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Old 08-19-2015, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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LED Headlights from Xenon Depot - has anyone here tried these?

LED Headlights from Xenon Depot - has anyone here tried these?

9006 LED Headlight Kit | 9006 LED Upgrade

$119.xx for the set, minus a 15% off coupon.

I'm looking for any comments on beam pattern (glare for other drivers?), ease of installation, early failures or any other issues.


I'm interested because:
Amps draw for these is only 20-40% of what the stock halogens draw. This will be a big help for me as my headlights run directly off deep cycle batteries, the alternator is intentionally disabled. I need to run headlights a lot in winter and even with two deep cycle batteries they don't stay bright as long as I wish they would. Barely OK for my daily commute (total 100 miles) but not OK for road trips.

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Old 08-19-2015, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting heatsink.
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I've no experience or opinion, but I did take a look. I see:

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Finally, an LED bulb that offers a functional beam pattern, and awesome light output to boot!
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Other companies may carry similar 9006 LED bulbs with CREE chips, but XenonDepot has chosen to use a Philips Luxeon MZ chip for the cleanest, and sharpest beam -- take a look below to see the difference!
They don't show the beam, just the raw output of the bulb which exhibits chromatic aberration. I suspect it comes down to the reflector. I believe HID projectors use a physical moving shutter to effect low beams.
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I wonder how they would work in a projector. I want to go alternator-less too but I have hids with projectors
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I don't know that I'd want to buy electronics from a company that uses a "heat-sync" :-)
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I don't know that I'd want to buy electronics from a company that uses a "heat-sync" :-)
Maybe they use circuitry that balances the BTUs put out between the left and right.
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Those won't be bright enough. You would need the 22 Watt LED's with the cooling fan instead of the heatsink. But then the cooling fan doesn't fit within the closing cap of many headlight housings. The area of the light source is also much greater than a halogen or HID so the beam pattern probably lacks focus.
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I always want more light on all my vehicles. Not less.
That is a 300 watt LED light bar.


I am thinking about getting something like this for my suburban. Maybe not this particular one, but something like it.
Just something bright enough to generate multiple reports of close encounters of the second kind.



If its not bright enough just add a second one.
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Those won't be bright enough. You would need the 22 Watt LED's with the cooling fan instead of the heatsink. But then the cooling fan doesn't fit within the closing cap of many headlight housings. The area of the light source is also much greater than a halogen or HID so the beam pattern probably lacks focus.
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Scott,
Thanks. I agree the beam pattern can't be right, as the two LED chips per "bulb" are each larger than the longitudinal (aka axial) filament in the 9006 standard bulb. But I think I can live with it as long as the pattern is better than the do-it-yourself cheapie HID conversions that glare in my eyes every day.

As for brightness - did you note there are two chips per bulb? One on each side of the stick. They claim 2500 lumens/bulb, vs 1000 per halogen bulb. Do you think they're stretching the truth a whole lot? I know that's been done in the past.
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The LED's with the heatsink are usually rated at around 12 Watts. The small fan cooled emitters are 24 Watts on high and claim 2500 Lumins. The big fan cooled bulbs are 33 Watts and claim 3500 lumens. Tha same as the excellent DDM Tuning 35 Watt HID which will light up the road like day and have a perfect pattern in my Yamaha R3 with zero splash.
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