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Old 10-23-2017, 07:49 AM   #15
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Tried LED in both car and Freightliner.

Went back to sealed H4s..
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:56 AM   #16
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bumping a really old thread i know but hopefully to give info to other folks with the classic crappy 4x6 sealed beam lights found in the kodiaks and other rigs.

i had heard the kodiak rigs suffered from poor lighting but it wasn't until we bought ours and drove it at night that i finally understood what people were talking about. my word, its like there is only candles inside those housings or something. first upgrade was to change out the housings for the Hella H4 conversions. this was a noticeable improvement but still not great. after this i ended up with a set of H4 LED units from M4LED and cut off the factory headlight plugs and wired in H4 plugs to get rid of the adapter harness. i still need to do some adjustments to the lights but all i can say is WOW!! for a total of about $180, its a HUGE difference! I'm pretty sure that the only thing better now would be doing the Tahoe headlight housing conversion but I'm not interested in that due to the body work involved so it'll stay quad light setup.
I think I'm going to look in to this as well. Thanks. Are those led heated?
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I think I'm going to look in to this as well. Thanks. Are those led heated?
I'm pretty sure most any LED that has enough output to be used in a headlight application is going produce heat. these simply use finned heat sinks that thread onto the back of the bulb assembly. they come already installed in the optimal direction however they can be unscrewed, flipped around and screwed back on in reverse to gain more room. the H4 housings come with a rubber cover to keep water out, i modified it slightly for the back of the bulb to fit thru with the heat sink outside of the cover. there is a small tab on the housings that will need to be tweaked ever so slightly outward to clear the heat sink as well.
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if photobucket didn't hose everyone, i would've posted pics of before and after already. ill see if i can upload them instead (seems so 2005 for that )
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I'm pretty sure most any LED that has enough output to be used in a headlight application is going produce heat. these simply use finned heat sinks that thread onto the back of the bulb assembly. they come already installed in the optimal direction however they can be unscrewed, flipped around and screwed back on in reverse to gain more room. the H4 housings come with a rubber cover to keep water out, i modified it slightly for the back of the bulb to fit thru with the heat sink outside of the cover. there is a small tab on the housings that will need to be tweaked ever so slightly outward to clear the heat sink as well.
The problem I hear about the LED lights is that they don't produce enough hear to keep snow or ice off the headlight lens. That's why you see heated lens now. I camp year round and while i try to stay away from snow it does happen sometimes
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The problem I hear about the LED lights is that they don't produce enough hear to keep snow or ice off the headlight lens. That's why you see heated lens now. I camp year round and while i try to stay away from snow it does happen sometimes
ah, i see what you're referring to now. didn't even think about that, so cal thing, my apologies!
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lets see if i can situate this pics in the right order...

first one is stock sealed beam housings. due to when i installed the H4 conversion housings, it was staying light outside until when the storage lot locked the gate so i wasn't able to get night pics with the original headlights, the 'blob' of light on the side of my truck was about as good as i could get to show.

the second is the H4 housings, notice the nice defined cut-off pattern that is standard these days. this was using the supplied adapter harness between the stock plug and the H4 bulb.

the last 5 are the LEDs installed. here i have removed the stock plug and installed the H4 plug to get rid of resistance points. the high beam portion of the bulbs is amazing. i drove to a friend's house the night after i took these pics and couldn't believe how well they worked.
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lets see if i can situate this pics in the right order...

first one is stock sealed beam housings. due to when i installed the H4 conversion housings, it was staying light outside until when the storage lot locked the gate so i wasn't able to get night pics with the original headlights, the 'blob' of light on the side of my truck was about as good as i could get to show.

the second is the H4 housings, notice the nice defined cut-off pattern that is standard these days. this was using the supplied adapter harness between the stock plug and the H4 bulb.

the last 5 are the LEDs installed. here i have removed the stock plug and installed the H4 plug to get rid of resistance points. the high beam portion of the bulbs is amazing. i drove to a friend's house the night after i took these pics and couldn't believe how well they worked.
Those are the LED lights from m4led.com? Impressive. So is it a LED bulb or a sealed unit? I have housings for a h4 bulb to get away from the sealed bulb design but I wasn't impressed.
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Those are the LED lights from m4led.com? Impressive. So is it a LED bulb or a sealed unit? I have housings for a h4 bulb to get away from the sealed bulb design but I wasn't impressed.
yes, from m4led.com. they are the LED bulb kit for H4 applications. i have then installed in real deal glass Hella H4 housings
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