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LED Headlight Conversions

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2018 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by cobra671, October 12, 2015.

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      Yeah I noticed that too. Actually I just went for a drive around the block and I gotta say that for a first impression, I'm not impressed by the uniformity of the beam pattern.

      I wish the parts for a proper HID retrofit weren't $400+ and didn't require removing and opening the headlight assembly... Ugh. Not sure whether I'll be keeping these but I can't stomach the thought of paying to do it the "right" way at the moment.
       
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      Nice before and after photo's. Obvious difference. As for the real world do not expect a beam. The lens dissipates the light. The brightness however will bring it in to the "safe" area to drive over 50 MPH. Unlike the OEM.
       
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      Thanks for the feedback. I haven't done any night driving at highway speeds with the new lights, so I'm definitely interested to see if my opinion changes with time. At the minimum I'm glad to contribute to the conversation here.

      If anyone could shed more light (edit: pun not intended) on the "right" way to upgrade the OEM headlights, I'm all ears. I just may not be able to afford any other solutions in the immediate future.
       
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      To me the only solution is to add a aftermarket driving light. Best solution would be a light/push bar.
      http://www.autoanything.com/grille-guards/westin-ultimate-bull-bar-with-skid-plate
       
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      How are these holding up? Rather curious as I want to do something with my 15 sport, the stock halogens are down right dangerous. I saw a lot of 1 star reviews on amazon for these, but half of them seemed to be people complaining about the pattern who didn't adjust them. If they are still doing well for you I think I am going to order them.
       
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      Are you certain the Sport is a Halogen?? If so the LED I am using will be a grand improvement. The Halogens are 900 lumens. The LED I used are 2500 Lumens. The light spectrum of the Halogen is also lower then the LED's. Leds are a whiter light. The ones I used will fit inside the enclosure and the dust cover will refit back in place. These have a heatsink made from flexible aluminum ribbon. I have seen some from $39.00. I paid about $110.00

      The difference in light pleased my wife. nuff said.
       
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      Some of those that have replaced the halogen high beams in the 2016/17 models with LED have reported that while the light is brighter, the downside seems to be that they don't have the same distance. I'm guessing this is because of the internals. I believe that halogen uses a projector lens while LED reportedly uses a reflector. The internals are designed for the type of OEM bulb the factory installs so mixing in different types of bulbs will usually result in different issues.

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      The short answer is that I'm highly interested in a proper HID retrofit but don't have the time or money right now. The color is too blue, the beam pattern is sub-optimal. They're better that the halogens, but that isn't saying much.
       
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      The Halogen is powered to 900 lumens. The Led are 2500 Lumens.

      The Lumens definition is: "a unit of luminous flux in the International System of Units, that is equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candela intensity radiating equally in all directions"

      In short...



      Lumens equals brightness!


      And watts does not. Not that watts are bad, but they measure energy use, not light output. With new, energy-efficient LED technology, we can no longer rely upon wattage to indicate how bright a bulb is. See how to measure lumens below:

      Lumens to Watts:
      How Many Lumens Do You Need?More Lumens = More Light
      If you used to buy this in incandescent Look for this much light in lumens LED(most efficient) CFL(more efficient) Halogen
      (more efficient incandescent)

      Stole this from another website.

      Now as for Halogen "seeming" to light further away then LED it has not been my experience. Before changing I could not see the roadside driving at 50mph. Now I can see much farther. It is not a sharp beam because the glass lense dissipates to a extent any beam. The Halogens were also affected. Find your bulb number and search on EBay. See if you can find the $39.00 LED's and install em.
       
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      Champco I've been interested in those leds but wondered how they do in warm weather. Any issues in hot temps with them overheating?
       
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      I am north of you. Was a good hot summer and i drove at night a lot with no indication of any failure. Many 90 degree nights.

      To me this is not hot. I spent many years in the Sonoran desert. Day after day of hot would be the test.
       
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      Which brand did you go with? How do these compare to hid kits?
      I like the color leds emit on newer vehicles and the ease of install is a plus, but if they don't light the road as well on the Ex (not saying they don't, I just don't know)...
      I would also assume the leds would last longer than hid.
       
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      I just upgraded my 2015 F150 from halogen to the Ford LED and Morimoto XB LED fog lights and I am VERY happy thus far. Now I am looking to do the same for my Explorer. I want to get the same Morimoto XB LED fog lights
      https://www.theretrofitsource.com/a...Ford+Explorer&preselect=&preselect_restrict=1

      The guy at The Retrofit Source suggested the 9005: Morimoto Elite to replace the headlights. However he did inform me that it has been a mixed reviews regarding the wiring fitment. Some people have had no issues at all and some has/had issues. So I am trying to see who has them installed and looking for reviews, how-tos and suggestions.
      https://www.theretrofitsource.com/a...Explorer&preselect=47754&preselect_restrict=1
       

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      I just upgraded my 14 Ex Sport lights to the BPS G7 LED kit.
      https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01F6HBFUK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

      This is a Canadian vehicle and was a complete plug and play. Took me about 15 min to install. No special tools required - only a flashlight to see better!
      It did come with a ballast looking thingy though which you need to mount somewhere.

      Upon unboxing, the kit looks solid and performs better than expected.
      Colour wise they are the 6500K and are more bluish-white than the factory lights.
      It says they are 4000 lumens per bulb.

      I took it out tonight on some back roads and I'd say it's at least 50% better than stock.
      The high beams are fantastic and the line cut off is very straight.
       
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      Im interested in this kit for my canadian Ex too. It is possible to see the result ? Had no issues since the installation? Thanks
       
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      Does anyone know the color of the led fog lights & low beam head lights? Thinking of changing the high beam to led, but want them to match the others? Would the correct color be 4300k or 6000k?
       
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      http://www.explorerforum.com/xenforo/index.php?threads/led-headlight-conversions.435075/page-5
      Check out this thread and specifically post #114 to see what several people have ended up using. 6500k is what they used and it appears to match fairly well. I believe that link is Canadian, but you can find the same bulbs on Amazon.com in the $40ish range (have them on my wish list, only one set left right now.)

      Pretty sure there are pictures in that thread that show the comparison as well. :)

      Edited to add the US Amazon link to the lights.

      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017M57DJ...lid=3AFC7KIO868V5&coliid=I2QRECU11QYEN6&psc=1
       
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      Merged with this suggested thread (post 117).

      Peter
       
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      I'm very interested in these also for my Canadian '14 Explorer Sport. The stock headlights are useless. Did you need to modify the cover boot? How has your experience been after a few months?

      EDIT: Looks like there is a newer generation with even HIGHER (12000 Lumens??) output!!
      https://www.amazon.ca/BPS-Lighting-Headlight-Bulbs-12000LM/dp/B01FGTQB0M
       
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      According to the site, this referenced bulb does not fit a 2014 Explorer.

      Peter
       
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      Hello all! I have been searching to see what bulbs are best to replace the stock ones. I was thinking about LED's, but there are so many different ones, its enough to make your head spin! Anyone have ones that they recommend? I hate to spend the money and have them be junk! Also, how will the LED's work with daytime running lights? Don't the daytime light run at a lower power? Will this damage the LED's? I have searched some, and it sound like you cannot turn off the daytime running lights?
      Any help would be great, we leave for Florida in a couple weeks and would like to have some new lights in before we leave!
      Thanks!!
       

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