A Proper Tutorial – How To Wire Chicken Lights Step By Step


People like to have chicken lights on their vehicles, mostly on the heavy-loaded trucks to increase the conspicuous view. Do you also need to wire these chicken lights?

Well, chicken lights, also known as marker lights, are the small lights that can give a blink of enlightenment to your vehicles. It’s so prompt nowadays and essential also when your cars most often are running in the dark.

Howsoever, if you also need to drive in the dark mostly, then you may feel the necessity of installing these kinds of lights. But wiring the lights seem very puzzling sometimes.

Don’t freak out. In this writing, we will show you a quick and straightforward process about how to wire chicken lights.

Where Can You Wire the Chicken Lights

Before wiring the chicken lights at first, know where you can wire them. Well, the primary purpose of these lights is to manifest viewing options while driving at night. Mostly when you are driving a heavily loaded truck, the headlights may not be enough for the total view.

People prefer to wire these lights on the roof of the vehicles or on the sidebars. Moreover, the size of this light is not massive, so you can have two or more and give an outstanding look both at driving and exterior looks.

Tools You Need

While wiring the chicken lights, you will need some tools. So,  have them first with you lest you should look back and fro in the middle of working. You will need

  • A screwdriver to attach the lights firmly
  • Drill machine to make wholes for lights setup
  • Splicer to connect wires
  • Scale for accurate measuring
  • Long wire to provide a connection to all the lights
  • And the chicken lights

How to Wire Chicken Lights

Well, whether you install the lights on the roof bar of the truck/cab or the trailer/ sidebar, the primary process is the same. So, let’s get started.

Step 1: Mark the  Areas Where You Will Place the Light

At first, select and mark the places where you want to set the chicken lights. For that, you can choose the areas with proper measurement. It would be best if you label them accurately using scales. Otherwise, it may look very odd and dissonant from the outside.

Step 2: Drill the Areas with a Drill Machine

Now take a drill machine and make holes as per the size of your wire of the lights. You may take the drill nuts of any length, but make sure the holes are bigger enough to bring out the cable.

Step 3: Place the Lights

Now place the lights on the marked areas and secure with nuts tightly. Keep the wire side on the back so that the wire is not shown from outside.

Step 4: Select the Power Source Wire

Well, in this step, you need to be very careful. You have to select your power source wire from where the lights will get power to enlighten. Here, you can choose the cables providing power to your parking lights or the backlights.

For that, you need to open the backlight panel and find out the source wire. You will see green, brown, black, and yellow color wire mostly. Some cars may not have the black one or maybe a white one instead of brown.

You should know here that the green and yellow wires are for turning signal lights, and the brown or the white wire is for trail lights. So, you have to select the brown wire or the white.

Step 5: Know the  Source Wire of the Lights

Know the source wire or the hot-wire of the chicken lights, that you have to connect with the power source. Most of the lights have two types of wire-one black that are positive and another white or brown color that is positive. So, you have to find the negative to connect with the power source. For this, you must select the brown wire or rarely the white in some cases.

Step 6: Connect the Wires

Now connect the wire of the lights with the power wire that is the brown one. You can join the cables with a splicer. You won’t need to cut any wires and connect them by using a splicer.

But if you don’t have any splicer, then you can cut the wires carefully and attach them with your hands. But make sure you switch off all the power connections. If you connect the wires manually, then, after that, you have to wrap a tape around the wiring joint for long time betterment issues.

Step 7: Connect the Grounding Wire

Now join the remaining black wire of the lights with the grounding wire from the backlight panel. Some chicken lights may not have black wires, in that case, no further issue. Skip this step.

Step 8: Check the  Lights

Now your chicken lights wiring is done. Check the lights by turning on the switch of the backlights. If it lightens up, then what else enjoy your night driving.

Final Words

Installing chicken lights is not that hard task. But people tend to get scared of doing such electrical functions without any expert’s support.

So, here is all about the process of how to wire chicken lights. So, read our writing, and you can know the process of wiring the chicken lights or the clearance lights.

By reading our writing, you can quickly learn the process because every step given here is safe and secure.

Kevin Davids

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