GOOD led headlight bulbs? Input Please

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discussion starter · #1 · jan 13, 2016

i am done with hids.

so… who makes the “best” led bulbs.

i am looking for.. 1.brightness 2.fit 3.overall quality

i will be doing my highs, lows and fogs. (2006 silvy)

let me know what you are running, how you like them and brightness compared to stock or 55w hid or both.

thanks!

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i dont personally have experience with led bulbs in the headlights, but by going from what others have said, the range isnt quite there with led replacement bulbs yet. the other problem being they dont put off much heat, halogen/hids put off decent heat and will defrost the headlight housing if it gets covered in snow/ice.

im sure others will chime in with first hand experience.

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led’s make an excellent replacement fog light setup, pretty good low beam, and you won’t find one for hi’s….. most high end led companies specifically say there kits are not recommended for hi beam use. your best bet is hid’s with retrofit projectors

https://www.theretrofitsource.com

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i get all my bulbs from diode dynamics and their led fog lights are amazingly bright and great quality. have their 6k hids for lows and halogen for highs that i never use.

here is a pic of the hids and led fogs.

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discussion starter · #6 · jan 14, 2016

if they’re so bright as fogs…why wouldn’t they make good lows and highs?

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not sure why big roller, i bet they are working on something though for lows and highs.

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i get all my bulbs from diode dynamics and their led fog lights are amazingly bright and great quality. have their 6k hids for lows and halogen for highs that i never use.

here is a pic of the hids and led fogs.

+1 for diode dynamics, have their hids for my low beams and a bunch of led bulbs elsewhere, good stuff. their hids are top quality, much better than any others i’ve used.

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my lows are through an fxr with led hi’s from trs and led fogs from diode dynamics. i’m very pleased with both sets of leds. the highs are unbelievably bright. i don’t understand why they aren’t advised. mine are amazing. this is through a 35% tinted windshield.

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my lows are through an fxr with led hi’s from trs and led fogs from diode dynamics. i’m very pleased with both sets of leds. the highs are unbelievably bright. i don’t understand why they aren’t advised. mine are amazing. this is through a 35% tinted windshield. view attachment 778033 pics do no justice

do you have a link of where you got your high and low leds. thanks

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wade are those 6k light output for your high and lows?

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all my lights are between 6-6500 and the the lows and highs are from theretrofitsource. the lows are an hid through the projector, the highs are led and the fogs are the most expensive leds from diode dynamics (forgot the number). actually ordered those through fast headlights.

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if they’re so bright as fogs…why wouldn’t they make good lows and highs?

probably because of the angle the light is produced at, it would give you more of a spot light effect (which is not a bad thing for fog lights) and less of a flood, which is what a low beam is designed to do, with a projector you could correct that problem but were talking some spendy headlights at that point. what exactly about hid’s makes you “done” because running a led is still going to require a ballast and a rather expensive bulb…. the only real difference is the ballast converts dc to dc instead of dc to ac and the bulb physically creates light with a different mechanic but all the same failure points (infact more exist with led then hid) are still there. with a led bulb you have many many led’s that comprise the bulb, its easier for a failure to happen when you have lots of things to fail, compared to the xenon bulb having a single tube and two electrodes.

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i have led’s in my fogs and lows and love them. i will be doing my highs soon too. i bought mine and ebay. went with cheapos in case i didn’t like them. i paid less for my led bulbs than my buddy did for his halogen silver stars.

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i keep a hammer in my truck just for people that adjust there headlight like that.

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been looking at these for my lows and fogs, keeping my hids for highs.

https://tonupboys.com/gp/aw/d/b018…olid=285s6dlc7vcyc&coliid=i3oykau95l7ia4&vs=1

i’m tired of the hid needing to warm up. and now with my remote start flashing the headlights when started at night, i know the hids won’t be happy for long.

you raise an interesting point…i will have my denali headlights installed by this weekend and i was considering some hids but i too have my lights blink when i’m locking/unlocking my truck and constant on/off activity (’tis hwy high beams shouldn’t be considering hids) hids tend to give up faster…and by give up i mean you must deal with warranty crap while you wait for a new bulb…the leds haven’t been too amazing past 30 feet in front of a vehicle so i’m hesitant to buy some if i cannot see more than 30 feet…i realize 30′ is speculative but hids really push an extreme amount of light to where you need it…but the flashing of them causes premature failure…

you should buy some and take more photos of how they perform! would there be any benefit to having such leds installed behind projectors?

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i keep a hammer in my truck just for people that adjust there headlight like that.

i just like turning my brights on and leaving them on

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been looking at these for my lows and fogs, keeping my hids for highs.

https://tonupboys.com/gp/aw/d/b018…olid=285s6dlc7vcyc&coliid=i3oykau95l7ia4&vs=1

i’m tired of the hid needing to warm up. and now with my remote start flashing the headlights when started at night, i know the hids won’t be happy for long.

take your truck to whoever installed it, ask them to do the following

use the status output of the remote start to activate a relay that grounds the parking brake (as long as the parking brake is grounded prior to starting the truck, the headlights should not turn on automatically, the remote start is not turning them on, simply powering the parking light circuit, the vehicle is turning the headlights on.)

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use the status output of the remote start to activate a relay that interrupts the the low beam wires

either of those will prevent the lights flashing or coming on at all, unless they connected the wrong wire, -parking lights on the lml trucks is light blue at the switch, if they connected a different wire they could be flashing the headlights which is a no no

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i just like turning my brights on and leaving them on

i just love the people that run hid fogs, hid lows hid highs with all on mod then tun a 50″ light bar on the roof and a 30″ on the bumper, then they cram 2 hella lights behind the grill, dont bother turning the adjustment screws for the housings down one bit and run all of that at once down a fucking illuminated highway at night. there is a special level of hell for that guy….. dont be that guy. seriously, no one likes that guy….. oh and of course there all 6k lights because fuck light output i just want it to be so blue that it burns through the retinas of oncoming traffic into there souls! (lower kelvin lights like 3k, 4.2k, 5.3k actually produce more visible light, higher kelvin lights produce less for those who did not know what i was talking about, 6k is the maximum before the light gets really blue, i mean its still annoyingly blue, but not like 12k)

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