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Unread 12-01-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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Best Headlights

Im hoping there is an obvious answer and every one will say the same thing and not none of that "its a matter of opinion" crap.
Whats the absolute best headlights on the market for an 00 SE? I wanna be able to see as best as possible at night.

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Unread 12-01-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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Unread 12-01-2010, 11:05 PM   #3
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If all you want is to be able to see. They also only last like a 1/4th of a normal headlight. The only problem I could see is that people will probably flash thier lights at you because they are really bright. (I do not have them but they are the super bright ones)
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Unread 12-02-2010, 12:55 AM   #4
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I've never driven a vehicle that has HID's so I cannot comment in that regard, but I do have the Hella E-code housings on my Jeep with just standard Sylvania bulbs and they are friggin' amazing. They are the best headlights I've personally seen on any vehicle. Ever.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 05:11 AM   #5
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Be careful changing out your headlights and check your local laws. Some areas only allow certain color of lights to be used as "headlights" and some regions even loosely enforce a specific brand based on the original spec of your vehicle.
I didn't know it was an issue until I stumbled across an article recently, but google it and you'll see that it's becoming more of a problem, or more to the point, a source if income as cities are scrambling for money and will get it any way they can.
Just a thought.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 07:38 AM   #6
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I've never driven a vehicle that has HID's so I cannot comment in that regard, but I do have the Hella E-code housings on my Jeep with just standard Sylvania bulbs and they are friggin' amazing. They are the best headlights I've personally seen on any vehicle. Ever.
Hella E-codes are very good. I have hella H4's on my YJ with a relay wiring setup and stock bulbs and am very happy with the light output. I had a set of E-codes on my old Porsche 944 with relays and some very high wattage bulbs and they put out more light than the factory HID's on my current daily driver.

Whatever lights you run, invest in or fabricate a wiring harness with relays to put power to the lights. Voltage loss through the skimpy factory wiring harness has a significant effect on degrading light output. Use at least 12 gauge wire if you fabricate one, I did a test on a couple sets of Hella 500 lights once, wired one set with the stock 18ga. harness, and the other with 12ga. The lights powered with the 12ga. harness were significantly brighter.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 05:44 PM   #7
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Hella's are great in my experience.

HIDs are good in theory, but the aftermarket ones are not street legal because they do not focus properly. Lots of light, but little control. Factory HIDs are great but there is no sensible way to retrofit them into an older vehicle.

LEDs hold promise but are probably not ready for prime time yet.
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Unread 12-02-2010, 06:09 PM   #8
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The best possible light is going to come from a replacement housing, 6024 Bulbs are expensive and out dated. The replacement housing will allow you to run H4 bulbs. This is really up to preference and how much work you want for your self, you can run regular H4 bulbs if you want, upgrade your wiring so you can run brighter ones, or go all the way to HID. HID will probably be the best, but also costs quite a bit, and there is some work involved.
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ipf h4 housings and fat boy 2s
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Unread 12-03-2010, 10:27 AM   #10
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Im hoping there is an obvious answer and every one will say the same thing and not none of that "its a matter of opinion" crap.
And there's the problem, there is no "best" anything for a Jeep. it's all about what's best for you and how and where you use your Jeep. It really is a matter of opinion

Look at the responses so far, all different opinions...

I have IPF's, Fatboys and a wiring harness that cost a bundle of money and are no better in light output/pattern/visibility that my roommates Jeep of the same year model with Deltas and Silverstars for less than half the cost.

I've driven rigs with all LED's, phenomenal light output but in the desert/rockcrawling wheeling I do they were more of a hindrance than a plus. A simple flood light and good rock lights work best there. But on semi hi-speed runs across the desert I want more long-range light.

So do you want more light for highway driving, city driving, off-road in rocks, mud, snow. mountains, plains, a combo light?? There's a lot more questions to ask other than "the best" before you can make an informed decision about which light is best for you personally.

Other than that, listen to other's opinions and experiences and then go out and buy what you think will work best for you.

Some good tech info on lighting in general, may give you some ideas: Daniel Stern Lighting
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Always rewire (direct from the battery using relays) for high wattage bulbs. DO NOT use your existing wiring or headlight switch to carry the current. Also ground to the chassis, battery or engine block, do not ground through the harness.
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Unread 12-04-2010, 12:02 PM   #12
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Always rewire (direct from the battery using relays) for high wattage bulbs. DO NOT use your existing wiring or headlight switch to carry the current. Also ground to the chassis, battery or engine block, do not ground through the harness.
i did lol just forgot to mention that part imma few drinks in
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Hella is the best for the money spent in my experience.
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I just put on the KC 7" DOT Approved H4 lights on my jeep. Some people will argue that the European spec beam pattern is better, but these were a great improvement. I appreciated the fact that the beam pattern was extended below the normal range so despite the lift, my headlights now actually illuminate the road surface. Also, lexan is an incredibly durable material for a lens. It may scratch a little easier than glass, but there is no way an impact will crack or break it.
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This may help with lens choice. JP Magazine headlamp shootout...

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