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    Default Replacing Halogen Globes with LED Equivalents

    Hello Brains Trust.

    My 3008 has halogen headlights with HB3 globes. I'd like to replace them with LED globes.

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    My question is, is this a straight swap or is it going to be more problematic than that? Are there any potential issues with the swap?
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    My experience is Leds are a much bigger light source.

    This screws up the focus and reflector operation.
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    They are best in non-focused lights. You'll also need a module in line to fool the computer or you will get errors logged.

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    There are regulatory issues with fitting LED bulbs to headlights which have been certified to meet Design Rule requirements. Here is RACQ take on headlight upgrades. I havn't asked the question about what can be done with pre-ADR headlights.

    https://www.racq.com.au/cars-and-dri...ely/headlights

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    Don't do it, the ones I tried looked nice and bright from the outside but were poor on low beam and non existent on high.

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    Most of the issues have been raised already. In addition, most modern cars will measure current draw to detect failures.
    If you install LED they will probably draw too little current and cause a fault, unless you also use an inline resistor which defeats one of the purposes for using them, which is the reduced power consumption.

    Headlight reflectors are very carefully designed for the specific bulb type. Led replacements don't usually match quite right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAHAM WALLIS View Post
    Don't do it, the ones I tried looked nice and bright from the outside but were poor on low beam and non existent on high.
    Thanks all for your input. I've decided to save my money and the heartache.
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    Don't dismiss LEDs
    If you want LED with max light you need to get the best
    https://www.autobarn.com.au/el26655

    Just $180 a pair for 2000 lumens and work properly, and draw 25 W
    Truckies use this brand

    Std bulbs are about $25 pair and draw 60 W have relatively poor light

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    Also not ADR compliant, so not legal on road.

    I reallywant some LEDs in my cars, butuntil they are actually legal, I'm holding off.
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    Don't dismiss LEDs
    If you want LED with max light you need to get the best
    https://www.autobarn.com.au/el26655

    Just $180 a pair for 2000 lumens and work properly, and draw 25 W
    Truckies use this brand

    Std bulbs are about $25 pair and draw 60 W have relatively poor light
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    Some of those lights on trucks are very intense light and are hard on the eyes when they are approaching.

    From my experience of using a LED light bar is that LED lights have a very narrow spread of light.
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    So to sum up - buy a new car with LEDs already fitted as standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrepug View Post
    So to sum up - buy a new car with LEDs already fitted as standard.
    If LED headlights are your deciding feature, yes.
    If you want to improve your high beam, then get a lightbar. I found a spot for mine behind the grill, so it's pretty discreet (on my wagon, not 206)
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