2013 F150 Rolls Out New HID Headlights

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One of the big changes for the 2013 Ford F-150, aside from the addition of a new Limited model, was the availability of HID headlights on many models as either a standard or optional feature. Although high-intensity discharge lights themselves are nothing new in the automotive industry, dating back more than two decades on luxury models, the F-150 is the first mainstream application of HIDs on a full-size truck.

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Why has it taken so long for the popular lighting option to make its way onto trucks? The first is cost, with early HIDs often being a four-figure option. Costs have come down over the years, but another issue that’s not as critical in passenger cars is vibration and shock resistance. Ford engineers worked with Osram Automotive Lighting, the supplier for the HID modules, to specifically design the lights to hold up to the harsher conditions pickups are likely to encounter on rough roads and off-road trails.

An added benefit to the Osram units on the F-150 is that the light and ballast are both mercury-free, highlighting Ford’s commitment to the environment. Osram claims it’s the only supplier that currently offers a mercury-free HID lighting system.

Source: Osram Sylvania

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11 thoughts on “2013 F150 Rolls Out New HID Headlights

  • May 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm
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    These lights are garbage. They do not show as much light to the sides as the old lighting system. There is a distinct line app. 6 ft. off of the ground. My truck lights show the posts on signs but not the signs.
    The line moves up and down as the truck travels over uneven road.
    I am constantly getting flashed at night because the lights are to bright to oncoming traffic.

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  • August 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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    These lights use 1 stage bulbs. If the vehicle has a separate light for the high beams, like the 2013 Escape Titanium, then you will love them. If they use only the 1 HID light for both low and high beam, like on the Explorers, you will not be happy at all. They reduce the power for the low beams to the point they barely light the street. This is a very poor design ! Very disappointed in Ford !

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  • November 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm
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    I have a different issue – My HID randomly come on and go off – I went to put the garbage 10:30 pm and I noticed my truck headlights were on – I watched and waited for about 2 minutes and they went off – when I am at a stop light they come on then go off – The driver ahead of me thinks I am flashing him – what up with this !!

    Steve

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  • November 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm
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    These lights are dangerous in that they show absolutely no side light at all. There is a 45* angle from the front of the F150 where there is light inside the angle, but none absolutely none from those edges outward. In other words, there is absolutely no light to the side of the vehicle, which at night is extremely dangerous while turning corners, etc. as you can not see anything you’re turning onto or into. I have taken the 2013 F150 to the dealership with this issue and was told all is according to specifications. WOW Not good and again in my judgement a significant safety hazard!!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm
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    I am in total agreement with Bob H. I purchased a 2013 Ford F150 FX4 with HID lights, and have been stunned by how bad they are. I have gone to the dealer repeatedly, even taking the service manager on a night drive, after which he totally agreed with me that the lights were horrible. As Bob said, anything outside the line of illumination is pitch black. Making left and right turns means turning into blackness. I was always taught to not out drive my headlights – in other words don’t go at a speed such that seeing something to avoid leaves you too little distance to stop. With these headlights, that speed is about 10 mph in any kind of turn. I’m waiting for Ford to start getting lawsuits if, or when, someone is injured or killed. As per the dealer, he has gone up the chain and Ford’s answer is they are operating normally and are therefore not a warranty item. I’m looking for supplemental lighting now to give side light – anyone have any ideas?

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  • February 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    I have had my hids replaced twice because of shutter issues when I received it back the second time my lights were pointed down, total crock could see 2 car lengths on the highway at night I got them adjusted to get proper lighting ahead versus parking the truck up to a wall and adjusting them to Spec” definatly wasn’t a buying feature for me I didn’t know I had hids for 3 days after my new truck purchase to save myself the grief I would have opted out of this style of lighting…..

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  • April 28, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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    We just purchased our new 2014, F150. We purchased off the lot and had not researched the HID lights. I was shocked the first time I drove at night. The lights have a tunnel vision effect. When making a turn you are driving totally blind to the left or right. We talked to the service manager of our dealership and he denied that anyone else has complained. He even made the flip comment “I guess everyone else is just hitting things”. I told him he needed to drive one of these trucks at night. We asked if they could be replaced with standard lights and wore told that the wiring would not be compatible. I believe these lights will be the subject of Ford’s next class action lawsuit after enough people are injured due to their poor design.

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  • November 13, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    These lights are indeed horrible. I have had mine replaced because of intermittent dimming. They don’t dim like they should – in fact the driver side will dim but the passenger side will not. I’ve even gotten out of the truck, slapped the side of the light and it retracts. You kidding me!!!!
    All comments regarding vision, the distinct line of darkness, etc are all 100% correct.
    These better be fixed before my next purchase- or it’ll have to be something else. I’m sick of getting flashed.

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  • November 26, 2014 at 5:18 am
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    I bought my 2013 F150 blackops truck and the lights are freaking amazing. The new factory BI xenon HID lights work perfectly. See my truck is lifted since the 6″ lift comes with the black ops and being bi-xenon it has one bulb with low and high beams. It lights up the road like a gem and my friend bought a 2014 f150 with the same kind of lights and he loves them.

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  • November 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm
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    I just purchased a brand new 2014 4×4 king ranch edition F-150, and the luxury package includes the HID headlamps. While they are indeed bright, I agree that the peripheral lighting is non existent. I live out in a very rural area and drive dark unlighted county roads. Turning onto a narrow road at night is now a butt clenching experience. You just hope that there is nothing in the way, because you will never see it before you hit it. Some have said that turning on the fog lamps helps, but I have not tried that yet. I’m not even sure its legal to do so in all states. I’ll be talking to my dealer next week, and contacting Ford. This is dangerous!

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  • March 31, 2016 at 10:37 pm
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    Ditto with all other comments. I’m not happy with their coverage of the road.

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