Ford Bronco & Light: 14 Questions Answered (For Newbies)

The Ford Bronco stopped production with the fifth generation 1996 model and will return with its sixth generation by May 2021.

The Bronco has a unique lighting system which we discussed in this article.

Which Light Bulb Sizes and Types Do Ford Broncos Use?

The bulb size of Ford Bronco varies by model years.

Below are the lists of the high beam headlight, low beam headlight, taillight, brake light and reverse light bulb sizes and types for the Ford Bronco SUVs.


The Bronco models from 1977 to 1979 high beam and low beam headlight use H6024 or H6024 LED. From 1980 to 1986, the Bronco’s high beam headlight and low beam headlight use H6054 or H6054.

From 1987 to 1991, high and low beam headlights use 9004 or 9004 LED. From 1992 to 1996, Ford Bronco high beam headlights use 9007 or 9007 HID Kit.

Tail Light        

The Bronco 1977 to 1979 tail light bulb uses bulb number 194. From 1980 to 1986, the Ford Bronco’s tail light changed to bulb number 1157.

From 1987 to 1996, Ford Bronco tail light bulb is 3157.

Brake Light

The Bronco of 1977 to 1979 brake lights use bulb number 198. From 1980 to 1986, the Bronco brake light bulb is 1157.

The 1987 to 1996, Broncos use brake light bulb 3157.

Reverse Light

Broncos produced from 1977 to 1979 use reverse light bulb 1156 or 199. Thereafter, the Bronco models from 1980 to 1986 use reverse light bulb 1156.

In 1992, the reverse light was changed to bulb number 3156 until 1996.

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How to Turn Off Daytime Running Lights on a Ford Bronco?

To turn off the Daytime Running Light, the first step is to locate the power distribution box.

With the Ford Bronco, the power distribution box is located under the driver’s side of the instrument panel.

After locating the power distribution box, locate the daytime running light wiring. Look for the negative or ground wire that leads to the daytime running lights bulbs and remove or cut it.

This will switch off the daytime running lights permanently.

Ford Bronco Light Indicator Symbols Explained

Light Indicator Symbols are signs illuminated on the dashboard that notify the driver about the condition of the vehicle. It is important for the driver to always check on these lights to know if there’s any emergency or if certain functions have been activated in the car.

Some of the light indicator symbols in the Ford Bronco are:

  • Battery Light Indicator: This turns on to show a malfunction concerning the battery. If it turns on during driving, it is advisable to switch off every other power consuming function to save battery power.
  • Brake System Indicator: This turns on if parking brake is engaged while the ignition is on.
  • Direction Indicator: This turns on to indicate left or right turn signal, or hazard warning flasher.
  • Engine Oil Indicator Symbol: If this turns on while engine is running or while driving, it indicates an engine malfunction. It is advisable to stop the vehicle as soon as possible and check the engine’s oil level.
  • Front Fog Lamps indicator Symbol: This turns on when the front fog lamps are switched on.
  • Engine Coolant indicator Symbol: It turns on when engine coolant temperature is high. When on, it is advisable to stop the vehicle as soon as possible, switch off engine and let it cool.
  • High Beam Indicator Symbol: It lights up when the high beam headlamps are switched on.
  • Low Fuel Level Indicator Symbol: This light up when the fuel level is low, or the fuel tank is nearly empty.

Please also read our article about the Ford Bronco and keys.

How Do You Adjust the Light on a Ford Bronco?

If the lights are too high or low or the position is not towards the desired orientation, the Bronco light can be adjusted from the optic screw in the engine compartment.

To adjust the light;

  • Park the Ford Bronco on a smooth and level ground, preferably in front of a light-colored wall.
  •  Locate the optic screw in the engine compartment.
  • Turn the screw either to clockwise or anticlockwise till the brightness and orientation of the lights are desirable.

Do Ford Broncos Have Automatic Headlamps?

The Ford Bronco, from the first to the fifth generation (1966-1996), does not have automatic headlamps.

But the sixth generation Ford Bronco to be released by May 2021 is said to come with automatic headlamps.

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How Do I Turn Off the Lights on a Ford Bronco?

The headlight of the Bronco can be switched off by locating the headlight dial at the side of the steering wheel and turning the dial to the lights off symbol.

How Do I Turn Off the Ford Bronco Trunk Light?

Unless faulty, the Bronco trunk light switches off automatically when the latch of the trunk is closed. If so, contact your mechanic to have it checked.

How Does the Auto Light Sensitivity Work?

Since the Bronco is without the automatic headlamps, auto light sensitivity function is unavailable.

However, we believe the new Bronco will feature automatic headlamps.

Auto light sensitivity work by sensing ambient light outside of the vehicle. When the darkness reaches a specific threshold, the lights come on automatically.

Also read our article about where Ford Broncos are made. 

The Dome/Interior Light Isn’t Working

The Ford Bronco dome/interior light may not be working because of the following reasons

  • Burned bulbs
  • Blown fuse
  • Wiring problems (short circuits)
  • Bad door switches

Therefore, check if your Bronco bulb is burned out by replacing it with a new one. Inspect the fuse and replace it if it is blown.

If the light does not come on, then it might be bad door switches or wiring problems. Contact your auto technician to have it checked.

Ford Bronco Light Sensors Explained

The primary purpose of light sensors in a car is to switch on the headlights automatically while driving in the dark.

Since the Bronco (1966-1996) doesn’t have automatic headlights, light sensors aren’t applicable to them.

Do Ford Broncos Have LED Lights?

Ford Bronco uses LED lights mostly in their headlights from the1991 models.

The Lights Come On, But the Car Won’t Start

If the Ford Bronco wouldn’t start while the lights are on and working fine, it is most likely a result of a low charge of the car battery.

The low charge can power the lights, but is not strong enough to ignite the car engine.

This can be solved by simply recharging the battery or replacing it with a new one. The problem might also be due to a faulty starter or ignition.

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