New GTR Lighting LED Interior Bulbs

36 mm LEDs

The new 1.5w LED festoon bulbs to replace all 36mm interior/dome lights.

I’d like to show you the new video put out by GTR Lighting about their new lineup of LED bulbs for the interior of your car or truck. These new high power LED bulb replacements come in a variety of styles and power ranges including 1 watt, 1.5 watt, and 3 watt. Please watch the new video showcasing the latest products here:

Universal and bulb-replacement products are available if you are in the market for interior LED bulb upgrades or for adding a splash of LED lighting ANYWHERE in your vehicle with the universal products. All LED bulbs from GTR Lighting are available in white, red, blue and amber for maximum options.

Rigid LED Festoon

A myriad of LED bulbs are available from the GTR Lighting lineup including this rare and hard to find "rigid loop" festoon bulb upgrade.

High Power Offroad Lights from Eagle Eye

6" Round Eagle Eye Lights

This pair of 6" Round HID offroad lights work great for all applications - Driving, Spot and Flood lenses available for most models.

Have you ever looked at the market for high performance HID or LED offroad lights? If you look at the products offered by notable companies like PIAA, Hella or VisionX you will find by far the best products on the market, but you will also find hefty price tags.

I am all for spending money on something that is higher quality, but sometimes it’s hard to really know what is worth your money and what is not. I believe that, for the most part, PIAA, Hella and VisionX offroad products ARE worth your money – they have proprietary research and development, and proven products that are better than the competition, but can you even afford them? I recently saw a set of Hella HID 35w offroad lights go for $1,100 a pair! I thought it was a little over-the-top but apparently someone thought it was what they needed to have.

I want to show you some information about a company that you may have never heard of: Eagle Eye Lights – Affordable yet powerful HID offroad lighting. Check out this review I did on a 4″ round Eagle Eye Lights 50w off road light:

Eagle Eye Lights Logo

Eagle Eye Lights Logo

TLG-Auto Eagle Eye Lights

TLG-Auto sells HID offroad lights from Eagle Eye Lighting - starting at $139 each!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Cheap, Powerful, Reliable – Pick 2!” and a lot of times that’s what you have to do. With Hella, PIAA and Vision X you can pick only Powerful and Reliable – but they are by no means CHEAP! Today I want you to know that you can get reliable and powerful 50w offroad lights for an amazing $139 each deal! TLG-Auto sells HID Offroad lights that you can afford, that look cool and that will perform for years.

Eagle Eye Light Bar

Great for Shows - Great for Offroad - Great for Performance - Eagle Eye Lights has the HID products that you need and at a price you can handle.

Projector Headlights for Sealed Beam – 7×6 Housings

7x6 Projectors

New headlights provide upgraded lighting for older vehicles.

Many vehicles from the past are outfitted with “sealed beam” headlights from the factory, which means that the headlight housing and the headlight “bulbs” are one and the same. There are no replaceable capsules like modern headlights and when the filament burns out the entire assembly needs to be replaced. We’ve seen this issue overcome multiple times in the past by manufacturers creating something called composite headlight conversions. This means you take a headlight housing (round or square) that is the same dimension as the old style sealed beam housing but the new product has replaceable light bulbs. This allows for less expensive and less time-consuming light bulb changes and the opportunity to upgrade with high power halogen light bulbs or HID conversion!

Watch this video review I did on a set of the GTR Lighting 7×6 Tru-Projector Headlight Housings:

The problem that people have run into in the past with this type of product, however, is that when installing an HID component into these new headlight housings, the light output was super bright and blinding! In order to do away with this issue all together, GTR Lighting has introduced a line of single-beam housings that use real OEM grade projector lenses. The product line is called Tru-Projector and can be used with a halogen bulb or HID and provides the coveted cutoff line that all enthusiasts seem to be after today!

True Projector Housings

GTR Lighting Tru-Projector Headlights offer style and functionality!

7x6 Headlight Cutoff

OEM Grade Projectors create a sharp cutoff line for use with either halogen or HID bulbs.

This product has never existed before, so it is very exciting to be able to add an actual projector headlight to an older car. The two biggest benefits are performance and style. Not only do these headlights use a real projector assembly (not just a cheap lens) but they also utilize an LED halo ring constructed from fluted plexiglass. Simply wire the halo to your parking lights (2 wires, positive and negative) or a switch inside your vehicle for an updated custom look:

Halo 7x6 Headlights

LED Halos built into the housings.

Halo 7x6 Headlights

HID Lights turned on behind the projectors.

For more information on these headlights visit http://www.GTRLighting.com

HOD Bulbs Review – New Hotness or Just a Big Hot Fail?

HOD Headlights

A new fad in automotive lighting: H.O.D.

One of the most common upgrades done in the automotive lighting world is replacing your stock halogen/incandescent headlights with blue halogen/xenon type bulbs. They are still incandescent and they still partially use xenon gas, and sometimes they use more electricity and are rated at a higher power than your original bulbs. Some companies like Putco, Street Glow, Nokya and GP Thunder have done a good job at producing a regular style blue headlight bulb. They look good, the last a decent amount of time, and they are brighter than stock in a plug and play form.

Enter the “H.O.D” bulb… HOD stands for, this is not a joke, “High Definition Olive Lamp”… are you kidding me? The name comes from a translation of the original Chinese name of the bulb after describing the shape as being round like an olive. Today retailers are marketing the product by calling it a High-Output-Discharge bulb, which sounds much better but it’s not the original name of the technology. Your best bet for better lighting is an HID system for your vehicle, there is still nothing brighter than a true xenon high intensity discharge system. Even the best LED headlights still cannot compare to HID.

When you find an HOD bulb for sale, it looks just like the others out there. Do your own research and hit up Google for these brands:

Oracle HOD
Pegasus HOD
Startway HOD
Vance Hypersports HOD
and
Eagle One HOD

Comparison of HOD Bulbs

Oracle HOD, Eagle-One HOD and Pegasus HOD bulbs in a comparison - identical.

All of the packaging is the same for each “brand” and they all equally perform poorly. I was blown away when I watched a testing and review video on the Tundra forum about using these bulbs in high beams – you can’t even tell they are turned on! Watch this video for a demonstration of HOD bulbs in the high beam position of a Toyota Tundra:

If you want to learn more about HOD bulbs, and what proponents of the product are talking about, check out this blog:

http://hodlamp.blogspot.com/2009/05/hodthe-replacement-of-hid.html

Basically, what this all comes down to is, until the technology in made better, don’t waste your money on an HOD bulb product. They are all the same, just re-branded for each company selling them, and they don’t perform as well as many factory headlight bulbs. They are cool looking, they are blue and attractive in their packaging, but provide no real functional value to the enthusiast.

 

New LED Bulbs “WOW” Consumers

6w LED Bulbs

New high power 6w LEDs named the "TW6" lineup.

LED technology used for bulb replacements and upgrades has come a long way since Jam Straight introduced their LED bulb replacements years ago. The novelty of using LEDs for light bulbs in the enthusiasts car quickly wore off after experiencing the lack of power output from the early style LED products. Today with the invention of Surface Mount Technology and high power diodes, innovation and new technology is the name of the game in the LED bulb market and GTR Lighting is at the forefront of these developments.

The GTR Lighting TW6 LED bulbs are direct bulb replacements that are as bright as their 15 watt incandescent counterparts but use half of the electricity. TW6 stands for “6W Tower” which is a description of the specifications and shape of the LEDs. The newest generation of the TW6 LED bulbs is the dome shaped lens at the top which allows for superior light output than what was previously available. LEDs are uni-directional by nature and require special optics in order to produce any usable output pattern. The lens fitted to the top of the bulb offers a wide 120 degree output at the front and a 360 degree output around the side perimeter.

The TW6 lineup of high-power LED bulbs are available in most standard bulbs including 9005/H10, 7440/7443, 3156/3157, 1156, 1157, H7, H9/H11 and T10/921/194. If it’s a fog light, reverse light, marker or blinker you will be able to finally utilize an LED bulb with some power.

Fiero LED Lights

This image shows a Pontiac Fiero fitted with GTR Lighting TW6 bulbs in the reverse light housing and the increased light output gained from it. These bulbs are brighter than original and use less electricity.

6w LED bulbs

New high-power LED bulbs from GTR Lighting.

Can’t Find the Light You’re Looking For?

Monster LED Dome Light

The Monster Board from GTR Lighting - one of MANY different lighting products available at TLG.

Have you ever tried looking for some type of lighting product but couldn’t quite find what you are looking for? I’d like for you to know about TLG Auto, which sells and stocks an incredible line of LED and HID products as well as headlight housings and off-road lights.

Every light bulb you will ever find in your car or truck can be replaced by LED or HID bulbs available from TLG. Need a weird looking trunk light bulb? TLG Carries it. Need a high power off-road light option with the ballast inside – TLG has it too. Aside from bulb replacements and upgrades you can also find universal LED products, like the Monster Board by GTR Lighting pictured above.

The idea behind the way TLG sells lighting products has to do with selling high quality products at an affordable cost. For example, you may find Hella internal-HID off-road lights for upwards of $400+ and the Eagle Eye Lights with the same power and quality can be had for less than $200 a piece.  The HID kits are all strictly high-end  and you will never spend money on something that isn’t worth it at the TLGAuto store. Visit http://www.TLG-Auto.com for a huge selection of lighting products.

If you’re looking for something that you can’t find in the lighting department please contact TLG Auto with any questions, technical or sales-wise.

Here’s a picture of a unique lighting product that you will only find at the TLG website:

1156 LED Bulbs

Unique to GTR Lighting - these high power LED bulbs are 6 watts each and feature a output projecting lens on the top and 360 degree light output around the sides. More unique lighting products available at TLG-Auto.

Ferrari F12 Headlights are Wild

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Headlights

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Headlights

Thanks to Rev Newz for showcasing “The New King Stallion – Ferrari F12 Berlinetta” in a recent blog, because it inspired me to talk about the styling of the new Ferrari headlights.

Earlier this year the “Motor Blog” from Motor Trend showed us the 2013 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta while it was sitting during the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. This 730hp, 6.3L V12 MONSTER will be the next terror of the streets out of the Ferrari stable. Up front, the F12 Berlinetta’s long headlamps bear a resemblance to those of the 458 Italia, while a large egg crate grille dominates the lower half of the fascia.

F12 Headlights

LED and HID Headlights

The main focal point of the new F12 headlights, I’m sure you’ll agree, is the slender, upward-sloping, construction holding multiple LED accents. On the outside perimeter above the projector lens lay 8 square shaped LED modules, each with its own lens housing. The lenses are molded into the housing in a way that resembles old pop-up headlights of the past (e.g. C4 Corvette). Next to the straight lined LED modules sits a pair of “L” shaped polycarbonate conduits which are also illuminated by LED light. They are nearly flushed into the housing as to remain almost invisible while they are turned off. The combination of sloping shapes, LED boxes and the lone round projector lens which makes up each headlight housing, create quite the futuristic look. It seems that more and more today you can find “fancy” LED-laden headlights in almost anything like Chrysler, Kia and Hyundai! But the style of the F12 headlights sets it apart from the crowd of bandwagon headlight manufacturers.

LED Headlight

Beautiful Futuristic Styling by Ferrari

Cheap HID Kits VS Expensive HID Kits

Cheap HID Kit

STAY AWAY! from cheap HID conversion kits! The price is right, but the quality is wrong.

Right now on eBay you can purchase an aftermarket 35w HID conversion kit with a single beam bulb for $28.92! This is incredible, it is such a good deal! Right? The truth is that it is not a good deal. It’s kind of like those musical instruments that you can purchase at WalMart for $40 when a decent guitar sells at your local music store for $200 or more. The musical instruments sold at WalMart are actually “instrument-shaped-objects” meaning that they look like a guitar, kind of sound like a guitar, but they will not produce the quality of sound or build quality that you would expect out of any decent guitar. This WalMart guitar will lose its pitch easily and frequently, fall apart early and wear out before you ever get your $40 worth, where as a high quality guitar from the right store will provide you with beautiful music for years. If you’re interested in purchasing a high quality HID kit that will treat you well for years then read on!

The same scenario goes for HID conversion kits. This kit sold on eBay is $29 SHIPPED, and how much does shipping cost? A small box shipped by first class US mail could cost as little as $5 domestically. Next, the PayPal and eBay seller fees for this item will amount to nearly $2-$3 per item. So when it’s all said and done you just bought yourself a pair of ballasts and a pair of bulbs with some wiring for $21 – what a steal! These kits are CHEAP because they are CHEAP, not because the buyer is getting a good deal. The truth is that this HID kit cost less to manufacture than a pair of high quality aftermarket HALOGEN headlights, but the electronics are more complicated than a regular headlight, so why would you ever want to spend money on this? Let’s look at what makes them so cheap:

  1. Waterproofing: A cheap HID ballast will not be waterproof. This can cause problems because of it being installed on your car exposed to the elements which will cause premature failure.
  2. Cheap Bulbs: A cheap HID bulb will be made of brittle plastic, poorly built o-rings, and an incorrect mixture of chemicals inside the bulb that give it the right color. Cheap bulbs will be a nightmare to deal with.
  3. AC VS DC Ballasts: DC ballasts are very simple to manufacture but they do not work as well. Because they are simple they are cheaper to buy and sell. Not only will a DC ballast not last as long but they could malfunction and damage the HID bulb.
  4. Wiring Connections: Cheap HID kits will skimp on as many of the components as possible, including packaging, instructions and in some cases the correct wiring to fit your vehicle. Sellers promoting cheap HID kits won’t tell you what you’re REALLY getting until it’s too late.
  5. Internal Components: The electronics used to build an HID ballast vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some strive for the highest quality that will run cooler, use less energy and produce a smooth output. Cheap HID ballasts will flicker and be choppy, use a lot of energy, run hot and generally not last very long.

I recommend the GTR Lighting Line of HID products:

GTR is High Quality

GTR Lighting bulbs use metal base for proper fitment, a ceramic insert for precise placement in the housing, and a more pure mixture of chemicals to produce the colors you want.

High Quality HID ballast

The GTR ballasts are waterproof, have a sleek mounting system, and high quality AC components used to build them. GTR Lighting brand of ballasts will last longer, look better and give you less headaches than a cheap HID it.

7″ Round Crystal Reflector Headlights with LED Halo – A Review

H6014 LED Headlight

Universal Fit for all H6014 or H6015 or H6024 Applications (Models With 7" Round Headlights)

Recently I did a video review of the 7″ Round Crystal Reflector Headlights that I sell, these headlights are really neat because they come with an LED halo. These are a popular model because they are a very common fit for all Jeep Wrangler headlights with round assemblies. Check out the video review here:

The thing that I like the most about these headlights is that they are higher quality than I am used to seeing with most aftermarket composite headlights. Although they are still made over seas, they are not “candy glass” construction. The glass lens seems to be very durable and clear. The way the LED modules are fitted to the back is also very nice. They seem to have had a good deal of care spent on them during assembly.

The other thing that separates these 7″ round headlights from the pack of others that are out there is the LED halo style. Normally the halo is a complete 360 degree fixture, but these go a little more creative route with two curved, vertical LED lines that make up about 90% of a complete halo. It’s just a creative and unique take on a current style.

You can buy these LED headlights at TLG-Auto.com along with a bunch of other styles of 7″ round headlights.

CAN BUS HID Ballasts

CAN BUS 35w Ballast by GTR Lighting

This is the 2nd Generation 35w HID ballast by GTR Lighting: The "CAN BUS Pro".

I’m sure you’ve heard the word CAN BUS used in all sorts of HID and LED marketing tactics. Having a CAN BUS ballast seems to sound more impressive than just a regular HID ballast. In this article I will explain what exactly CAN BUS is and how it pertains to HID systems:

To truly understand the functions of a CAN BUS ballast for use in HID lighting, you must first understand the role of the CAN BUS network in an automotive electrical system and how it operates.  CAN stands for “Controller Area Network” and BUS meaning pathway or data transfer channel, is a communication standard created by Bosch for automotive, industrial, and medical devices. CAN BUS networks are utilized where devices can all use the same pathway/channel to speak to one central CAN BUS controller.  CAN is one of the five supported standards of vehicle diagnostics in today’s OBD-II (On Board Diagnostics) system, which also is the system responsible for displaying the dreaded “Service Engine Soon” light on your dash.
In today’s vehicles, there are several Electronic Control Units used to control and monitor the many subsystems.  Your headlights, if monitored or controlled by a CAN BUS device, engine, A/C system, airbags, door locks, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System are all either independently operated with an ECU, or work together through a CAN BUS system. When a vehicle comes with a CAN BUS lighting system, what it does is monitor that a particular bulb is working. This can cause a problem when replacing a traditional light bulb with an LED or an HID system because they will not “read” the same to the CAN BUS controller and it will assume the light bulb is burnt out – this will either result in an error message being displayed to the driver, a flashing problem or no power being delivered at all.

Why do my HID headlights flash?

One of the ways that a CAN BUS system can affect the operation of an aftermarket HID conversion kit is this: First, the CAN BUS system will detect that whatever is plugged into the original wiring is probably a bad light bulb, it will start pulsating the electricity again and again in order to try to get the light bulb to start up. If it was indeed a broken factory light bulb, this would have no consequence because the electricity wouldn’t go anywhere, due to the broken filament. With an HID system, this rapid-fire electricity will cause the ballast to turn on and off like a strobe.

The way to solve this problem is to either install a CAN BUS HID Ballast or a warning canceller module. Both of these products will trick the computer in the car into thinking that a good working light bulb is plugged in, and not send pulsating electricity down the line!