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SidecarFlip

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Posted: 11/14/17 07:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Owning an older truck 97 F350 Ford Diesel, back then the only option for headlights was Halogen bulbs and, while they work pretty well and I can see pretty well with them, I wanted to upgrade to a better system

I looked pretty hard at HID lights but the amp draw is steep plus they have to warm up and I don't particularly like the emitted light. Oncoming vehicles with HID lights I find irritating to look at and always have to look away

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Superbrightleds.com was running a special on LED retrofit bulbs and had my size for the '97 Ford.

Install was pretty easy, I had to remove the batteries to gain enough access to the backside of the headlight to get the units in because they have large heatsinks on the backside. That also entailed removing the LED bulb itself from the base to install the OEM lock ring. I also had to locate the ballasts, which I zip tied next to the headlights themselves

What a big difference in illumination. On low beam I can see farther down the road and much better to the sides too (great on a 2 lane country roads I drive on alot. The emitted light is very white, not yellowish like the Halogen lights were and road signs and paint stripes really pop now.

Wondering if anyone else runs LED headlights and if you do, do you like them. Most all military vehicles now run LED lamps because they last 10 times as long as Halogen and 3 times as long as HID lamps plus they draw very little current.

Amazing technology.


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I am happy with the LEDs in my 2015 Tahoe. Better illumination than the 2007.


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Posted: 11/14/17 08:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just hope I don't come across you coming at me on a dark two lane road. There is a reason your low beams don't light the other lane very much, it blinds the oncoming driver.


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Glad to hear you had a positive experience with the LEDs. I have been thinking about doing this myself for my '99 F350. What I have tried first was just replacing the headlight housings with new ones which did help a lot. My next step will likely be the LED lamps.

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Good site, thanks for sharing


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Posted: 11/14/17 09:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SidecarFlip wrote:



so...

Superbrightleds.com was running a special on LED retrofit bulbs and had my size for the '97 Ford.

Amazing technology.


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Posted: 11/15/17 05:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are my new LED headlights on the RV. The difference in the amount of light is amazing! They are adjustable to keep the light in front of me and the high beams completely cover the road side to side as well as a greater distance. I don't drive at night that often but these are a great improvement.

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rhagfo wrote:

Just hope I don't come across you coming at me on a dark two lane road. There is a reason your low beams don't light the other lane very much, it blinds the oncoming driver.


This is not true with the new versions of LED headlights. I have 3 vehicles I put LED headlights in. I did my research before hand and got some that are adjustable. A minor loosen and turn of the bulb put then in alignment.
Just found out our city busses have LED headlights (retro fitted) and you can buy new cars with LED headlights.
What irks me are these kids that buy the halogen or Xeon lights that shine Blue or purple.

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I'm running LEDs in my 2014 Ram 2500. I put in 6500K lamps and really like the way this color cuts through fog and rain. The fog lamps also have a wider spread and illuminate the sides of the road much better. Just be sure to get the resistors for the CANBUS system so you don't get any "light out" errors on the newer trucks.

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Posted: 11/15/17 07:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have OEM LED lights on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler. They are absolutely fantastic.


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