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Unread 12-07-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Headlights

Anybody running KC? If so how what is your opinion?

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Unread 12-08-2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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I ran them for a few years, they were a great improvement over sealed beams...

I now have truck-lite led, but I'll see if I have any pics of the kc's

Edit: I can not find any pics, I think they're on my old phone


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Unread 12-08-2014, 12:54 PM   #3
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Ok I'm looking to improve from stock, so that's what I'll probably go with
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Unread 12-08-2014, 06:02 PM   #4
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Was at a shop open house a few weeks back and we compared headlights back to back after dark at a specific distance for comparison purposes. Truck lite, KC, Speaker, vision X were all there and the KC LED lights were very good in comparison, especially for the price. Going that route on my TJ when funds allow.

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Unread 12-08-2014, 06:31 PM   #5
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I run the KC's and found them to be a big improvement over stock. You will find that some people like E-codes better for the sharp cut off. I like the KC's fine and they are DOT compliant if that matters to you. I have had them on over a year now and they still look great. The lens is holding up well to the constant barrage of gravel and road debris we seem to get in the North West. If I was made of money I would be tempted to try LED headlights but the KC's fit the bill of a big improvement for just a little cash.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 09:01 PM   #6
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According to a lighting expert who works in the industry on Candlepowerforums.com, I quote:


"There is no such thing as a "DOT approved" or "SAE approved" headlamp. The letters "DOT" and/or "SAE" on a headlamp lens do not signify any kind of an approval."


The KC "headlamps" are nothing more than light shaped toys. I'd suggest getting some ECE type approved headlamps from a quality manufacturer like Cibie or Bosch. The Cibies are widely accepted as the best of the currently available H4 lens housings. The Bosch are supposed to be decent, and the Hella housings are a distant 3rd due to an optical issue that makes it impossible to optimize the aim for low or high beam. If you don't like incandescent lamps, then pony up for quality LED headlamps that meet FMVSS-108 such as Truck-Lite LEDs or JW Speaker.
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Unread 12-08-2014, 09:19 PM   #7
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KC makes h4 and led headlamps, not really clear which ones are being referred to .
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Unread 12-08-2014, 11:26 PM   #8
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Love my Truck lite led's. Makes a huge difference going down a winding mountain at night with nobody in front of you.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 01:21 AM   #9
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According to a lighting expert who works in the industry on Candlepowerforums.com, I quote:
"There is no such thing as a "DOT approved" or "SAE approved" headlamp. The letters "DOT" and/or "SAE" on a headlamp lens do not signify any kind of an approval."
There's a difference between "compliance and approval".

DOT doesn't approve anything, it sets an acceptable level of compliance...
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Unread 12-09-2014, 07:57 PM   #10
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There's a difference between "compliance and approval".

DOT doesn't approve anything, it sets an acceptable level of compliance...
Either way, the KC headlamps are cheap Chinese junk. Get some headlamps from a reputable manufacturer that knows how to design optically correct lamps.


Also, have a look on KC's website. They claim "DOT approved", not "DOT compliant" on the page for the halogen H4 lamps. It's up to the manufacturer to ensure compliance, however I doubt very seriously these junky lamps are compliant, and I also seriously doubt they meet FMVSS-108.


They also sell some glass lens Euro-beam lamps that look to be a cheap knock-off of the Cibie lamps. Most of these crappy knock-offs come from India and China and have zero optical engineering in them.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 10:45 PM   #11
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I'm running Hella 7" Round housings with Sylvania Silverstar H4s. I also have an ARB wiring harness so my lamps are running directly off the battery.

In the past I used IPF Fatboy II bulbs, but they burned out in less than a year. I ended up with some NAPA bulbs, which worked fine for about a year. Then I switched to these Sylvania. I love em.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 10:52 PM   #12
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Truck Lites > everything else

Unless you can afford hidprojector.com headlights. Those are the bees knees.
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Unread 12-09-2014, 11:47 PM   #13
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I have the KC's with the H4 and glass lens, much better than stock. I seem to notice it's more of a personal opinion on lights, they work great for me.
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Unread 12-10-2014, 12:01 AM   #14
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Truck Lites > everything else

Unless you can afford hidprojector.com headlights. Those are the bees knees.
Those lights are made in a guys house here in Tulsa, nothing you cant do yourself. A better choice would be to put together your own using retrofit source sealed 7 kit.
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Unread 12-10-2014, 12:09 AM   #15
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Those lights are made in a guys house here in Tulsa, nothing you cant do yourself. A better choice would be to put together your own using retrofit source sealed 7 kit.
Oh for sure. If you feel like doing it yourself, it starts at $245, which is a steal.
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