Can you replace dual filament headlight with LED?

Are you really sending money to this place ? Have you replace the bulbs with the proper ones ? Have you polished the lens cover tp see if that helps ? Also is it possible that the changing colors might not be legal in all of the states ?

I looked at the site and saw the ( make night driving fun again ) what kind of stupid remark is that ?

Have you ever heard the term ’ Snake Oil ’ ?

So white/yellow/yellower, plus flashing. Why bother? Looks like just a gimmick to me.

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I doubt that. The US regulations are that yellow lights are required (not permitted) in front as turn signals for example, but are yellow headlights permitted? Uh-uh.

Sure they are. Halogen lights are yellow. We just see them as white because we don’t have a whiter reference at night. If you stick a halogen light car next to a factory HID light car (not the stupid aftermarket ones), you suddenly see that the halogens are quite yellow.

All this joker is doing is taking the visibility advantage of LED (white light is easier for our eyes to detect than yellow) and eliminating it to make them look like varying degrees of crappy halogen.

The really dumb part is the way that you do this with LED - he’s got an array of 2 different LEDs - yellow, and white. The “colors” are generated by making one of the arrays dimmer than the other. If he’d just stick to one color he could use all of the LEDs at full brightness and get better light output, but no, he’s got to be gimicky and fake having “4” colors.

I have LED 9007’s in a couple of my work trucks as a test- and have functional Hi/Lo beams out of the same bulb.

This is possible, and may be already on the market without the gimmicky nonsense. I got mine on Amazon.

Isn’t this the definition of SPAM?

The thing with kickstarter is anyone can promote anything and people contribute money no matter how bad an idea is. Nobody there to filter out the bad ideas.

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LEDs tend not to work well in headlight housings not designed for them. That means any that came with halogen bulbs originally. LEDs do not have the same output pattern so the light is not directed as intended by the car manufacturer.

This looks like an interesting idea, but not something I would ever buy. I have always been happy with the halogen headlights on my cars. By the time I have difficulty seeing at night, the reason is too many scuffs/scratches on the windshield, not the headlights going bad. I actually had to have the windshield replaced on one of my cars because when the lights from oncoming traffic hit it, it basically “glowed” white from all the scratches and I could not see. Attempts to clean it did not help.

Thank you, everyone, for the comments. Many make sense and hence I canceled my contribution to the project.

I am not too sure if my articulation wasn’t best but my question was if LED lights can be used as a replacement in my vehicle with high as well as low beams. Except for one or two comments, none of the comments addressed this question but most focused on Kickstarter.

@NYBo’s comment comes closest. Thanks for the comment. This is exactly what I wanted to know if halogen bulbs can be replaced with LED bulbs. I will take a look at Silverstar bulbs and polishing the headlight (they are not oxidized for sure, at least don’t look like it but still give a shot).

Your headlights should be transparent and clear. If they are, don’t polish them. All you’re doing is removing material - that’s something you do when necessary but you don’t want to be doing it if it’s not.

Agreed. To add to that, many lamp assemblies come with a UV coating to protect the plastic lens. Polish that off and they will certainly degrade even faster…

Yep! If you do need to polish them, at minimum protect them with regular waxing. Some people put a thin transparent film over the lights - kinda like a screen protector for a smart phone. As long as the film blocks UV, it will protect the lights from yellowing as well as grit damage.

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my cheapo-solution was to sand the headlights and to spray them with a clear-coat:

so far, it hold up well

Yup, that works. I did that for my niece’s car because I know it’ll be a miracle if she checks the oil on a regular basis, much less waxes the thing. :wink:

I hear you :slight_smile:

My kid tends to take great care of her car: she owns it for around 3 years and so far she did 2 car-washes and vacuumed it once :slight_smile:

I dunno, I use Meguire’s Plast x on all my lens twice a year when I wax the cars. I have never had any of my headlights yellow, ever. I’ll let you know in ten years if I’m all wet.

Plast-X ?
I use it too, also twice a year, 7-years-old car has absolutely new-looking headlights and tail-lights.

From the Plastx description:

  • LASTING PROTECTION: Features water-resistant polymers that help provide long-lasting durable protection

So there’s your protective coating.

In principle one can place LED emitters roughly in the positions of the high and low beam filaments in a dual beam halogen bulb, but for reasons already listed LED replacements for halogens are a bad idea.

Why do you feel your current lights are dim - have they always been dim, are they becoming dim over age, are your eyes aging (all three are true for our 2006 Civic!)? If they always were dim, you can try brighter bulbs of the same type as the originals (I presume halogens) but try not to go super high in color temperature (their shorter wavelengths increase scatter from fog, windshield haze, and inside oncoming and especially older drivers’ eyes). Be aware that because brighter bulbs run at higher filament temperatures their life will be shorter.

If becoming dimmer over time, check the voltage at the socket of each bulb while they are operating to see if wiring and contact resistance has increased. Check the headlight optics, lenses and reflectors, for contamination or dullness. Bulbs also become dimmer as they age so replacement with a standard or slightly brighter issue from a known brand might be the first thing to try, as previously mentioned.

And a variety of eye changes can result in dim headlights.

@ken2116, thanks for a comprehensive comment.

I think they were always dim and my eyes are also aging but probably my eyes are not that big of a culprit. I will try with brighter lights. If they don’t work, then wll go through rest of the process.