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Old 02-13-2018, 05:21 PM   #1
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Default My OPT7 LED H4 Headlight Bulb Review-2000 Impreza Outback Sport

Just bought and installed a set of OPT7 brand, FluxBeam X, H4 Hi/Lo LED Bulbs in my 2000 Impreza Outback Sport. I am really loving the build quality on these bulbs, they have a nice red anodized aluminum housing and quality wiring/harnesses/connectors. They have proper cooling, CREE LED's, great light output (4,209 lumens per bulb) and a 6000 kelvin color temperature. They were a little tricky to fit into the headlight housings, had to trim the bulb retaining clips (removed the two protruding tabs that are for your fingers to lock and unlock the bulbs into the headlight housing due to the bulbs hitting before being fully seated.). I also had to trim the rubber housing boot. I have yet to try them at night, its 5pm here in Vermont, but they are very bright I can tell. They turn right on without hesitation or flickering, they switch between hi and low beam without problem (Car uses a single H4 bulb for hi/lo beam). I am very satisfied with these, when it comes to putting LED bulbs into a halogen headlight housing, you got to be careful, they werent designed for it and the whole concept is a little on the shaky side with all the cheap crap out on the internet. There are alot of different brands of LED conversion bulbs out there but alot of them are cheap and suffer from short lifespan, flickering, scattered beam and cooling problems. Though I still truly feel even a little partial to OPT7, they are known to be one of the top companies and for $100, these were worth it. They included everything I needed to install including the wiring harnesses and drivers. The bulbs took only about 3 days to ship from Fremont, California to Vermont via USPS Priority Mail. I had these from box to bright in about 15 minutes, easy install.

Here are the features and specs:
http://www.opt-7.com/fluxbeam-x-led-headlights/
Color Temperature: 6000K Daytime White.
LED Type: CREE MK-R.
Lumens Per Bulb: 4,209 Lumens.
Wattage Per Bulb: 30w.
6x more intense than standard halogen
Voltage: 8-32v.
Fan Type: Dual 10,000 RPM TurboCool fan.
Certifications: IP67 Waterproof, RoHS.
Build Material: Cold-Pressed Aluminum.
Lifespan: 50,000 hour


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Old 02-15-2018, 12:21 PM   #2
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:49 PM   #3
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No seriously. Do a real retrofit, or just put the original halogen bulbs back in.
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That hasn't been my experience using LED bulbs. Quite the opposite - I have LED bulbs in the high beams of one of my cars and they throw an incredible amount of light down range. I couldn't be happier with the improved lighting performance. With the original (factory) halogen bulbs, the high beams were barely noticeable over the (factory) HID low beams. With the LED bulbs, the high beams are now truly high beams.

I'm still not fond of the price, but the lighting performance is amazing.
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That hasn't been my experience using LED bulbs. Quite the opposite - I have LED bulbs in the high beams of one of my cars and they throw an incredible amount of light down range. I couldn't be happier with the improved lighting performance. With the original (factory) halogen bulbs, the high beams were barely noticeable over the (factory) HID low beams. With the LED bulbs, the high beams are now truly high beams.

I'm still not fond of the price, but the lighting performance is amazing.


Get a lux meter and measure the HOTSPOT of both halogen bulbs and led bulbs. LEDs are good at scattering
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:54 PM   #8
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I guess theyíre great if you donít care about blinding oncoming traffic. These things scatter light everywhere, including up. Donít argue that they donít, Iíve had a set in my high beams and currently have a set of multi lens leds in there which do the same thing.
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Old 03-27-2018, 12:52 PM   #9
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Get a lux meter and measure the HOTSPOT of both halogen bulbs and led bulbs. LEDs are good at scattering
They can be good at scattering all they want as long as they throw more light down range, which is what I want my high beams to do. Based on before & after comparisons on a nice straight stretch of road, there's no question the LED bulbs put more light down range.
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They can be good at scattering all they want as long as they throw more light down range, which is what I want my high beams to do. Based on before & after comparisons on a nice straight stretch of road, there's no question the LED bulbs put more light down range.
I have less issue with people using LEDs in high beams, because at least those get turned off when oncoming traffic is present.

LEDs in the low beams, well, those never turn off and the offending driver is usually behind me, so I can't flash them or blind them back...
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I always try to move my mirrors to bounce these unaimed lights back to their driver's eyes!!
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Id say in order of performance it would go:

#1-HIDs with Projectors
#2-Factory LEDs
#3-LED Bulbs in a Halogen Housing
#4-Halogen Bulbs
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Old 04-03-2018, 11:27 AM   #13
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Yes, LED bulbs in a halogen housing do tend to scatter but their output is a good 50% brighter over halogen. This means further visibility but with an inconsistent beam. Overall you get brighter, whiter light that shows further down the road but with beam and pattern that is just OK. It all works out to be the same in the end, some sacrifice in some areas and performance in others. Personally, I'd rather have decent LED bulbs with a 6000k+ kelvin rating than halogen bulbs, the beam and pattern inconsistency I can live with.
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