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post #1 of 16 Old 12-29-2019, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight bulb replacement?

Wanting to upgrade my low/high beams & fog lights to LEDs or something bright in general. Night driving has been difficult for me lately, brights don’t seem bright enough.
Need suggestions on the best setup!

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-29-2019, 06:10 PM
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Wanting to upgrade my low/high beams & fog lights to LEDs or something bright in general. Night driving has been difficult for me lately, brights donít seem bright enough.
Need suggestions on the best setup!

* 05 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Donít waste money putting led bulb in your stock halogen reflector housing. The halogen reflector housing is design for the led bulb. You will get light scatters all over the place blinding oncoming traffic and putting fatigue in your eyes. Is your stock housing cloudy? It helps getting the light housing polished and get rid of the cloudiness.

The most economical way is to put a bright halogen bulb such as osram night breaker series or mount proper driving lights on your bumper.

A pricier option is to get your stock headlamp retrofitted with xenon light set up. Cost ~1000 to get it professionally retrofitted depending on parts.

Another option is to pick up a stock xenon headlamp from a 2008+, Iím not sure if it will be a direct fit, you make need to hack the bumper cover to make it fit.
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Have you considered cleaning and polishing the factory head light assembly?
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Wanting to upgrade my low/high beams & fog lights to LEDs or something bright in general. Night driving has been difficult for me lately, brights don’t seem bright enough.
Need suggestions on the best setup!

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The factory reflectors are pretty decent with clean, polished housings. Search for 9011 and 9012 bulbs for replacements. The tabs require a little shaving to fit in the stock 9005 / 9006 locations but you’ll get a few hundred more lumens from them. You can do the same for the fog lights too if you want

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The standard is a 55W bulb.

RA sells 60W 80W and 100W for off road applications.

I was thinking of trying a 60W or 80W.

Is this a bad idea? I'm a bit electrically challenged..

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The standard is a 55W bulb.

RA sells 60W 80W and 100W for off road applications.

I was thinking of trying a 60W or 80W.

Is this a bad idea? I'm a bit electrically challenged..
You would probably be better off doing the 9011/9012 mod .
https://store.candlepower.com/mohirbuba.html
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I have run LED's in my low beams. If you get a quality kit you can tune the output so that light is only going where the factory light went, speaking from first hand experience. I also replaced a quality kit with a crappy kit when some mud in one of the fans killed the more expensive kit. I couldn't get them to shoot a clean pattern to save my life and ended up retrofitting projectors earlier this month instead of dropping more money on leds.

The reality is, lights now-a-days are BRIGHT. I CARE what other people think about me and don't like being the A-Hole, thus the reason for spending the money I did on the projectors. At the same time, I have been flashed more with my well aimed projectors than I did with my crappy led's because if I am cresting a hill, there is nothing I can do to keep the light out of oncoming traffic. This goes back to my first statement on this paragraph. Joe schmoe goes and spends 90k on a new truck and blinds everyone on the road with his LED headlights and corner markers from the factory... he still blinds the crap out of everyone when he is cresting a hill, and these bright freaking corner marker/turn signal/drl things they have are bright as crap and send light everywhere.

If you are being respectful with your lighting, there is nothing wrong with a quality set of led headlight bulbs.

Having said all of that, I imagine you have some tired bulbs. Light output does diminish over time, and you would probably see an improvement just replacing the bulbs with basic replacement bulbs. Doing the 9011/9012 mod would probably give you all the light you are looking for.

One other note while the conversation about A-Holes is ongoing, Running brighter and specifically whiter-bluer bulbs in your fog lights and running them all the time does make you an A-Hole. Fog lights are there for function, many times the whiter color people get with brighter bulbs are going to hinder their ability to do their job, they are also going to scatter light EVERYWHERE. So putting something bright in them is for sure going to blind everyone. I prefer a yellow bulb myself because the yellow reflects back less off of snow heavy rain and fog, making them actually do their job better while also being easier on the eyes of oncoming traffic.

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I did a little research and found these, “Cougar Motor”. good reviews, I even talked w the company itself and they say they are designed based on factory halogen headlights and are plug n play.. Some vehicles have issues w lights flickering or error codes.. They say if I have that problem, then to contact them w order # & they will send the LED headlight decoders for free.
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Also what’s a good way to clean/polish up the headlights?
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-01-2020, 08:31 AM
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I have been considering buying some Phillips X-tremeVision for my 9005 & 9006.

I really don't want blue headlights and I think these have good reviews.

I'm also thinking Optilux Hella Xeon XY Xenon Yellow bulbs for the fog lights.

I'd like to keep from modding any wiring.
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The standard is a 55W bulb.

RA sells 60W 80W and 100W for off road applications.

I was thinking of trying a 60W or 80W.

Is this a bad idea? I'm a bit electrically challenged..
You would probably be better off doing the 9011/9012 mod .
http://store.candlepower.com/mohirbuba.html
100% recommend the 9011/9012 mod. Did it on my 07 and had a drastic improvement. Low beams really throw far and brights are crazy good. Be careful if you do the fogs. You won't want to use them if there is on coming traffic.
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-01-2020, 11:41 AM
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I like sylvania silver star ultra bulbs. I have them in my wk and a couple other vehicles.
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I like sylvania silver star ultra bulbs. I have them in my wk and a couple other vehicles.
I use the Silver Star Ultra's as well. First when I had my Liberty and now with my WK. When I first started using them I had a few failures, but I think their production has now matured. I put them in my WK in 2012 when I replaced the Liberty and have been on the same set since. I may try the 9011/9012 mod sometime, but for now my SS Ultra's do everything I want them to do.
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Also whatís a good way to clean/polish up the headlights?
This should work.

3M Headlight Restoration System, Sand, Refine, and Polish to Restore Cloudy and Dull Headlights, Drill Application, 1 Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AIZ5HY..._rHqdEb865XQ20


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I did a little research and found these, ďCougar MotorĒ. good reviews, I even talked w the company itself and they say they are designed based on factory halogen headlights and are plug n play.. Some vehicles have issues w lights flickering or error codes.. They say if I have that problem, then to contact them w order # & they will send the LED headlight decoders for free.

You have to understand how light optic works. Wk with reflector headlamp housing is not design for led bulb. Led bulb on the amazon link has a very bright concentrate light pattern. You want the bulb to have a 360 deg light pattern like the stock halogen bulb or else you will have hot spots in place you donít want and light scatters all over the place. Look into the 9011/9012 bulb mod.
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Three years ago I upgraded the WK to the Sylvania SilverStar Ultras. It was a quick easy swap. They've been going strong ever since. For the better lighting, money, and ease of installation I can't complain.

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