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Need to know what vehicle you wish to install them on. Basically, you need mounts.
Today's vehicles have lots of plastic & fibreglas in the front, none of which are good to mount driving lights.
You need steel, heavy aluminum, or very heavy duty plastic bracket(s) to mount those lights on, unless you are mounting them in pre-existing holes already made for them.
If your vehicle has a big enough grille, I have sometimes mounted them inside the grille to shine out through it. There are often more metal parts nearer the radiator to mount brackets to, but newer cars also may not have room or even access to that area!
You might fabricate strong brackets to extend thorough the grille to the front.
Once you have positioned the lights ( they need to be really secure for vibration on rough roads), you will need to run wires to an on/off switch in or under the dashboard area to turn them on.
You need a heavy gauge of wire to be safe here, and when you find a power source, you MUST be sure that source is capable of supporting the electrical load without starting a fire some day.

Another option is to wire them in to your existing lights, so they come on when your high or low beams are on.
Wires in all cars are color coded, so a wiring schematic will tell you the proper colors if you choose to wire them into existing lights.
Modern cars are using smaller and smaller diameter wire to the headlights, so adding big honkin' electric lights might require separate circuitry after all.

You will need a hot wire and a ground wire to each light. You should route the hot wire to the light switch if you mount one.

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