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    Someone was asking about LED headlights a while back.
    I had answered with information I had at the time, which was overly favorable. I've done some watching and talking to people to keep things on the forefront...so to speak.

    Seems the 7" round, LED 7" headlights are forging ahead fairly quickly.
    I found this -
    http://www.gelighting.com/LightingWe...ghts/overview/http://<br /> and -<br /> http://g...lectionFilter=

    Might well be worth a look.

    Mike

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    Ebay.
    1, 7" round headlight.
    $140.00
    South Lompoc Studebaker

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    • #3
      Been around awhile in the HD truck industry..
      Philips, Trucklite, Grote, and a few others have had them....
      Still kind of pricey, IMOHO...


      http://www.truck-lite.com/webapp/wcs...roductId=92025

      http://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/LED01...p-7-inch-round

      http://www.drivetrainamerica.com/p-2...pRAaAn4r8P8HAQ
      HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

      Jeff


      Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



      Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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      • #4
        I plan on using all LED lights on my '53. They should be cheap enough by the time I'm ready.

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        • #5
          Ebay http://www.ebay.com/bhp/7-round-led-headlamp Not any worse than Silverstar bulbs for a modern car

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          • #6
            Boy, does this post get me! My last job in Wisconsin before we moved to Florida was with J.W. Speaker. We made lights for just about everything, and LED's were the coming thing. I was the lead on the LED lights for Harley Davidson. Made thousands of them, and boy are they nice, really superior to most other lighting. I have a few "seconds" that will be adapted to fit my Hawks, should be cool looking. Before I left, I tried desperately to get them involved in units for classic cars, but they really resisted. I still think they really missed the boat. I sure do like the LED's though. Bill

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            • #7
              Philips LED01X1 7 Inch Round, Regular $499.99 on Sale for $249.99 EACH! Better hurry, only 3 Left (more on the way)

              I wonder how many 6014's THAT would buy!
              Get out there and BLIND the rest of the drivers before they do you!

              http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

              Lets see, the average Life of a 6012 has been about 20 Years, these last 20 times longer, that's 400 Years, I don't think anyone is likely to take them up on a Warrantee!
              Last edited by StudeRich; 11-26-2014, 05:43 PM.
              StudeRich
              Second Generation Stude Driver,
              Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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              • #8
                "Ebay http://www.ebay.com/bhp/7-round-led-headlamp Not any worse than Silverstar bulbs for a modern car"

                Those aren't LED headlights, the only LED feature they have is the "angel eyes" surrounding the lens

                They take HID elements, which work ok, but at this price MAY be of questionable longevity
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                JohnP, driving & reviving
                60 Lark & 58 Scotsman 4dr

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                • #9
                  As noted, there are LED's and there are LED's.
                  Just like there HID's that are usable, then there are HID's that aren't worth the time or money..! Which was my original comments way back. The early truck and motorcycle LED's aren't worth the time or money. Ask Harley how many were replaced under warranty...
                  Brightness and longevity were/are low in earlier versions. Just because the box says LED..doesn't mean they'll last for ever. Just like LED flash lights..! Some work well, some do not, Some go thru batteries like a man would water in the summer in Death Valley, some control the power well. Some shine bright for long distances, some just shine...!

                  I've seen it, your money, buyer beware..!

                  Mike

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                  • #10
                    Much too expensive. And all the bragging about "color temperature closer to that of daylight" ignores the fact that it has been proven that the blue end of the spectrum scatters worse in snow, fog, or rain. So what do these lamps have that halogen lamps don't? More of their light output at the blue end of the range, proportionally speaking. Yellow-ish lamps are better under adverse conditions. For a fraction of the cost of these things, you could buy some really, really good euro-style halogen bulb lamps. And get higher-wattage bulbs to put in them.


                    And what happens to an LED headlamp if one LED burns out? Do you throw away a $200 unit, or do you try to make it last until the next one burns out? With halogen bulbs, you don't have that dilemma. When a bulb burns out, you get zero light, and you have to replace it. But it is a modest expense.
                    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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                    • #11
                      One of the plants we make jigs and fixtures for makes automotive LED lighting. The owner is a top notch optical engineer. They are working on 7 inch lamps. I an pestering them to use my Transtar as a test vehicle. They make an excellent product. When they hit the market I'll keep you all posted.

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                      • #12
                        Speaker is constantly improving their units, everything I worked on has probably been superseded by now (2 years). Mike, you're correct about Harley warrantying lots of them. I remember having about 800 units returned that the electronics were not correct in. We scrapped all of them. All in all, I still think they are the future of lighting. The cost of them will come down as they become more common. Gord, you have it right, when an led burns out, if it's out of warranty, the expectation is that it will be replaced. Another $550 for a Harley owner, ouch!

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                        • #13
                          The automobile industry today (and back when our Studebakers were made) has a set of lighting standards they need to pass when they engineer their automobiles. Some of (not all) of the aftermarket lights will not pass these standards. This is the reason some of the cars you meet are so aggravating. These lights are not street legal and to my knowledge are never checked. But you can still buy them. Now, I'm sure the driver thinks he can see better but what they don't realize they are blinding the oncoming traffic. This could be dangerous to both parties involved. The question I have is, who knows if I buy LED headlights will they pass the standards set for a motor vehicle on the road.
                          Last edited by RDWEAVER; 11-30-2014, 01:26 PM.

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                          • #14
                            LED headlights might not seem too expensive when you consider these 7" round lights http://ventura.craigslist.org/pts/4770294474.html Not sure of the justification for the price, but the guy has had them listed at least a year now. Their condition isn't even very good.
                            '64 Lark Type, powered by '85 Corvette L-98 (carburetor), 700R4, - CASO to the Max.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by wittsend View Post
                              LED headlights might not seem too expensive when you consider these 7" round lights http://ventura.craigslist.org/pts/4770294474.html Not sure of the justification for the price, but the guy has had them listed at least a year now. Their condition isn't even very good.
                              I have had sets of those European standard Marchal halogen headlights in my 70 Camaro and 64 Daytona for more than 30 years. They were not legal in the US at the time, but are now. They do require the installation of a separate relay and wiring, but provide much better lighting than the standard sealed beams. Their downside took a while to become apparent -- because they are not truly airtight like a sealed beam, the reflectors get cloudy from corrosion over time and the lamps lose some of their brightness. They obviously were not designed to remain in use for 30-40 years.
                              Skip Lackie

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