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All of you here know what LED headlights are. And you probably also know that there's a ton of different options available. And if you're trying to decide what to put in your vehicle, you're probably wondering how to tell which is the best. In this article, we will go over the important characteristics of quality lighting, so you know how to choose the best LED headlights for your vehicle.

First up, here's a list of the most important quality features of good automotive LED lighting.

Here's how to tell if bulbs meet the conditions.

Engineered Beam Pattern:

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Our T8 LED Headlight Bulb Sets

Here's the thing about automotive headlights. When a car manufacturer engineers your vehicle, they take special care to get the headlights to focus as much light as possible down-road and to spread it evenly where it is needed. The thing is, they are doing their testing with halogen bulbs in most cases. That's all great, but when you go to replace those bulbs with LED, there's a few inherent differences in bulbs that can undo all that engineering. For one, halogen bulbs shine light all the way around, whereas LED bulbs typically have only two LED chips, one on each side. That's ok as long as the chip is positioned correctly and turned right. The other thing there that is important is where the light is in relation to the reflector. The LED chip needs to be exactly the same distance from the reflector as the filament in the old bulb. The reason all this is important is that if you don't have a correctly focused bulb, you will be scattering light everywhere except where it should go. The result of this will be that you are blinding other drivers, and at no benefit to yourself. That's the issued with most LED bulb that say they have 30,000 lumens and such like. They may put that much light out, but it's not where you can use it. Our LED headlight bulbs are guaranteed to be engineered to send as much light as possible right where it needs to be, for your best possible driving experience. They also work great for the modern projector beam headlights.

High Quality LED Chip That Doesn't Burn Out

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Lights that outlast your car

This is something that anyone will want from their LED headlights. One of the main benefits of LED is that they last longer. The problem is, some of them don't. So how do you tell before you buy? It's not totally possible, but here's a few key things to look for. First off, look at the price. Quality LED chips are not exactly cheap, and any bulb set that's going for under about $70 is probably not going to last very long, simply because they haven't been manufactured to high quality standards. You can also look at reviews from other customers to see what their experience has been. Finally the warranty period is also a good indicator. Look for a bulb that has at least a 2 year warranty.

Cooling System to Keep The Heat Down

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Cooling system fins.

The main enemy to long LED headlight life is overheating. Putting out that much light from such a small chip gives off a lot of heat. Handling that is an important part of the bulb. There's a few main ways to combat this. Number one is heat sink fins that carry the heat away to dissipate it. This is probable the best way as there is no moving parts, and they can be bent to fit tight spaces. The second main way is to mount a little fan behind the bulb. This works, but you get a bit of noise from it, and also it's just another part to wear out, and when it wears out, your bulb will also soon wear out. Some manufacturers also put a solid heat dispenser behind the bulb. That works well, until you need to fit a bulb in a tight space and you can't bend that piece.

Easy Install on Most Vehicles

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Another important thing is that they're easy to install correctly. The tricky thing with LED's is that since they only shine from both sides of the bulb, you have to get in installed correctly for them to have a great beam pattern. Our LED's are application specific, meaning they fit right in your factory housing and plug into your factory connector. And they are a two piece design, an adapter plate and the bulb, so it's a breeze to put in the adapter plate and then install the bulb, and turn it into the correct position.

CanBus Compatible to Avoid Errors

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Canbus compatibility is another thing that LED can be a challenge with. Your car is made to detect when you have a light out, by reading the voltage draw that the bulb uses. Since LED lights take a lot less current, many vehicles think that the bulb is out. Quality LED's will have a canbus module that keeps the warning light off your dash. 95% of the vehicles we install our T8 Headlight bulbs in, there is no problems because they are canbus compatible. Whenever there is an issue, it is usually easily fixed by a resistor that you put in as well to correct the voltage draw.

Finally, choosing the right LED bulb for you sometimes can be a bit tricky. Hopefully this article has helped you make the choice. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us here at LED Light Upgrade!

How To Fix Hyper flash With LED Turn Signals. A step-by-step illustrated guide.

When you're doing an LED light conversion on your vehicle it only makes sense that your replace the turn signal bulbs with the rest of the lights. The only problem is that on most vehicles,that gives us what is known as hyper flash on turn signals.

What is hyper flash?

Hyper flash on turn signals refers to the fast turn signal flashing the occurs as a result of a burned-out bulb.

What causes hyper flash on LED turn signals?

The base problem that causes hyper flash is a safety system on your vehicle. The control module for your lighting detects any burned-out bulbs by measuring the voltage draw thru the circuit. Since LED bulbs take far less electricity to illuminate than the regular incandescent bulbs, the module thinks that the bulb is burned out even when it isn't. Since it thinks it detects a burned-out bulb, it starts flashing fast so you replace it.

How to fix hyper flash turn signals

So how do we fix a problem like this? We can't remove the safety feature on the vehicle. So how do we get our LED turn signal bulbs to work with our vehicle. Thankfully there is a solution, and we'll go over that now. First of all, you need a set of LED resistors, like the ones we sell here. Once you have those, we are ready to move on to the next steps of installing them.

First of all, you need to get access to the wiring for the turn signals. On some vehicles, that is as simple as opening the hood or the trunk. On others, you have to completely remove the headlight and taillight assembly.

Here is a picture of the rear of the headlight assembly on our vehicle we're using as an illustration. Notice the three wires that are going to the turn signal bulb. One is for the turn signal power, one for the parking light power, and the other for the ground.

So the first step after getting access to the wiring is to find out for sure which one powers the turn signal and which one is the ground. If you can't figure it out, just contact us here at LED Light Upgrade, and we'll be happy to send you a wiring diagram for your vehicle.

In this case the yellow wire is the power, and the black wire is the ground. So if you can see how we connected the resistor across the circuits - one end of the resistor on the power circuit, and the other on the ground circuit.
The next step is to connect the wires back together. Make sure to crimp them securely and put heat shrink on the wire to seal the connection as shown.
Once you have the connectors sealed with the heat shrink as shown, you are finished with this and ready to install the light assembly back into the vehicle.
When you are reinstalling the light, keep in mind that the golden part of the resistor gets hot while it is in use, so it is important to glue, tie, or screw it to a metal surface.

The only thing you have to do yet is finish installing the lights, and then repeat the process for all of the other turn signals. Once you're finished with that, you should be all set for turn signals that work great. Let us know if you have any questions, or if we can help you in any way.

Are LED Headlights Worth The Money?

You've probably checked some pricing on LED headlight conversion kits if you're here. Many, at least the good-quality ones, are a lot more expensive than replacing that burned-out bulb with a regular halogen bulb. And coming from an LED website, you might think that my opinion is biased. Well let's look at some comparisons, and you can make up your mind for yourself.

Brightness: It's no secret that LED lights are a lot brighter than halogen. Halogen headlights put out an average of 1400 lumens of light in low beam, and 2400 lumens of light in high beam. LED headlights vary a lot in brightness, but for example, our T8 LED Headlight Set ranges from 5600 lumens on low beam to 6800 lumens on high beam. So it's safe to say, that upgrading to LED's will give you a lot more light on the road.

Durability: This comparison varies a lot since there is so many variations of LED headlight bulbs. LED's by design last 20-25 times longer than halogen bulbs. For you, as a vehicle owner, this means fewer burned out bulbs, less replacement costs, and a lot less bother. There are a lot of cheap LED headlight sets on Ebay and Amazon that don't give you as good of life as your halogen bulbs. There again, the key is to stay with a reputable brand. Here at LED Light Upgrade, we back all of our bulbs with a 2 year warranty.

Safety: You may be thinking by now that LED headlights are more dangerous, since they are so bright and can blind oncoming traffic. This is true of cheaper LED lights that are not engineered for a correct beam pattern, or ones that haven't been adjusted correctly. However once they are adjusted to the right height, LED headlights will no longer blind others, but give you much more down road light, so you can see that deer or obstacle before you hit it.

Comfort: You may wonder what comfort has to do with headlights. A lot. You've probably all experienced a night driving, where it was raining and miserable. LED's can't stop the rain, but they can give you more light. In turn, that reduces eye strain, making your drive much more enjoyable.

Ease-Of-Use: Halogen bulbs are easier to use than LED. That is due to their widespread availability, and also price. Quality LED headlights are not always available at your local parts store. Halogen bulbs plug directly into your housing, with no changes. LED's are mostly plug and play, however sometimes they require some slight modifications.

Conclusion: LED headlights are brighter, more durable, safer, and more comfortable. Halogens are slightly easier to use sometimes. So we can safely say that for most vehicles and drivers, LED headlights are a better option. Just be careful where you buy them and make sure they come with a good warranty.

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