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Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? #5408100 04/19/20 06:54 PM
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2008 Tahoe here... There is a gazillion + 1 LED upgrades but what are some good ones that

* Won't get me flashed
* Are a significant improvement over stock lumens wise 12,000 lumens or such
* Won't burn out
* A a bonus, neutral, not blue tint

Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5408121 04/19/20 07:19 PM
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Won’t get a neutral tint, they’re all ~6000k with that blue tint to them. “Good” LED’s aren’t cheap, cheap LED’s are horrific. I ended up removing my diode dynamics SL1 LED’s and going back to halogen, and those are regarded as some of the best LED’s in the market.

I think those use an H11 low beam and 9005 high beam. You can to the H11 to H9 upgrade for ~$20, and do the 9005 to 9011 upgrade for ~$40-$50.

9005: 1,860lm, 9011: 2,500lm

H11: 1,350lm, H9: 2,100lm

https://www.hidplanet.com/forums/fo...ns/1409801-ryan-s-guide-to-halogen-bulbs


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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5408167 04/19/20 07:51 PM
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I'm happy with these:

https://www.amazon.com/HIKARI-Conversion-H8-H9-Adjustable/dp/B07GKPR452

Good beam pattern and substantially brighter than halogen.


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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5408227 04/19/20 08:52 PM
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Bulbfacts
Reflectors perform differently than projectors so you you need to choose the right bulb.


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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5408264 04/19/20 10:28 PM
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I have a 2007 Suburban LTZ and have these installed since last July no issues( flickering or burn out) at all

AWESOME deal $40 !!!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079KB7QX3



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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: GMguy84] #5408282 04/19/20 11:11 PM
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The LED conversion style bulbs that you stick into the original halogen headlight housing are generally not great to put it politely. The beam pattern is always messed up because the LED's are very directional compared to a halogen bulb which puts out light in 360 degree arc, so there's no way the LED conversion bulbs can replicate the original beam pattern. With that you'll get a messed up beam cutoff, and a beam that's very bright in some places and dim in others. The other problem is the cooling fins in the back of the bulbs stick out so in some cars it's impossible to get them to fit. They're cheap enough to try, just don't expect them to be an ideal solution.

Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5408303 04/19/20 11:59 PM
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If you are wanting to add LED bulbs to a reflector style housing then I have nothing nice to say about this idea. They cause horrible glare to oncoming drivers and most of the time it cannot be corrected via headlight aiming. Just don’t do it. LED conversion kits are getting more common by the day and it’s out of control. They are even health consequences for those that are blinded by them.


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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5408427 04/20/20 08:04 AM
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I have this idea, I think I will install just the high beam (9005) in the Tahoe and then see if I like it, will install the low mode also.

Since I use the high beam less frequently and when I encounter other vehicles, click to low anyway.

Any recommendations for the best 9005 LED? Same criteria - no blinding if possible, good tint, great lumens.

Does this package deal make sense?

https://www.amazon.com/SEALIGHT-Hea...+LED+9005&qid=1587387953&sr=8-12



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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5408545 04/20/20 10:06 AM
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For questions about automotive headlights, I find Daniel stern lighting.com to be a good resource.

I have never converted to LED headlights before, so I can’t speak from experience. I have ridden in and have had all kinds of poor headlights shone in my eyes with a poor lighting pattern from those LED bulbs installed in place of halogen bulbs.

I do think the upgraded halogen bulbs (H11 to H9) sounds like a neat option.

I find that my 2003 Dodge Ram headlights don’t seem to be very bright. I need to try and improve them.


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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5408662 04/20/20 12:42 PM
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Before messing with Bulbs ...make sure the lens is Crystal clear. Ive seen some of these old vehicles with Yellow, pitted, frosted appearance. Adding more light wont do a thing in this situation as the lens will refract/block it getting out.

Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: buddylpal] #5408705 04/20/20 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by buddylpal
If you are wanting to add LED bulbs to a reflector style housing then I have nothing nice to say about this idea. They cause horrible glare to oncoming drivers and most of the time it cannot be corrected via headlight aiming. Just don’t do it. LED conversion kits are getting more common by the day and it’s out of control. They are even health consequences for those that are blinded by them.

+2

I'm fully in support of tickets issued, vehicles towed and impounded when either LED retrofits or add-on LED modules are used on public roads, including white fog lights. If you can't see to drive with your stock vehicle headlights in good condition, that shouldn't become someone else's problem.

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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: Jake_J] #5408765 04/20/20 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Jake_J
The LED conversion style bulbs that you stick into the original halogen headlight housing are generally not great to put it politely. The beam pattern is always messed up because the LED's are very directional compared to a halogen bulb which puts out light in 360 degree arc, so there's no way the LED conversion bulbs can replicate the original beam pattern. With that you'll get a messed up beam cutoff, and a beam that's very bright in some places and dim in others. The other problem is the cooling fins in the back of the bulbs stick out so in some cars it's impossible to get them to fit. They're cheap enough to try, just don't expect them to be an ideal solution.

Five years ago I would agree. But today the makers have figured out how to position the LEDs in the same focal point as the halogen's filament.
That's more important than shining light in a 360 degree pattern.
The better LEDs have just as sharp a cutoff and even coverage as halogen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnD_sDWNjEw


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Five years ago I would agree. But today the makers have figured out how to position the LEDs in the same focal point as the halogen's filament.
That's more important than shining light in a 360 degree pattern.
The better LEDs have just as sharp a cutoff and even coverage as halogen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnD_sDWNjEw


Not to throw shade at the guy, but he is in the business of selling the things, so he's not going to say just keep your halogens.

Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: Jake_J] #5408917 04/20/20 06:29 PM
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Five years ago I would agree. But today the makers have figured out how to position the LEDs in the same focal point as the halogen's filament.
That's more important than shining light in a 360 degree pattern.
The better LEDs have just as sharp a cutoff and even coverage as halogen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnD_sDWNjEw


Not to throw shade at the guy, but he is in the business of selling the things, so he's not going to say just keep your halogens.


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There was a post on here recently where someone pointed out that lux meters read different temperatures of light differently (some more than others) and that the meter used by "Headlight Revolution" (the company in the linked youtube video) was particularly bad for exaggerating the lux readings for white LEDs and wasn't even available in the US so they appear to have basically special ordered a lux meter from overseas specifically to give higher readings for the products they sell.

At the very least that suggests a certain level of dishonesty.

They also neglect to mention anywhere in their videos that none of the LED bulbs they sell are road legal in Halogen housings.

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Re: Best LED headlights upgrade for Chevy Tahoe? [Re: pacem] #5409779 04/21/20 07:12 PM
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Check out morimoto 2stroke 2.0. I bought a set for my 2006 pontiac vibe. Quite pricey but 3 year warranty and spectacular results.

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