamp - Red - Stock
5. Brake lamp - Red - Mod
Yes, this is the set up I have now. Something different since I did not want the bright park lamp as a mod and burn the whole unit.
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Will put up a pic once I reach home.
Understood vid. Is it a complex task to pull wires under the mat and route to the tail lamp? Have seen lot of wires cris cross under the mat when audio modifications are done.
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Can you share the specs of the bulbs you used? I mean the wattage of the bulbs. Are they the same bulbs that are there stock in the tail lamp cluster?I am planning to fit the double filament bulbs-one on each side.
I dont know the wattage. These are local make bulbs and not OEM ones and available in all leading auto spares shop and the size is also common.
When enquired the cost with Ford, it was 100/- per bulb. Double filament is a good idea. Just see the photos of the OEM single and double filament bulbs.
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Yes, this is the set up I have now. Something different since I did not want the bright park lamp as a mod and burn the whole unit.
Two park lamps are more than enough, supported by the reflectors at the back bumper. Extra Turn and Brake lamps are real value additions .
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I have also added extra bulbs into the empty slots on my Figo. The fitment is such that all 3 slots light up together, for parking as well as brake light.
Here are the pics:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...-review-3.html
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