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Old 01-05-2017, 02:28 AM   #1
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So I have a 2015 WRX premium, and one big gripe I have since coming from retrofitted HIDs is the terrible light output in these cars. Looking for opinions on easy PNP products to give ample light output improvements in the low beams and fogs. Really not interested at this point in doing a retrofit again or hacking open the housings to put in different projectors, so looking for more PNP options to keep it simple yet effective. Too many bulbs on the market now, and just need concise answers.
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:47 AM   #3
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Custom bulb swap? Hmmm... any of the Subispeed products stand out for anyone?
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Old 01-10-2017, 03:28 AM   #4
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Im running olms headlight lowbeam leds, light output isnt the best but its not that bad either
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:51 AM   #5
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Custom bulb swap? Hmmm... any of the Subispeed products stand out for anyone?
I am running the subispeed olm hid kit on my car. They are way brighter than stock.
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Old 01-13-2017, 05:55 PM   #6
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I am running the subispeed olm hid kit on my car. They are way brighter than stock.


Hids are bright, I had them on my stock projectors and they glared (not as much as reflector hids) had people drive my car while I was in front and it's annoying so I did a retrofit. Led bulbs don't glare as much but arent as bright.
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:29 PM   #7
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Can the projectors in the premium trim headlights handle LEDs, or are HIDs safer and wiser?
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Old 01-16-2017, 08:12 PM   #8
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Can the projectors in the premium trim headlights handle LEDs, or are HIDs safer and wiser?
Neither, the OEM projectors can only properly "handle" the type of bulbs they were designed for, i.e. halogens. That's why the H9 upgrade works, because it's basically the same bulb with a higher light output but the identical filament type and optical characteristics.
No plug-and-play LED's are going to give proper output in the stock projectors, the only valid LED upgrade is a set of OEM LED light assemblies from a Limited or STi.
As for HID's, a full projector retrofit is the right way to do those.
I still recommend you try the H9 mod as I linked to in post #2.
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Thanks for the info Mulder. I'll see what I can do with the H9s.

In layman's terms, can anyone explain the big differences between the projectors in the base/premium models versus the limited/STI?

Maybe once the 2018 models come out, the price for the Limited oem headlight housings will go down a bit... maybe.
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The Limited/STi low beams are LED projector assemblies. All other trim levels are standard halogen projectors. There is no way to "retrofit" or "plug-and-play" any kind of LED bulbs into the standard projectors and get the same results as the factory LED lights.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:16 PM   #11
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^ ok.
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Old 04-23-2017, 01:20 PM   #12
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Looking to re-up this topic to see if anyone has any plug and play ideas that may now be available for low-beam headlight upgrades for the halogen-based housings. If not, I can try the H9 conversion, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
Also, are the headlight housings from the Limited/STI pretty easy to swap into a Premium model, or is the wiring way different?
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Almost 4 months and you still haven't done the H9 mod?
In the time it took you to make that post, you could have snipped the tabs on a pair of H9's and installed them.
The answer hasn't changed, that's still the easiest and cheapest upgrade and also the only one that won't affect the beam pattern or color temp.
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Old 07-19-2017, 01:08 AM   #14
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Ordered a set of Philips H9 bulbs from Amazon. En route.
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Old 04-08-2018, 06:36 PM   #15
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I ended up doing the H9 conversion a while back. Moderate light upgrade. But, over time, will still be looking for something more permanent.
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https://www.theretrofitsource.com/mo...-2015-wrx.html

This is as permanent as it gets. I know you didn't want to and it seems like you're looking for a quick fix. So when you change your mind look into a proper retrofit.
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If you're not going to do a retrofit, you might try an HID kit.
http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...ast-35W-or-55W
H11 35 watt 4300K.
They will produce over twice the light drawing less current. The will not disperse light evenly. Your cutoff will keep the light from going high and to the left. I used a kit on my 2009 for 6 years without problems.
For your highs, replace the 9005s with 9011 from CandlePower;
https://store.candlepower.com/hirlighting.html
The bulbs will need modification;
https://store.candlepower.com/mohirbuba.html

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So I have a 2015 WRX premium, and one big gripe I have since coming from retrofitted HIDs is the terrible light output in these cars. Looking for opinions on easy PNP products to give ample light output improvements in the low beams and fogs. Really not interested at this point in doing a retrofit again or hacking open the housings to put in different projectors, so looking for more PNP options to keep it simple yet effective. Too many bulbs on the market now, and just need concise answers.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:06 PM   #18
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Thanks guys
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The easiest would be to throw a good HID kit into your stock projectors.

Like you, I came from retrofits and werenít even impressed with the factory Limited LED, so I retrofitted a set of halogens.

I would really look into just buying a set of OEM LEDís in the classifieds or getting the subispeed headlights. Those look pretty sick!
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:19 PM   #21
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I have still kept the Philips H9 bulbs in the low beams for now. Starting to upgrade the fogs and high beams to OLM LEDs just to see the difference in color and output.
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I just did the morimoto retroquik system in my car with good results
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Old 09-09-2018, 04:02 PM   #23
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^ requires opening the headlight housings though, correct?
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