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Old 09-19-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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hey guys,

is Anybody running LEDs for headlights or fogs? or aux/offroad lighting?

please post up your setup (if they come on with lowbeams? switchable?), nighttime light graphic pics and/or any output pics...

this goes for LED bulbs, the Rigid Industries 2x2s or Bars, or whatever other types there are.


backstory: i did an under-glass DIY led mod last fall and it looked pretty sweet, i must say. a huge unexpected benefit??
- these things seriously LIGHT UP road signs and anything reflective. i was amazed, the signs seemed to literally glow, from about 300 yards or closer. it is only since i've had none, then some, then none again that I've realized what a great feature the LEDs are for safety.


DIY LED Headlights - HID Lowbeams 6X 20cm LED Flexstrips by tommyburkart, on Flickr

problem was, the side-emitting white LED flex-strips i used were not reliable over the long term. i had the lights setup to come on with headlamps -- and the LEDs STILL burned out in just a few weeks. it was finally so spotty dotty that i ripped them out completely.

i have not seen a 'high-quality' flex strip... but prove me wrong!

i miss the instant-on, daylight-bright LEDs for style and function.

what's your take? custom LEDs anywhere up front? how do they perform vs incandescent or xenon bulbs or assemblies?

hoping this forum becomes a showcase of cool pics plus a resource for people having technical difficulties

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Old 09-19-2012, 05:16 PM   #2
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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I have 2 rigid sr 10" bars....one hybrid, one spectre. I use to run 4 100w hella ff1000's....they got nothing on these
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Old 09-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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I have 2 rigid sr 10" bars....one hybrid, one spectre. I use to run 4 100w hella ff1000's....they got nothing on these
that's sweet. i bet its outstanding!

whats thee diff btwn hybrid and spectre?
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:48 PM   #6
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:11 PM   #7
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Nothing special, but I couldn't stand the fact that the factory fogs do nothing at all, so I turned mine into amber marker lights with some LEDs from DDM.

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nice. are they pretty good in the rain? i bet it makes your car alot more visible.. like on two-lane roads
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Your LEDs probably didn't last long due to voltage irregularities. If you run them off a 12v regulator or a PWM to make sure they get the right amount of voltage and current then you can expect the LEDs to last much longer, if not longer than the lifetime of the car.
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Your LEDs probably didn't last long due to voltage irregularities. If you run them off a 12v regulator or a PWM to make sure they get the right amount of voltage and current then you can expect the LEDs to last much longer, if not longer than the lifetime of the car.
hey man! thanks for the reply. good info to know. i wondered about that but dont know enough about electrical engineering.

i've been using a battery jumpbox for pre-testing. this id definitely not helping!

should i run as much as possible after the hid ballast?


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Old 09-21-2012, 10:40 AM   #12
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The company Hamsar does LED DOT approved headlights but they are not cheap and woudl require full retrofit and custom setup.
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flex-strips in the projector can
Those LEDs in the projector will never put out the amount of light a normal halogen bulb or HID bulb would. You would need some super high powered LEDs that are similar to the ones in the RI Duallys you have. If you notice how manufacturers are setting up vehicles with LED headlights they have multiple projectors and bulbs and not just one projector? You may one to stick with a halogen or HID setup until the technology improves with LEDs. I like your innovativeness and the RI duallys as a high beam.
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Those LEDs in the projector will never put out the amount of light a normal halogen bulb or HID bulb would. You would need some super high powered LEDs that are similar to the ones in the RI Duallys you have. If you notice how manufacturers are setting up vehicles with LED headlights they have multiple projectors and bulbs and not just one projector? You may one to stick with a halogen or HID setup until the technology improves with LEDs. I like your innovativeness and the RI duallys as a high beam.

hey man,
you are totally right. the rope led in that projector beam was just me futzing around.

im pretty happy with the 2x2 rigid LEDs as highbeams. the installation was alot easier than a previous project of mine -- retrofitting quad projectors.

the 'vertical blade' thing im undecided on. i hope the light is whiter at night than it looks during the day.

hvent driven the car at night yet. will try to take some pics next time i do.
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