7" Bright Earth LED Headlight Install - 69' Chevy C-10

Author: Skylar Drake | 05/29/2020 < Back to Motor Life Home

While I've made great progress on updating my Dad's daily driver to being a more modern hot rod, there has been one area that is lacking. Lighting. The factory headlights make this truck difficult to drive at night time. When Bright Earth introduced their 7" LED headlights, I knew this would be a great opportunity for an upgrade! 

To catch you up to speed, this 1969 Chevrolet C-10 has been my Dad's personal driver for over 25 years. It now sports a stock 5.3L Gen III LS engine, with a Holley Hi-Ram intake manifold, Hooker turbo manifolds and an STS 60mm turbo. Backing that up is a GM 4L80e transmission from an 05' Express van with a HAYS 97-1J28F stall converter. All of this is controlled by Holley's Dominator EFI system with integrated transmission control that will eventually handle boost control and flex-fuel duties.

Installation of these headlights will take around an hour and require a few modifications to parking light/turn signal wiring and some trimming to the headlight buckets themselves. Bright Earth's LED lights are self-contained and sealed against weather but are roughly .75" deeper then a standard H2064 headlight. If not interested in using the integrated light bar, these head lights will plug directly into your existing headlight harness without no wiring modifications. NOTE: These are intended for off-road use and have been untested for compliance with U.S. or Canadian Vehicle Safety Standards.

Installation could have been completed in less than an hour, however we struggled to remove the rusty headlight bezel screws. The overall light output has increased drastically compared to factory lighting and while we do run a larger aftermarket alternator, the amperage draw difference was considerable.

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