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Old 08-12-2019, 06:10 PM   #1
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I have to replace a headlight sealed beam, figured now would be a good time to up grade. What's out there for replacements that actually work better than asealed beam. What are the best deal out there. I don't need $100 replacements.
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:23 PM   #2
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from what ive found cheap LED and cheap housings result in cheap performance.. I ran the cheap 3-rows-of-lights in my DEV bus and after 3 years.. (where a good part of one the bus wasnt driven).. they were getting foggy and did nothing but spew light..



my $100 total(for housings and bulbs) lights on my red bus and the newest ones on my DEV bus actually let me see at night without blinding other drivers..
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:58 PM   #3
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Old 08-12-2019, 10:17 PM   #4
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For the sake of everyone else on the road, PLEASE don't use those godawful unfocussed crappy plastic LED lights, or even worse the so-called "HID conversion kits", that just vomit photons all over the place and dazzle every oncoming driver. You need accurately-focused headlights that put all their light exactly and only where you need it, and none anywhere else. That pretty much means only buying good European E-Code lights such as those made by Hella, Cibie and Narwa. A pair of Hella conversion headlights is the best investment you can make for night driving safety, especially if you run them through relays. Daniel Stern can explain it better than me: https://www.danielsternlighting.com/

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Old 08-13-2019, 06:26 AM   #5
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For the sake of everyone else on the road, PLEASE don't use those godawful unfocussed crappy plastic LED lights, or even worse the so-called "HID conversion kits", that just vomit photons all over the place and dazzle every oncoming driver. You need accurately-focused headlights that put all their light exactly and only where you need it, and none anywhere else. That pretty much means only buying good European E-Code lights such as those made by Hella, Cibie and Narwa. A pair of Hella conversion headlights is the best investment you can make for night driving safety, especially if you run them through relays. Daniel Stern can explain it better than me: https://www.danielsternlighting.com/

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THIS!!!


my first set on the DEV bus was those crappy lights.. and they lit up everything except the road... my new lights are plastic but they arew focused and actually aimable with real cutoffs..

on the IH 3800 hoods we are somewhat limited by the depth of our buckets for some of the lights out there.. the nost common cheapest lights people buy are the ones with 3 rows of LED's.. 6 come on "low beam" and all 15 on "high beam". but there is no "beam" with those.. they are just 15 bulbs splattering light everywhere.. they are worthless.. I tossed them in the back of my bus on this trip im on in case my brand new lights failed due to heat etc. (never know with new LED's). but thats all they will ever be are spares.


if you have the room for real E-code Projectors those are probably the BEST option.. I had daniel sterns on my wrangler TJ.. or maybe they were JW speaker.. those were the best.. didnt find ones i could use on my 3800 though..
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:48 AM   #6
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Guess most of those responding failed to note his last line: " I don't need $100 replacements."
But the best light replacements are the high priced euro brands...
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Guess most of those responding failed to note his last line: " I don't need $100 replacements."
But the best light replacements are the high priced euro brands...

I think people noticed but warned that the cheap ones do nothing but blind other drivers and not light up the road....
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I think people noticed but warned that the cheap ones do nothing but blind other drivers and not light up the road....
So are my choices only stock or expensive? Nothing inbetween that works better than a sealed beam and doesn't cost $100. I'm heading to get another $10 sealed beam for now.
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If you use sealed-beam lights, at least run them through relays to assure they get full voltage, and make sure they are properly aimed to minimize scatter and glare. One easy way to know if your lights will dazzle other drivers is to crouch down in front of them and see exactly where their vertical cutoff is - it should always be lower than a typical car's driver head height.

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I have used these on my bus for the past two years- they worked very well.

https://www.amazon.com/Rectangle-Hea...gateway&sr=8-4

I did not blind any oncoming cars, trucks, or even people. They are not as bright as many of the cars that I saw coming toward me while traveling - but are much better than the halogen lamps that came with the bus. I could see much better at night.

Two sealed lights for less than $50. was a good deal.

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