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Old 03-06-2017, 06:27 PM   #1
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Headlight Upgrades?

Hey everyone,

I'd like to upgrade the headlights on my bus. It's a 1999 AmTran and the headlights are horrible for driving at night. Ideally I'd like to upgrade the headlights themselves to LEDs. My lights are either 4x6 or 5x7 units (I haven't measured them yet). It appears there are some LED headlight units out there in those rectangular shapes and I was wondering if anyone had tried them?

I've also considered mounting a LED light bar on the front but that would be my second choice.

Just wondering what the rest of you have done to upgrade your headlights if anything.
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Old 03-06-2017, 07:11 PM   #2
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My bus used H6054 headlights, and they sucked. I made it a priority to upgrade them before I started this trip. I bought some LED replacements from Amazon and holy crap these things are bright! They have a tail instead of pins right on the back so installation might be a bit fiddly.

These are the ones I bought: http://amzn.to/2mcYzPv

I swapped one out and took a comparison photo. Yes, the litle yellow strips is the halogen headlight. The difference is pretty absurd.

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Old 03-06-2017, 07:19 PM   #3
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Here is another pic from in front. I don't think I need to point out which side is the new bulb and which is the old one!



The way these LED bulbs work is they have 6 LEDs on for low beam, and 15 for high beam.
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Old 03-06-2017, 07:28 PM   #4
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Wow that's a huge difference! My bus actually has four headlights on the front of it. I'm assuming two are on for low and all 4 are on for high but I've never actually looked. Thanks for the link, I'll definitely check those out!
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Old 03-06-2017, 07:42 PM   #5
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That's awesome! I just bought a pair for my International also - should arrive tomorrow or Wednesday. Now I'm really excited. Do yours have the Daytime running lamps also (on all the time, but a lower intensity)? If so, how does that look?

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Old 03-06-2017, 07:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link. Just ordered a set. My lights are terrible.

OP, if you use a light bar you could get a ticket. They are designed for off road use only.
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My bus just has the two lights. You could probably make a set of these work for daytime running lights pretty easily, I think at low beam they are only using 18 watts each.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:03 PM   #8
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That's another reason I want to switch over to LED headlights, very low power consumption. Trying to slowly switch all my lights over to LED and lighten the load on the alternator and engine. What type of headlight do your buses use? Same as brokedown, H6054? Any of you have the 4 headlights like my bus does? It may just be a flat face buses that do. Most conventional buses have two lights, right?
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That's another reason I want to switch over to LED headlights, very low power consumption. Trying to slowly switch all my lights over to LED and lighten the load on the alternator and engine. What type of headlight do your buses use? Same as brokedown, H6054? Any of you have the 4 headlights like my bus does? It may just be a flat face buses that do. Most conventional buses have two lights, right?
Depends on the year and builder. My '03 Amtran RE has two headlights.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:20 PM   #10
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I shouldn't try to speak to this, but I will. I don't have a bus yet, but I do have a 98 chev suburban. It has 4 lights. .2 for dim and 2 for bright. Don't know if this will help you. I know this because I changed my lights from stock lighting to aftermarket stuff.
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