LED Headlight Bulbs too bright or OK?

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LED Headlight Bulbs too bright or OK?

Postby ptrain » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:10 pm

Hi all I've just got a set of LED bulbs for my old Nissan Pulsar to see what they're like more than anything else.
They are much brighter than the old halogens. There's isn't much difference between when they are on low or high beam.
Has anyone tried them? What are your opinions?

Personally I think they are too bright. I'm going to get the missus to drive it against me later to see what it's like for other drivers.
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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs too bright or OK?

Postby Dell'Orto » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:34 pm

Depends what sort, some are awful and have a shit beam pattern, and some are decent.
I don't think they're any worse than HIDs though!
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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs too bright or OK?

Postby ptrain » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:39 pm

For reference, these are the ones I've ordered seem to be the best selling ones
hlxg 2PCS 4300K H7 H4 LED H1 H11 HB3 HB4 Car Headlight Bulbs 8000LM Super Bright Conversion Kit Plug
http://s.aliexpress.com/36FnM7nM?fromSns=Copy to Clipboard
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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs too bright or OK?

Postby jondee86 » Sat May 12, 2018 5:38 pm

A quick cruise thru the regs seems to indicate that LED headlights have to comply
with the same rules as incandescent headlights. That is, lighting performance, dip
to the left, cutoff, colour etc. Failing to meet these standards can result in your
not receiving your next WOF.

There is also mention that a reputable NZ base supplier should be expected to have
checked to see that the bulbs supplied meet the requirements of the NZ regs. You
would need to be a supreme optimist to believe that an Aliexpress suppler will have
gone to the trouble of checking.

And interesting to dicover that HID conversions that bolt into an existing lens and
reflector setup are illegal in NZ. But you can use a "sealed beam" type conversion
where the bulb and lens/reflector are designed to work together. So I would hazard
a guess that the same philosopy can be applied to LED bulbs.

Cheap LED setups will often generate a crapload of glare without offering anything
startling in the way of improved visibility down the road. So get the missus to check
what they are like when the road is wet... that's when glare is at its worst for
oncoming traffic.

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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs too bright or OK?

Postby Bling » Sun May 13, 2018 1:32 am

To quote someone from another forum, in regards to WOF / VIRM changes coming soon.

AllTorque wrote:New rules come in June 1st. Can’t have LED or HID in a headlamp that wasn’t designed for it.

If you replace the whole headlight with one designed for LED (like a 7 inch round job) it’s OK, as long as the beam pattern is all good.


So unless you have replaced the whole headlight units with ones design for LED bulbs, it's not going to pass a WOF. The points you cover in regards to brightness and light pattern will be exactly why they are cracking down on such "bulbs". Narva do bright bulbs that run on the same wattage and are legit. Can get them at Supercheap etc
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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs too bright or OK?

Postby Vertigo » Mon May 14, 2018 8:15 am

All I will say is that having someone with bright dip lights on when Im in a car thats hugging the ground, extremely irritating.
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Re: LED Headlight Bulbs too bright or OK?

Postby GDII » Mon May 14, 2018 9:24 am

Vertigo wrote:All I will say is that having someone with bright dip lights on when Im in a car thats hugging the ground, extremely irritating.

Haha same here. Big/normal these days SUVs, people movers and the like shine their lights right through your rear window and blind you.
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