Western Star Tail-Turn-Break LED Light Kit
The Boogey Lights® Tail-Turn-Break LED Light Kit for the Western Star 5700 attaches to each side of the rear fairing and integrates with the truck's tail, turn and brake lights. The kit consists of four Heavy Duty RED led strips, two on each side with 135 LEDs on each side of the truck. Each LED has 3 diodes. When connected to the truck's brake/tail/turn lights using the included heavy duty relays, one - two - or all three diodes in each LED light up whenever the tail lights are on, brake pedal is pressed or turning indicators engaged. This is a stand-alone kit. If you want to add accent lighting for the rear fairing area, this tail-turn-brake light kit can be purchased as an add-on with that kit. Click on the VIDEO tab to see this lighting system (and the others) in action.
NOTE: Starting June 1, 2022 we have modified this kit slightly such that we now only use our HEAVY DUTY LED strips for these LEDs. Each side of the truck has a 75 and 60 LED Heavy Duty LED strip. We no longer are shipping the low-profile surface mounted strips for this kit as shown in the photos.
DOT COMPLIANCE: The AMBER and RED single color LED strips are DOT COMPLIANT. They conform to applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108 requirements.
OTHER ITEMS YOU MAY NEED TO COMPLETE YOUR INSTALL. No two installation scenarios are the same. Not everyone shares the same installation quality goals. Some folks are OK with twisting wires together, others want to solder them. Some folks are OK with running wires where they may be seen or unprotected to save money/time, others want a tidy, clean install without any wires showing. Some folks are OK with mounting their LED strips to whatever surface they can find, others want to take the time necessary to build out appropriate mounting surfaces to provide the best lighting effect on their vehicle. The point is it's not possible to provide all the materials necessary for all installation scenarios and quality goals. Our light kits provide the essential components needed for a high-quality, functioning lighting system. Installation of our light kit to your specific vehicle may however require additional items to make it look and fit the way you want. This is particularly the case with electrical wiring and mounting of LED strips. Before proceeding with your installation we suggest you consider THESE OTHER ITEMS.
Installation of this led light kit takes 2 - 3 hours depending on how you elect to do the tail-turn-brake light integration. You can download the Installation Manual directly from our website to get an idea of what's involved.
There are 4 mounting locations. Two Heavy Duty LED strips on each side of the truck along the end of the fairing facing rear-ward. The first step is to rivet the included right angle black plastic moulding to each of the four fairing extensions on the truck. Our kit includes the 5/16" rivets to do this. We recommend at least 4 rivets in each piece. The RED Tail / Turn / Brake LED light strips mount to the outside of each of the plastic angles facing toward the rear of the truck. The power leads from these LED strips run down the fairing and from there will connect to the relay housing which we suggest locating immediately behind the cab or similar location where the relay housing can be accessed if needed. A 10 awg battery cable needs to be run to the truck's battery and connected to the 12vdc + power with the included fuse holder. The 12vdc - needs to be connected to the frame.
For integration with the truck's tail-turn-brake lights to make the system work you need access to THREE circuits: the truck's tail light circuit, left turn signal and right turn signal. The truck's brake light uses the same light as the turn signals. Where you pull those circuits from is up to you HOWEVER we prefer to pull them directly from the rear tail light assembly on the rear the truck and then run a feeder cable up to the relay housing where the connections are made. We think it's easier (and cleaner) to do it this way while minimizing the possibility you might interfere with any of the truck's other electrical systems (which is always a concern in these situations). The reality however is that you can also find these wires in the wiring harness that runs on the inside of the frame rails back to the rear tail light assembly. On the frame (aka 'chassis') ground, it's super important to make sure the surface you're connecting to is bare metal. In many cases you'll have grind off the painted surface first. Refer to the RELAY wiring diagram at the end of the guide.
NOTE: You must use the three 40amp RELAYS we provide in the kit. Do not attempt to run the Boogey Lights tail/turn/brake light system using the truck's own lighting system power. Doing so will over-load the truck's LCM which will cause all of the lights on the truck to shut down. When that happens, you won't have any lights at all.
Here are some photos from our Installation Manual. NOTE: A number of these photos are from our FREIGHTLINER Tail-Turn-Brake light kit. The installation process is the same with the Western Star. Note too that these photos show our low-profile LED surface mounted strips. We are now using our Heavy Duty LED strips for this light kit.
In this video we show you how we install our Tail - Turn - Brake light system. This video features a 2012 Freightliner Cascadia but the process is the same regardless of the truck make, year or model.