I always liked the cornering light feature on my previous two cars, particularly when negotiating the steep drop at the end of our driveway after dark.
It’s not a Mustang option, but my 2014 V6 Pony Edition has (had) amber corner markers in the right place on the bumper.
So, I started shopping for clear aftermarket lenses, and found lots of them for my model. So many, in fact, that I was amazed to learn that nobody was touting their utility as cornering lights.
What, they don’t know what cornering lights are for? Or maybe these things just look cool and don’t shed enough lumens to be useful. I had to find out.
I bought the fixtures on eBay. Also from eBay, a pair of five-element LED lamps to replace the stock 194 size bulbs. Total cost, less than $22.
There are two ways that I know of to get into the space behind the bumper where the lampholders lurk. Look on YouTube for tutorials, but I can tell you that ingress through the wheel-well liner requires removal of 5 screws, not 3, the job took me 1 hour 20 minutes, not 45 minutes, and I scraped my arms bloody doing it.
After all that, I would have been disappointed if it didn’t work, but it did – kind of.
Yes, the mod lights up the pavement in the right spot, but a road test revealed that the LED bulbs I bought aren’t bright enough to make a difference.
I may experiment with another bulb, maybe these, although they could be too long. Plus, I’m not looking forward to taking the wheel well liner loose and sticking my arms in there again.
Finally, I have to wonder if a brighter bulb might be too hot for the lampholder. OEM cornering lamps only come on when the turn signals are operating, allowing use of a very bright bulb. These are on all the time.
Yeah, yeah … I could wire a latching relay into the turn signal circuit, put in a load resistor for the steady state feed, yada yada yada. I don’t think that’s going to happen.
Here’s an idea – I did my part – somebody try this setup with a hot bulb and let me know how it works out.
Did you try something cool recently? Tell us about it in the comments.
Oh sure, after that sales job somebody is SURE to try it with a hotter bulb 🙂 But it sounds like you had fun playing with it.