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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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      a year plus and no-one is changing to LEDs?

      As stated the LED have a fan and heat sink, you cannot use the dust cover, put them in your glove box.

      How about experiences with light output?

      There are lots of different power ratings but that doesnt always mean same light out put 50watt 80 up to 200w bulbs,

      experiences???
       
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      Not on Explorer... (I have 2016).
      but on ALL other vehicles in fleet, went to HID when that was cool...
      Then went to ALL LED when the HID's quit.
      2x the light output, for same amount of power requirements. And currently like $50 on eBay crap, and works "just fine" for my 9007 bulbs...
      Plug-n-play.

      p.s. Even converted 4 snowmobile headlights to LEDs. Way to go!!!
       
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      Also, wanted to ad that I used the 3-sided (triangle shaped) LEDs. IMOHO, do not use the 2-sided "flat" LED headlights. They dont throw the light correctly.
      The 3-sided have 2 on top (low beam), and 1 on bottom (high beam). They seem to throw the most light all the time.
      The 2-sided, have 2 (or more...) LEDs on top, but the coverage is not good in front of vehicle, and the LEDs on bottom are fine... but again, I like the 3-sided better.

      Personally just stuck with good (cheap) company (search) "STARK LED HEADLIGHT" on eBay, for like under $50. They come with 3-sided and fan. have them on 6 vehicles so far.
       
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      So, what did you do about the dust covers? And how long have you had those "good cheap" LEDs installed? They look pretty substantial on the Ebay listing. Thanks!
       
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      I cut a small slit in my dust covers to run the wires for the ballast. Been running them for over a year with zero issues. Still just as bright as the day I installed them. Love my LED high beams.
       
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      I just slit the dust covers (actually a tiny "X") and pushed the wire through.
      Honestly, slightly concerned about not have it "vent" (closed headlight fixture) for venting with fan... but so far for 2 years, never had any issues.

      On those vehicles that had bulbs close enough to rubber dust covers, I actually trimmed a hole (think turtleneck) around the LED housing, so the fan uses external air for venting.
       
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      Have you read post #144? Not sure what type of headlight housing a 2005 Explorer has.

      Peter
       
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      See above. They fit inside the dust covers completely. They're not the only option that do, as I've found others on Amazon.

      As you can see in mine, the two sided work just fine. In this case, they're adjustable, and the LEDs are on each side instead of top and bottom.

      There are several options that fit inside with the dust covers.


      I had one of the LEDs on my right headlight go out. I emailed Sirius, on a Sunday, had a response the same day, and they shipped me a replacement, no questions asked.
       
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      For those asking for pictures of how the LEDs were installed, here's how we did it on my Ex. we cut a notch in the outer ring of the dust cover to allow the wiring to go through, but that also keeps the dust cap in functional order. Then we simply zip tied the ballast up. We could have cleaned the set up of the ballast up a bit better, but since it's not currently a show car I didn't figure there was much of a need (can always fix it later with a couple of screws.)

      Anyway, I hope this helps.

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      Thanks for the pics - they are very helpful. And since I can't remember anything even from yesterday, what type of LEDs did you put in? I'm too lazy to look it up! Do they have the fan thingy or a heat sink? Thanks....
       
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      They have the fan. The same ones that @Fentress24 used on his. No issues with putting the dust cap back on (hitting the fan, I mean.) I probably could have got the ballast into the light opening if I had the patience, but it was a tight fit for my hands and this seemed like a much easier solution. Not overly concerned about overheating as most of the time I use the low beams, anyway.

      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017M57DJG/_encoding=UTF8?coliid=I2QRECU11QYEN6&colid=3AFC7KIO868V5
       
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      As usual, thanks for the great info! e44328934c9037a111ff6ba60294f347--send-a-card-thank-you-cards.jpg
       
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      checking on the flee bay, not only are there two and three sided, there are 4 sided too.
      Watt rating 50 - 300, and lumens ranging same.

      for those that love what they got - what were the ratings and suppliers?
       
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      SuprSquirrel:
      When I inquired with Precision LED about my LED headlight installation and the dust covers, I was told to leave the dust covers off because the LED bulbs created so much heat; that the dust cover would block the heat being pushed out by the fan in the LED bulb assembly.
      Concerned that you might get short life span on you LEDs with the dust covers on.
       
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      Having designed lamps
      I agree

      Need that 20000 rpm fan to spin and flow heat out of there

      Fan failures I've seen are tied to subsequent bulb failing. I just got 84000 lumens supposedly across four lamps

      Install next Monday
       
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      It's fair to be worried about, to be sure. Basically you have to weigh what you're more concerned with: shorter LED life thanks to extra heat or the possibility of increased moisture in the light housing due to the removal of the dust covers. Ultimately the possibility of reduced life seemed the lesser of two evils to me. Most of the time my high beams are on for no more than five or ten minutes at a time. We live about two minutes off a state highway and my in-laws another ten minutes off of that. And our road is a somewhat busy road as well so the brights are rarely on the entire time.

      *shrugs*

      If they die in three or four years and we still own the vehicle I'll just spend another $40ish dollars and replace them. :)
       
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      Tell me about it! The worst part of this Mod was by far the cuts and scratches on my hands from trying to fit into that small opening on the driver side.
       
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      I used the OPT7 X lamps and they have both low and hi beam
       
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      Fingers crossed! I just ordered the "Evitek LED Headlight Bulbs 9005 HB3 for Cars- Plug n Play Headlight Kit, 30W 6500K Pure White OSRAM Chip LED Bulbs" as well!

      Good price and the reviews on here tipped the scale for me!
       
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      Welcome to the Forum Steve.:wave:

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      Hi guys. I have a 13 limited woth hid. I read someone changed hids to leds. And my question is hids have their own ballasts to run them and with the conversion of the stock hids to led, did you jave to unplug the hid ballast connectors? Thanks in advance.
       
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      I think you're likely better off with the HID. https://www.angieslist.com/articles/which-headlights-shine-best-halogen-hid-or-led.htm
      Also, LED reflectors are made of a higher quality material in order to withstand the significant amount of heat the bulb produces.

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      just put 4 sided LED 330w each in the 2005 Gen 3 EX, that after having the brightest AZ Osram available - incredibly bright, white light - fog laps next!
       
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