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Replacement High beam bulbs, LED's. Any suggestions


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#1 Walt294



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

Does anyone have suggestions for brighter, replacement headlight bulbs.  LED, I guess.  Diode Dynamics  have a set of 2 for $150.  That seems high.  I tried looking around but don't know enough to make a choice.  It's sort of like reading a phone book with all the numbers.   Thanks

#2 carfreak85


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:36 PM

If your vehicle was originally equipped with halogen bulbs your options are:


HIR bulbs

improved, independent wiring harness for the headlamps

HID or LED retrofit


DO NOT buy inexpensive HID or LED bulbs that have been re-based to fit a halogen lamp.  The lamp housings are not designed to reflect these bulbs properly and they will actually end up hurting your night vision, despite looking like an upgrade over the stock lamps (They're not an upgrade, PM me for details).

#3 golucky66


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 05:48 PM

Agreed with Carfreak here. I (stupidly) installed a set of LED conversion headlights in my 04' Baja. And while the looked super bright up close and near distance. Night vision was horrible.

And I spent 110$ of a set of bulbs. So not cheap.


The LED or HID retrofit is your only real option to drastically improve vision without adding more lights. 

#4 Walt294



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Posted 16 February 2018 - 09:22 PM

Looking into this, I found something curious.  The new XV headlights seem impossible to get to.  I have not found even 1 place that gives any information on installing or replacing the headlight bulbs.   The manual shows a different set up then mine and suggests they are difficult to replace and I should go to the dealers.  That is odd.  If you have a XV limited '18, take a look and let us know what you think.  So the manufacturer has turned a cheap replacement of a burned out bulb, into a very expensive dealer only repair. 

I was looking as another video that was supposed to be a '18 XV, but the set up was entirely different.   I have the limited, if that makes a difference.  I'll have to stop into the dealers and take a look.  Right now I'm thinking of removing the whole headlight assembly to get to the bulbs.

Edited by Walt294, 16 February 2018 - 11:41 PM.

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