How to install 9004 or 9007 LED Headlight bulbs from GTR Lighting

OK, so I got my hands on a set of the 9007 LED headlight bulbs from GTR Lighting and I wanted to show you how to install them because at first glance it looks kind of tricky.

GTR Lighting GEN 2 9007 LED Headlight Bulb Install

 

The vehicle I’m going to demonstrate on is a headlight from a 2002 Ford F250. This is a very common headlight and I will tell you this: These headlights suck!!! No matter which types of bulbs you use, high power halogen, HID or new LED style headlight bulbs, these housings are awful and it’s impossible to get amazing light output from them. Your best bet for amazing light is a light bar or a projector retrofit… but that’s a whole other story! For now we’re going to try to put these GEN 2 9007 LED Headlight Bulbs from GTR Lighting into these housings.

The original 9007 halogen bulb is held in place by a retainer. In the case of this Ford F250, the retainer is very tall. Sometimes they are snort and sometimes they are tall, but they all work the same way. The retainer goes on top of the bulb and holds it in place.

The original 9007 halogen bulb is held in place by a retainer. In the case of this Ford F250, the retainer is very tall. Sometimes they are snort and sometimes they are tall, but they all work the same way. The retainer goes on top of the bulb and holds it in place.

Here you can see how the original halogen bulb sits when you take the retainer off.

Here you can see how the original halogen bulb sits when you take the retainer off.

The new GTR Lighting GEN 2 LED Headlight Bulb is a little longer than the original halogen bulb, but it doesn't matter for this application because there is nothing inside the housing to interfere with it. The mounting method is identical. The new LED bulb has the same mounting collar as the halogen bulb.

The new GTR Lighting GEN 2 LED Headlight Bulb is a little longer than the original halogen bulb, but it doesn’t matter for this application because there is nothing inside the housing to interfere with it. The mounting method is identical. The new LED bulb has the same mounting collar as the halogen bulb.

Here's an aerial view showing the slots in the mounting collar between the original halogen bulb and the new GTR Lighting LED headlight bulb. They insert into the headlight housing the exact same way as each other.

Here’s an aerial view showing the slots in the mounting collar between the original halogen bulb and the new GTR Lighting LED headlight bulb. They insert into the headlight housing the exact same way as each other.

The housing for either a 9004 or a 9007 will have 3 alignment tabs inside like this. The bulb will only seat one way.

The housing for either a 9004 or a 9007 will have 3 alignment tabs inside like this. The bulb will only seat one way.

This is how the new 9007  LED headlight bulb should seat when you have it resting on the housing. There should be no gaps, it installs perfectly flat.

This is how the new 9007 LED headlight bulb should seat when you have it resting on the housing. There should be no gaps, it installs perfectly flat.

The original retainer that held the halogen bulb in place will likely NOT fit over the top of your new LED headlight bulbs, they are far too large to facilitate the heat sink and cooling fan.

The original retainer that held the halogen bulb in place will likely NOT fit over the top of your new LED headlight bulbs, they are far too large to facilitate the heat sink and cooling fan.

The mounting collar on the LED headlight bulbs comes off easily by twisting it. Separate all the parts and re-install the original headlight bulb retainer between the heat sink of the LED bulb, and the mounting collar.

The mounting collar on the LED headlight bulbs comes off easily by twisting it. Separate all the parts and re-install the original headlight bulb retainer between the heat sink of the LED bulb, and the mounting collar.

 

When you have the original mounting adapter installed between the heat sink and the LED bulb collar, then you can install everything like the factory bulb was installed.

When you have the original mounting adapter installed between the heat sink and the LED bulb collar, then you can install everything like the factory bulb was installed.

Here are a couple notes about the final install:

1. If you have a tall mounting adapter like shown in these pictures, it may be a good idea to either drill holes in it to allow the LED bulb fan to “breathe” and flow more air to keep it cool, or just trim the excess material off to allow the LED heat sink fan/bulb to be fully exposed.

2. In order to get the LED bulb and mounting adapter fitted to the housing there are several things to line up and it can be a tricky puzzle! Just examine it and see how everything fits together. The housing has alignment posts, the LED bulb collar has 2 alignment posts, and the mounting adapter for the original bulb has 2 sets of alignment posts!!! Everything has to be put together just right.

3. This install guide is specific to the early 2000’s Ford trucks that use 9007 or 9004 headlights, but the basic premise should be universal to anyone trying to install 9004 or 9007 LED headlight bulbs.

5×7″ LED Headlight Options and Comparisons

If you are in the market on getting some new 5×7′ or 7×6′ headlights for your vehicle and don’t know where to look, look no further. We found a video that goes in-depth and demonstrates all of the best 5×7″ (AKA 7×6″) LED headlight options available to replace your H6054 and H6052 headlights. The video goes over each light individually, including physical features, specs, and light output against the wall to compare.

First we have the United Pacific 31297 5×7″ LED Headlight.

United Pacific 31297 LED headlight

Low Beam, United Pacific 5x7" LED Headlight

Low Beam, United Pacific 5×7″ LED Headlight

High Beam, United Pacific 5x7" LED Headlight

High Beam, United Pacific 5×7″ LED Headlight

 

The next LED Headlight is the JW Speaker 8900 5×7″ LED Headlight.

JW speaker 8900 LED Headlight

Low Beam, JW Speaker LED Headlight

Low Beam, JW Speaker LED Headlight

High Beam, JW Speaker LED Headlight

High Beam, JW Speaker LED Headlight

 

And here is the Truck-Lite 5×7″ LED Headlight.

Truck Lite 27450C LED Headlight

Low Beam, Truck-Lite LED Headlight

Low Beam, Truck-Lite LED Headlight

High Beam, Truck-Lite LED Headlight

High Beam, Truck-Lite LED Headlight

 

If you would like to watch the full review, click the video below.

Headlight Upgrades for new style 2015 Ford F150

The new U-Shaped headlight housings coming on the 2015 Ford F-150 are definitely a unique new style, they even have an aftermarket style flair to them that many enthusiasts are already falling in love with. Gone are the days of having to replace your headlight housings with aftermarket units in order to have an aggressive look!

This new U-Shaped F150 headlight will come in an LED version, designed by OSRAM, with built in high power LEDs, or you can get the less expensive option that comes with halogen bulbs. If your truck has the halogen bulb option, you’ve still got options! You can upgrade to LED or HID headlight bulbs by using the products outlined in this article. Aftermarket LED conversion kits are still not brighter than HID, but they do turn on instantly, they last longer than HID and they are significantly easier to install.

Here are the products that you can use to upgrade these new headlights, fog lights, and tail lights:

2015 F-150 U-Shaped Headlight Bulb Upgrades:
Low Beam: H11
H11 LED Conversion Kit Upgrade
H11 HID Conversion Kit Upgrade

High Beam: HB3/9005
HB3/9005 LED Conversion Kit Upgrade
HB3/9005 HID Conversion Kit Upgrade

Fog Lights: H11
H11 LED Conversion Kit Upgrade
H11 HID Conversion Kit Upgrade

Rear Parking Light / Brake Light / Turn Signal Bulb: Red 3157
3157 LED Bulb Upgrade

Reverse Light Bulb: White 3157
3157 LED Bulb Upgrade

Here are some close-up shots of the stock headlights so you can double check, if your headlights look like these, then the products listed above will work for your truck:

Installing LED Headlights in 2014 GMC Sierra

We had the opportunity to see how someone installed their GTR Lighting LED Headlight Conversion Kit in a 2014 GMC Sierra so we thought you might like to see it also! The LED Headlights from have a built in heat sink and fan for forced air cooling. These cooling features do make these bulbs larger in size. Sometimes, as in the case of the 2014 GMC Sierra, the dust cover needs to be slightly modified. An extra rubber flap was added by this installer (custom build) to keep out water. The downside to this method is they are still not 100% sealed like they were in the factory, but this does allow you to still use them and at least keep water away from the LED system.

LED Conversion Kit installed in the 2014 GMC Sierra

 

GTR Lighting LED Conversion Kit in a 2014 GMC Sierra

 

GTR Lighting LED Conversion Kit in a 2014 GMC Sierra

 

GTR Lighting LED Conversion Kit in a 2014 GMC Sierra

 

GTR Lighting LED Conversion Kit in a 2014 GMC Sierra

 

GTR Lighting LED Conversion Kit in a 2014 GMC Sierra

 

The owner of this 2014 GMC reported that the light output is brighter than stock, and still has a good beam pattern like the factory bulbs. It is not recommended to install the dust cover completely over these LED conversion kit bulbs because without the proper airflow created by the fan inside the heat sink, they have a high risk of overheating and failing. The truck’s original bulb was bulb model 9012 and the product used in this install was the GTR Lighting #7010269 9006 LED Headlight Conversion Kit.

A first look at the new LED Headlight Conversion Kits

We recently had an opportunity to install new 7×6 headlight housings and high power LED headlight bulbs into a 1995 Toyota Tacoma. This truck originally used H6054 sealed beam rectangular headlight housings, so the first step to installing the new LED headlight technology was to replace the original housings with new ones that can accept a replacement light bulb. To do this we put Vision X #VX-57 rectangular sealed beam housings in place. These new housings are DOT approved, and just fitted with the regular H4 halogen bulbs would be 30% brighter than the original sealed beam headlights.

After picking a set of housings, instead of using an HID kit or standard H4 halogen headlight bulbs we used a set of the new LED Headlight Conversion kits from GTR Lighting. These new high power LED bulbs are suitable to replace any version of original halogen light bulbs for cars and trucks, and our ’95 Tacoma with the new housings required the H4 version of this product:

GTR Lighting brand of H4 LED Headlight Kit

To put it in perspective, the original sealed beam headlights put out approximately 900 Lumens of light and a 35w HID conversion kit would produce nearly 3,500 Lumens of light output. The new LED headlight conversion kit produces 2,200 Lumens of light on low beam and 2,600 Lumens  of light on high beam. So you can see that if you’re going for overall brightness then an HID conversion kit is still the brightest option, but the dual beam LED conversion kit bulbs are easier to install than a dual beam HID kit and much brighter than the stock bulbs. So there are some benefits to going with the LED bulbs, but it just depends on what you want to accomplish.

The first step was to replace the original sealed beam headlights with the new housings from Vision X:

Here are the stock sealed beam headlights.

Here are the stock sealed beam headlights.

The old headlight.

The old headlight.

The new headlight

The new headlight.

 

After getting the old sealed beam original headlights out and the new Vision X brand of 5×7 replacement housings installed, it was time to put in the new bulbs. The LED headlight conversion kit comes with 2 bulbs, a wire harness and a very small external driver. The new bulbs fit right in place with the housings, even though they stuck out a little bit on the back side. There was plenty of room for them and the fit was secure.

LED Headlight Conversion Kit Installed.

LED Headlight Conversion Kit Installed. This picture shows the back side of the housing with the LED bulb fan and heat sink exposed. This is normal and as long as it’s not touching anything you’re fine.

LED Headlight Conversion Kit Installed.

LED Headlight Conversion Kit Installed. This picture shows the new LED headlight conversion kit bulb installed inside of the housing. It sits in place of the original H4 headlight bulb but with one LED firing up and one LED firing down. It doesn’t interfere with anything in the housing and fits easily.

Here is a comparison of the two headlights. We have the new headlights shown versus the original headlights. The old headlights were fairly dim and had a yellow color to them. The new headlights are actually a 5,500K color but in pictures they look more blue than they really are. But they are brighter and whiter than stock headlights:

The headlight on the right is the original halogen sealed beam headlight. The white light on the left is the new housings with the new LED headlight bulbs.

The headlight on the right is the original halogen sealed beam headlight. The white light on the left is the new housings with the new LED headlight bulbs.

Here now you can see the finished product with both headlights outfitted with the new housings and LED headlights.

LED Headlight Conversion Kit Installed.

LED Headlight Conversion Kit Installed.

The final test was to go driving with the new headlights installed. The new headlight setup was DEFINITELY brighter than stock. There was more light on the road and the color was a perfect crisp white instead of a dull yellow color. We could see the street signs better and could see further down the road. Here is a comparison of low beam versus high beam on the highway with the new headlights:

Here you can see the low beam light output of the new headlight system going down the highway. The left to right output is good and the light is where you want it in the middle also. The important thing is that the beam pattern is a pretty good shape without any weird shadows or odd light output shapes.

Here you can see the low beam light output of the new headlight system going down the highway. The left to right output is good and the light is where you want it in the middle also. The important thing is that the beam pattern is a pretty good shape without any weird shadows or odd light output shapes.

Here you can see the high beam output on this setup. The shape doesn't change a whole lot - there is a little more light at the top of the output pattern but the biggest difference is the sheer amount of light that is being projected. The high beam is brighter but it doesn't go that much further or higher. This will act differently from housing to housing though.

Here you can see the high beam output on this setup. The shape doesn’t change a whole lot – there is a little more light at the top of the output pattern but the biggest difference is the sheer amount of light that is being projected. The high beam is brighter but it doesn’t go that much further or higher. This will act differently from housing to housing though.

This project was easy and the results were as good as we though they were going to be. The output is awesome on them even though it’s not quite as bright as a full HID conversion kit – the tradeoff is that this kit is easier to install and cheaper than a 35w dual beam HID kit from the same manufacturer. The lights are easily twice as bright as stock or more, and the only real drawback is that on this application the high beam didn’t make a huge “wow factor” impression. It’s there, it’s brighter, but it doesn’t quite blow your socks off.

If you want to do this exact same setup, you’ll need the Vision X part number VX-57 and the GTR Lighting part number 7010273. These two together will work with any sealed beam style 5×7″ or 7×6″ rectangular headlight system. For other options on these headlights we recommend you check out this website for sealed beam headlight replacements and LED headlights.

Here is the product we used. The GTR Lighting H4 style LED headlight conversion kit and the Vision X 5x7" sealed beam headlight housings.

Here is the product we used. The GTR Lighting H4 style LED headlight conversion kit and the Vision X 5×7″ sealed beam headlight housings.

A Look at the 2014 Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

The new Corvette Stingray is a pretty wild machine… using carbon and nanotech technology to create a super strong chassis along with new wild and intelligent styling and a super powerful 450HP LT1 engine. In my opinion the icing on the cake are the wild new LED and HID bi-xenon headlights:

The new C7 headlights are pretty wild! Built in DRL and bi-xenon HID forward lighting.

The new C7 headlights are pretty wild! Built in DRL and bi-xenon HID forward lighting.

The first time I saw these headlights were at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas where there were a BUNCH of these cars on display, and the first thing I thought of was similarity to the Ferrari 458 Italia headlights:

The Ferrari 458 has a similar style headlight to the new Stingray.

The Ferrari 458 has a similar style headlight to the new Stingray.

The fact that the Ferrari and Corvette share such a similar luxury design really shows the target the new Vette is trying to hit and with all the details and style that went into the new car it shows Chevrolet really knows what they are doing with this car!  After getting some really good looks at the new Corvette Stingray headlights this is what we can tell you about it:

1. Amber LED turn signals on the outside of each headlight

2. White LED DRL under each projector

3. Bi-Xenon 35w HID High and Low beam head lamp

4. Black housings

5. Corvette logo embossed on lens above projector

Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

Here is a quote from the Chevrolet.com website about all new head lamps:
“Frosted indirect high-intensity discharge headlamps are the eyes to the technological soul of the Stingray, emanating crisp color, brightness and efficiency. The new elements bear a sharper, more sinister shape, framed by edge-lit amber LED turn signals and black chrome housing. Bi-Xenon HID technology achieves high and low beams with a single light engine.”

Here is the photo gallery I put together from all of the Corvette Stingray cars we found at SEMA 2013:

New Jeep Wranglers Will Come Equipped with Factory-Option LED Headlights!

At the 2013 SEMA Tradeshow in Las Vegas showcased every major automobile manufacturer in the world, and their new toys and Mopar/Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep was no exception. The Mopar booth in the South Hall at the SEMA Show had several new Jeeps and they all had LED headlights. 3 of the Jeeps were sporting the Truck-Lite 27270C LED headlights, but ONLY ONE was sporting a new Jeep branded LED headlight – which signifies the turning of the tide in non-luxury vehicles finally getting OEM LED headlights:

Future Jeep JK owners will have the option of a factory installed LED headlight option.

Future Jeep JK owners will have the option of a factory installed LED headlight option.

This new Jeep branded LED headlight product slightly resembles the Peterson Manufacturing 701C by the way the center gray section is shaped, but the embossing on the bottom of the lens clearly says Truck-Lite. It’s hard to say if this is an old version of a prototype headlight, or a new design of the 27270C from Truck-Lite designed specifically for Mopar.

Here is the Peterson Manufacturing 701C 7″ Round LED Headlight product to show you the similarities in design of the new Jeep headlight:

This is the unit from Peterson Manufacturing that Jeep chose to use for their Jeep options.

This is the unit from Peterson Manufacturing that Jeep chose to use for their Jeep options.

For contrast, here is the Truck-Lite 27270C. Why does the Jeep branded headlight say Truck-Lite but look like the Peterson Manufacturing product? The Jeep branded headlight seems to have the reflector of the Truck-Lite lamp, but the center section of the Peterson lamp.

For contrast, here is the Truck-Lite 27270C. Why does the Jeep branded headlight say Truck-Lite but look like the Peterson Manufacturing product? The Jeep branded headlight seems to have the reflector of the Truck-Lite lamp, but the center section of the Peterson lamp.

 

It’s interesting that Jeep chose to use the Truck-Lite product instead of the JW Speaker 8700 LED headlight which outperforms all other similar LED headlights on the market. This tells us that Jeep knows it’s customers don’t want to shell out $1,000 for a set of re-branded JW Speaker lights and they went the exact opposite direction by using one of the cheapest options on the market.

Now, on the other hand, Harley Davidson is already using the JW Speaker product for their “Day Maker” factory LED headlight option. It would be strange if Harley and Jeep used the same factory option LED headlight.

It will be exciting to see what the final product looks like, or if we’re already looking at it here, it’s strange that the official product LOOKS LIKE the Peterson product yet branded as Truck-Lite… Time will tell!

Factory Mopar LED headlights debuted at SEMA 2013.

Factory Mopar LED headlights debuted at SEMA 2013.