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Old 04-18-2021, 02:24 AM   #1
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LED Headlights - Help!

I just ordered GM factory replacement headlight and parking light assemblies for my 2002 Suburban - didn't want to mess with aftermarket units that might not fit. So now I need to figure out which LED lamp units will fit without too much hassle and won't melt my new plastic housings. So many choices out there. Any recommendations and feedback is much appreciated!
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Old 04-19-2021, 02:16 AM   #2
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Re: LED Headlights - Help!

9005 & 9006 from the many Amazon vendors. They’re all made in China and won’t melt housings. You’ll have the LED haters who say they are blinded but it is what it is.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:34 PM   #3
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Re: LED Headlights - Help!

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 04-19-2021, 03:51 PM   #4
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9005 & 9006 from the many Amazon vendors. They’re all made in China and won’t melt housings. You’ll have the LED haters who say they are blinded but it is what it is.
The problem is the same as HID lamps.
The headlamp reflector in your truck is engineered for the light output and pattern of Halogen bulbs. When you change to LED without changing the reflector you give up the edges of the light pattern for a more focused beam that cuts down your side visibility and does indeed cause problems for other drivers.

The polycarbonate lens and reflective coatings in these polymer lamp housings do not age gracefully. When you sand an polish them you repair the damage on the outside of the lamp lens but not the damage on the inside of the lens and the degraded reflector.
Unlike the old GLASS sealed beam lamps you don't get all new lamps when you change the bulbs.

If you change the old reflector and lens assemblies for quality new pieces and install quality bulbs you'll be pleasantly surprised by the increase in light output from the 15-23 year old factory lamps. I occasionally get flashed with my lights on low beam with halogen bulbs and properly adjusted new lamps.

If you insist on getting LED bulbs to bandaid your old worn out lamps at least get something in the 3,000 Kelvin range. Blue spectrum light causes issues for other drivers.
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Old 04-19-2021, 06:49 PM   #5
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Like I said, LED haters. I have LEDs in all my OBS trucks and this edging, light pattern, proper projectory jargon that gets tossed around is laughable. How many people do you know can get into a vehicle and say all these things about light specificity? Very few. Most people only know if the light is not aimed straight and not worried about beam edging, angle of pitch, Kelvin scale, etc.

It’s like speakers in the truck. Not many will say the frequency range is off or give some sort of acoustical analysis because they have a tuned ear.
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Old 04-19-2021, 08:24 PM   #6
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Like I said, LED haters. I have LEDs in all my OBS trucks and this edging, light pattern, proper projectory jargon that gets tossed around is laughable. How many people do you know can get into a vehicle and say all these things about light specificity? Very few. Most people only know if the light is not aimed straight and not worried about beam edging, angle of pitch, Kelvin scale, etc.

It’s like speakers in the truck. Not many will say the frequency range is off or give some sort of acoustical analysis because they have a tuned ear.
I don't hate LED lamps. I dislike just throwing together something that's brighter in the wrong spectrum to bandaid a failing worn out lamp.

LED bulbs work well in lamps that are designed for them. They are a poor compromise when installed in lamps designed for another light source. They cause issues for other drivers and still do not light up the road as well as a new lamp and bulb set.

If you've never had the pleasure of driving a vehicle with selective yellow forward lamps you should try it out. I've driven a Triumph Stag and an early 1970's Porsche 911 with OEM selective yellow headlamps. They're a heckuva lot easier on the eyes at night.
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Old 04-24-2021, 09:55 AM   #7
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Re: LED Headlights - Help!

if ur set on LED bulbs I would suggest these. I swapped out all my bulbs to LED and really like the look. I went with Auxbeam 9005 and 9006 for my 02 avalanche. I did use different brand for the blinkers since the Auxbeam wouldn't function right even with resistors (signal bulbs).
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I have every bulb in my 07 classic led. Love them. For the headlights I am running auxbeam f16 9005 hi and lows. I have Denali headlights. I am also running 9005 led in my fog lights. I always find with leds you need to aim them down more then the old bulbs. I dont get flashed or anything. It's the people that dont aim them that blind people.
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Old 04-26-2021, 03:37 AM   #9
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I have Auxbeam LEDs but on my car, and I'm very pleased with them.
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