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Upgrading To H4 - What To Do With "City Light"?

Well, after a hiatus from DIY it's time to do some work on the 911. Mostly little deferred maintenance things, but I'm also taking the $500 plunge for the Bosch H4 headlight upgrade (from my H5's).

Now, I "think" the Bosch H4 headlight units I ordered from Pelican will come with the bulb sockets for the European "city lights". I understand my US '89 Carrera is not wired for that light, but I can fix that.

The question is, has anyone found an actual use for the "city lights"? Do you wire them up as daytime running lights? As extra turn-signal lights? Is there any real reason to wire them up?
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not really...they look cool with the parking lights on though...
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Hooked mine up to parking lights too - does look cool.

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wired to parking light circuit. I know it is illegal in some states to drive with parking lights on only. This might help you slip by the local constabulary if you're only using your parking lights at dusk...

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any other hints on how to wire them to the parking circuit? what bulbs do use for them?
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Do the H4 housings come with city light sockets? Wonder if i can mount some in my H1's. Anyone do this on H1's before?

City lights would seem a good source for daytime driving lights. Good idea, John L !
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any other hints on how to wire them to the parking circuit? what bulbs do use for them?
My SC had existing connections for them in the headlight bucket taped off from the factory. If not, you'd have to tap into the parking lite wire. As for the bulb, the socket in the H4 bucket for the city light is removable, so just take it down to the LAPS and find one to fit.

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Daytime running lights

I don't know how to do it, but I would look into configuring them as daytime running lights.

I added a relay to have my lights on when my truck is running (daytime running lights) and was able to get a minor cut in my insurance for the upgrade.

Just an added thought.

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Re: Daytime running lights

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I don't know how to do it, but I would look into configuring them as daytime running lights.
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This is how mine are wired - I used a generic "gutted" GM module, wiring is simple, takes about 30 minutes to install.

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here you go

Uprated bulbs for H5 headlights
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What am I missing? I ordered new H4's from Pelican, paid the big bucks and installed them and they DO NOT have a provision for the "citylights" that everyone is talking about. They are definitely H4's, so what gives?
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Here is the back of an H4 from Pelican # 0-301-800-103-M14 that I got in December.

The main connection is on the left, the city light is on the right.



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It just so happens that I am doing an H5 to H4 conversion tomorrow on a customer's car. I'll try and remember to bring my camera and take installation pictures. I removed the H5s already so there won't be any "before" pictures. I always wire up the ghost lights (city lights) just for the coolness factor when the parking lights are on.
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I used the wiring and socket from the parking lights for the city lights and then installed the Euro extra pad that fills in the hole in the bumper where the parking lights were for the full Euro look.
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FYI, the "city lights" are actually the European parking lights. Not legal to use them alone while driving in Germany. I like the day time running light idea.
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Wonder if i can mount some in my H1's. Anyone do this on H1's before?
There is a model of H1s that has the city lights bulb sockets. A different part number than standard H1. I had one, was looking for a mate for awhile. Got fed up and sold it. It's the one on the left. Note the extra socket and brass ground connection plate.

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I'm going to try coloring the "city light" bulb yellow, and wiring it to flash with the front turn signal. If I can get my right headlight to appear to blink yellow-white-yellow when I am signalling a right turn, I think that will be pretty cool. Or not. Anyway, it's that or the Yosemite Sam mudflaps.
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Anyway, it's that or the Yosemite Sam mudflaps.
LMAO! Haven't seen any of those for awhile.
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