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    Default LED headlight upgrade

    This may be a bit more complicated on US models than it is on UK spec Jeeps.
    I say that as from the US feeds on twitter, I've heard mention of 'sealed beam' headlight units. These are something that were phased out years back in the UK, in favour of H3 fitment, Halogen bulbs. It may be a UK spec oddity, but standard headlights on xj's in particular are pretty poor, and decidedly orangey colour.
    One 'quick fix' is to use the standard headlight hi/low feeds to power a relay (one for Hi beam, one for low beam) then use a 'full fat' feed from the battery through relays to feed bigger bulbs, usually 140/90w Halogen bulbs.
    I went for a hi tech, low power solution, and used Cree 12.5/30w Cree H3 fitment units. The come with external cooling fans and external drivers, low power consumption (sub 2A per unit on high beam) and 2000 Lumen output. The best bit was, the are a straight plug and play upgrade, old ones out, new ones in, and is a simple, but very effective cure for poor XJ lights. They're fully waterproofed, surge protection, and fan out/overheat protection. They weren't the cheapest at around 132, but worth the for the improvement.

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    I'd love to do LED upgrade on my next build... I love driving the different vehicles downrange that have the LED headlights... I love my HID's as well that I have in my truck and my car though.. and since I'll have to purchase new H4 housings I'll probably go with HID's on the next build too, unless I find a kick a deal on LED setup..
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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    Man show us installed pics n stuff

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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    I want to see these in action too as well as installation pics
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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    Ok, here's a before and after vid, one side has had the Cree fitted, halogen on the other. Sidelights have also been changed to LED. If ya check my intro you'll see what they are like where it counts, a back road at night.
    (You can tell when the wife gets blinded. )
    [ame]http://youtu.be/F74o13KFI3g[/ame]

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    I didn't manage to get install pics, I was having a bad day, so my mate cracked on and got them fitted. It's honestly, a straight bulb swap if you don't have sealed beam units. The only very minor problem was finding space to mount the drivers, but there is room, just needs a bit of shuffling wiring round to make some space.

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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    I was wondering how far they stuck out the back of the housing. The pic looks like they might stick out kind of far and require massaging the header.
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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    We had been thinking the same before fitting them, turned out there was enough space, again, just a case of shuffling wiring around.
    I haven't see LEDs the same as these since purchase. There are very similar, 12.5/25w with integral fans, so not just as deep, and 1800Lm, they're also,almost half the price.

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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    I bought some H4 housings from hella and a H4 cree LED kit similar to yours. It is so bright unless I have the lights adjusted down its blinding. I am very happy.

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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    After looking at this thread I just went out and looked at my lights and just realized someone has already done the H4 conversion on it! Lucky me! I also realized I have not yet had the chance to drive it after dark yet.

    Looks like it has Osram 60/55W halogen bulbs in it.



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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    Any pics of how these throw the light? Nice clean pattern? Or any blotches or dark spots?

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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by KMW-NWXJ View Post
    Any pics of how these throw the light? Nice clean pattern? Or any blotches or dark spots?
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    Range, spread, and reflected glare ... are my main concerns when upgrading lights.

    Would appreciate any comparison pics you can manage when you have a chance.
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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    This is the before/after.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/F74o13KFI3g[/ame]

    And on the road at night, my reflector pots need changing as they've started to rust.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/mDiu7JBKqvw[/ame]

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    That made a huge difference in light output. Is that a typical 2 lane road in your area? It seems awfully narrow, and no shoulder at all. I guess you get used to it though.

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    Default Re: LED headlight upgrade

    Lol, yeah, we have a lot of roads like that as soon as ya leave towns, some are narrower ! It also looks like I'm driving a lot faster then I am, that's down to the wide angle on the GoPro.
    These are the roads around our house, also gives a better idea of impression of speed using a GoPro. Once in this vid I peaked at 30mph, the rest is sub 30.

    [ame]http://youtu.be/2JoFGy6zACE[/ame]

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