DIY Headlight Installation Training
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As an innovator of automotive halos and other RGB housing accessories, ORACLE Lighting is proud to have many dealers skilled in installation. For most halos, DRLs, and demon eye applications, the headlight must be opened to secure the product inside the headlight. It is important to have an attention to detail to expertly execute this service for your customers. (Not quite ready to install inside a light yourself? We offer mail-in installation services by our in-house professional technicians. Check out our training regarding the availability of this service.)
Some LED products that require an open housing for installation are:
• halo kits (excluding surface mount versions)
• most DRL upgrades
• demon eyes
• concept strip
• pre-installed halo bezels
There are two main ways to open a light housing: by heating it in the oven to loosen the bond or by cutting along the lens to separate. In both cases, this should be done carefully and in a dust-free environment to ensure a clean, quality installation. Once the housing is opened, products can be installed as well as any other customizations your customers wants. Be sure to keep track of any screws that need to be removed during the installation, and always bench-test before completing an installation. Our technicians use quick-cure epoxy for a firm hold where needed and recommend test-fitting products before applying adhesive. Proper resealing and curing is also a vital step to neatly close the light and protect it from damage.
Please review our installation guides below for examples of opening light housings by oven-open and cutting-open. Individual product installation guides are available on their product pages.
Example of Oven Opening:
Generally recommended: 225F temperature for 12 minutes initially (*time will vary by individual housings)
Example of Cut Opening:
Example of Fog Light Installation (using cutting method):
When installing products inside a lighting housing and into the vehicle, we have other accessories and parts that may help with your installation.
Our Premium Headlight Sealant (also available in a bulk-discounted case quantity) is specifically formulated for automotive headlight sealing applications. This waterproof silicone has a tack time of 30 minutes and cures in three hours (6 hours recommend to ensure full cure.)
The Halo Installation Kit has everything you need to complete your halo kit installation into the vehicle wrapped up in a single package!
You should complete the requirements to be listed as an Installer or Preferred Installer on our retail-facing store locator. This is a great way to get in front of local customers as our team forwards them to this search tool to find authorized shops in their area. With more than 1,500 monthly visits to this tool, you should take advantage of this placement. Once you finish the program to be a Preferred Dealer, you will be designated as a Preferred Installer as well.
To be listed online as an Installer/Preferred Installer, you must these simple steps:
• Complete one installation at your shop.
• Send a photo of this installation to your sales rep and list the product(s) used.
• To be Preferred, you must complete the regular requirements for a Preferred Dealer (3x quarterly trainings, meeting J-15+ goals directly, and maintaining a retail location).
In your showroom or store lobby, one great idea is to set up a display such as our Pre-Assembled Headlight Display (part #8043) on a countertop with a nearby control option for easy demonstration or letting customers see how it works with them. You can also create your own display if you wish, especially if you shop is able to offer additional services like custom paining or projector retrofitting. Keeping a display on a countertop nearby for easy demonstration will help your customers feel comfortable selecting that product. It will encourage customers to ask questions about your install process when they are able to see quality workmanship up close.
If you have a shop truck or promotional vehicle, consider installing LED products in the housings of the vehicle to showcase the installed result when consulting with customers. Being able to see what the product will look like in person will help customers feel more confident with their choice. If the vehicle has multiple products, you can easily demonstrate how to control them together.
It takes a customer's trust to choose a shop to perform labor on their vehicle, and many people turn to social media to see your handiwork and other people's experience.
When promoting on social media, choose high-quality photos and videos to show off the product you offer and tag @oraclelights so people know that you are an authorized dealer. Where possible, promote your installation service by taking photos of your own work and update followers on build progress. If you choose to use a customer's photo or one you find on our profile, remember to credit the vehicle's owner. If you have a large build that displays your work well, you can consider hiring a local photographer to take professional photos (with the customer's permission) to use for promotional purposes.Tag your shop location and use hashtags such as #customheadlights #oraclelights #retrofitting.
Posting on your Instagram or Facebook Story will also help more people find your page; Instagram especially promotes Stories over regular postings! Use a location tag for your shop, and that will show your Story the Explore page of customers near you. Be sure to have your contact information on your profile so they can easily contact you or invite them to message you on the platform if it is regularly monitored.
You can even display a tablet or television in your showroom with a slideshow of the photos you take and post. Many people like to see how the products will look when installed on their vehicle so use photos of the services you actually offer on your most regularly service vehicle. We've included a few examples for you here:
Example #1: You often work on trucks with lots of customized features so you choose to highlight a headlight with installed halos, concept strip, and painted housings.
Example #2: Your shop specializes newer muscle cars so you post a new Camaro with one of Oracle Lighting's new ColorSHIFT DRL kits and fog light conversions.