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    LED vs HID who made the switch

    I have, DEPOs right now converted to HID with Mini Morimoto Lenses. I like them but in my quest to get back to as much as I can OE, I am thinking of doing Hella's with LED bulbs.

    Who has made the switch from HID to LED and how are they liking the results? My lighting is fine right now, I don't need it brighter (although it wouldn't hurt) I just don't want it worse.

    Euro Delivery Thread///E30 Project Klaus

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    I did. I used my Hella E-Code housings with 6000k LED bulbs. I had to trim the rubber seal/boot a bit to get it to work. I never had HID. It's a gigantic improvement! I also went with amber fog light bulbs, but now they are not helpful since the headlights are now so efficient.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J0f...ew?usp=sharing

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hrg...ew?usp=sharing

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      #3
      Originally posted by txleadfoot View Post
      I did. I used my Hella E-Code housings with 6000k LED bulbs. I had to trim the rubber seal/boot a bit to get it to work. I never had HID. It's a gigantic improvement! I also went with amber fog light bulbs, but now they are not helpful since the headlights are now so efficient.

      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1J0f...ew?usp=sharing

      https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hrg...ew?usp=sharing
      Thanks for sharing your car looks clean!!
      Euro Delivery Thread///E30 Project Klaus

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        #4
        Really nice looking car txleadfoot!

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          #5
          Clean white convertible...



          Actually interested to see your set-up with the LEDs.
          I have non-smiley euro lights and looking to upgrade.
          E30 320i vert
          But daily drive is Volvo V60 Polestar

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            #6
            I'd love more info on this too. I've been considering a set of H4 LED's for my hella buckets. More pics of output, comparison, maybe a link to the bulbs and how you had to trim the boot on the back :) Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
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              #7
              I've got a set of euro simleys in my car now. Am thinking of going to either HID or LED so would love more info too.

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                #8
                I believe a 55W HID kit will outperform an LED bulb in every possible way. I do not recommend LED's, HID's are proven, cheap, work well and will last a long time. My 55W HID system in both my E30 and E46, from DDM tuning, have been working perfect for over 10 years now. There is usually no car on the road that can out match my light output aside from brand new lexus and some other luxury vehicles.
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                  #9
                  Well out of curiosity I picked up a set of LEDs for my Hella H4 E-code buckets. I'm happy with them and I personally find it to be an upgrade over the 2 year old halogen bulbs I had in there before. I also made sure my lights were aimed properly via Daniel Stern's write-up, so as not to blind others on the road. I'm amazed at how well these buckets preserved that projector- like cutoff. Sent from my moto g(6) using Tapatalk
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Gregs///M View Post
                    I believe a 55W HID kit will outperform an LED bulb in every possible way. I do not recommend LED's, HID's are proven, cheap, work well and will last a long time. My 55W HID system in both my E30 and E46, from DDM tuning, have been working perfect for over 10 years now. There is usually no car on the road that can out match my light output aside from brand new lexus and some other luxury vehicles.
                    I totally agree. I have HIDs in my smilies on my vert and can't be any happier. I think LEDs close up are more intense, but the throw on HIDs project out way farther than LEDs. You can't compare.

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                      #11
                      LED 's in halogen housing have the same issues as hid's in halogen housings. They are brighter but do not focus the light properly and will blind in coming drivers. If you want LED the best bet is a full light replacement for the sealed beam housings. I have a 7" jwspeaker light on my motorcycle, they are dot legal if you need to pass inspection & make a 5.75 light. There are cheaper option but that is what I have experience with. I also have the morimoto projectors in the depot housings, I do not think you will improve on this setup with LED bulbs.

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                        #12
                        this is my history of head lights on my car:
                        1. sealed beam OE
                        2. sealed beam H1/H4 conversion
                        3. depos with halogen
                        4. depos with H4 led
                        5. depos with mini morimotos + squared

                        each iteration got progressively brighter along with more prominent and cleaner cutoffs. I personally felt that the h4 led was better than the halogens. by far, the morimoto setup is the best and brightest, there is nothing that is brighter or cleaner but that all comes with a price tag.
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                          #13
                          Another vote for Depos with Morimoto LEDs
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                            #14
                            I do LED in high beams on some cars to get instant brightness vs the HID lag.

                            Still believe hid is brighter than led
                            Zach@Zakspeed.us

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                              #15
                              I will do some before an afters I went with the LEDs because now that I have real euro hella's instead of the Depos I didnt want to hack up the housings and put in the morimoto projectors. Going to sell that as a set. Even if its not brighter than the HID I will be a ton brighter than the old sealed beam H4s.
                              Euro Delivery Thread///E30 Project Klaus

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