How To: Adding LED Lights to Power Wheels F150
Alright, so you went ahead and bought one of the greatest toys for either adult or child – a Power Wheels by Fisher Price – and you want to be able to drive around at night without crashing into everything. The solution would be to add headlights and taillights to your Power Wheels. With this how-to guide, this is a pretty easy task and best of all, M16 type LED bulbs are easy to find and an almost direct drop-in for headlights, fog lights and taillights of your Power Wheels. They require just a little bit of work and trimming to get a perfect looking fit.
Items Needed for Lights on PowerWheels:
- A Power Wheels Ford F150
- 2x M16 White 120* bulbs for Headlights
- 2x M16 Yellow 120* bulbs for Fog lights
- 2x 1157 Red bulb for Taillights
- Dremel with cut-off, grinder, drill
- Hot glue gun
- Soldering gun & solder
Installing LED Headlights on Your Power Wheels
You will need to trim down the plastic T shaped tab on the back of the lens with a dremel and then drill out a hole big enough to fit the connector end of the LED lights through. Don’t make a hole too big though because you need material to hold the light in place. You just want to drill big enough to have the socket part of the light go through and the center part of the lens removed.
Line up the 2″ diameter M16 LED light and glue it on from the back using either hot glue or some other plastic safe adhesive. Be sure angle the lens correctly to avoid it shining in weird directions.
Installing LED Fog lights to Your Power Wheels
Remove the fake fog light lens and cover by looking behind the bumper and pushing in the tabs and pushing them out. Once you have that done, the new M16 LED fog lights will fit right into the front bumper.
Installing LED Taillights on Your Power Wheels
Now to install the taillights. There is really no easy way to get to it, so the easiest way is to take off the rear bed and just get right to it. Drill a hole through the black plastic where ever you want to mount the LED. It will be tight but it can be done. You can also remove the black plastic piece but I avoided doing that. Once you have the hole drilled out, put the LED in there. I used a red LED because the red LED has more light in the red spectrum than the white and since it will only show red, it would shine brighter than if you were to use a white LED. Here is what it looks like installed:
LED Wiring Tips & Finished Light Install
Now you will need to wire it all in. I drilled a small hole where the power wires come in for the front lights/fogs with a small hole in the rear and ran the wires under the seat and shifter cover plastics. Make sure that you connect and test the lights because the LED will only light up if you have the polarities correct. If you have the polarities backwards, they will not light up. So be sure to test each one before finishing everything up or soldering/heat shrinking everything in place. Also note the voltage! The M16 bulbs are for 12V systems only so if you have a Power Wheels that’s 6v, you’ll need to either add another 6v in series or have an additional 12v battery for the lights.
After your hard work, this is what the Power Wheels F-150 ends up looking like in the dark after adding the headlights, fog lights, and taillights:
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