Halogen headlight Conversion

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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by leonbray » 16 Jan 2018, 22:01

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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by mfc133 » 16 Jan 2018, 22:54

fisherman74017 wrote:
16 Jan 2018, 07:49
G Dub wrote:
14 Jan 2018, 14:45
Is there any original equipment looking LED substitute available?
Any input into going LED? Dont want to hijack the posting, just wondering if anyone has tried it? if so, brand?
There's this LED kit but it's hideously expensive compared to halogen:
http://www.deltalights.com/?q=store#!/5 ... ry=2483197
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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by Cavallino » 17 Jan 2018, 00:04

[/quote]There's this LED kit but it's hideously expensive compared to halogen:
http://www.deltalights.com/?q=store#!/5 ... ry=2483197
[/quote]

Once spent stupid money like that on a Commodore 64 ...but i date myself.

Figure worst case in converting to halogen is that i then get the bug to convert again to LED. Then again to smart laser system with night vision. By that time I'm hoping they can retrofit a 67 Cougar with Level 5 Full Automation as will need it by then.

But at least LED looks like it should be a direct replacement of the bulb unit. Even the original lights benefit from being powered via a relay and LEDs love a clean power source as well. Doubt if Rocketman's kits will become obsolete once LEDs go mainstream.

Still would like input if anyone has it on the halogens units that WCCC has listed. Like LEDs now, halogens bulbs have come a long way in the last few years and don't really need another Commodore 64 somewhere gathering dust in my basement if these are last decade tech.
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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by DieselD » 17 Jan 2018, 08:43

Leds are the way to go IF you have the housing to support them. Much like HID bulbs in halogen housings never have as good of a light pattern as the halogen bulb they replace. Ive found the LEDs are better in the halogen housing then the HID but it can really screw up the light output to actually have less night vision on the road even if they are technically brighter.
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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by sfhess » 17 Jan 2018, 11:54

I have Hella H1/H4 halogen conversions in my Cat, powered with a relay kit I purchased many years ago from Summit. Easy installation and the light output is impressive.

As a bonus, I noticed that the instrument cluster lights were somewhat brighter after installing the relay kit.

My relays are mounted to the back of the radiator support on the passenger side, near the battery. My horn relay is mounted there too.

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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by fisherman74017 » 23 Jan 2018, 08:40

You can say that again!! $350 per light. WOW. I dont drive mine enough at night to justify that. I will see if I can hunt down OEM lights at a good price and go from there.

There's this LED kit but it's hideously expensive compared to halogen:
http://www.deltalights.com/?q=store#!/5 ... ry=2483197
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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by bmwhd1 » 23 Jan 2018, 16:12

DieselD wrote:
17 Jan 2018, 08:43
Leds are the way to go IF you have the housing to support them. Much like HID bulbs in halogen housings never have as good of a light pattern as the halogen bulb they replace. Ive found the LEDs are better in the halogen housing then the HID but it can really screw up the light output to actually have less night vision on the road even if they are technically brighter.
You are spot on. I chased the ultimate HID conversion across a bunch of cars and bikes over the years. Just like with those, the LED bulb needs to do a really good job of getting the light source as close in shape and position as possible to the filament in a halogen bulb for there to be a chance of it working right in a halogen housing.

A relatively cheap way to do this would be to find halogen housings that fit the Cougar headlight bucket and LED bulbs that fit the above criteria. I've done that in a couple of late model cars with some success. Someone was making those with the correct FoMoCo embossing and pattern a while back but I cant find them now.
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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by leonbray » 23 Jan 2018, 16:55

The racecar guys running LEDs use several LEDs to get a good spread and they mount them down low

These are the best thing I've found for aftermarket use but would require custom fitting. They are widely used on interstate trucks and buses

http://www.myhellalights.com/index.php/ ... -bi-xenon/

Seen these but they look ugly

https://hidkitpros.com/shop/5-round-sea ... onversion/
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Re: Halogen headlight Conversion

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Post by Socalef9 » 23 Jan 2018, 17:03

http://www.mustangproject.com/ProductDi ... 5faca6bf6b
300 bucks with 4 housings and a lifetime warranty on the led's. 5000 lumens per bulb

looks very tempting

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