EEEkit Pack of 2 H11 H8 H9 LED Headlight Bulbs 24000lm Per Set 6500K Cool White Wireless Headlight LED Bulb, IP65 Waterproof, Built in IC Driver and Fan Cooling. Average Rating: ( 5.0) out of 5 stars. In this blog, we’re talking about the kind of aftermarket LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights that fit directly into a car’s stock light housing—housings that were originally designed to work with incandescent halogen bulbs. They were primitive back then. I tried some in a third-gen Toyota 4Runner. A few of the better-known companies selling and testing LED headlight replacements in 2020 have taken pains to mimic the positioning of incandescent bulbs to address this problem but it’s only a small part of the lighting equation. Toyota-made vehicles, for example, have very unusually-configured headlamp circuits, some of which won’t play nicely with LEDs. (In retrospect, I recognize my testing methodology was ratchet, but I stand by the takeaway.). LA Series H15 LED Bulbs DRL 72W 7600LM 6000K Flip Chip. Frankly, OEM lighting is all over the board when it comes to performance. One popular product is the Auxbeam LED Headlights Extremely Bright F-16 Series 9006 HB4 HB4U LED Headlight Bulbs. ‘I know what I can see,’ seems reasonable, but it doesn’t square up with reality because we humans are just not well equipped to accurately evaluate how well or poorly we can see (or how well or poorly a headlamp works). The same holds true for both neighbors’ glasses even though the one pair has glass lenses and the others are plastic, the one set has round lenses and the others are rectangular, the one set is photochromic and the other isn’t, the one neighbor is more farsighted than I am and the other is more nearsighted, etc.”, “The details are different, but the basic problem is still optical incompatibility, and the scale of the relevant differences is much smaller than ‘these lenses look the same to me!’”. I wouldn’t take Stern’s word for much. The cutoff shield nearly always performs it’s function. “Looking at beam patterns is not an accurate or adequate way of assessing them. Bluechip name brands like Philips and Sylvania are in the mix. Expensive, though, and most headlamp mount cups would need their central holes enlarged to clear the relatively large rear body of these lamps. Now it’s 2020 and there are countless companies selling LED bulb replacements. Unfortunately, for the most part, none of them really work correctly with few exceptions. You’re seeing this ad based on the product’s relevance to your search query. BEAMTECH H11 LED Headlight Bulb These LEDs provide greater light output than your standard halogen bulbs. Current Price $16.47. $39.99 $ 39. The manufacturer promises 30,000 hours of continuous usage even though the power of each lamp is only 25 watts. Looking at pictures or videos of beam patterns is markedly worse,” Stern explained to me. $99.99 $119.99. Was: $49.99. There are boutique high-end outfits like Diode Dynamics specializing exclusively in aftermarket LEDs. or Best Offer. All the diodes pointed in one direction, and light output was plainly poor. LED headlight bulbs are becoming more commonly used by luxury automakers such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Mr. Stern had a parting thought he asked me to pass along. I participate in―and report on―the major international automotive lighting symposia and conferences, and have attended meetings of the United Nations international vehicle lighting and light signaling regulatory development working group at the invitation of its president.”. And of course, eBay and Amazon are chockers with cheapo off-brand options. $89.99. LEDs often look brighter than incandescent lights, but “looks brighter” and “illuminates better” are not the same thing. 100W 11000LM 6000K D1S D1R D3S D3R LED Bulb … Many OEM projectors are designed to send some light ABOVE the cutoff for the purpose of lighting street signs helping the eyes by smoothing the sharp transition at the top of the beam pattern. We’re not talking about cars that come with LEDs from the factory or self-contained LED lights like what you might use as fog lights or for off-roading. The typical advice: ‘Re-aim the lamps to keep the bright part out of other drivers’ eyes.’ But by doing that, we’ve shifted the entire beam pattern so a bunch of other stuff no longer has appropriate amounts of light on it.”, “What’s the scale of these effects on seeing distance with different effective lamp aim (whether it’s by dint of how the lamp is adjusted or how the lamp is distributing its light)? I got a stern talking-to from an actual lighting expert about LED retrofits, and science says: Putting LEDs where halogen bulbs are supposed to be is generally not actually an upgrade. Short of that, though, there’s little reason to fret about it; less severe winter conditions with lower-volume, drier snow won’t make problems as the cold snowflakes will just glance off the cold lenses.”, “The situation with small round lamps is different and more difficult. Availability: In Stock. “Low beam cutoff presence, sharpness, and shape are not go/no-go gauges for whether or not a beam pattern is good, and even if they were, they’re impossible for even a legitimate expert to accurately assess by looking at pics and videos,” Stern wrote me. The package you get is really nicely designed; bulbs are durable and strong. In the simplest terms: LED headlights are easily installed and readily available things that can make cars look cooler. If you’re replacing the bulb and housing, I asked Stern, wouldn’t you be able to get a good LED retrofit with today’s tech? In his words, straight from his CV: “I actively participate in technical standards development and research bodies, evaluate and critique relevant regulatory proposals, and have contributed materially to vehicle lighting regulations in several countries and territories. No entry in this size from any of the other major makers, because of relatively minimal demand. Put in an ‘LED bulb’ and the hot spot moves upward/leftward. Stern wrote: “...the near- and far-field light distribution is quite different to what the lamp’s optics were engineered for.” And as a result, the headlight’s beam pattern isn’t what it’s supposed to be, doesn’t line up with the way the vehicle’s engineered, and is all-around suboptimal. Plug and Play H7 LED Bulb w/Retainer Adapter for VW Golf Passat GTI Tiguan Mercedes-Benz Metris Pro G2.