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  1. **The Sierra & Silverado HID topics have been merged and edited, in an attempt to create one comprehensive HID topic** This topic will cover HID information, HID headlight bulb upgrades, HID fog light bulb upgrades, as well as installing aftermarket HID projectors/bulbs ("retrofit"). This information was last updated on 04/18/14 -----DISCLAIMER----- Automotive lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment must adhere to the United States §571.108 Standard #108 to be legal for road use (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrruletext.aspx?reg=571.108). Your state or local governments may also impose standards and restrictions on vehicle lighting. If you choose to install HID bulbs and/or projectors, you alone are responsible for compliance and possible legal consequences. -----HID BASICS----- Lumen - a measure of the total visible light emitted by a source Incandescent Bulb – The traditional bulb design which passes electricity through a filament inside a bulb containing an inert gas or a vacuum. The filament heats up and gives off light. Unfortunately, only 5 to 10% of the electricity supplied is converted into light, with the rest being lost as heat. Halogen Bulb – An improved incandescent bulb, which is filled with a Halogen-family gas, allowing it to operate at higher temps and produce more light. The average 9006-type 55watt Halogen headlight bulb produces roughly 1000 lumen. HIR (Halogen Infrared Reflective) Bulb – A further improvement on the incandescent bulb, these Halogen bulbs are given special coatings on the interior of glass which reflect infrared back into the filament, allowing it to run even hotter/brighter than a standard Halogen bulb. The average 9012-type 55watt HIR headlight bulb produces roughly 1700 lumen. HID (High Intensity Discharge) Bulb – A different bulb design from the incandescent, these arc-type bulbs look similar but do not use a heated filament to produce light. Instead, an electrical arc is created between two metal tips in the presence of special gases and vaporized salts contained in a bulb. The electrical arc converts the gases & salts into plasma, producing significantly more light per watt. HID bulbs are often called Xenon because many early HID’s used Xenon gas inside the bulb. The average 9006-type 35watt HID headlight bulb produces over 3000 lumen, while only using two-thirds the power of Halogen bulbs. LED (Light Emitting Diode) – Technically not a bulb, LED’s are a type of semiconductor which produce light through electroluminescence. The short version: electrons jump around and emit photons of light. LED's are very efficient, operate at low temps, and are the future of lighting, but are currently still too expensive to compete with HID’s when it comes to total light output per dollar. Which headlight bulbs do the 2014+ GM trucks use? Silverado - H11 Halogen bulbs for low beams and 9005 Halogen bulbs for high beams. Sierra - 9012 HIR bulbs which function as both the low and high beams. What are projector headlights? Traditional headlights utilize a simple reflector, which results in significant light scatter, similar to a flood light. Projector headlights incorporate a lens forward of the reflector to control the light distribution, resulting in more focused light pattern. They also contain a shutter between the reflector and lens which creates a cutoff line, blocking light above a certain height. Projectors were created to reducing glare to other drivers & pedestrians, as well as reduce white-out in fog & snow. The Silverado's projectors have fixed shutters and function as low beams only (they have a separate traditional headlight for high beams). The Sierra's projectors have movable shutters. The shutter is closed when using low beams and opens when you hit the highs, allowing more light output. This setup is strictly mechanical and the output of the bulb does not change whether using lows or highs. Why upgrade to HID bulbs? Projector headlight systems were originally designed to be used with HID's. Instead of offering HID's in the 2014 trucks, GM opted to go the cheap route and use halogen bulbs instead. The result is headlights many of us consider inadequate, at best. Installing HID bulbs helps to partially correct what many see as a significant design flaw. HID bulbs are not perfect (primarily because of GM's use of inferior lenses and reflectors in the stock projectors) but are a substantial improvement over the stock halogen bulbs. What is a projector retrofit? A projector retrofit is the process of installing HID projectors into vehicles that were originally equipped with standard halogen reflector headlights. It has also come to include any upgrades to a vehicle's existing projectors, whether they be the halogen or HID variety. Aftermarket HID projector retrofits are the best lighting upgrade currently available, but have significantly higher costs and generally require a greater knowledge & skill level to install compared to HID bulb kits. -----HID HEADLIGHT BULB UPGRADE SHOPPING LIST----- Three main components are required for HID install: (1) HID Kit, (1) Relay Wiring Harness, (1) Pair of Capacitors / Code Eliminators / CAN-Bus (1) HID Kit This HID kit will include two HID bulbs and two ballasts (ballasts regulate the amount of current flowing to the HID bulbs). When ordering, you must specify the bulb number, wattage, and color temp: Bulb Number: Silverado - H11 kit Sierra - 9006 or 9012 kit Wattage: The majority of HID kits come in either 35 watt or 55 watt. I personally recommend the 35 watt, which are 150% brighter than the stock bulbs, but not too bright that they draw unwanted attention to your truck or blind other drivers. There are a few members on here running 55 watt kits with no heat/melting issues. Color Temp: The actual color of the light, measured in Kelvin. 3500K is stock yellow, 4500K to 5000K is white, and 6000K is white with hints of blue. Color temps of 7000K & above are very blue/purple and are definitely not recommended. (1) HID Relay Harness The relay harness will consist of relay(s) and the necessary wiring to connect to it to the battery, ballasts, and stock headlight output(s). This harness allows the HID's to run straight off the battery and is required for a proper installation. (1 to 2) Capacitor(s) / Error Code Eliminator(s) / CAN-Bus On the 2014's, the factory headlight wiring contains a type of "electronic noise" known as PWM (pulse-width modulation). When PWN is introduced to the relay or ballasts, it often causes the HID's to flicker/fail and the relay to make a loud buzzing sound. Capacitors correct this issue by filtering out the PWN and passing along a clean signal to the relay/ballasts. If you purchase a single input harness, you need (1) capacitor to complete a proper install. If you purchase a dual input harness, you need (2) capacitors to complete a proper install. That said, the vast majority of vendors only sell them in pairs. -----HID HEADLIGHT BULB BRANDS & VENDORS----- Morimoto (made in South Korea) Morimoto's are the Mercedes of HID's. High quality stuff but at a high premium. If you decide to go with Morimoto's, you need to buy the HID kit and choose the included HD relay harness option. You'll also need to purchase separately a pair of CAN-Bus error code eliminators. (1) HID Kit with included HD Relay Harness + (1) pair of CAN-Bus = $180 + S&H http://www.theretrofitsource.com/ DDM (made in China) DDM is a US vendor that drop ships HID kits straight from the factory in China. On the plus side, you save a ton of money on the price, but the trade off is their shipping takes 2 to 3 weeks. Normally, I try to stay away from cheap chinese electronics, but myself and many others on this forum have been using DDM for years with no issues. I highly recommend their kits as an economical alternative to Morimoto. That said, a few forum members have reported receiving bad ballasts that failed to ignite right out the box (based on what I've seen on the forum, I'd say it's 1 in 50). DDM will send you a free replacement, but you do have to wait 2 more weeks. I don't think I've seen any members report bulb/ballast failures past the initial install. If you're worried about being that 1 in 50, you can go with a higher-end brand HID kit or you could order two DDM HID kits and have plenty of spare parts (that's what I do, because two DDM kits are still half the price of one high-end brand kit). **I do not have any direct interaction with DDM, other than as a HID customer, nor am I paid/compensated for recommending their products - I'm simply think it's a good deal** (1) HID Kit + (1) Relay Harness + (1) pair of Capacitors = $55 + S&H http://www.ddmtuning.com/ 250MotorSportz (made in China?) I really don't know much about this company or their HIDs Forum member icecrm is affiliated with them and he posted a really good "How To" HID install with pics further down in this topic. (1) HID Kit + (1) Relay Harness + (1) pair of Capacitors = $170 + S&H http://www.250motorsportz.ca/ Amazon / eBay (made in China) You can find all kinds of different brands/vendors on Amazon, eBay, and other online retailers. There's no "wrong" brand to buy, as the majority are all made in China anyway. Most people on the forum are either Morimoto or DDM, but I'm definitely not saying you should only choose from those! -----HID HEADLIGHT BULB INSTALLATION----- When completed correctly, installing HIDs is a simple process that makes a dramatic improvement. No kit out there will be a 100% plug-n-play setup because of the 2014's sealed headlight design. Current kits are roughly 75% plug-n-play, mainly involving connecting plugs and installing +/- leads to battery/grounds. The 25% exception exists because all HID kits will require the drilling of a small hole in the headlights' rear-facing removable caps to allow the bulbs wiring to reach the ballasts. It's not difficult by any means and, because the caps are removable, you can buy replacements if you ever decide to remove your HIDs in the future. Testing - Before beginning any install, you should test your bulbs and ballasts! The last thing you want to do is go to all the trouble of installing everything, only to find out you have a bad component. With the engine off, lay out the parts on the radiator cover and make all the necessary connections. For the test, use the driver's side factory headlight output, since it's the less difficult to access. It's often also easier to use jumper cables to connect the +/- for this temporary setup. Once you're ready, test the lights with the engine off and then with the engine on. If possible, do in daylight to test DRL activation and then cover light sensor on dash to simulate night to test auto-headlights. Wiring - In order to access the rear of passenger headlight and complete a proper install, you will need to raise the air box's cover and remove the lower portion of box and filter. You can leave the top attached to the intake tube and just move it out the way while working. The cover is held on with (4) screws. The lower box is held in with rubber plugs along the bottom... just yank straight up on box to remove. There are several different styles of wiring harness out there, but whichever you end up with it's important to determine if it's a Single Input or Dual Input harness. Each has a slightly different wiring method. -Single input harness will have two headlight-type plugs for the ballasts and a third input designed to connect to the stock headlight source. You must flip/reverse the connection between the stock signal and capacitor to account for the truck's reversed polarity. From the capacitor, you'll then connect relay, to ballasts, then to bulbs (see attached diagram) -Dual input harness will have two headlight-type plugs for the ballasts and two inputs designed to connect to the both stock headlight sources. You will not flip any connections during wiring. The stock signals connect normally to capacitors, who then connect to relay, to ballasts, then to bulbs (see attached diagram) Regardless of which you have, just remember the flow should be "Stock Signal ---> Capacitor ---> Relay ---> Ballasts ---> Bulbs" Access Holes - Most HID bulbs come with rubber grommets pre-installed on their wiring. If yours didn't, you can pick the up at a parts store. Basically you just drill the appropriate sized hole removable cap, pass through wiring, and secure the grommet in the hole. You might also consider using butyl rubber or silicone around the grommet for extra moisture protection. (icecrm has a good picture of this in his post later down this topic). Bulbs - This should go without saying but never touch the glass part of the headlight bulbs, HID or Halogen! The oils on your fingers may cause them to shatter when they head up. Many HID kits include additional O-rings, so that you can adjust the fit of the bulb in the socket. If your kit did not include any, and you feel the bulb isn't seating correctly, you can pick up spares at any parts store. Keep in mind however, the majority of HID bulbs will never fit as tight/snugly as the stock halogen bulbs, so don't fret too much. It's important to note there is a certain orientation in which the bulbs must be positioned when inserting into the stock housing. I can't remember the exact was to insert them as it's been a good while since I did mine, but there's a simple way to check if your are correct. When parked about 10 feet from a wall, if you notice little diamonds of light above the cut-off line, it means you need to rotate the bulbs' orientation slightly (if you thumb is at the 9 o'clock position when removing, without changing grip, try inserting the bulb with your thumb at 12 or 1 o'clock). If you're not sure about your wiring harness, a specific connection, or anything else, feel free to shoot me a message.
  2. Hey all, I own a 2018 Silverado 2500HD LTZ Z71...The damn headlights are that terrible yellow color, Did Chevy not put LED lights on any of the 2500 models? Has anyone replaced the whole light assembly or even just bulbs to achieve the clearer look? If so please share and checkout the photo below of my headlights compared to the illuminated bow tie. Thanks for the help.
  3. First post but following for a while now, I was wondering if anyone on her has done, or has seen a set of aftermarket Silverado headlights in a Sierra? I have a 2012 Sierra and I like the look of some of the Silverado headlights a lot better than the ones I have now, just want to change it up a bit and was wondering if anyone new if they we able to just be bolted in normally or if there was a conversion to make it possible?
  4. I have a Silverado Custom and I want to upgrade the whole headlight fixture to the LED headlights. Does anyone know the cost of the OEM LED headlights? Also has anyone heard of aftermarket headlights OEM style that may be coming out?
  5. The LED lights in the passenger side headlight of my 2016 Sierra 1500 Crew Cab are sporadically not working. Sometimes the are on, sometimes they aren't. The driver side functions properly all the time. The main light in the center of the headlight works fine all the time. I took it to the dealership and they replaced the whole headlight. When I turned on the truck a few hours after I picked it up from the dealership the LED lights were not working again. Has anyone had or heard about this issue? I'm going to take it back to the dealership, but would love some advice from anyone else that has dealt with this issue. Thanks!
  6. I replaced my pass side light bulb about 5 months ago with the same type of halogen bulbs that they come with out of the factory and one day i realized that the same side as before went out. Before that one went out i had a set of after market LED lights. these to be exact https://www.amazon.ca/Lumen-9012HLC-G7-LED-Performance-Bulbs/dp/B01N5Q0TMA i ran those LED's on my truck and they looked great! everything was plug and play they lasted for about 4 months when my pass side bulb gave out on those too. when i took out the bulb to inspect it one of the LED diodes was blown out. I wasn't too surprised by that because sometimes after market parts can be a bit cheaper quality. But when my OEM halogen bulbs went out. thats 3 sets of bulbs in less than 2 years. I am just wondering. Is this bad luck?? Have any of you had this issue before?? if you did what was causing it?? any troubleshooting tips?? I really dont want to keep buying light bulbs every 5 months even the halogen bulbs are a little expensive
  7. Hello everyone. I purchased a complete set of LED bulbs to replace all the stock bulbs for my 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 HD. In addition, I upgraded the tail lights and the head light assemblies as well to house these new bulbs. I'm very happy with the complete change-over except for the hyper flash issue I'm having with the new LED turn signals. Originally, I thought I could just replace the original flasher for an LED flasher that doesn't monitor the load on the circuit and therefore operates normally with the light-loaded LED upgrade. Turns out that the 2012 doesn't have a flasher and it's the BCM that controls the turn signal lights. From what I've researched, it appears that the BCM can be programmed to allow the use of LED's by changing the configuration of the BCM to a "cab/chassis" setup where the vehicle would accept the LED tail lights. I'm guessing that with changing everything including front turn signal bulbs to LED, the BCM reprogram to "cab/chassis" will not fix my issue because I've changed the front turn signals to LED as well. The other option I've researched is installing load resistors for every LED bulb. That seems a bit outrageous and hacking into the original wiring harness is not what I'd prefer as it makes it more susceptible to malfunction, corrosion, etc. not to mention the heat these resistors tend to give off, if installed improperly, can begin causing a whole other bundle of issues. So my question is, will the BCM reprogram resolve the hyper flash issue? Depending where you are but most dealers will charge $120 - $200 for the 3 minutes it takes to plug in but if it fixes the issue, I'd rather go that route instead of hacking my wiring harness. Thanks in advance for any help!
  8. I wanted to get the pulse of how many people have successfully had their Denali/LED headlamps painted? I am very interested in doing mine but have 2 major concerns due to the cost of these OEM lights: - Is it REALLY possible to get these re-sealed adequately to the point I should have little to no concern of condensation ever occurring after spending some serious money to have these painted? - Speaking of serious money, what is a reasonable amount to expect to pay? I know you can infinitely increase the cost of these projects by adding different LED switchbacks, different projectors, doing intricate paintings vs. just satin black everything, etc. What I'm wanting falls somewhere in the middle. I want to upgrade the LED switchback module (bc why not if I'm already in $$$ to crack them open?) which runs around $150 I believe, and I want a simple Satin black + (maybe) a portion color-matched as well (still on the fence) as well as the GMC stamped in the chrome of the headlamps to be the red color of the emblems. Does anyone have any input/feedback/advice/recommendations on this? If I have it done, I'd potentially be willing to send them off to someone to have them done, but shipping is a major added cost. Is there anyone in on of the following locations (that is highly recommended as well as reasonable??): Houston, TX - Where I live Austin, TX San Antonio, TX Dallas, TX Ft. Worth, TX Baton Rouge, LA Oklahoma City, OK Any and all comments are highly appreciated!
  9. Does anybody know what level of work, or if it's possible to put 18 Sierra headlights on an 18 Silverado? Personally I despise my Silverado headlights, but like the Sierra's headlights! Do the wires need to be changed, probably the bumper and front fascia. But fenders? Has anyone done this?
  10. I was wondering if anybody knew if the newer 2018 sierra tail lights would somehow fit the 2015's? And if not, is there is a certain company making some custom ones for the 15' that are made to look like the 2018's? This is my first post to the group as I am new and will be asking more questions soon. So if I didnt do this right, please feel free to tell me how to correctly ask my next question. Thanks.
  11. I have a 2002 Sierra Z71. I see a lot of options online for aftermarket headlights, but the reviews are terrible. Does anyone have a link to some known GOOD options? Thanks in advance!
  12. Today for the first time I drove my 2014 SIERRA TEXAS EDITION in the rain at night.... WOW>>>>> I had to stop and wait for the rain downpour to let out so I could see where I was going. Not Good. Driving at night is very stressfull and eye straining to the point of taking headache medications once you are done driving. Any wayt to fix this Extremely Dangerous Problem?
  13. Hi everyone, I haven't been on in a while, but, I wanted to check in, as this is still something that is bugging me. Does anyone know if the anzo headlights for the 2016-18 silverados.. trim.. fit the oem headlights? My thought is, because the oem branded headlights are so expensive, and because I only want to change from chrome to paint color, this may be a cheaper workaround. Its still quite costly, but, I can't find another way to get the trim reliably. I'd still honestly like to switch to LED lights, but, its just not a reasonable proposal when I already have HIDs.
  14. Hey guys, Quick question. I bought a 2014 Sierra SLT last week and took it up north to the cabin over the weekend. I drove through a lot of rain throughout the whole weekend. The truck was 2 days old with 400 miles on it and I noticed the inside of both healights were foggy one night, towards the bottom over the LED running light. Has anyone had this issue? Or has anyone herd of this being a problem? I am taking it back to the dealer this week for some gm accessories so I am interested to see what they say.
  15. LED Headlights?

    Anyone have any tips for replacing the low beams on my 2500 silverado (2019) with LEDs?
  16. Hey All, Hoping you guys can point me in the right direction. I have a 2014 Silverado that has recently lost the passenger side low beam. The headlights will turn on when starting the truck and then flicker and the passenger side goes out within about 10 seconds. The driver's side continues to operate as normal and the high beams also operate as normal. If I turn on the headlight switch with the truck not running the headlights will both stay on. Once the truck starts the passenger bulb shuts off. I had this in to the dealer since it was looking like a BCM issue and I have no way of testing or programming a new BCM. They diagnosed and said the BCM was bad. Essentially they replaced the BCM with no results and they replaced the underhood fuse panel with no results. They said when the light quits they are not getting power out of the BCM for that headlight. So it is either a BCM input or something in the BCM. They did find a code (after performing the "repairs") and that code was a "short to ground" code. They did not give me the code number. Has anyone had this? Right now this is the only issue. I've read about ground issues and will check those on Saturday but I am not experiencing any other electrical issues so I am doubting I have a dash ground issue. I appreciate any help you all can give. Thanks, Derek
  17. Headlights are probably one of the most essential safety gadgets in your car. Their importance is even more pronounced when you happen to drive more at night hours. They are one of those necessities that you may not give thought to, well, not until they’re fading or gone. When the road ahead of you becomes foggy, driving under such conditions is often difficult and dangerous. Poor lighting condition while driving often results in accidents, when it is foggy or at night-time. Having the appropriate LED headlight bulbs for your car is definitely some kind of personal basic safety measure. Many car owners are getting headlights that will serve them in all kinds of weather conditions when they are traveling. The LED headlight bulbs technology is the latest innovation used for manufacturing the brightest headlights of vehicles. LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. LED headlight bulbs have several technological advantages over its competitors, i.e. Halogen headlights. Therefore, they have become extremely popular in the passenger automobile industry. LED headlight bulbs produce a superior range of vision and brightest headlights which help car owners save tons of money over the lifespan of a car. Therefore, it’s not surprising they are becoming more visible on our roads. Since LED headlight bulbs are increasing in popularity over halogen lamps, many automobile manufacturers and car owners are switching to this efficient option. Here are some reasons why LED headlight bulbs are preferred over Halogen lamps as the brightest headlight bulbs; Benefits OF LED Headlight Bulbs Energy Efficiency LED headlights bulbs are produced with superior strength and efficiency when compared to halogen lamps. They have a very high degree of illumination and can produce the brightest headlights and pure beam of light which will help you have a clearer view of the road in the dark. Despite having a high degree of brightest headlights illumination, LED headlight bulb use lesser energy compared to halogen lamps, while their brightness can be up to 280% brighter than halogen lamps. And their energy consumption is about 85% lower. Extended Life LED headlight bulbs are manufactured with top quality materials. Even with consistent use. An LED headlight bulb can last for several years, which are considerably better than the regular halogen bulbs. LED headlight bulbs are less susceptible to malfunctions or failure compared to halogen lamps, their average lifespan is ten times that of the halogen lamps. LED headlight bulbs have an average lifespan of 32000-52000 hours or even longer while an average halogen lamp may last just for 1000 hours. Easy to Install LED headlight bulbs are very easy to install. As the plug type id the same size as the halogen bulbs. However, most LED headlight bulbs size are larger than the halogen bulbs because they have the cooling fans, or large housing to dissipate heat, drivers, or CANBUS drivers to keep the bulbs working in the normal way. Thus, the small size LED headlight bulb whose size is the same as the halogen bulbs may be a good choice for you. You don’t need any special skills or the assistance of a mechanic to get them installed. You can easily install them successfully within 30 minutes to one hour. Brightness The most important advantage that LED headlight bulbs to possess over the typical halogen lamps is the degree of brightness of the light they provide. LED headlights produce a crispy, sparkling, bright white light which can successfully transform total darkness into a sunny afternoon. Properly designed LED headlights will meet all on-road regulations, reduce glare for oncoming vehicles, and have a beam outline that puts the light at the exact point you need it most. LED Headlights Bulbs VS Halogen Bulbs LED Headlight Bulbs Halogen Lamps Brightest headlights Light produces not so bright It is more efficient Halogen lamps are not so efficient Last longer, more durable Halogen lamps are not so long- lasting Generally cooler than halogen lamps Usually very hot Perfect for all weather conditions, efficient in bad weather and foggy days Not so efficient in bad weather Easy to install Not so easy to install Put less stress on the eyes of the driver The poor Illumination stresses the driver’s eye often They require very little maintenance Demands more maintenance Water- resistant/waterproof Affected by water 2 New LED Headlight Bulbs By Auxbeam Give your car a new lease of life with The GT Series & P10 Series Ultra-Thin LED Headlight Bulbs by Auxbeam, which can offer you the brightest headlights or the smallest size headlights in Auxbeam. P10 Series Ultra-Thin LED Headlight Bulbs We introduce the latest automotive LED lighting revolution, the super bright elastic and waterproof LED headlight bulbs, the P10 Series Ultra-Thin LED Headlight Bulbs by Auxbeam. P10 series is in the same size as the halogen bulbs. You do not need to worry that your dust cover cannot reinstall or there is no space to dissipate heat after upgrading the LED headlight bulbs. Key Features A halogen size headlight 2 times brighter than car original halogen bulb Mini 1mm Ultra-thinLEDfocus design The thinner it is, the better lighting beam pattern it is Down to 1mm between PCB Board and board Maximum anti-glare Maximum no dark area Waterproof High performance in bad weather The integrated heat dissipation system Through aircraft grade aluminum, a large copper substrate to improve the heat dissipation Orientation pressurization cooling system Built-in 8000 RMP high-speed fan can take away the heat in a moment to ensure the bulb work normally in a high temperature The GT Series Extra Bright LED Headlight Bulbs GT series high quality LED chips which have 45W for one bulb. Thus, totally 90W for a pair. Compared with other LED headlight bulbs Auxbeam has sold, GT series is the brightest headlights among them. Key features Super bright, using CREE XHP70 CHIP for each LED headlight 9000LM for each pair of LED headlights IP65 dust and water seal, beam angle 360-degrees 35-80 degree CelsiusOperating Temperature Aviation Premium 6063 aluminum 360-degree clear beams no blind zone Super cool engineering beam patterns Nice performance, especially in foggy days Nice fitment which easily replaces old full filament bulbs Great Temperature Control System through the interior cooling fan which automatically cools down in maximum temperatures. The GT Series & P10 Series Ultra-Thin LED Headlight Bulbs from Auxbeam are the brightest headlights & the smallest in size in the marketplace. They have very accurate beam shape lighting than several other lights on the market. They are easy to install and fit vehicles easily. They are very energy-efficient as they use less wattage compared to others while producing the brightest headlights in the market. The GT Series & P10 Series Ultra-Thin LED Headlights are available in different styles and are 10 times brighter than your regular halogen lamps. If you are interested in LED lighting and other off-road modification parts, please read on to know more.
  18. Headlights are standard driving equipment for every vehicle. Headlight plays a very important role in road driving. If there is not enough light, the drivers cannot see the front clearly. Headlight types can be differentiated due to the chips inside. Most vehicles are equipped with halogen bulbs, which will gradually be dim. To deal with this, you can choose the best LED headlights as the replacement. While search in Wiki, headlight just means the light given by the headlamp, which is the term for the headlight device. And most headlamp can be divided into the headlamp housing, headlight, wiring harness, fog light and turning signal, but fog light and turn signal will be separated with the headlamp assembly in some car models such as Jeep Wrangler. Headlight Configurations As for the headlight, it has three main parts, high beam, low beam and daytime running lights (DRL). High Beam The high beam can be also called as main beam, driving beam or full beam, which provides a bright and centered light on the front. The high beam can only be used while there are no oncoming vehicles in the extremely dark driving road, as the high beam is too bright to blind the oncoming vehicles or pedestrian and make accident happened. Low Beam Low beam, also sometimes termed as the dipped beam, passing beam or meeting beam, can provide an adequate designed light for forward and lateral illumination. The low beam is limited so as to control the glare toward the oncoming vehicles and pedestrian. Thus, the low beam can be used wildly in the night time. Daytime Running Light (DRL) Daytime running light, as the name referred, can be used in daytime driving. As a kind of signal light, the DRL need to be turned on as to show other drivers you are coming towards. According to figures, turning on the DRL while driving on road can reduce accident by 12.4% and reduce the risk of death rate by 26.4%. Some high-end vehicles are equipped with LED driving lights for DRLs nowadays. Factors Influence the Headlight Beam Type Most vehicles are equipped with Halogen bulbs as the driving light source for the factory headlights. As we have compared before that, halogen headlight will be dim and the light will be yellow or even amber as the driving time gets by. And the LED driving lights can be the best replacement for the Halogen, as the LED headlights are much brighter but consuming less power. And LED can be working for about 30,000 to 50,000 hours, much longer than the halogen headlights. As the configuration is easy, LED headlights can directly replace the halogen headlights and nothing need to be modified. Some may claim that their vehicles are equipped with HID headlights. HID headlights are much better than halogen headlights, but there is one disadvantage—it needs 3-5 seconds to warm up the headlight and then the headlights can work normally. While LED headlights do not have such kind of problem. However, if you want to upgrade the HID headlights with LED headlights, some wiring may need to be modified. Thus, the LED headlights may be better comparing with halogen headlights and HID headlights. Lighting Effect In fact, the lighting effect is mainly influenced by the headlight housing. There are mainly two configurations of headlight housing—reflector housing and projector housing. Reflector Housing For vehicles using reflector housing, the light will be reflected as the light is on. Equipped with the reflector housing, the light can be scattered in a wild range with flood beam but there will be some unused light. Many halogen headlights are equipped with reflector housings. Projector Housing As for vehicles with projector housing, light is projected through the lens, which can make a better pencil beam. And also, using the projector lens, the light will not scatter in wildly, which will give more accurate and bright light. Many LED headlights and HID headlights are used projector housing. Thus, for better lighting performance, you can upgrade the reflector headlight housing with projector headlight housing. Choose the Best LED Headlights The headlight assembly for normal vehicles like sedan, SUV, and trucks, maybe a little bit hard to upgrade, which needs huge modifications. However, you can choose to upgrade with the LED headlight bulbs. Normally, every headlight has the bulbs inside, and most factory bulbs are halogen bulbs. Due to the configuration of the LED is similar to halogen bulbs, LED can directly replace the halogen bulbs and do not need further modification. Just plug and play, you can get the new LED headlights. As we have mentioned above that headlight has the high beam, low beam, and DRL, you need to pay attention to when upgrading the headlights to LEDs. 1. You need to make sure the plug type of your factory halogen bulb type and then choose the corresponding LED plug types. 2. Halogen bulbs and LED headlight bulbs are of the same plug type, which has the Hi-lo beam bulbs and single beam bulbs. For hi-lo beam bulbs, one pair of LED headlight bulbs can support both high beam and low beam, while vehicles need single beam for high beam and low beam, you need to purchase 2 pairs to separately support high beam and low beam, 3. If you have upgraded the reflector headlight housing into projector headlight housing, the plug type changes and you need to check the plug type which can fit your new projector headlight housing. 4. For some vehicles which designed the high beam together with DRL using the same bulbs, upgrading the bulbs will be a little bit difficult. You need to add extra DRL decoders to avoid bulb working error. Otherwise, your DRL cannot work in a normal way. Jeep Wrangler Headlights Jeep Wrangler can also upgrade the headlights with the LED headlight bulbs. However, there are also many different kinds of Jeep Wrangler headlight assembly which can be easily replaced by Jeep Wrangler. The factory Jeep Wrangler headlights are reflector headlight housing with halogen bulbs which may not look very cool and practical. So how about upgrading the headlight with LED driving lights. Auxbeam Jeep Wrangler headlights have many different choices for you. All Jeep Wrangler projector headlights include the high beam, low beam and DRL (sometimes will also be called as atmosphere lights), which is convenient to upgrade all the thing at the same time. And the installation steps would not be hard. Just remove the old headlight and unplug them and install the new headlights on then plug them on. Conclusion Also, there are many different kinds of LED driving lights that can be installed on the bumper or bull bar. LED driving lights can be the auxiliary lights as you need more light in driving. Upgrading your headlight into LED projector headlight may be better for both practicability and aesthetics. Choose the best LED headlight solution according to your vehicle types. LED headlights can help you get more brightness.
  19. Problem Description: Headlights turns-On and sometimes does not w/ DRL Headlights turns-Off while driving and then comes back On Headlight does not turn-On at initial startup and then turns-On while driving All other lights are functional, Tail Lights Brake light and Reverse are Ok All Turn Signals w/ Hazards are Ok Fog lights (Morimoto XB LED's) are Ok Action: Taken to a reputable shop to troubleshoot; of course the lights were functional the entire time during the visit; issue re-occured later during that day on my way home from work. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  20. I don't want to do a full LED kit with ballasts etc... If possible, I would like to change High and Low beam bulbs... Has anybody just swapped to a bright bulb? If so how is it working out?
  21. I’m sure this is already here somewhere but I didn’t see anything recent on this specific question. Does anyone have any recommendations on swapping out the headlights on a 2015 Sierra 1500 SLT? I feel like a flashlight would give me better light down road than the junk stock lights. From what I’ve read the stock projectors suck. What did y’all end up doing to make your lights actually useful at night? Complete new housing, HID conversions, LED conversion? Thanks in advance! -Zach
  22. I'm sure this has been talked about before on this forum but I'm new and haven't had a chance to fully read through all the articles. Anyways, does anyone recommend any LED headlight bulbs? Currently I'm running HIDs in my Lows, Highs, and Fogs from Kensun on Amazon. Fogs and Highs work flawlessly, but my Lows have been pissing me off since I installed them. I am always having trouble out of them either flickering and going out or just not coming on unless I turn the headlights off then on again. I've replaced ballasts, installed anti-flicker devices, installed a relay harness, everything. I'm just fed up at this point. Lol I am looking at buying these for my fogs to try out. Cheap enough and have good reviews on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NOA8NCU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A126Q4T86JLNL&psc=1 But I'm looking at these for my Lows. They look like they may fit fine behind the dust cap and also have many good reviews. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H6NZ7D8/ref=crt_ewc_title_dp_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3NZKZYVZPUD1T Anybody have any good experience using this style of LED bulb? Or possibly any other affordable option someone is using? Any input would be great. Thanks!
  23. So before people tell me this has already been discussed I realize that and read through all 5 pages about it already and the question was never really answered.... My specific situation and question is I have a 2015 GMC Denali 1500 that I put some LED bulbs in last summer and love how much better it looks then the halogen bulbs! Unfortunately a bulb in the passenger side must have been defective and burnt out after only 4 months so the company sent me a new bulb which I replaced in December...unfortunately I live in Fargo and it happened to be -15 that day and guessing it didn't seal properly and I ended up with moisture inside the lens; it finally warmed up enough this spring that I dried out the headlight and resealed it properly this time however I'm still getting moisture in the headlight so guessing I'm just gonna have to buy a new one which I'm not real happy about... Well my buddy has a 2016 GMC Denali 2500 HD and he said he would sell me both headlights since he put aftermarket ones in his for the price it would cost me to buy one. They look exactly the same but after reading other posts it seemed there was questions whether the wiring was compatible; that thread was a few years old so curious if there has been a fix or adapter that's now available that will make them work? I have both part numbers if that helps...my headlights are part #84144047 and his headlights are part #84012632. I'm pretty novice with all this so any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
  24. Hello, as the title states. I installed LED Switchbacks for my turn signals, and I installed LED Marker and LED Running lights on the front of my truck. After I installed these I didn't have much of an issue that I noticed, But I unplugged one of the marker lights while we were cruising last night because the socket is a little messed up and would not stay on.. After that I noticed that my headlights were not flashing when I unlocked the truck like they use too.. All the lights would usually flash when I unlocked my truck (except for the DRL) My radio also was acting funny as the Bluetooth was all spotty and wouldn't stay connected. and it no longer works, it refuses to connect to my phone. Would this be "LED Interference" as I have heard little parts about before? if anyone has anything that could help me it would be appreciated.
  25. Last week I noticed when driving into the garage, that one of my DRL/low beam lights was out. I have a 2015 with the halogen lights, separate high beams. I first read some old posts on here about how to get at them. No problem, I bought a new set of H11 bulbs and went to replace them. I put the new bulb in the driver's side first since it is easier, the new bulb worked. (that old bulb still worked as well). Then I go yank the air box out to get at the passenger side. put new bulb in. After reassembling everything I tested it out by turning on my headlights, and lo and behold, this brand new bulb does not light up. After inspecting the old bulb, I cannot see any sign of it burning out either, no black, nothing broken inside the glass. So my question is, would there be anything I can easily check that would cause this if it is a wiring issue? I'm not terribly worried about it now since I do very little driving after dark and I will be taking my truck in for an inspection right before my 36 month warranty runs out in June. Just wondering if this has been encountered before. I don't want to make a habit of replacing bulbs only to find out they are not the problem. Replacing the passenger side bulb is not fun.
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