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LED Headlight Conversions

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by cobra671, October 12, 2015.

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      expoman55 Elite Explorer

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      SO with all you experienced xploder guys do you think the LEDs are on par or above HIDs at this point? I did the HID conversion and love em but if the LEDs are brighter I could be convinced to move on perhaps..
       
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      Hello everyone I'm new to this I just bought yesterday a 2013 Ford Explorer Sport and I'm not sure should I go hid or LED and what are the pros and cons of both of them thanks in advance
       
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      Whatever you decide keep in mind the following;
      Headlight reflectors and lenses are designed for a bulb of a specific output, size and shape. Altering any one of those elements may result in a different beam pattern that could stun, blind and annoy other road users.
      http://www.caradvice.com.au/278125/headlights-explained-halogen-v-hid-v-led-v-laser/
      A proper conversion to HID would entail changing the entire housing in order to get a perfect focus which impossible with just a plug and play kit since the Halogen projector wasn't designed for HID bulbs. LED housing are made of a stronger and more durable material to withstand the heat generated at the base of the bulb.

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      Italianjob.. Peter is absolutely correct done wrong and done right will make a huge difference for you but MORE importantly others coming at you.. We did a Diode Dynamics HID conversion to the 2015 reflectors ( to peters point NOT designed for HID) however we rotated the bulbs to the directions of DD and are very pleased over the last 2 yrs.. ( YES I have toyed with thoughts of LED) only because I am a tinkerer. I do do worry about what I do having an effect on others.. SO done right yes can be done without maga expense. DD were very affordable.
       
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      Operationally the led are far superior.
       
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      If I'm not mistaken, the 2017 explorers have separate bulbs for low beam & high beam. If that is correct, when I make this switch, I need to purchase the ones that only have 1 "beam".....correct?
       
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      They have for many years, correct process is to look in OG or on line what your vehicle requires and buy that number.

      Very pleased with result for my 2005 with dual LEDs, I got the newer technology 4 sided version.
       
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      The 2011 - 2015 Explorers only had had single bulb that was used for both low and high beam by way of a shutter that moved up for high and down for low. In 2016 they went to an LED low and halogen high beam.

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      Is there a way to tell if your vehicle is equipped with can bus? If it is, doesn't that mean that you can't just plug in a new LED bulb without installing all of the extras that come with the conversion kit?
       
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      I picked up a 2017 Explorer for a work vehicle yesterday. I was pretty upset it didn't come stock with a garage door opener. Also, I want to replace the high beam with an LED bulb, but there doesn't appear to be much room. Has anyone done this? And, if so, can you post some pictures of your install?
       
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      Are you getting a display on the Sync screen?

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      I have had the Diode HID conversion on my sport since I purchased it. The halogens just don't cut it as we all know. Easy install, great product, customer care. I have had issues with the ballasts and have changed at least three now. I am currently waiting on two ballasts and leaning toward some LEDS and have been researching this thread and think I am going to convert to some OPT7 Fluxbeam X and call it a day. I may upgrade headlights while I am at it.
      Factory Style Black Clear Reflector Lens Projector Headlight 11-15 Ford Explorer | eBay
       
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      Just purchased the Opt7 X and will report back when I receive them. I think there are a handful of users who already have converted to the previous generation (non-X) and have posted pictures. Would love to do a full HID conversion but if I can save $300+ and my time and get a comparable product (and more reliable) then I'll be happy. I do very little night driving and most is on already well lit roads (Los Angeles). Will later install a light bar or similar for backcountry driving where I'd like more light.
       

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