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Hulk
04-13-2009, 11:24 PM
These are very cool. There is a chance we will get a set donated for the Cruise Moab raffle! :cool:

World’s First 7” Round LED Headlamp Shows Bright Possibilities for Commercial Applications (http://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/GenericView?pageName=/new/PressReleases_en_US/12vLEDHeadlamp.html&storeId=10001&langId=-1)

Here's a link to the catalog page (http://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=64057&langId=-1). I think you have to be logged in to see the actual price. The guy from the company says they are a $650 value. :eek:

12550

Corbet
04-14-2009, 07:13 AM
Those look cool. I hope I end up with the raffle set :D

jacdaw
04-14-2009, 07:36 AM
I created an account and still can't find a price list. Cool idea tho. Great way to keep the amps down. I wonder how the output and light pattern compare to my Cibie lamps?

nakman
04-14-2009, 08:49 AM
that's it I'm getting a 40 again.

DaveInDenver
04-14-2009, 08:52 AM
Something to think about is that LED headlights are not legal in all states. Some states require SAE approval (like California) and AFAIK not all headlights have that certification. But having SAE and/or US DOT approval is not necessarily important to everyone. I mean Hella and PIAA E-code lenses are not DOT approved and, well, you know... But Audi and Lexus are using LED headlamps in new cars, so they are showing up in the OEM market. I wonder about the pattern, LEDs are not great for distance and so the lenses are key.

Corbet
04-14-2009, 10:16 AM
I'd say its all about the reflector. I've got a led flash light that will throw a beam pretty far off one bulb. If I had 10 of them all pointed the same direction you'd have no problem driving by the light.

nuclearlemon
04-14-2009, 12:57 PM
Something to think about is that LED headlights are not legal in all states. Some states require SAE approval (like California) and AFAIK not all headlights have that certification. But having SAE and/or US DOT approval is not necessarily important to everyone. I mean Hella and PIAA E-code lenses are not DOT approved and, well, you know... But Audi and Lexus are using LED headlamps in new cars, so they are showing up in the OEM market. I wonder about the pattern, LEDs are not great for distance and so the lenses are key.

these lights meet or exceed all dot standards. the prototype one that i saw today obviously isn't marked sae approved, but trucklight is an oem truck manufacturer, and i'm sure will be approved when they actually come out on the market.

they are heavy duty...amazing how heavy they are. lexan front covers. vented backside. and i'm still seeing spots from when larry turned them on.
we're gonna try to get together this weekend to try it out on the pig. :thumb:

isotel
04-14-2009, 01:01 PM
Ige, I put some HID H4 Bulbs in my 4runner, the plan is to get them into my 40, Id love to compare the HID's to the LED's ..

My HID's are AMAZING, i can not imagine that anything would put out more light than them..

DaveInDenver
04-14-2009, 01:22 PM
Ige, I put some HID H4 Bulbs in my 4runner, the plan is to get them into my 40, Id love to compare the HID's to the LED's ..

My HID's are AMAZING, i can not imagine that anything would put out more light than them..
What kit did you use and what housings do you have? Where did you mount the bulb driver, that's pretty big, right? Or does the whole thing just mount to the back of the housing? I don't have a ton of room on the back side of the housings because of the battery on one side and the intake on the other, so I would have to remotely mount the bulb drivers.

I'm running Hella housings that take H4 bulbs and have wanted to see if the low beam aim really does work with HID conversions. I have to imagine the high beam aim would be useless with HID, though, since the aim is based on the filament location of the H4 bulb and HID bulbs don't have filaments (more of a blob of light at the focal point). Or do the kits include a way to make the bulb move in and out for high beam?

mtncrsr
04-14-2009, 01:39 PM
I'd say its all about the reflector. I've got a led flash light that will throw a beam pretty far off one bulb. If I had 10 of them all pointed the same direction you'd have no problem driving by the light.

My single LED flashlight will through a beam over 200 meters, provides 250 lumens and is blindingly bright. You almost need sunglasses:cool:

isotel
04-15-2009, 04:33 PM
What kit did you use and what housings do you have? Where did you mount the bulb driver, that's pretty big, right? Or does the whole thing just mount to the back of the housing? I don't have a ton of room on the back side of the housings because of the battery on one side and the intake on the other, so I would have to remotely mount the bulb drivers.

I'm running Hella housings that take H4 bulbs and have wanted to see if the low beam aim really does work with HID conversions. I have to imagine the high beam aim would be useless with HID, though, since the aim is based on the filament location of the H4 bulb and HID bulbs don't have filaments (more of a blob of light at the focal point). Or do the kits include a way to make the bulb move in and out for high beam?

As of now, my HID Kit is in my First Gen 4Runner, I used Hella H4 Conversion Bulbs, (Square ones for the runner), Im Very impressed with the Quality, and Light Pattern, The HID kit is From Colorado HID's, Hi/Low Kit (The Bulb Literally Moves in and Out). He is Local, and has ok prices, They offer a "Slim" Ballast Kit, and 55 or 35W kits.. But the Thick Ballasts are not that big, maybe 4"x3.5"x1.5" or so.. easy to mount on the Fender Apron.. Took me an hour to do a nice Install.. The only issue is i Lost my Blue light on the Dash that tells me my brights are on :confused:

my plan is to install them in the 40, so i need to order some Round Hella's for it.. Ive got other stuff to focus on Before moab, so i dont think i will have time! The Light Output on these are AMAZING.. You cant Relay Compare it.. Its like an old Dieing Flashlight, Vs The Sun.. (Almost ;) )

Total Cost will be about $250 Vs the $600 of the LED's..

http://coloradohids.com/cart/index.php?categoryID=2