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Hopkins Tail Light Converter - LED Compatible

Hopkins Tail Light Converter - LED Compatible

Item # HM48847
Our Price: $36.68
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This tail light converter combines your vehicle's independent brake light and turn signal to make them functional with your trailer's lights. Converter works with either incandescent or LED tail lights. 4-Way connector sold separately. Great Prices for the best trailer wiring from Hopkins. Hopkins Tail Light Converter - LED Compatible part number HM48847 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Hopkins Trailer Wiring - HM48847

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This tail light converter combines your vehicle's independent brake light and turn signal to make them functional with your trailer's lights. Converter works with either incandescent or LED tail lights. 4-Way connector sold separately.


Features:

  • Tail light converter adapts your tow vehicle's 3-wire tail light system to your trailer's 2-wire tail light system
    • Combines your vehicle's independent brake light and turn signal functions
    • Makes your wiring compatible with common trailer tail light lighting
    • Works with LED and incandescent lights on vehicle
  • Compact size is easy to stow in an out-of-the-way location like your trunk
  • Simple installation - hardwires into your vehicle's wiring
    • 4-Way flat connector to connect wiring to your trailer not included


Specs:

  • Maximum power: 2.1 amps per output
  • 90-Day Warranty


48847 Hopkins Electronic Tail Light Converter - LED Compatible




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Video Transcript for Review of Hopkins Wiring - Trailer Connectors - HM48847

Michael: Hi there. I'm Michael with etrailer.com. Today we're taking a look at the Hopkins Tail Light Converter. This is going to adapt your vehicles independent brake lights and turn signal functions into a single brake and turn signal for your trailer. It's going to work with most of your common trailer tail light lighting. It's going to work with LED and incandescent lights on your vehicle, so you don't have to worry about that.

It is pretty compact. Let's see, it's only about three inches long, and close to about two and a half inches tall. It's going to fit easily within your vehicle, whether you want to store it in your trunk or behind your tail light housing.Now, the thing about this that I will tell you is it is not the simplest converter that I have seen for vehicles. It is going to require you to cut into your vehicles wiring. If that's not something that you are comfortable with then we do have many different options for your taillight wiring here at etrailer.com.

I would recommend you search for plug-in vehicle wiring harness in our search bar, and find one that's going to work for your vehicle. It's going to be a lot easier. You can just plug it into your tail lights and you're not going to have to do any cutting. But if you are up for a little bit of trimming and splicing this can work for you.You're going to put the four.. Sorry, five end of the converter into your vehicle.

Your white is going to be your ground obviously, your brown is your tail lights, your yellow is your left turn, your red is your brake, and your green is your right turn signal. You'll splice the wire going to your lights for those functions. I would also recommend while you're buying this to go ahead and pick up some heat shrink butt connectors to make those splices. You can find them here at etrailer using part number DW05744-10. You'll put the line coming into your tail lights.

You'll put one end in the butt connector, and then put the line going out to your taillights and to your converter, and the other end crimp the butt connector down. You can heat shrink that if you're using one of the heat shrink butt connectors to help protect your connections.Then over here, you'll do pretty much the same thing for your 4-pole flat connector. It's not included in this kit. You'll have to pick that up separate. If you don't already have one we do have them here at etrailer.com as well. You can use part number HM38138 to find that. You'll again, make your connections, put your butt connector on both ends, crimp those down, secure your connection there. You do want to be sure that you test your wiring for the function, and you don't just go off of the color, because sometimes trailers are wired in a way that is not going to be compatible with the wiring that's here. Make sure that you are sending your white to your ground, your brown to your tail lights, your yellow to your left turn, and your green to your right turn on your trailer.This is going to be capable of a maximum power of 2.1 amps per outlet. That's going to give you about two bulbs, so you'll have one bulb for your stop and turn, one bulb for your. Sorry, one bulb for your right stop and turn, and one bulb for your left stop and turn. Any more than that you are going to need a power converter. This converter does come with a 90 day warranty from Hopkins. That's going to complete our look at the Hopkins Tail Light Converter.

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Hopkins Tail Light Converter - LED Compatible - HM48847

Average Customer Rating:  4.9 out of 5 stars   (27 Customer Reviews)

This tail light converter combines your vehicle's independent brake light and turn signal to make them functional with your trailer's lights. Converter works with either incandescent or LED tail lights. 4-Way connector sold separately.

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Worked great to wire my tail light on my atv for signal lights

Daniel

5/2/2023

It’s still working like it should . A vital part to turn existing tail lights into signal lights



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LOL I didn't use for a trailer used it on a dune buggy works great



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Works great. Easy connection. Fits perfect for Kia Seltos.



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I bought a trailer light adapter and two 1157 light sockets to convert two empty tailight lenses on my motorcycle. This gave me two extra lights on the back of the bike. Extra tail/brake/turn signals gives much better visibility.



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The tail light converter is a must have if you plan to add brake and turn signal lights to your RV or Trailer. It allows a single light to convert the signal from a brake light to a turn signal and vis versa.
When you can’t seems to find a common or unique RV, trailer or vehicle part, you can bet etrailer will probably have it.



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The converter allowed an old trailer to upgrade to LED lights. Brighter and integrated turn and tail. A year later still going strong.



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This was a direct replacement for a light converter that went bad on my truck. Good product one year later and still working as described!



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great product, that was not available locally, i got my wiring job done on time and done right. thank you e-trailer



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I don't know. It just arrived. Wait for a month before sending review emails. I will be happy to respond.

Lane

9/22/2021

It works perfectly!



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Good

Elaine S.

11/13/2021

Easy to install and still doing the job. No problems.



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It works

Bob

8/9/2021

Still working after one year.



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Just what I needed. Quick, efficient and competitively priced. Thanks!



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Got what I was looking for to make my own adapter so can tow my Tacoma with my Peterbilt from job to job.



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Works great



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Good, efficient service every time I’ve dealt with these folks.



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Works great



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Just what I needed



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Very good experience, thanks!!



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It works exactly like it's supposed to!



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