Instructions for LED Headlight upgrade (3 Viewers)

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Here are the instructions I used to get the JW Speaker LED lights to work in my 1990 62. I’m not a mechanic, elecrician or a very bright guy so if I can get it to work, anybody should be able to do so. It took me a while to do this but most of the time was compiling information which I have cut and pasted below to put everything in one place.

If you want to cut the crap and just figure out how to do it, go to section two.


A couple of thoughts:

You do not need to run new power to the lights. The stock wiring is adequate. The issue here is that the Japanese borrowed a page from the British play book and the wiring is reversed. What we are doing here is modifying the wiring so it speaks North American (all the dudes who helped me with this are Canadian but surprisingly I could understand them on the phone - good people). In this process you will make a simple wiring harness so you do not need to modify your stock wiring harness at all.

There is concern that the LED lights don’t get hot enough to melt snow and ice but the new EVO 8800 lights have heater coils on the lights and I can confirm that they work keeping the lens warm. I have not used them in snow yet.

These things are expensive. I grappled with this but my kids drive this car and it is a safety issue for me. If I had known what a huge difference it made, I would have done it earlier. It’s as good as my wife’s 2015 Lexus GX.

The company let me know that if there is enough interest from MUD, they will make the wiring harnesses and sell them with the product.

Finally, I’m providing this information as a good samaritan. If it doesn’t work for you, cuss, kick your dog and recheck everything to make sure you did it correctly, you probably crossed wires (ask me how I know) but do not get mad at me.


This is pretty lengthy and I have copied and pasted the relevant information from a series of e-mails. It’s in 4 sections.

Section one explains hot to get the lights from HP lighting. These guys were great and were in the land cruiser business before they got into the lighting business and have done these modifications themselves. Albeit on 80 series. I would purchase from them instead of Amazon. Throw some love their way, they helped me with these directions.


Section two explains how to get them working. It sounds complicated but it is not. Follow the instructions step by step. It’s easier than it first appears. get 2 sets of jumper wires and hook everything up with jumper wires to be sure it works. if you hook the wires up backwards, you will not hurt the lights. Personal experience.


Section three explains how to make an adapter to get the high beam indicator light working. This is optional if the high beam indicator is no big deal to you. Might as well do it right and get them working.


Section four is cut and pasted from an e-mail from Daniel Stern from automotive lighting products with all the lighting upgrades he recomends for the 60 series. This is also optional. He says these lights are plug and play, but they are not for reasons listed above.


Setion One:

If you think there is enough interest in the Landcruiser community, we could make up several wiring adapters and relay assemblies to create some plug-and-play kits for 60 series cruisers.


Rather than referring people to our amazon listing, please send them to www.highperformancelighting.ca, which is a reseller that buys from us. Amazon takes a pretty big chunk and our dealer could use the support more than Amazon. They have very competitive pricing and great customer service. That is where I would list the plug-and-play kits if we decide to build and market them.




Section Two:

Directions to get your new JW Speaker LED headlights functioning properly in your 60 Series Toyota Landcruiser is as follows:


Step 1: Identify which wire is power and which is ground on your truck's high-beam headlight connector.

The power wire on your truck's high-beam headlight connector will have power going to it during both low-beam and high-beam operation. The ground wire on your truck's high-beam headlight connector will only be grounded when the truck is in high-beam mode. Try plugging one high-beam LED headlight into the truck's high-beam (2 wire) connector in different orientations until it works. The red wire on the headlight is the power (+) wire, so whichever wire in your truck's high-beam headlight connector is connected to the red wire is the power wire.


Step 2: Verify that the power wire on your truck's high-beam headlight connector is powered during low-beam and high-beam operation.

Switch the headlights to low-beam and then connect only the red wire of the high-beam LED headlight to only the power wire of the truck's high-beam headlight connector. You can do this with a jumper wire or by aligning the two connectors in such a way that only the one pin is mated. Then touch the ground pin of the LED headlight to a grounding point on your vehicle by touching it to the chassis or using a jumper wire to the chassis or the (-) battery post.


I suggest that you take power from the truck's high-beam headlight plug to operate both the low-beam and the high-beam headlight, this will leave the truck's low-beam headlight plugs free for getting your high-beam indicator working again.


Step 3: Connect the power wire of the truck's high-beam headlight connector to both the Red wire of the LED high-beam headlight AND the White wire of the LED low-beam headlight

Step 4: Connect the ground wire of the truck's high-beam headlight connector to the Black wire of the LED high-beam headlight

Step 5: Connect the Black wire of the LED low-beam headlight directly to a grounding point on the vehicle


At this point both low beam and high beam headlights should function properly, but I expect that your high-beam indicator will not work.


Here is what you need to make the connections wihtout modifying your original wiring harness:


Here's a couple of options for wiring connectors:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q3UZQ50

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0097AA478


You can easily find other similar products if you search for

"H4 pigtail male"

"H4 pigtail female"

"H4 socket female"


You will need 3 male connectors and 4 female connectors. One of the male connectors will be used to fix your high beam indicator.


Section Three:



Here is how you fix the high beam indicator:

Here is the list of items that you will need to get your high beam indicator working again:

• One male H4 pigtail (mentioned in my previous email)

• One 12V Relay and Socket https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JPPQH6

◦ Any 12V relay and socket should work except for “NC” (normally closed) type relays. Relays and sockets should readily available at any auto parts store

• One resistor (this is where you get to make a decision)

◦ I would suggest a 10ohm resistor capable of handling 5 watts, similar to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087ZE402

◦ The resistor can have a resistance anywhere from 1 to 50 ohm (I don’t recommend less than 5 ohm or more than 30). The resistance you choose will determine how bright your high beam indicator light is. A 5 ohm resistor will make the indicator about as bright as it was with the original headlights. Increasing the resistance to 10, 20 or 30 ohms will reduce the brightness of your high beam indicator by roughly 10, 20 and 30% respectively. Some people find that the high beam indicator is brighter than necessary with the original headlight setup.

◦ The catch with this resistor is that, due to the Toyota wiring setup, the resistor gets a full 12 volts when you use the “flash mode” of your vehicles headlights (pulling the high/low beam lever towards the steering wheel briefly). If someone were to hold the lever in flash mode, the resistor would get very hot and burn out. If you want to avoid this possibility, the resistor must be able to handle the full 12 volts indefinitely. In order to calculate what size (wattage) of resistor is necessary, you must take the voltage squared and divide it by the resistance that you choose (P = V2/R) P = Power in watts, V = voltage, R = resistance in ohms. If you choose a 10 ohm resistor and assume an operating voltage of 14.4 volts, the resistor must be able to handle at least 20.736 watts. A 10 ohm, 20 watt resistor (similar to www.amazon.com/dp/B0087YHQLW) would probably be very safe. If you aren’t concerned about someone holding the flash mode on for more than a few seconds at a time, I think a 10 ohm 5 watt resistor would be more than adequate. In most cases where the flash mode is only ever used for a quick flash, a 1 watt resistor would probably be just fine. The system will operate just fine with no resistor in place until you try to use flash mode, at which time you will blow both headlight fuses.


If your truck is set up for H4656 sealed beam headlights, which I believe it is, your truck’s low beam headlight connector should be configured as shown in this image:


Note: The pictures and diagrams did not copy over. If you DM me, I can e-mail them to you


Here is a basic diagram of a basic “NO” (normally open) relay:




Terminals 85 and 86 are the “activation” side of the relay and terminals 87 and 30 are the “switched” side of the relay. When you apply 12 volts across terminals 85 and 86 (in either direction), the relay closes the switch connecting terminals 30 and 87. You should hear the relay click when you apply power to the activation terminals.



The common (+) terminal of one of your truck’s low beam plugs must be connected to one terminal on the activation side of the relay AND one terminal on the switched side of the relay. The high-beam terminal of must be connected to the other terminal on the activation side of the relay. The low beam terminal must be connected to the other terminal on the switched side of the relay with the resistor connected in-line.


I’ve attached an image of the high beam indicator fixer that I just pulled out of my 80 series cruiser so you can see how these 3 pieces look assembled. The lead on one end of my resistor broke, probably due to corrosion. The 80 series cruiser is wired for H4 headlight bulbs and I believe your 60 series is wired for H4656 sealed beam headlights so don’t try to use this image as a guide for your wiring configuration.



Section Four:



E-mail from Daniel Stern at Automotive Lighting Products:


The original headlamps are sealed beams. No matter what brand or when made, these are primitive and barely marginally adequate. They produce a dim, narrow, brownish tunnel of poorly-focused light, very little light on the road surface, no side spill, and a great deal of upward stray light that causes backdazzle in bad weather. You can do much better than these, but you have to be picky and shop carefully because most of what's on the market is junk (though all of it is advertised as an "upgrade").


If you want the top-of-the-heap option, it's these American-made LED headlamps, which are phenomenally good and will not require relays because they draw less current than even the weak sealed beams:


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X6BYMIQ/?tag=2402507-20 (low beam) and

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X6C3PRY/?tag=2402507-20 (high beam)


Step down from there is these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I5VQSOM/?tag=2402507-20 (low beam)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I5VJUCO/?tag=2402507-20 (high beam)


EIther of these will drop right in place of the sealed beams, and won't require relays or any wiring modifications (power consumption lower than even the weak sealed beams). They are not cheap in any sense of the word; this, especially the JW Speaker item, is a commercial-grade headlamp popular with over-the-road truckers and bus fleet owners. They work and hold up extremely well. But they also cost a lot of money! You'll see a whole lot of imitations of these products, including presentations right on the Amazon pages. JUNK, all of it, do not buy.


If that much money isn't in the budget for headlamps, then the shopping list looks like this:


Cibie parabolic-reflector replaceable-bulb halogen headlamp units, $89/ea (Set of 4 = $356)

Philips H4+130 high/low beam bulbs, $43.18/pair

Flosser-Narva 55w+50 high-beam bulbs, $35.18/pair.

Wiring adaptors, $49/pair


All of this equipment will operate safely (i.e., no fires or other such badness) on the unmodified stock wiring.


Other upgrades worth doing:


Can also make your front and rear sidemarker lights 60% brighter for safer side-on visibility of the car at night, $4.59/bulb.


Your front turn signals are presently invisible from the side, but there is an easy modification you can make to the front side marker lights' hookup so that they do double-duty as side markers _and_ side turn signal flashers, see Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply . This is a very good safety improvement, as your turn signals become visible to the side (cars in the next lane, bicyclists, pedestrians) instead of just front- or rear-on. It is also fully road-legal.


With your two-wire side marker lights you have two options for how to do this, both described at the link. Use the logic module method (module kit $59) if you want the side markers always to flash in phase with the front and rear indicators, or use the cross-feed method (no module required, just a couple of wire connectors) if you don't mind opposite-phase flashing of the front side marker light when the parking lamps or headlamps are lit. Either way is legal throughout North America; elsewhere in the world, international rules do not permit opposite-phase flashing because it's considered potentially confusing to an observer who can see both the front and the side flashers at the same time.


I also have excellent high-quality LED center 3rd brake light retrofit kits from Hella New Zealand; see Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply -- definitely not the dimestore junk that flooded the market in the '80s and '90s. It is $77.59 for the lamp kit with installation supplies and materials. You'd need a Model 39 for your FJ62.


Daytime running lights significantly reduce your risk of being in a crash during the daytime, and are required equipment in Canada, throughout Europe, and in a large and growing number of other countries throughout the world because they are a very cost-effective safety device (i.e., they work). You can easily enable this functionality in your vehicle using a DRL-1 module ($59); see DRL-1 Daytime Running Lamp Module Installation for instructions and demonstration videos. This is the best way to put a daytime running light function on a vehicle not originally equipped (or which has had its headlamp-based DRLs disabled for nstallation of headlight relays). The module enables the steady-burning operation of both front directional signals as daytime running lights (except, of course, when you're signalling

for a turn). They produce a light distribution with a wide view angle, are generally well located for DRL service at the outboard edges of the front of the vehicle, consume considerably less power than any headlamp-based DRL implementation, use light sources of generally much longer life than a headlight bulb, do not encourage improper nighttime use of lights, and do not require additional lighting devices to be added. A large variety of vehicles from a wide array of makers use this implementation. It is steady-lit operation of the bright amber turn signals (except when they are flashing to signal a turn) -- it is not steady operation of the dim parking lamps; parking lights are not bright enough and don't have the right view angles to serve the daytime running light function. Turn signal DRLs comply with US and Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards #108 and are approved in all states, provinces, and territories.


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Hope this helps somebody. Good Luck with your upgrade.

 
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Thanks! That's a lot to take in but seems doable. Adding your pictures to the thread would also be super helpful.

Although after reading this really someone should be making up some wireing adapters. I think there is a market for someone to make a little money on a product.
 
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To make it really simple: Take the positive wire from the high beams and connect it to the high and low beams. Ground the negative wire from the high beams back to the high beam ground. Run the ground wire from the low beams to the chassis. Done. All the above instructions just tell you who to do that in detail and how to make a very simple wiring harness so you can do this without altering stock wiring.
 

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Mine hooked up very easy, although I do not have the last version of the headlights. I wish that when I switched to Hi beam that the lows

would stay on. Any fix for that?
 
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Yes. You will not have that issue. They will both stay on. Some people mention that they had a problem with the high beams flickering. If that happens, you have the polarity reversed.
 

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There be light!! Thank you so much for this! Although being in Cally I don't need the heated lens, but if I upgrade I will surely use
www.highperformancelighting.ca

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Can you post up a picture of your high beam selection harness? I am having a hard time figuring it out.

PS - x2 on the nice bumper - where's it from?
 

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Ignore the Blue wires not used. I was short a connector for the final ground connection hence the electrical tape on the Yellow and Black wire, that will be fixed tomorrow. This covers(section 2) the step #1-#5 in the write up. The lowbeam connector is not used in this set-up picture.

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All right, complication #1: I have a European spec 24V HJ61.

I do not have high beam power when the low beams come on. I have checked both sides.

Should I power both high beams off of one side of the low beam positive and use the second side for the high beam switch correction relay?
 

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I can confirm that these installation instructions work for Trucklites as well.

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Here’s my first attempt at a harness.

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Now onto the high beam selector circuit; wish me luck because I frankly don’t understand how to wire it.
 

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It was actually very straightforward.

On the low beam switch:

Common wire to relay terminals 86 AND 87.
High beam wire to relay terminal 85.
Low beam wire to relay terminal 30 with the resistor in line.

I used a 25W 10ohm resistor.

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Beers to our Canadian friends who came up with this. Having all 4 lights lit up on high beam is an amazing amount of light.

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This maybe better suited for the 24V/diesel forum, but my Euro spec 24V HJ61 works with JW Speaker 8800 Evo 2’s nearly plug and play:

I only had to switch the polarity of the high beam headlight.

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Second, I made a simple h4 to h4656 conversion harness:

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And everything works: low beams, low and high on together when high beam selected, high beam light on dash works, and flash function works.

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Does anyone have any idea if this works for other Euro spec trucks? I cannot find a different wiring diagram on a cursory MUD search. My truck doesn’t look like it’s been hacked up; I don’t see a bunch of relays, etc stuffed in the fenders.

Puzzling, but I’ll take it. The amount of light and field of illumination is startlingly better than my FJ62 with Trucklites.
 

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This thread is awesome, and almost exactly what I'm looking for. However, while I'm also 24v like @bottombracket, I'd additionally like to have all 4 lights on when in low beam. if I've got 4 lights that are all low-high capable, why not wire have 4 lights on low beam, too?
 

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