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post #1 of 4 Old 06-18-2018, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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2013 C-MAX LED headlights

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I recently bought a 2013 C-max SEL and want to install LED bulbs for the low beams. I went with a kit that I have used before for our 2014 Chrysler T&C. When the lights are on in acc mode, they work fine. When you turn the car on, they are on for 1/2 a second, then they shut off. I believe this is due to the wattage / voltage being lower than expected for the LED bulbs versus regular incandescent bulbs.

Does anyone know of an off the shelf bright LED kit that connects directly to the battery AND connects to the stock wiring going to each headlight so that the interior controls still work normally? Or is there some other workaround that someone knows of? I am in IT, but I do not know electrical work very much. I would not be comfortable with too much jury-rigging.

Also, if anyone has put LED bulbs in for the fog lights, I would like to do those as well. Does anyone know if those suffer from the same issue as the low beam headlights? If you know of a kit that would work for this, I would love to know of it.


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Hi,

I recently bought a 2013 C-max SEL and want to install LED bulbs for the low beams. I went with a kit that I have used before for our 2014 Chrysler T&C. When the lights are on in acc mode, they work fine. When you turn the car on, they are on for 1/2 a second, then they shut off. I believe this is due to the wattage / voltage being lower than expected for the LED bulbs versus regular incandescent bulbs.

Does anyone know of an off the shelf bright LED kit that connects directly to the battery AND connects to the stock wiring going to each headlight so that the interior controls still work normally? Or is there some other workaround that someone knows of? I am in IT, but I do not know electrical work very much. I would not be comfortable with too much jury-rigging.

Also, if anyone has put LED bulbs in for the fog lights, I would like to do those as well. Does anyone know if those suffer from the same issue as the low beam headlights? If you know of a kit that would work for this, I would love to know of it.


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Get a BOW3 kit off amazon. The plug in line with the bulbs. Ford pulses headlight voltage and also DRLs run at a lower voltage which never works well with LEDs / HIDs. Installed this inline with wife's cmax LED lights and work great.
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Get a BOW3 kit off amazon. The plug in line with the bulbs. Ford pulses headlight voltage and also DRLs run at a lower voltage which never works well with LEDs / HIDs. Installed this inline with wife's cmax LED lights and work great.
Do you need a set of these for the low beam and the high beam?

I am looking to replace the low and high beams with LED bulbs.
Thinking of going with the Hikari H11 for the lows




And the 9005 for the high beam.

I want to make sure I only have to take the headlights on/off 1 time and not have to go back in there and redo.

Will I need two sets of the BOW3 ?

Thank you for the update!
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-07-2019, 12:32 PM
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Also read that the Focus headlight housing will not support an LED bulb because of the large fan on the back of the bulb. Any issues with the C-Max headlight housing?
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