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post #1 of 4 Old Sep 10th, 2019, 2:34 pm Thread Starter
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LED headlights

has anyone used led headlights in their LT?
I have been using HID headlights in my 03 but have not been happy with them. the high beam is flickering but not lighting, the second one in 3 months. I had a spare and switched the ballast and light at that time. It was good until last night
I have been thinking about LED but am not sure if they will be too hot in the headlight housing.
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post #2 of 4 Old Sep 10th, 2019, 3:41 pm
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Re: LED headlights

I think the 03 headlight is the same as the 01 and didn't change until 05 with the face lift and the high beam moved to a separate fixture under the main housing. Keep me honest people. The low beam is an H7 and you want to stay away from any with a fan so I am posting one from Amazon that is similar to what I am using. In my case, I was able to fit the ballast inside and put the rear cover on to maintain water proofing. Your results may vary with a different bulb but I suspect you already have a hole in the back cover if you are using HID already. The high beam is not very easy to convert as the bulb is deeply recessed and nothing will directly fit without significant mods. It is possible though with the right bulb and some determination and creativity. Be careful installing the H7. It will require some odd angles to get the spring clips under the square cable block and then to clip them without snapping off the plastic hooks but that can be done if careful.


https://www.amazon.com/SoCal-LED-H7-...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

The above bulb is 3200 lumens, about the same as a good HID bulb. With the Lumen wars, it is hard to find proper bulbs that are not just obnoxious to all oncommers with 9000 lumens. You can get away with 3200 and mine is plenty bright at 2500 They come in pairs so you have a spare if it ever should die. the 6K kelvin is bright white just before leaning to bluish. It is what I would use to replace mine as I gave my spare away to another LT rider.
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Re: LED headlights

My light is the high beam the low is still working after a few years. Did you fan out the cooling belts inside the housing?
I saw some lights without cooling belts, but these were h-7.
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My light is the high beam the low is still working after a few years. Did you fan out the cooling belts inside the housing?
I saw some lights without cooling belts, but these were h-7.
Yes I did fan out the belts and H7 for the low beam is what you need if you don't have the secondary high beam light below the main light. I think the low beam is still an H7 with the split HB and LB aw I was just looking on Max BMW fiche. H3 is the high beam with the single wire lead off it and will be difficult to fit something there in LED with the depth of the hole and the required holding and fitting pieced. Most won't even go through the hole in the reflector. I have a pile of failures for the HB. I take it you are looking to switch to LED for your High beam?

I am not a fan of the HID as a high beam as they often take longer to brighten up than I want when I need to see better NOW! There are some H7 that are LED with no cooling fan or heat sink and I wouldn't trust them. Most of the actual reviews say they are not very bright even though they claim a certain lumen output. These things do make some heat to be that bright so IMO, stick with better bulbs made for headlights and not fog or running lights that have heat sinks. They will be truer to the lumen advertised and longer lasting.

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