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Stock Xenon Headlight to Led Conversion (Worth it?)
« on: March 06, 2018, 01:21:46 PM »
So I continue with my project of turning all my bulbs to led. Earlier today I tried fiddling with the headlights.. I have changed my yellow high beam bulbs to white leds and it was easy and is now working properly.

Now I came across the xenon ballast control module and had second thoughts on continuing simply because I am unfamiliar on how to remove it properly at this point (I know I'll be doing my research soon). I already have some H7 leds with me which I bought as this is what google suggested.

So my questions are..

Is it worth it replacing the xenon headlights with leds?

Is it going to be an easy replacement?

Does anyone got a link to a guide for 1st gen?

And lastly is the H7 the correct type?

Thanks in advance. :)
« Last Edit: March 06, 2018, 07:42:43 PM by k_orbz »

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Re: Stock Xenon Headlight to Led Conversion (Worth it?)
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2018, 04:41:54 PM »
Check the forthcoming new rules for MOT's, I'm pretty sure I read that aftermarket LED's aren't allowed.
But, if it's any help - my previously owned 2015 Mazda 6 had LED's, and my current 2014 CX-5 has xenons.  The LED's were whiter/brighter, but the xenons shine further.

Edit - here's that article I read, although it doesn't clarify much about the lights...
https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/legal-motoring-advice/2018-02/new-mot-test-will-clamp-down-on-dirty-diesels/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2001%20March%202018%20Good%20Garages%20Special&utm_content=Newsletter%2001%20March%202018%20Good%20Garages%20Special+Version+A+CID_ce77f0dbd1149143ca6decf34de5a224&utm_source=campaign%20monitor&utm_term=Click%20here%20to%20read%20about%20the%20MoT%20changes%202018&utm_source=ToyotaOwnersClub&utm_medium=ForumLinks
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Re: Stock Xenon Headlight to Led Conversion (Worth it?)
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2018, 10:49:54 PM »
Check the forthcoming new rules for MOT's, I'm pretty sure I read that aftermarket LED's aren't allowed.
But, if it's any help - my previously owned 2015 Mazda 6 had LED's, and my current 2014 CX-5 has xenons.  The LED's were whiter/brighter, but the xenons shine further.

Edit - here's that article I read, although it doesn't clarify much about the lights...
https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/legal-motoring-advice/2018-02/new-mot-test-will-clamp-down-on-dirty-diesels/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter%2001%20March%202018%20Good%20Garages%20Special&utm_content=Newsletter%2001%20March%202018%20Good%20Garages%20Special+Version+A+CID_ce77f0dbd1149143ca6decf34de5a224&utm_source=campaign%20monitor&utm_term=Click%20here%20to%20read%20about%20the%20MoT%20changes%202018&utm_source=ToyotaOwnersClub&utm_medium=ForumLinks

Hi thanks for the link. The details about the light requirements aren't really clear on that article though.

Anyway I have skimmed through the draft for the MOT changes about headlights and as far as I have read through.. There is nothing in it that suggests auto-fail on aftermarket lights. The lights will be tested based on its beam position, light intensity and other expected stuff. There was even some few lines in there that stated.. blah blah blah must work (as long as it works basically). lol

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/671818/mot-inspection-manual-for-classes-3-4-5-and-7-from-20-may-2018-draft.pdf

Well tbh, I was really only after replacing the yellow high beam as I really think yellow lamps are quite old fashioned. Even the lights we have at home are cool white. :P
But since I already bought some LED replacements I really want to use em. :D
« Last Edit: March 06, 2018, 11:27:23 PM by k_orbz »

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Re: Stock Xenon Headlight to Led Conversion (Worth it?)
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2018, 12:45:05 PM »
Here's a government link which gives more info on aftermarket headlights (note it's dated 2010)...

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aftermarket-hid-headlamps/aftermarket-hid-headlamps

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Re: Stock Xenon Headlight to Led Conversion (Worth it?)
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2018, 12:45:05 PM »