Nissan 350z LED Driving Lights – Vehicle Specific

Nissan 350z LED Driving Lights

Nissan 350z LED Driving Lights

 

 

 

 

Finally, there’s a product available to add a classy and super-bright LED driving light to your Nissan 350z. The kit (made by GTR Lighting) comes with everything involved to do the install, including vehicle specific brackets to hold the DRLs in place. Just remove your bumper and install the lights and you’re good to go!

Here is a video showing you exactly how to install the lights with step by step instructions to help you make it REALLY easy!

Components to the LED Kit

Components to the LED Kit

The all new GTR Lighting Tru-Projector Sealed Beam Headlights, 2013 2nd Generation

This 7" round dual beam projector headlight is available in black or chrome.

This 7″ round dual beam projector headlight is available in black or chrome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year GTR Lighting came out with a new set of replacement sealed beam type headlights and they were pretty decent, but the new generation that was just released in 2013 is really great. These 2nd Generation headlight housings allow you to replace your 7″ Round Sealed Beam or 5×7″ Rectangular Sealed Beam headlights with new true projector dual-beam housings that can use a halogen or HID bulb!

Here's a Chevy Camaro with the new 2nd Generation Tru-Projector headlight housings installed!

Here’s a Chevy Camaro with the new 2nd Generation Tru-Projector headlight housings installed!

These headlights come in pairs with bulbs and relay harnesses for quick an easy installation, but you can upgrade from halogen to an HID conversion kit for even better light output. When we tested them it was incredible how much better the lights performed when using HID over halogen!

See for yourself in this video review and demo:

How to install HIDs in 2013 Dodge Ram with Projector Headlights

2013 1500 HID Kit Install

Factory Projector Headlights

The 2013 Dodge Ram is available from your local Dodge dealer with optional factory-installed projector headlights with infra-red/halogen light bulbs. Many people wonder why they didn’t come with factory HID lighting, and even more people are curious if it’s even possible to install an HID conversion kit on this truck! There’s no guess work involved anymore. The GTR Lighting GEN 3 or GEN 4 HID ballasts are plug and play on Dodge Ram trucks.

You can follow the process step by step to see exactly what parts to use and how the install is actually done! We found that using the 3rd Genereation CANBUS Pro ballast from GTR Lighting makes the install smooth! We did not need to use any extra parts like a relay harness, resistors, warning canceller module or capacitors – everything is plug and play!

2013 Dodge Ram HID Conversion Kit Install using GTR Lighting CANBUS Ballasts.

2013 Dodge Ram HID Conversion Kit Install using GTR Lighting CANBUS Ballasts.

 

Team Nicksquared, On the path to success with GTR Lighting

Team Nicksquared, sponsored by GTR Lighting

Team Nicksquared, sponsored by GTR Lighting

Team Nickquared (comprised of Nicholas Roberts and Nick Judkins) drive a brand new Subaru STi rally car sponsored by GTR Lighting. Rally America Car #202 is fresh to the rally racing scene but they have set themselves up for success by starting in one of the best places possible: New car, young adventurous drivers, all the gadgets and toys a professional race car team could need, and a sponsor to help them stand apart from other teams and help them see where they are going!

GTR Lighting is a manufacturer of high end LED and HID lighting products, and what better partnership to make than a lighting company and a rally racing team? These guys will be racing at night, and in less-than-favorable weather conditions. Here’s a list of goodies that have been outfitted on this Subaru race car from GTR Lighting:

GTR Lighting OEM Style Low Beam HID D2C 5,000K Bulbs
GTR Lighting 35w High Beam HID Conversion Kit 5,000K
GTR Lighting 55w Fog Lights HID Conversion Kit 3,000K
GTR Lighting Front TW6 Style Amber LED Turn Signal Bulbs
GTR Lighting Rear TW6 Style Amber LED Turn Signal Bulbs
GTR Lighting Ceramic-Based 1 watt 194 Style LED License Plate Bulbs
GTR Lighting TW6 Style White Reverse Light LED Bulbs
GTR Lighting Subaru Logo LED Door Projectors

The GTR Lighting Race Car

The GTR Lighting Race Car

If you want to see more about Team Nicksquared, and Rally America Car #202 check out their Facebook page here. Also, here’s a new video by Team Nicksquared made from footage of their first race at LSPR in Michigan where they took second place in their class:

GTR Lighting LED bulbs at SEMA 2012!

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

The 2012 SEMA show was an awesome event, just like every year and during last week’s event was the first time ever you could see the new 24-LED bulb replacements on display at such an event. Here are two vehicles showcasing the colored LED bulb replacements, first on the Kia Forte “Cyborg” concept build inside the Kia booth. Secondly in the Smart Wax booth installed on the new Scion XB.

GTR Lighting 24-LED Bulbs

These are the 24-LED bulbs from GTR Lighting used in these show cars.

The 2012 Kia Forte looks great with aftermarket LED bulbs in the front housing because there is no amber reflector to block the great looking bulb. I don’t recommend using a red bulb up front like KIA did, but it looks cool for the show!

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

You can see a little more about the booth Kia put up, the silver Cyborg car build is in the background here.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

The new Scion XB built and setup in the Speed Wax booth at the SEMA Show used a set of white LED bulbs in the front turn signal housings which is a cool effect because it adds a daytime running light or driving light effect where there previously wasn’t one. This particular show car had a strobe light module set up that looked really great, but just adding the LED bulbs in place looked fantastic as well! If you want to get the same type of bulbs for your Scion, click here for details!

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

Which Color LEDs should I use?

GTR Lighting Red, White, Blue and Amber lights

LED Bulb replacements come in many styles, shapes and colors – it’s important to get the right ones!

When looking at replacing your stock automotive halogen/incandescent light bulbs with a new LED product it’s important to know the differences as to how the new light bulb will act in the housing you are going to place it in.

How LED Bulbs work behind a lens

This infographic shows how LED bulbs produce light through a red lens.

For best results the LED color should be the same as the lens color or if bulb is behind a clear lens, use the appropriate color for turn and brake light functions. As an example: a red lens will filter out all but the red portion of the light so if the light is all red, none or very little light will be blocked by the lens. The light from a White LED contains very little light in the red portion of the visible spectrum so most of the light would be filtered out by a red lens.

Brightness of LED Car Bulbs

Standard LED bulbs are generally not as bright as standard incandescent bulbs, they have many advantages over filament bulbs (longer life, faster on/off times, lower power consumption, more vivid colors) but brightness is not one of them. They are generally not as bright but some of them with large numbers of LEDs, will appear brighter than filament bulbs. As an exception, GTR Lighting TW6 LED car bulbs are as bright or brighter than most standard filament car bulbs. The light is distributed differently so they can appear brighter in some applications and not as bright in others, it depends on the size and shape of the bulb housing and reflector.

Most LED bulbs emit light like a flashlight, all out the end. Regular filament bulbs emit light from the end and all sides, so they will be better suited for some lighting applications than LED bulbs.

Nicksquared Rally Race Team Sponsored by GTR Lighting

Nick Squared GTR Lighting

Team Nicksquared, Rally Race Car Drivers, have been sponsored by GTR Lighting!

Team Nicksquared, comprised of driver Nicholas Robertson and Nick Judkins, drives Rally America car #202; a 2012 Subaru Legacy STI race car. The vehicle was ordered by the team specifically to be turned into a race car, so now with less than 5,000 miles on the clock it is set to debut at the LSPR (Lake Superior Pro Rally) event in late October. With intentions of nothing but becoming the best in the industry, this team has really set themselves up to achieve those goals. They are starting with arguably the best car for the sport, the best safety equipment, driving skills that Pastrana would be jealous of and now, the best lighting in the world! GTR Lighting has chosen to sponsor the team by upgrading every original light bulb on the car with either an HID conversion kit or an LED replacement bulb, including:

GTR Lighting OEM Style Low Beam HID D2C 5,000K Bulbs
GTR Lighting 35w High Beam HID Conversion Kit 5,000K
GTR Lighting 55w Fog Lights HID Conversion Kit 3,000K
GTR Lighting Front TW6 Style Amber LED Turn Signal Bulbs
GTR Lighting Rear TW6 Style Amber LED Turn Signal Bulbs
GTR Lighting Ceramic-Based 1 watt 194 Style LED License Plate Bulbs
GTR Lighting TW6 Style White Reverse Light LED Bulbs
GTR Lighting Subaru Logo LED Door Projectors

Team Nicksquared sponsored by GTR Lighting

The GTR Lighting sponsored race car from Team Nicksquared, Rally America car #202.

GTR Lighting Sponsors the Team nicksquared

Team Nicksquared posing next to their new race car, ready to win!

Team Nicksquared rally car

Car #202 ripping through the dirt, on the way to victory in the Rally America circuit.

For more information on the team, visit Team Nicksquared on Facebook here. For more information on the sponsor, GTR Lighting, visit the GTR website here.

Difference between 9004 and 9007 Bulbs

Single Beam 9004/9007 HID Bulbs

In the HID world 9004 and 9007 bulbs are the same type. This picture shows the single beam style of these bulbs in HID.

It is truly incredible how many different headlight bulbs exist in the automotive 12v lighting world, why are there so many different styles to choose from? Is one style truly better than the other? Does an H4 headlight bulb produce a better light output than a 9007? Is a 5202 a better fog light bulb than a 9145? These questions come up all the time, and the answers to them are debatable but because of the insane selection of light bulbs available today’s selection of aftermarket LED and HID bulb options can be difficult to navigate.

In order to reduce the amount of products retailers need to carry on their shelves, aftermarket manufacturers have created “one size fits all” types of bulb replacement products. For example: The 9145, H10 and 9005 halogen/incandescent light bulbs all use the same style of base but each one is rated at different wattage levels and produce different amounts of light. In the LED and HID world, all of those bulbs are now replaced by a single bulb, most commonly called the 9005.
Similarly, the 9004 and 9007 halogen/incandescent light bulbs are nearly identical, but they have some stark differences. First is the pin configuration: The 9007 has the ground pin in the middle, and high/low positive pins on the outside. The 9004 has the ground pin on one side, and in the middle and other side are the positive pins for high beam and low beam. In this diagram you can see the differences between these two light bulbs:

9004 vs 9007 headlight bulbs

9004 and 9007 incandescent light bulbs are nearly identical but have distinct characteristic differences.

When you try to upgrade your headlights that take either a 9004 ORĀ  a 9007 with HID you will be presented with only one bulb option, that upon installation, must be configured to suit your needs: The HID version of the bulb will have the notches cut out to fit either a 9004 or 9007 bulb and you will be able to swap the pins around to fit either style of bulb:

9004 9007 gtr lighting xenon

The GTR Lighting 9004/9007 bi-xenon HID kit is the nicest product currently available in the aftermarket.

If you are looking for a good HID product to upgrade your 9004 or 9007 dual beam headlights to HID, we recommend the new metal-based bulb kit from GTR Lighting. It comes with a pair of stylish and high-tech “swing” bulbs along with a new waterproof relay harness. Normally when you receive this type of HID kit in the mail the 9004/9007 style blue plug on the relay harness will be configured for the more popular 9007 wiring. In order to make this kit work with a 9004 style headlight all that is required is to swap the pins around to be in the correct orientation.

Xentec HID Ballast Review – What does waterproof mean?

Xentec on ebay review

Xentec – providing “HID-Like” electronics since 2008.

I recently had the pleasure of getting my hands on a new Xentec HID kit for testing and review purposes and my expectations were met… however my expectations were that the Xentec product would be complete and total garbage.

Today you can find a complete single beam, 35w HID Kit for sale on eBay for a mere $29.50 shipped from California to anywhere in the United States. Let’s do the math… the cheapest ground shipping for a 2 pound package from CA to NY would cost roughly $5 by shipping through the United States Postal Service using the Parcel Post shipping method. So really, Xentec is selling the entire HID kit for $24.50, which means each ballast will cost about $8 and the bulbs will be roughly $8.50.

Halo Yellow Headlight Bulbs

Replacement halogen bulbs cost more than an entire Xentec HID kit.

Now, on the other hand, to purchase a set of decent blue halogen light bulbs will cost you around $40 at any reputable parts store, specialty shop or even Wal-Mart, and these are just off the shelf blue tinted halogen bulb replacements. How can Xentec sell an entire HID kit for less than a set of blue light bulbs? Is it magic? No – it’s just dang cheap. If you look at the cost of other HID products you will see a massive difference in pricing versus the Xentec HID kit. For example, you can buy a GTR Lighting single beam 35w HID conversion kit for around $200, and you can buy OEM Philips ballasts and bulbs together, pulled out of a newer Mercedes, for about $900 to make your own retrofit kit.

So, if good HID kits cost around $200 and OEM HID kits cost around $900, how can Xentec sell an HID kit for less than $30? The answer is simple: They build their components with the absolute worst parts, cut corners on quality and design. Waterproofing the ballast? “What does waterproof mean?” Check out this comparison of a GTR Lighting 35w ballast compared to the Xentec 35w ballast:

Xentec HID Ballast

Comparison between GTR Lighting 35w HID ballast and Xentec 35w ballast showing the difference in weight and waterproofing.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? I can’t believe how shoddy the Xentec product really is… and people actually buy this stuff! The circuit board is directly mounted to the aluminum backing plate, and there is no potting, or o-ring or anything to keep dust, water and/or insects out.

Not only does the Xentec ballast lack any type of shock resistance but it is also made of a very cheap feeling plastic for the housing, a little tiny screws that look like they could fall out at any moment. You can see by the comparison of the scale that the GTR Lighting ballast is built much more tough and weighs more than 3 times as much as its Xentec imposter.

After this review I am confident in making the statement that Xentec HID products should not be taken seriously, and they should be considered “imposters” in the HID lighting market. They are more prone to failure than any electronic product I’ve ever seen and I don’t think it is safe to use on any automobile where you will be mounting it to metal, have dust or water near the ballast.

If you want something that is going to work go with the GTR Lighting ballast. It is shock proof, water proof, dust proof and very heavy duty, you won’t be disappointed!