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Old 04-14-2019, 06:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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LED Headlights

GM Guy here so I don’t know how this question might fit for other makes.

Late model trucks don’t have HL’s you can simply replace. Which leaves us to a bulb replacement as the only option.

Who has tried any of the LED replacement high and low beam bulbs in the factory housings ?

Are they worth a shit ? Not looking for cool but for improved lighting.

Seen a couple at 6000K which is kinda blue.

What say PBB ?
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Shit is blinding to oncoming drivers. Unless the bulbs are put into projector housings. The glare is ridiculous, or at least my experience it was. My conclusion too damn bright for my application (regular halogen housings)
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Good ones are simply better than halogen.

Check out bulbfacts.com

By far the best place to check for real world info.

Im running LED in both the old exploader and the new superduty.
Beam pattern is identical to halogen, just brighter.

I do have to say though, the difference for the superduty was BIG.
Not such a difference for the explorer. Probably just shitty reflectors in the OEM buckets.
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Shit is blinding to oncoming drivers. Unless the bulbs are put into projector housings. The glare is ridiculous, or at least my experience it was. My conclusion too damn bright for my application (regular halogen housings)
Depends on the LED chip.

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Good ones are simply better than halogen.

Check out bulbfacts.com

By far the best place to check for real world info.

Im running LED in both the old exploader and the new superduty.
Beam pattern is identical to halogen, just brighter.

I do have to say though, the difference for the superduty was BIG.
Not such a difference for the explorer. Probably just shitty reflectors in the OEM buckets.
With the Philips Lumileds ZES chip it puts the LED right in the same spot as the normal light element.

See my van video where I upgraded to LEDs. You can see the beam pattern side by side. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQkJ-3bCu-s&t
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I dropped a set of Phillips X-treme "something or other" ones in our 2008 Grand Cherokar's factory housings. Pattern was about the same with a really sharp cutoff line and a good spread to the sides. The light output while driving down the road was remarkably better. Had to get the Canbus adapters as well or they would start flickering and turning on when they shouldent. we have mandatory daytime running light laws here. They have now been in there for about 2 months and I got flashed 2X so I lowered the low beams a little. They have a much wider color spectrum then I was expecting making everything easy to see at night. My bitch is that part numbers is fucked up with Phillips and I don't like having cooling fans on the back of the bulbs as I'm sure the lamps will last forever, but I give the fans 6 months.

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On my 2004 Yukon in the time frame of maybe 2 weeks I went from stock halogen\cheap ebay led\stock halogen\sealight led. I was told that LED bulbs were no good in the stock halogen headlight housings and I need full replacements before trying them and the cheapo ebay ones made me think that was the truth. I wanted to try a better brand light and see if there was any improvement. When I put in the sealight ones it was like IDASHO said the pattern is the same but much brighter and can see in distance better due to the more pure white color.

The ebay ones had a blue tinge to them and had worse than stock beam pattern and distance, they were way brighter if looking at them from outside or pulling up to a building but on rd they sucked so bad I put stock bulbs back in (glad I kept them in garage just in case).
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Good info, keep it coming.

Switching over to the YT video BassnTruck to see what ya got going on there.
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I did mine in my M715. Much better illumination and I don't seem to be blinding others. Won't melt snow from the lenses
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I'm told the morimoto ones work well in regular reflector housings.

I liked the HID bulbs I got from them.
I will probably try the LED bulbs in the wife's volvo when I run out of my osram bulb stash. It eats a set of low beams yearly.

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/90...ect_restrict=1
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heres some related threads with a little bit of info/feedback on led stuff from the electrical forum

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/elec...tion-leds.html

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/elec...fg-2019-a.html
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In my 03 Silverado my lights are plenty bright enough.

My buddy gave me an "all on" circuit board. Now when you actuate the brights, the low beams stay on and it turns on the fog lights as well.

It works very nicely.
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all kinds of info from these guys.
https://www.youtube.com/user/HeadlightRevolution
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In my 03 Silverado my lights are plenty bright enough.

My buddy gave me an "all on" circuit board. Now when you actuate the brights, the low beams stay on and it turns on the fog lights as well.

It works very nicely.
my cheapo LED 5x7 headlights in my tow/work truck keep the low beams on with the highs on

they have been awesome for a little over a year living 90% of their life on rough dirt roads

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Shit is blinding to oncoming drivers.
This is one of my worries about switching to LED's. I see too many cars whose lights are frickin blinding to me on two lane roads.

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Im running LED in both the old exploader and the new superduty.
Beam pattern is identical to halogen, just brighter.
The new SD's seem to be the worst factory lights to face in oncoming traffic. Do they have LED's now? I drive a lot of two lane rural roads and I have grown to hate facing a SD coming at me. Even in my truck they are bad and in my car I have to shade my eyes.

I just added PIAA LED lights that I can use when needed and not blind oncoming traffic. That may not work in more urban areas, but in BFE I haven't had an LEO issues with this method. I'd like to just add LED replacements to my 93 CTD though, i just don't have room on the bumper for lights
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This is one of my worries about switching to LED's. I see too many cars whose lights are frickin blinding to me on two lane roads.



The new SD's seem to be the worst factory lights to face in oncoming traffic. Do they have LED's now? I drive a lot of two lane rural roads and I have grown to hate facing a SD coming at me. Even in my truck they are bad and in my car I have to shade my eyes.

I just added PIAA LED lights that I can use when needed and not blind oncoming traffic. That may not work in more urban areas, but in BFE I haven't had an LEO issues with this method. I'd like to just add LED replacements to my 93 CTD though, i just don't have room on the bumper for lights


Agree that the new SDs are pretty bad. They are pretty bad in your mirrors also.

I have a pair of LED fog lights wired to my stock switch on my truck. Only run them when really needed.


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Until they figure out a way to keep the from icing up in the winter, I'm not even considering them.
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Until they figure out a way to keep the from icing up in the winter, I'm not even considering them.


Ford has a washer for their front camera, itís only a matter of time. Will probably add $1000 to the cost of the vehicle.


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every HID/LED car in europe is required to have headlamp washers.

so it already exists.

of course the first thing you do is disable it, because all it does is spray shit all down your clean paint.
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Until they figure out a way to keep the from icing up in the winter, I'm not even considering them.
JW speaker has the LED headlights with built in heaters.
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Replacement HL`s are great but not when you have those fancy built in setups.

9005/9006 is a lot easier to deal with.
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The new SD's seem to be the worst factory lights to face in oncoming traffic. Do they have LED's now? I drive a lot of two lane rural roads and I have grown to hate facing a SD coming at me. Even in my truck they are bad and in my car I have to shade my eyes.
By "new". I mean 2011-2016

They came with halogen factory.

With proper built LEDs, the output is fantastic.

Beam pattern is identical to stock, clean clear spread, and sharp cut-off.

Im running these https://www.amazon.com/TECHMAX-Headl.../dp/B07CBPV3WW
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JW speaker has the LED headlights with built in heaters.
I just saw an ad for them last night. Neat looking.
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GM Guy here so I donít know how this question might fit for other makes.

Late model trucks donít have HLís you can simply replace. Which leaves us to a bulb replacement as the only option. I'm not sure what that means

Who has tried any of the LED replacement high and low beam bulbs in the factory housings ?

Are they worth a shit ? Not looking for cool but for improved lighting.

Seen a couple at 6000K which is kinda blue. 6K isn't bad. Its very clean, not very yellow

What say PBB ?
I run these in my 2015 silverado

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

i'm very happy with them.
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my cheapo LED 5x7 headlights in my tow/work truck keep the low beams on with the highs on

they have been awesome for a little over a year living 90% of their life on rough dirt roads

Rockyota, Which ones are these? do you have a link?
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