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Old 10-28-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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headlight upgrades?

anybody upgraded their headlight? mine are super super dim
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:09 PM   #2
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Re: headlight upgrades?

install realys easy, cheep,and well worth it. Check the FAQ there is a great write up on how to do it
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:29 PM   #3
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anybody upgraded their headlight? mine are super super dim
Check your ground connections. Even if you use the relays you still need solid clean grounds.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:00 AM   #4
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Re: headlight upgrades?

I always install the aftermarket replacements with the H4 bulbs, of coarse use a relay setup,too.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:34 AM   #5
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I did the relay for the headlights plus sealed headlights with halogen bulbs (8.00 each) but I went one step farther on every light on my truck. We soldered a ground wire to every light housing, then ran a individual ground wire back to a grounding block, which was in turn grounded to the frame. All of my lights be they halogen or just the stock old bulbs are now twice as bright as original.......Kieth
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:10 AM   #6
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Re: headlight upgrades?

I did not want to go through all the hassle of making up my own, so I bought what LMC is selling a premade kit for halogens. Since I wanted to upgrade the lighting system with a brighter light, this made perfect sense (at least to me).

LMC Cat # 36-3581 60-66 $29.95

You simply tie it into the leads from the fuse block and mount as normal.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:29 PM   #7
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Re: headlight upgrades?

i agree with ground upgrade , i also did a h4 conversion but then installed ddm hid kit and it makes a huge difference
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:36 PM   #8
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Re: headlight upgrades?

Here’s post you might find helpful:

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...ighlight=bulbs
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:16 PM   #9
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i agree with ground upgrade , i also did a h4 conversion but then installed ddm hid kit and it makes a huge difference
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We will upgrade to hellas this winter, we were in a hurry to get the truck on the road last year that we skipped the time it would have taken to do the hella lamps. Now I can shop around for the best deal.......might even go on to HID's Kieth

ps, everyone makes this wiring out to be too complicated. Just think of it this way....when one installs the relays which in turn power the headlight, all your tired old headlight switch has to power is the relay (.25 amps) when the relay is switched by the old headlight switch the relay provides all the power the headlights need directly from the battery instead of routing all the power through the old headlight switch......lots better and yes one should install fuses on the incoming power from the battery to the relay cause you do not want to burn your truck to the ground if something gets shorted out.....Kieth

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Old 10-30-2012, 08:59 PM   #10
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Buy this harness, install it and you will see china at night your lights will be so bright.

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Finally got around to the hella headlight upgrade with European code reflectors. WOW what a difference.................best $130.00 I ever spent, looks like landing lights on a 747.................now we can see.....Kieth
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:18 PM   #12
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just did relays yesterday, took al of 20 mins to do
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:55 PM   #13
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watch out for that one seller on here . theres been some trouble with him.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:27 PM   #14
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:46 PM   #15
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Finally got around to the hella headlight upgrade with European code reflectors. WOW what a difference.................best $130.00 I ever spent, looks like landing lights on a 747.................now we can see.....Kieth
Have to agree, I've been running Cibie's and Hella's on our drivers and there's no comparison. Even with an upgraded harness and halogen sealed beams (or cheap H4's) you're still not seeing as good as you could be. Quality H4's like Marchal, Cibie, Hella, or Bosch will make just as much difference as a relay harness will. And with good H4's that limit upward glare on low beams, you can upgrade the bulbs to 80/100 watt to further improve visibility and still not blind oncoming traffic. If you drive any at night, it's worth getting GOOD H4's!
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I only did the outside 2 lights on my gmc, they were out of the inner brights, will upgrade them when they get them in stock......Kieth
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I thought the head lights had a relay from the factory.
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I thought the head lights had a relay from the factory.
Maybe the newer trucks. Old trucks only switch between high/low via the floor switch. Even then the newer trucks have a lot of voltage drop, so the relays we add are used to reroute the headlight power straight from the battery with large gauge wires for no voltage drop at the bulb. The original wiring is only used to turn on either the high or low beam relay so it takes the load off the original wiring and switch.
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I only did the outside 2 lights on my gmc, they were out of the inner brights, will upgrade them when they get them in stock......Kieth
Kieth, sounds like a good upgrade. Would you please do a quick-check as to what you think I should order to get comparable lights to what you got? Mine's for a 1966 C10 with 2@7-inch sealed beams. I'm not sure, and value your advice--like which kit & which bulbs to order with my kit. I already have the relay-system that runs current straight to bulbs, by-passing the switch with the high amperage.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:59 PM   #21
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I saved what I found to be the simplest diagram to wire your own relays--no need to spend big bucks. I'll try to upload it.
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Old 03-18-2014, 06:35 AM   #22
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Check out (madelectrical) for electrical up grade
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You can buy relays new on eBay very inexpensively, or look under the hood of most any car made within the last 25 years at the junkyard. They are just Bosch configuration relays that are used on everything from dome light controls to fuel pumps. Even buying new, you're gonna have under 10 bucks invested in them.



I never would have dreamed that there was a market to make a nice harness and charge 90 bucks for it like was linked above. I guess there's a reason I have never struck it rich.
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kieth, sounds like a good upgrade. Would you please do a quick-check as to what you think i should order to get comparable lights to what you got? Mine's for a 1966 c10 with 2@7-inch sealed beams. I'm not sure, and value your advice--like which kit & which bulbs to order with my kit. I already have the relay-system that runs current straight to bulbs, by-passing the switch with the high amperage.
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call ray at 610-944-3233 you need h6024e kit this includes both e code buckets and zenon +50% bulbs......kieth
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call ray at 610-944-3233 you need h6024e kit this includes both e code buckets and zenon +50% bulbs......kieth
I would stay away from lights that are advertised as "xenon" or "+50" etc. Xenon gas is used in HID bulbs, not H4 bulbs so that's just marketing hype. The +50 markings is also marketing hype, you can't make a certain wattage bulb any brighter by coating it with blue or any other color tint, which it what those type bulbs usually have. For 7" H4's, Cibie or Hella E-code's are the best out there, and Hella 80/100W clear bulbs are great to use with a relay harness.
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