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Tired of your crappy Sealed Beam Headlights? Solution here...

Hey guys, my other ride is a Jeep Cherokee and this is a fairly common mod for them. I was so fed up with the crap headlight output from my e-350 from the sealed beams. Even with the high's on I could barely see. This is was the best thing I did for driving at night in my Cherokee, It stands the same for the Van. All in all its a 30 min, completely reversible install. Nothing permanent. You wont want to go back though...

2 things you need to do, Install a Putco H4 Harness, this runs a direct, relayed wire to the headlight from the batt. Super easy to install. Took all of about 30 min, and lets you run a higher wattage bulb
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Then, Install some hella E code housings for H4 lights. They have fantastic cut off. Ive been running 80/100W Hella Bulbs & E code housings in my Cherokee for over a year now with no issues, no one flashing their highs at me.
Link here...H6054 Hella 200mm Rectangular E-code Hi-Lo Conversion Headlamp Kit. | Rally Lights
(you can choose your bulbs at the bottom, again I highly recommend the 80/100w with these housings and wire harness)
It may be a bit spendy just for a light set up, but I would do it again in a heart beat. Makes driving at night so much easier.
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Thanks for posting.

Does "cut off" refer to the upper horizontal limit of your spread?

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Those photos are crisp.


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Thanks for posting.

Does "cut off" refer to the upper horizontal limit of your spread?

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If you have a chance, could you add your vehicle details in the Signature? It makes it easier to see your model year and such.

Those photos are crisp.
done and done, That photo was taken down hill, so its a little hard to see the cut off. Basically its the top of the beam pattern. The cut off is important because it keeps you from blinding oncoming traffic like much of the drop in HID kits do. Its generally lower on the drivers left and higher on the drivers right, keeping light out of oncoming traffic's eyes.

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done and done, That photo was taken down hill, so its a little hard to see the cut off. Basically its the top of the beam pattern. The cut off is important because it keeps you from blinding oncoming traffic like much of the drop in HID kits do. Its generally lower on the drivers left and higher on the drivers right, keeping light out of oncoming traffic's eyes.
Thanks for the Signature.

And for the description, I thought that is what you meant.

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While you haven't been flashed for the lights and while you can see a whole lot better than before... it's not a legal solution.
Don't get me wrong, I don't always abide by the law... but for those who live in places where there is vehicle inspections, the chance of failing is there.
This is one of the reasons why I chooae trucklite 5X7 LED headlights. A dot legal solution that puts out an amazing amount of light while hardly drawing any power.

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While you haven't been flashed for the lights and while you can see a whole lot better than before... it's not a legal solution.
Don't get me wrong, I don't always abide by the law... but for those who live in places where there is vehicle inspections, the chance of failing is there.
This is one of the reasons why I chooae trucklite 5X7 LED headlights. A dot legal solution that puts out an amazing amount of light while hardly drawing any power.
Which part makes it illegal? The 80/100W bulb?

I do like everything I have seen about the LED conversion except that they produce no heat and this allows for snow build-up on the lens.


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E code housings and the wattage.
As for melting snow, they now offer a heating element built in.

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I got these off eBay for my (older) truck because I prefer their look, and they have a DOT number molded in:

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But for a newer truck, I'd look for the factory optional projectors that should fit right in.


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I got these off eBay for my (older) truck because I prefer their look, and they have a DOT number molded in:

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But for a newer truck, I'd look for the factory optional projectors that should fit right in.
Man, that thing looks like it fell off the Star Fleet USS Enterprise.

Talk about hi-tech.

As for headlights, I really like my stock 9007 Housings. I wouldn't want to give them up for LED.


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I haven't found affordable LEDs that replace headlights, but I wasn't talking about LEDs. Those projector housings come with halogen bulbs, but they also work with HID conversions. I ran some for a while, but they turned out to be cheap junk, so I'm back to halogens. H7 low & H1 hi:



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Which part makes it illegal? The 80/100W bulb?

I do like everything I have seen about the LED conversion except that they produce no heat and this allows for snow build-up on the lens.
Get ready, the Alaska House and Senate are looking at laws like some state side on Auto lighting.... we too here could have the state inspection and find that some of what we have done is WRONG....
Truck lite 5x7 is a really good choice.
Has worked for coming up on 2 years now... they are great save for the no heat when wet snow piles up on the lights... and has to be cleared off by hand.

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E code housings and the wattage.
As for melting snow, they now offer a heating element built in.
and where is this heating element?

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Check their site, Truck-Lite - Catalog Product : 7'' Round Heated LED Headlamp, Complex Reflector Optics Design

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Get ready, the Alaska House and Senate are looking at laws like some state side on Auto lighting.... we too here could have the state inspection and find that some of what we have done is WRONG....
Truck lite 5x7 is a really good choice.
Has worked for coming up on 2 years now... they are great save for the no heat when wet snow piles up on the lights... and has to be cleared off by hand.
Not too worry Dano, enforcement is still a few years out IF it gets passed. I hope it does get passed actually since there are some real boneheads who don't care a lick about anyone they are blinding.
I remember an article about it:

Blinded by the headlight: Glare danger could spur legal crackdown | Alaska Dispatch News


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While it might has a few good points ,, over all it is a very bad idea. It only lets more government control of every day choices.
If any thing it should be more of a city deal, as from what I have been able to tell it is more of the Anchorage fools thinking that they live some place other than the city and the lights are a sign of the lack of some thing else.
Look at me I have the lights........... and do not know how to use them.

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