Ram 1500 Lighting
Ram 1500 Lighting Forward Lighting Information
2017-2018 Ram 1500 Forward Lighting
April 2018 Update: The 2018 Ram 1500 is part of the same manufacturing generation as the 2017 Ram 1500, so it will likely use all the same light bulb types. More substantial changes for the pickup are not expected until the 2019 and 2020 models. We look forward to always bringing you the best HID and LED lighting recommendations for your vehicle, so keep an eye on our Vehicle Lighting Guide when the 2018 details become available.
Not much has changed in terms of lighting for the 2017 RAM 1500 since the 2016 models. The 2017 RAM 1500 uses a 9005 halogen headlight bulb for the Low Beams with OEM projector headlight housings (optional). If you've got a 2017 Ram with projectors, check out our 2017 Ram 1500 HID Kit for a plug and play conversion kit that upgrades your lights to HID. XenonDepot's Ram specific kits does not need you to wire up a complicated relay harness or resistors that can melt something within your engine bay - it's literally plug+play. The only modification you will need to perform is to the vehicle's OEM dust cover. You'll need to drill a hole in this dust cover to run the wire that goes from the OEM headlight harness (inside the headlights), to the ballast which now gets mounted outside the headlight. XenonDepot's 2017 Ram 1500 HID Kit comes with a grommet which enables you to reseal your headlight housings once you drill the hole -- that's it!
Looking for more light out of your fogs? Check out our 9006 Xtreme LED Fog Light kit for a simple plug and play LED fog light upgrade for your 2017 Ram! You can technically install an HID kit in the Fog Light housings, but HIDs are going to be bright - maybe a little too bright for Fog Light applications. When ordering the 9006 LED kit for your fogs, make sure to select the optional "CANBUS/PWM" module to ensure your new LED lights don't flicker due to the Ram's PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) lighting technology.
For a full listing of the bulbs that the 2017 RAM 1500 uses for headlights, interior lights, courtesy lights, and rear lighting, check out our 2017 Ram 1500 Lamp replacement guide for more info.
2016 Ram 1500 Forward Lighting
June 2016 Update - In the past (as you will see below), upgrading the 2015+ Ram (1500,2500,etc..) Headlights and/or Fog Lights with an HID kit required the use of additional components to ensure the lights functioned properly. These components were previously sold as our "2015+ Mopar Option", and included relay harness, resistors, and anti-flicker module. Sure, we tried all types of supposed "CANBUS" ballasts, "anti-flicker modules", etc. They all claimed to make installation plug and play on 2015+ RAM vehicles, but NOTHING, literally nothing worked properly. Common issues that constantly came up were the lights randomly shutting off after 20-30 minutes of use, error codes popping up on the dash, etc...
After months of development, XenonDepot is proud to introduce the only "Anti-Flicker module" or "PWM-module" that we know of that works! We've successfully tested this RAM PWM-module on several newer Mopar vehicles such as the 2015 & 16 Ram 1500, 2015 & 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2016 Jeep Cherokee, 2015 Chrysler 300, and 2015 Dodge Charger. Basically, if you're looking to upgrade the Headlights and/or Fog Lights on your 2015 and up Ram then you NEED this module. It will make upgrading the lights to HID on your RAM simple - no need to worry about using resistors (which get extremely hot) or running relay harnesses to your vehicle's battery.
XenonDepot's magical little black box has been especially tailored to work on newer MOPAR vehicles, and allow you to easily install our popular Xtreme HID kit. You literally just ned to plug the PWM box in between the factory headlight harness and the ballast - that's it! No additional relay harnesses, no additional "canbus" components, no additional resistors -- simply plug and play.
Once again Ram decided to change the bulbs around on the Ram 1500. Although the 2015 and 2016 Ram 1500 trucks look the same, for some reason the headlight bulbs have been changed. The 2016 Ram uses a 9005 halogen bulb for the Low Beams, which is rated at 60W, and this same bulb type is also used for the High Beams as well (but you do have two separate bulbs). The 2016 RAM 1500 projectors offer a nice clean beam pattern, which means that upgrading them with an HID kit is a "no-brainer." Be very careful, though, as the manufacturer did not make upgrading the lights on this truck to HID easy. When ordering the XenonDepot 9005 HID kit, you HAVE to select the "with CANBUS" upgrade if you plan on having these lights function properly. Generally speaking, choosing an HID kit kelvin (K) temperature really depends on what you're looking to achieve. Going with a 4300k HID kit will get you the brightest, whitest, and most OEM HID functionality, whereas going with an 8000k HID kit will ensure your 2016 RAM headlights have a very blue output -- the higher you go in terms of kelvin, the less actual useable light output you get. Upgrading the 2016 Ram headlights with an HID kit will require you to remove the front grille and headlights. Installation is mostly plug and play, but if you're not comfortable removing the grille and headlights (or simply don't have the time to do it), take it to a professional to have the installation done. Either way, make sure they've got an HID kit that works on the 2016 RAM -- or you may as well make an appointment to have the kit removed when it doesn't function as advertised.
Upgrading the high beam bulbs on the RAM means that you're going to need to get some better 9005 bulbs. HID lights go through a warm-up period when first turned on, meaning that they are not ideal for High Beam applications. We really really like Osram's Night Breaker Unlimited 9005 halogen bulbs. They're going to be a little "whiter" than your stock bulbs, but definitely provide more light output - these will be a simple halogen bulb replacement. Once again, unless you're planning on taking the grille off twice, you may as well make a decision on what you're doing with your Low Beams to tackle both bulbs at the same time.
Fog Lights - You can go with a 9006 HID Kit, 9006 LED Kit, or 9006 halogen bulbs. XenonDepot carries a large amount of 9006 options out there - just check out our 9006 automotive bulbs page to see all the options we've got listed for this application. Once again, if you're planning on installing an HID kit in the Ram's fogs you're going to need to get the "with CANBUS" option to ensure the lights work right.
You may also want to check out this awesome 2016 Ram HID kit headlight and fog light DIY page for more information on what's involved.
2015 Ram 1500 Forward Lighting
The 2015 Ram 1500 projector headlights are an awesome candidate for a 9012 HID Kit and/or 9012 LED headlight kit as they offer a super-sharp cut off, and enable you to obtain both Low and High Beam functions with the same 9012 kit. If you're looking to upgrade the Fog Lights on your 2015 Ram, check out our large selection of H10 replacement halogen bulbs, H10 HID Kits, and H10 LED Fog Light Kits. We've also put together a detailed 2015 Ram 1500 Lamp replacement guide, that shows you what bulbs to get if you're looking to upgrade other lights on the vehicle (such as LED license plate bulbs, turn signals, and brake lights).
The 2015 Ram comes in 10 different trim levels. Check out our 2015 Ram Sub-model Lighting Guides for the various options. Upgrading the headlights on a 2015 Ram to HID and/or LED is a little trickier then previous years. Chrysler / Mopar has made the vehicle a little more sensitive to headlight performance modifications, meaning that additional hardware is required when installing an HID Kit or LED Kit in the vehicle. Make sure to select our "with CANBUS" option when purchasing an HID/LED kit for this vehicle, otherwise you're going to get some flickering and/or headlight out indicators on your dash. There is no way around this with the 2015 RAM, unfortunately. The good news, however, is that with the CANBUS option in the drop-down menu, the lights will function as designed; and the stock 15 Ram projector headlights could certainly use a little more "oomph" to make seeing at night easier.
2013-2014 RAM 1500 Forward Lighting
The 2013 RAM 1500 gets minor fascia restyle in 2013 along with some new headlights. Upgrading the light bulbs in these headlights depend specifically on which options your vehicle has. There are two different headlight styles for the 2013 RAM 1500 – Projector headlights or Reflective headlights.
The 2013 RAM 1500 projector headlights use a 9012 halogen bulb for the Low Beam headlight. A 9012 halogen bulb is a clear bulb that connects to a PX22d base. It has a single filament and is rated at 60 Watts. If you are not satisfied with the RAM’s stock light output, and want to increase light output by approximately 200%-300%, then we suggest upgrading your headlights to an HID kit. For this upgrade, we suggest getting a 9012 HID Conversion Kit, and 4300k will get you the brightest output. Newer RAM 1500 vehicles use a CANBUS system, meaning that you will need to order the CANBUS option from our website to prevent any flickering.
If your RAM 1500 did not come with projector headlights, you would need to order an H11 HID kit to replace the factory H11 halogen bulb. XenonDepot’s H11 HID Kit will be a plug and play upgrade for the stock H11 bulb and will not require you to perform any modifications. In order to prevent any flickering, you will need to purchase a CANBUS fix from our website along with the HID Kit.
In both cases, the 2013 RAM 1500 uses a 9005 halogen bulb for the High Beams. A 9005 halogen bulb is a single filament bulb that connects to a P20d base. It can also be referred to as an HB3 bulb and is rated at 65W. 9005 HID Kits are available, however we generally do not recommend upgrading High Beam lights to HID because all HID lights go through a warm-up period when first turned on. If you want to upgrade the High Beam bulb on your RAM 1500, we definitely suggest looking at the 9005 performance halogen bulbs listed on our website and made by Philips, Osram, and more.
2009-2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Forward Lighting
The 2009-2012 RAM 1500 has two different headlight options – a 4 headlamps system, or a 2-headlamp system. Essentially, if your RAM 1500 has 2 separate bulbs for the Low and High Beam, then you have a “4 headlamp system”. If your RAM 1500 headlights use the same bulb for Low and High Beam, you have a “2 headlight system”. It is important to note which type of headlight you have if you planning on upgrading the truck’s lighting as different bulbs are used. The 4-headlamp system uses an H11-55W bulb for the Low Beams and a 9005 bulb for the High Beams. Upgrading the Low Beam headlight to HID/Xenon technology will require you to purchase an H11 HID Kit. You will also need to purchase our CANBUS/ PWM anti-flicker module to prevent your RAM 1500 from throwing any error codes. HID kits are rated at 35 Watts and your halogen bulb is rated at 55 Watts – the PWM module tricks the computer and ensures you do not experience any flickering with your newly installed HID Kit. Just like the 2013 RAM 1500, the 2011-2012 RAM 1500 use a 9005 halogen bulb for the High Beams. Definitely look at the Philips 9005 Crystal Vision bulbs or 9005 Osram Night Breaker Unlimited bulbs if you are looking to enhance your High Beam light output.
The “2-headlamps” RAM 1500 uses a single H13 halogen bulb for both the Low and High Beam. An H13 bulb is a dual-filament bulb that connects to a P26.4t IEC base. The Low Beam filament is rated at 55W and the High Beam filament is rated at 65 Watts. H13 bulbs can be upgraded to HID by using an H13 HID KIT. H13 HID kits will come with HID bulbs that have a P26.4t base and will plug into your RAM 1500 headlight assembly with no modifications. They are available as a “Low Beam-only” upgrade or a “H13 Bi-Xenon HID Kit” upgrade. Low Beam-only HID kits will upgrade the Low Beams on the RAM 1500 to HID/Xenon, however you will lose your High Beam functionality. H13 Bi-Xenon HID kits utilize a solenoid that physically moves the HID capsule in and out to differentiate between Low and High Beam – so you keep both headlight functions.
2006-2008 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 Forward Lighting
The 2006-2008 Dodge Ram 1500 uses an H13 headlight bulb for the Low Beam and High Beam. As mentioned in the the 2009-2012 Dodge Ram forward lighting section, upgrading an H13 automotive bulb with an HID kit requires the purchase of an H13 HID Kit. XenonDepot H13 kits will come with HID bulbs that have been rebased and aligned to fit an H13 headlight assembly. The kits will come with wire harnesses that have H13 headlight plugs that will plug directly into your OEM headlight harness. When upgrading the 2006-2008 Dodge Ram with an HID kit, you will need to purchase a load resistor to prevent any error codes. H13 halogen bulbs have filaments that are rated at 55 Watts for the Low Beams and 60 Watts for the High Beams. H13 HID kits are rated at 35 Watts – so your vehicle will trigger a fault because it thinks that your headlight bulb is burned out. The load resistor will trick the vehicle’s computer into thinking that you are running a 50W halogen bulb and will ensure you do not experience any flickering HIDs.
2003-2005 Dodge Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 Forward Lighting
Dodge designed the 2003-2005 Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 headlights to accommodate a 9007 halogen bulb. A 9007 bulb is a dual-filament bulb, with a Px29t base. The Low Beam filament is rated at 55W and the High Beam filament is rated at 65 Watts. 9007 bulbs are 10.6 cm long, 3.38cm wide, draw 5.08/4.30 Amps, and operate on 12.9 Volts. Upgrading a 9007 bulb to Xenon Technology requires the use of a 9007 HID Kit.
1994-2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Forward Lighting
A single 9004 halogen bulb was used as the Low and High Beam bulb for the Dodge Ram 1500 between 1994 and 2002. A 9004 headlight bulb is a dual-filament bulb, that connects into an axial prefocus HB1 P29t base. The Low Beam filament is rated at 45W and the High Beam filament is rated at 65 Watts. The bulb length is 10.6cm and the 9004 bulb width is 3.38cm. Upgrading 9004 headlight bulbs to HID xenon technology require the use a 9004 HID Conversion Kit. 9004 HID kits are available in Low Beam-only or Bi-Xenon 9004 options. Low Beam-only 9004 HID kits will upgrade the Dodge Ram's Low Beam lights to HID, however you will lose your High Beam functionality. A 9004 Bi-Xenon HID kit uses a moving HID bulb to mimic the dual-filaments and therefore both High and Low Beam are retained. 9004 Bi-Xenon HID kits require the use of a relay harness to power the HID ballasts directly from the battery, however you will use the Dodge Ram’s stock headlight harness to trigger the lights on, off, Low Beam, and High Beam.