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Thread: LEDs vs HIDs in projectors?

  1. #11
    Nope. I have called a few "HID conversions made here" places and none of them can add the levelling system. All they do is replace bulbs and add ballasts.
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  2. #12
    Having the same issue with my XF. Projector lens and H7..... the lights are utter crap. Tried LEDs and no good. Bought 80w H7 but not going to fit them. Don’t want everything melted. Sick of buying Osram night breakers. Not much better and only last weeks sometimes

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by fast focus View Post
    ^^^ your right a xenon kit just retrofitted will fail but can be made to pass you need a few items to get there...

    A stamped letter from the manufacturer saying that the lamp is type approved for a xenon retrofit.
    A headlamp washer system whereby after the retrofit the lamp produces more than 2000 lumens of light. Not required if it produces less but proof of such would have to be shown.
    A headlamp levelling system.

    In other words probably not worth it i have never seen someone try at least?
    Does the self levelling suspension on a car like a BMW E61 count as a headlight levelling system as it achieves the same result?

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by -MICK- View Post
    Having the same issue with my XF. Projector lens and H7..... the lights are utter crap. Tried LEDs and no good. Bought 80w H7 but not going to fit them. Don’t want everything melted. Sick of buying Osram night breakers. Not much better and only last weeks sometimes
    Try the Philips Racing Vision or other type. I get 1 year and more off mine.
    "This is a non-contact sport but then so is ice hockey" - Roberto Giordanelli on Irish FIAT Punto racing but applies to all Irish racing..
    "Tailgaters have small dicks" - Me

  5. #15
    I have only ever replaced factory bulbs with aftermarket on one car I owned, the 850CSi. It's standard headlamps on low setting were really dim. On the advice of the specialist I was using for some other work on the car in the UK, I fitted bulbs from PIAA. they were more expensive than Osram and Philips, but they were a significant improvement on the stock bulbs, and they were still fine three years later when I sold the car.

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Gn3dr View Post
    Does the self levelling suspension on a car like a BMW E61 count as a headlight levelling system as it achieves the same result?
    No it doesn't, hence why E61s with xenons also have headlight levelling.

  7. #17
    I was driving some very dark country roads last night so got to use the Osram Night Breaker Lasers for full effect. These are fitted to the full lights so I can't imagine they will wear out very quickly but flipping hell, they do light up the road properly. I guess on dipped lights the shorter lifespan of these types of bulbs can be a pain but I think it's a pain that I would suck up in return for improved vision.
    I'm with the resistance

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by steveirl View Post
    I have only ever replaced factory bulbs with aftermarket on one car I owned, the 850CSi. It's standard headlamps on low setting were really dim. On the advice of the specialist I was using for some other work on the car in the UK, I fitted bulbs from PIAA. they were more expensive than Osram and Philips, but they were a significant improvement on the stock bulbs, and they were still fine three years later when I sold the car.
    70 quid!!
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/PIAA-17655-...00067BVUA?th=1

    Wow, they ought be 5 times better than Philips / Osrams!

    (edit, changed to correct price)
    Last edited by hi-rev; 11-12-2019 at 12:39 PM.
    "This is a non-contact sport but then so is ice hockey" - Roberto Giordanelli on Irish FIAT Punto racing but applies to all Irish racing..
    "Tailgaters have small dicks" - Me

  9. #19
    just to update this I did some more reading, and some ebay browsing, and seemingly there's a bit of science to it.

    The ideal supposedly is to emulate the shape of a normal filament. in a H7 bulb that's around 3mm thick and 8mm long, ish.

    So you want an LED which is thin, not one of the round types, and you want one with a narrow/long led as opposed to something round or square.


    So I bought a set of these as they seemed to tick the thin chassis and narrow row of led boxes: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Novsight-...72.m2749.l2649

    Popped them into the projectors and yes, they are definitely a major improvement. However I ignored one important factor, and that's colour temperature. They're very white, I'd rather something a bit less harsh. There's not nearly the same options for 4500k LEDs as there are HIDs so I think I might get a set of HIDs instead.


    But if you want that white light then based on my limited testing these seem quite good

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