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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-26-2016, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Led headlight install - help needed

I'm attempting to replace my headlights bulbs with LED ones. its an 07' exige s.
bought https://www.amazon.com/HIKARI-LED-He.../dp/B01LCE19N4

turned wheels left. working on the left side first.
removed wheel liner.
remove bulb cover.
unclip clip.
bulb is out.
can't for the life of me clip the led bulb.

any tips clipping the metal clip on a (wider) led bulb? if i try to mount the clip to the housing it first (without the led bulb), I can't insert the led into the mounted clip.
when the clip is around the led, I can't set the clip into the housing.

I also can't seems to find the allen bolts that will allow me to take the housing out. help?
i went through every single thread. seems like i can locate the "mounting nuts" (from http://www.sandsmuseum.com/cars/elis...headlamps.html) , not the headlight cover allen nuts. did they change things in 07? what am i missing?

unrelated. was able to replace the w5w light in a jiffy.

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they changed the headlights to enclosed units later in production...(sand museum pictures is not valid for your car....assuming you have the newer car)

first off, did you test fit the bulbs? you may not be able to put the wheel liner back on due to wide base and issue with clearance.

take the clip off from the housing, mount it on bulb first, then engage the hooks one at a time. patience is the key. also it will help a lot if you take the wheel off and jack up the car for better access.

read my post - Headlight upgraded to LED DIY
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thanks. will try to remove the wheel. (obviously, currently missing the lotus-specific tool. will purchase tomorrow).
I did test for fit. looks good.
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Done. Much easier without the wheel. Wife had to assist with her smaller hands.
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Done. Much easier without the wheel. Wife had to assist with her smaller hands.


Did you replace the small light at the top the headlight housing? If so, what did you use? Thanks.


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I think all headlights look OK from that angle.

The real question is how much light they put down the road.

Especially given LED results reported that the range is too short.

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Were you able to get the covers back on and the wheel liner back on with LED's? I always assumed they would stick out too far.

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Were you able to get the covers back on and the wheel liner back on with LED's? I always assumed they would stick out too far.


Clearance was not an issue and I was able to get the covers back on.
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Did you replace the small light at the top the headlight housing? If so, what did you use? Thanks.


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I did. I believe it's a w5w bulb. It came with the Hikari h7 kit.


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I think all headlights look OK from that angle.



The real question is how much light they put down the road.



Especially given LED results reported that the range is too short.


Fair point. I haven't taken it out for a spin. I've heard of similar concerns. Will report back.


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I did. I believe it's a w5w bulb. It came with the Hikari h7 kit.


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Fair point. I haven't taken it out for a spin. I've heard of similar concerns. Will report back.


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Can't wait to hear your experience after using them at night. I just ordered mine for my 2009 Elise. Not sure when I will install them, but will report after I have tried them.


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Would these bulbs work in a 2006 Elise?
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Can't wait to hear your experience after using them at night. I just ordered mine for my 2009 Elise. Not sure when I will install them, but will report after I have tried them.


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Okay. Driven it for a few nights. Visibility is superior. Range is better than stock. Haven't tested it in a scientific way, but I would guess 15%-20% better range. I feel its also slightly wider beam pattern, but can't verify.

Car looks way modern. And given the brighter color, I see details of the road better at night.

Totally recommend this mod.



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Okay. Driven it for a few nights. Visibility is superior. Range is better than stock. Haven't tested it in a scientific way, but I would guess 15%-20% better range. I feel its also slightly wider beam pattern, but can't verify.

Car looks way modern. And given the brighter color, I see details of the road better at night.

Totally recommend this mod.



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Iiiiinteresting. Please post all the info you have one these bulbs. Do they make them for the main beam or the high beams as well?
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Iiiiinteresting. Please post all the info you have one these bulbs. Do they make them for the main beam or the high beams as well?

HIKARI LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit - H1,9600lm 6K Cool White CREE,2 Yr Warranty (Eye of Megatron,Upgraded Version) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LCE19NO..._2v.BybXSQTPF1

I believe it's the same bulb (h7) for both main and high in my model (2007).



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Would these bulbs work in a 2006 Elise?


They don't work in the early two piece head light design. You need the newer Phillips luxeon style with the flexible heat sink for them.

The luxeons are the latest generation (gen 4) LEDs. They are lighter as well.

Pics don't do this mod justice. Like the OP states, They really do make the car look way more modern.

I found the original halogen high beam with the driving lights still very good and didn't swap those.

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Kind of a hijack, but does anyone know a good reputable LED that comes with a reflector and is suitable for being the main headlight. I am thinking of gutting the whole light system and mounting two of them to an AL bracket but I don't know what to get. Stock headlights rub too much with big tires and low ride height and curbs.

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Okay. Driven it for a few nights. Visibility is superior. Range is better than stock. Haven't tested it in a scientific way, but I would guess 15%-20% better range. I feel its also slightly wider beam pattern, but can't verify.

Car looks way modern. And given the brighter color, I see details of the road better at night.

Totally recommend this mod.



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Awesome, thanks so much for your feedback! I just received mine in the mail and will hopefully get around to installing them within the next month. If I do, I will also leave feedback.


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