Ford F-150/F-250: Aftermarket Light Modifications

Aftermarket lights are a great upgrade to your Ford F-150 or Super Duty. Here are some popular modifications.

By Cynthia Griffith - November 19, 2014
Contributors: Ty, Kameyerjr

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250 Super Duty (2005-2014).

Aftermarket light modifications can enhance the looks of the Ford F-150 or F-250 Super Duty and increase its value. This article will cover the different types of aftermarket light upgrades such as off-road lights, spot lights, and light bar lights.

There are varying opinions regarding the benefits of purchasing lesser known brands of aftermarket lights but the average driver’s experience has been positive. Since high-end lights can be incredibly expensive, it might be worth it to surf the internet for no frills alternatives. There are three main types of lights to choose from, all of which could enhance the overall appearance of your Ford. These types are covered below.

Off-road Lights

These lights are great for trailblazing and serious off-road activities. By adding additional lighting to the front of your vehicle, everything in front of you is brighter and easier to see. If you’re interested in increasing visibility, this option is ideal.

Figure 1. F-150 with off-road lights.


For a narrower beam of illumination, you could try one or more spotlights. Spotlights give you the freedom to shine to the side when the truck is facing forward.

Figure 2. F-150 with a spotlight.

Light Bar

Pricey but beneficial for genuine lighting enthusiasts, the light bar features a constant stream of light that pours out all over the road. These lights are only legal when off-roading and are not for on-road use.

Figure 3. F-150 with a light bar.

Installing aftermarket lights is a big decision that will unquestionably change your truck's appearance and functionality; however, this upgrade can come with a rather hefty price tag, especially if you enlist the help of a professional. On the other hand, installing the lights yourself could result in electrical problems down the line if you make a mistake. For this reason alone, professional installation is recommended unless you have an adequate amount of installation experience.

The majority of F-150 and Super Duty drivers who have aftermarket lights installed agree that their Ford’s function and appearance was dramatically increased. The coolest thing about this upgrade is that drivers don’t have to use the lighting features unless they choose to, so the truck won’t lose any appeal on more conservative drivers. Racing enthusiasts and off-road drivers are more likely to be interested in purchasing an F-150 or Super Duty with aftermarket lights already installed.

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