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Old Jun 2nd 2014, 12:48 AM   #11
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wow only 40mins to install !! Soooo which part of illinois are you from ??
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Old Jun 2nd 2014, 04:13 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by NOLA View Post
WTF does that mean ? Who's permission ?

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LOL, it means I tried to post the pictures but my post is waiting for moderator approval. x2

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wow only 40mins to install !! Soooo which part of illinois are you from ??
I can probably do it in less than 30 now including the cuts, realize that I had to try and figure the best way to cut in a tight space without doing damage and fitting the parts without breaking anything. When I pulled the left LED for comparison pictures it took me longer to put the halogen back in than the LED.

I'm in northern IL, near Great America and Gurnee Mills.
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LOL, it means I tried to post the pictures but my post is waiting for moderator approval. x2
I am not seeing this as so.... You are free to post as you wish ....
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Old Jun 2nd 2014, 05:01 AM   #14
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OK, due to popular demand here are some shots of the LEDs and a split and individual shot of 1 led bulb and 1 halogen bulb (low beam). I brought my Leica out to take pictures but the battery was dead so you'll have to settle for some phone pictures. I apologize in advance for how nasty the back of my garage door looks and the blurriness of the pictures.

The Cree LED LOW beams, notice the white diffuse beam pattern, some apparent hot spots with smooth gradient light distribution:



Left Halogen, Right Cree LED, notice how streaky and uneven the distribution of light on the Halogen by comparison to the LED, lots of streaky hot spots



A closer view of the halogen on the left and the LED to the right. This should allow you to better see how dim and yellow the halogen is compared to the LED.



Halogen Left beam only, Right is covered. Camera makes the picture look deceptively bright and white. It was really dim in the garage with just this one beam. Notable is how low on the ground the beam is, which is why it's very easy to outride the stock halogens:


Cree LED Right beam only, Left is covered. Brighter than picture might lead you to believe. Notice how it's lighting higher than the OEM halogen, almost straight forward but just as wide and brighter.



Another reason why the LEDs are awesome:
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@Warlord. Thank you for supplying us with those photos! They look pretty good, and definitely worth the upgrade. Did you have to trim off the rear to keep the fan and heat sink together?
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@Warlord. Thank you for supplying us with those photos! They look pretty good, and definitely worth the upgrade. Did you have to trim off the rear to keep the fan and heat sink together?
No, if you look at the first picture in the original post you'll see that the heat sink stops short of the fan. That happens to work pretty well to clear the aluminum frame stays. I have seen other installations that required trimming of either the heat sinks or the frame stays... It's going to depend on the size of the led arrays that come in the particular kit.
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No alternative LEDs for the high beam I suppose?
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No alternative LEDs for the high beam I suppose?
Nothing with adequate output that fits at this time
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Old Jun 23rd 2014, 01:01 PM   #19
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Do you guys know if the housing and lens is the same for LED and non-LED? From this write up (great one btw) looks like only the bulbs and ballast change, but housing could be same.

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Do you guys know if the housing and lens is the same for LED and non-LED? From this write up (great one btw) looks like only the bulbs and ballast change, but housing could be same.

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The housings are quite different as the OEM LED headlight has built-in passive heat sinks (on the top) to disperse the heat from the LED arrays. Due to this the positioning of the LED emitters is different than the bulbs in the Halogen housing; though they both use reflectors.
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