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 bulbs.

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:

The Next Big Thing: Curved LED Light Bars

An exciting new product showcased at this year’s SEMA show were curved LED light bars from Vision X, Rigid Industries, Putco, Bulldog and Baja Designs. These manufacturers have really stepped up this year to innovate an already innovative industry!  Vision X will have a double-row 5w LED product available from their Xmitter Prime Xtreme product line in various sizes all the way up to 50″ wide!

The new Xmitter Prime XP LED light bars from Vision X will be available in 2014 in several different lengths.

The new Xmitter Prime XP LED light bars from Vision X will be available in 2014 in several different lengths.

Rigid Industries also debuted new curved LED light bars in a new “RDS” series light developed from the E-Series platform available in different lengths up to 54″.

Rigid Industries new Curved LED Light Bar

Rigid Industries new Curved LED Light Bar

Putco not only debuted an entirely new lineup of American made LED light bars this year but they also started the lineup with a curved variant:

The new Putco LED light bars come with a curved option.

The new Putco LED light bars come with a curved option.

Bulldog launched a new light bar line at the 2012 SEMA Show and this year (2013) they added a new single-row LED and dual-row LED curved light bar to the product line. The resemblance between Bulldog, Rigid Industries and the gambit of Chinese manufacturers still makes it difficult to differentiate the products when installed on vehicles, but it’s awesome seeing more and more product manufacturers (like Bulldog) making their parts within the USA.

New curved LED light bars from Bulldog are the only thing that seems different about the product line this year.

New curved LED light bars from Bulldog are the only thing that seems different about the product line this year.

Last but not least, Baja Designs announced that their OnX LED light bar product line will now be available in a 30″ curved variant. 30″ isn’t big enough to fit on most trucks, but it should work on a race car or ATV pretty well:

30" curved light bars now available from Baja Designs.

30″ curved light bars now available from Baja Designs.

Take a moment to check out the photo gallery of all the curved light bar products we saw at the show and see for yourself where the future of lighting technology is headed, and if you need advice on your next LED Light Bar product purchase, check out Headlight Revolution.

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.

JW Speaker TS3000 – The Brightest of its Kind!

The JW Speaker TS3000 has the brightest Candela light you will find in this size range. An individual TS3000 has 117,500 Candela output. Most people think the only important thing is the Lumen number but Candela is equally as important if not more important. Lumen is the amount of light the product produces but Candela is a measurement of how well that light is used. Candela is kind of like an efficiency rating of the lumen. The JW Speaker products have a very high Candela rating. The more intelligence that is put into the design of the light the more efficient it can be made and therefore the higher Candela rating. JW Speaker excels in some of the best lighting engineering in the world, it’s no wonder their lights are so impressive.

JW Speaker TS3000 & TS3000R

JW Speaker TS3000 & TS3000R

The TS3000 comes in many different options. You can get a flood pattern or a pencil beam pattern, you can get a black or silver housing and you can get the TS3000v or the TS3000R. The TS3000V is a 5×7″ oval and the TS3000R is a 6″ round housing. The driving beam (DOT Flood) projects out an impressive 1,600 feet with a generous foreground illumination, while the extremely long pencil beam shoots its focused beam a full 2,600 feet.  The die-cast aluminum housing incorporates an integrated mounting bracket. This means that the lamp is incredibly stable and won’t suffer from vibration. As you can see below it can be mounted in many different locations.

8 TS3000s mounted on 1 Jeep

8 TS3000s mounted on 1 Jeep!

Over at Headlight Revolution we found an in depth video about the JW Speaker TS3000. If you want to learn more about these powerful lights watch this unboxing, review and demonstration below.

JW Speaker 6130 LED Headlights, a Strange Design With Awesome Output

The JW Speaker model #6130 4.5″ round LED headlight is a unique option for your customized vehicle. The Light output of this JW Speaker 6130 holds up the JW Speaker brand once again. The output is perfect. Is this LED headlight right for you?

JW Speaker 6130 high and low beam with driver.

JW Speaker 6130 high and low beam with driver.

The JW Speaker 6130 has great light output, great quality, and is built in the USA but it’s not perfect. These units have internal fans that have visible white stickers, and they don’t fit too many applications. You’ll really have to know what you’re doing in terms of installation and fabrication to make them work, but if you can get them to fit some application you won’t be sorry! These  4.5″ LED headlights are 32 watts each making them a total of 128 watts total (2 low beam and 2 high beam). Because of the small and compact high powered headlights, a pair of low and high beams need a driver to give them power. Normally the driver is located inside the headlights, but there’s just no space for it on this model. The size and output is also the cause for the cooling fans.  These headlights are a great and unique choice for your custom build but there aren’t many vehicles that these headlights can be dropped in to and turned on.  Many people have said the design of the high beam represents a spider eye and it’s hard to disagree with that thought. I think this is an awesome light because of how unique and cool it is but it’s also completely functional, so if you can make it work you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity!

If you want to learn more about these JW Speaker 6130′s watch this in depth review by Headlight Revolution. They show you the real world light output and dissect the lights in every detail:

Vision X Torture Test Holds More Weight

The video shows the led light crushed by the mining truck.

The video shows the led light crushed by the mining truck.

The Vision X guys brought their LED light bars out to an industrial mining location to see if they can hold up against TONS of weight. They threw the light bar into the mining truck to drop it from 3 stories up and in one fluid take they prove that the Vision X products will withstand the impacts of gravity caused by the gigantic mining truck. Then they put the a light bar under the tracks of one of the biggest vehicles imaginable to show how it would hold up against the weight and pressure of such a machine!

As you can see the light bar is very durable and can hold up against just about any conditions imaginable. You can see what Vision X products will fit your needs at Headlight Revolution. HR is all about the newest and brightest lighting available and they sell a large variety of brands including Vision X.

FINALLY! A Truck Grill Made for a BRIGHT LED Light Bar – Royalty Core Meets Vision X

For a long time the only company you could find a aftermarket bumper, bracket or grill for was a Rigid Industries product – don’t get me wrong, Rigid is an awesome company! Made in the USA, really high standards of quality and they look cool, but come on… Their brightest light bar is like 20,000 Lumen of light output whereas Vision X just released their new 52″ #XIL-PX9010 at a whopping 44,370 Lumen! If you are told by someone that “Rigid’s lights are the best and brightest” they’re either a misinformed nut swinger, or a dishonest Rigid Industries salesman! Rigid’s got some cool stuff but they’re not really in the same league of light output as Vision X has proven to be…

Vision X light bars are brighter than Rigid Industries light bars.

Vision X light bars are brighter than Rigid Industries light bars.

But anyway, that’s not the point… I want to show you a cool new product by Royalty Core that is ACTUALLY MADE FOR A VISION X LIGHT BAR! I think this is exciting because everybody just makes cool aftermarket truck accessories to fit Rigid which leaves guys like us who are more into actual light output and quality instead of just a certain brand of product. These new grills by Royalty Core are top notch quality and look great sporting the Vision X Lineup:

2011+ Super Duty

This grill fits the 2011+ Super Duty and uses a 24″ Vision X light bar, part #XIL-LPX1810 which outputs a staggering 9,000 Lumens of light!

This light bar is built with closed loop brackets on the backside for an extremely durable install and adjustable brackets for positioning the light down or up. It’s totally legit!

Introducing the new "RCX LED Light Bar Grille". This model fits a 2013 Ram 2500/3500 and is designed to hold a pair of Vision X #XIL-PX1810 light bars which put out 8,900 Lumens EACH!

Introducing the new “RCX LED Light Bar Grille”. This model fits a 2013 Ram 2500/3500 and is designed to hold a pair of Vision X #XIL-PX1810 light bars which put out 8,900 Lumens EACH!

The new Dodge Ram grill (above) is really wild because fully outfitted you can get almost 18,000 lumens of Vision X powered light coming right out of your grill! This really makes it easy to get better lighting on the front of your truck if you don’t want to run an aftermarket bumper or bull bar.

Way to go Royalty Core! Your new RCX Light Bar grills are absolutely awesome! Thanks for finally making something for people who care about more than just a pretty brand name!

 

The world’s BRIGHTEST Toyota Tundra!

Have you seen this truck? Well if you’re a fan of lighting and a fan of trucks, then you owe it to yourself to check out the 99,000 Lumen Toyota Tundra from Headlight Revolution!

99000 Lumens

This tricked out truck puts out 99,000 Lumens of light when everything is turned on!

Between the GTR Lighting HID Kits in the headlights and the Vision X and JW Speaker LED offroad lights, this thing will quite literally turn night into day! Check out the full specifications of this truck here. This truck uses a 35w HID low beam, a 55w HID high beam, LED fog lights from JW Speaker and 3 high power Vision X LED offroad light bars to create an absolutely insane amount of light! If you ever wanted to know what OVERKILL looks like, this is it – but hey if you’re trying to show off how awesome LED and HID lighting upgrades are, why not go all out – right? Check out the video below showing off this truck in it’s entirety – including the lights; and visit www.HeadlightRevolution.com for more details on this awesome 2010 Tundra!

Affordable, bright and compact LED Driving Light: JW Speaker 4410

The JW Speaker model 4410 is an awesome offroad or driving light because it’s LED (low power consumption) and has a great flood beam pattern (super bright!). I’ve seen people put these on trucks, motorcycles, outside of campers, work trailers and even on warehouse rigs for moving pallets – they work great anywhere that you don’t have a ton of space but DO NEED a ton of light:

JW Speaker 4410 offroad driving light

Headlight Revolution just did a video review on this product, and I think it’s worth checking out if you need something like this. It’s not the brightest LED light out there, but it’s pretty awesome for the money! This is one of the most affordable LED light pods on the market: