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Golf Cart Lights Questions:
- Should I purchase regular or LED golf cart lights? What are the advantages of LED lights?
- How do I figure out which light kit to buy for my golf cart?
- What is a golf cart voltage reducer?
- Can I install a basic light kit (with just head lights and tail lights) and drive on the streets?
- If I installed a street legal lights kit on my golf cart, can I take it right out and drive it on the street?
- I want to buy a light kit for my Club Car Precedent: What is the deal with the years 2004-2008.5 and 2008.5+ kits?
Install/Troubleshoot Golf Cart Lights:
- Can my golf cart be ON during installation?
- While installing my light kit, should the cart be in the “TOW” or “RUN” position?
- Will I need to do any additional cutting to make the new headlights and taillights fit in the existing holes?
- Do I need to unhook the positive (red) and negative (black) connections from the battery or battery pack prior to installation of my lights?
- I have a gas golf cart. Do I need to engage the parking brake prior to installation?
- I’ve hooked up the light kit and voltage reducer, but some of the lights are not coming on or came on for a minute and went off. What’s the deal?
- Golf cart headlights are hooked up and work fine, but what are the 2 wires with bullet connectors?
- When I activate my brake light, it stays on for about 60 seconds before going off. Is this normal?
There are a number of reasons to upgrade to LED lights, but here are just a few of the advantages of LEDs over halogens: LED lights are considerably brighter, so they make driving at night time or in the early mornings much easier. Something that a lot of people don’t know is, while they are much brighter, it does NOT mean that they are less energy efficient. In fact, they use LESS energy than halogen bulbs, giving you the ability to use them for up to 50,000 hours and drive farther on a single charge. LED lights also are not made of glass so they are more durable and do not require any warm-up time so they perform better in cold weather.
Please see our guide on How to Buy A Golf Cart Light Kit.
A voltage reducer is an electricity regulation device designed to automatically convert a higher voltage into a lower voltage (i.e. take 16 volts down to 12 volts, or 48 volts down to 12 volts). Why is this so important you might ask? Because ALL electrical golf cart accessories run on ONLY 12V’s. If you own a 48V or 36V golf cart, and if you do not install or properly hook up a voltage reducer, you will put too much voltage through your lights, resulting in blown lights (and generally voiding all warranties - see blown board image below). It is essential that you have and properly hook up a voltage reducer if you plan on using lights or electrical accessories on your golf cart. Even the most basic voltage reducer will do the job, taking 16,18, 36 or 48 volts down to 12. Check out Golf Cart Voltage Reducers for more information.
Just like a full-sized vehicle, there are certain indicators that you will need in order to make your cart legal to drive on the street, such as turn signals, brake lights, horn, etc. These items are not included with a basic lights package. Note: If you already have working headlights and taillights on your golf cart, you can always just upgrade your cart with the necessary parts to make it street legal. See Parts & Accessories.
This is a very common question, but also a complex one. We have an entire resource page dedicated to this very issue, see How To Make A Golf Cart Street Legal. In short, the laws on this topic vary not only from state to state, but also by municipality/city. The cardinal rule before taking your golf cart out on the street, EVEN WITH the proper lighting/indicators is: CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS. Laws and rules are constantly changing, so before taking your golf cart out on the roads, ALWAYS check with your local municipality.
All Club Car Precedent golf carts manufactured between 2004-2008 and halfway through 2008 (2008.5), were pre-wired with the basic bucket wiring harness. After the halfway point in 2008 (2008.5+), Club Car STOPPED pre-installing the wiring harnesses on their carts. As a result, Club Car Precedent golfcarts made after 2008.5 need a basic wiring harness. So, for example, if you own a 2009 Club Car Precedent, you would not want to order a 2004-2008.5 light kit as it will not come with the necessary harness to hook up your lights. Instead, you'd want to opt for the 2008.5+ kit. The “+” indicates to our warehouse that you need the additional harness. Here are links to the two light kit options: Basic Club Car Precedent Light Kit & Street Legal/Deluxe Club Car Precedent Light Kit.
No. Prior to beginning installation, always make sure you turn the key to the OFF position.
Your golf cart should always be in the TOW position when installing electrical accessories such as lights.
I want to upgrade my headlights and taillights and already have the holes/cut-outs where the lights should go on my cart. Will I need to do any additional cutting to make the new headlights and taillights fit in the existing holes?
Our light kits are made to replace any previously installed factory light kit that you would have on your cart. With that said, because they are made to replace the factory lights, they should slide into the existing cut-outs that you have, with no additional cutting. If you’re unsure and would like to double check, we are always happy to send the cut-out templates so you can match up the dimensions prior to ordering. Many of these are included on the specific product pages.
Yes. You will need to remove the system’s positive and negative connections from the battery or battery pack prior to beginning installation. If you don't do this, you could shock yourself.
Yes. If you have a gas golf cart, you will need to engage the parking brake prior to installation. This ensures that your golf cart stays put while you’re working on it.
The first question we always ask is: Do you have the kit hooked up properly per the included instructions? We always recommend doing a double take, just to make sure that everything is hooked up right (wiring harnesses, connections, etc). Generally, it’s a loose connection or something hooked up wrong that causes the lights not to function properly. Given that all wiring is hooked up right, the next question (and also the most important): Is the voltage reducer hooked up properly? If the voltage reducer was hooked up improperly, the lights may have been blown out due to over-voltage. What you will need to do is check what voltage your cart is running at. Because all electrical accessories run on 12V, and the reducer's job is to take higher voltages down to 12V. Thus, you should be seeing no more than 12V’s coming out of your voltage reducer. If you see anything higher than 12V’s, your voltage reducer was probably installed incorrectly and lights are now blown (generally improper user installation voids all warranties). If you see no more than 12V’s, it’s possible that your lights are defective, in which case, if you purchased from us, we will absolutely get you taken care of.
The two wires are used for the hi/low beams. When used with the street legal/deluxe harness and turn signal switches, you can apply hi/low beams. If there is no turn signal hook up or plug-and-play harness, you can connect the two wires with bullet connectors together to initiate low beams only or leave them disconnected for HIGH beams only.
Yes. This is completely normal. The brake pad/switch has a timer relay built in. When the brake pedal is locked and the brake switch is activated, it keeps the lights on for about 60 seconds before shutting them off.