DIY LED Headlight Modification Tips

October 31, 2012

Since the LED headlight became standard equipment on most upscale vehicles, the market is now flooded with various OEM parts that will change your existing halogen bulb to the cool, techno look of LED's. Enthusiasts refer to these as Audi headlights as the German car manufacturer was the first to use LED lights on their mainstream model cars. The E39 BMW 5 series made popular the Angel eye headlights that instantly became popular with tuners and enthusiasts alike. LED headlights provide more light and are brighter than conventional tungsten filament bulbs and consume less electricity in the process. They are also more durable, with a service life that is 10 times longer than most bulbs.

Installing LED headlights in your car will give it a new look that is well attuned to the future. Most websites that offer LED lighting will give you the option to choose from a wide variety of designs that is fit for a specific model car. Installation procedures are easy and could be done by a knowledgeable individual with the use of simple hand tools, but when in doubt, a professional automotive electrician should undertake the proceeding. When deciding to purchase and eventually install LED headlights on your car, the following tips are recommended to make the most of your purchase:

  • Remember to buy OEM spec LED headlights especially if you plan to install them yourself. This will make sure no complicated rewiring procedures will take place, as OEM models will allow you to simply plug and play the LED headlight with your existing wiring.
  • Price is most often an indication of quality, but this should not be the sole consideration for buying the headlight. The more expensive models are usually manufactured by top brands and come with the highest quality LED lights that ensure consistent light output and durability. A warranty is also preferred with each purchase. Choose wisely before buying.
  • Upon delivery of the LED headlight, carefully unwrap the package and thoroughly check for any visible physical damage on the housing, lens cover and the bulb itself. Contact the manufacturer or the courier company immediately for any discrepancies you may discover in your purchase.
  • Upon installation, remember to work in a well lit and ventilated area. Carefully remove the screws on your existing headlight and put them back in the same order as screws may vary in length and thickness according to the model of the car.
  • After removing the old headlight assembly and other related socket connections, check to see if the wire sockets go exactly where they should be on the new LED headlight assembly. An OEM part will have no problem regarding this matter.
  • Check for proper fit before attaching the screws on the LED headlight assembly. Install the sockets and turn on the headlights and park lights to check for proper working condition. Contact the manufacturer/seller if any of the bulbs are damaged.

Most LED headlight kits are HID (high intensity discharge) ready and could accommodate Xenon bulbs for a more intense light. If your car does not have HID lighting as standard, these kits are sold separately and are preferably installed by an expert technician. Remember to level your beam to the specified height to avoid dazzling other drivers coming from the other direction.