Installation Time: Afternoon
April 25, 2016
Happy with the result so far
So I purchased these not for how they look, but because I really wanted to up the light output at night, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't like how they look.
My goal was to use Optima Fluxbeam LED's for the highs, lows, and stock fogs and to rewire the stock fogs so that they would come on with the high beams. I rewired the fogs because I'm sick of everybody always assuming they're high beams and flashing me, so now they are highbeams, plus, one of my big motivators for this whle project was that the stock high beams were terrible, so having 4 high beams seemed like a great idea.
Going forth I installed the new headlights and had no issues whatsoever with fitment. I believe I've read reviews (though it may have been for the Spyders) that said the construction was cheap and flimsy, but I did not get that impression at all. While they are plastic, so were the stocks, and they do not seem any more flimsy than the stocks do.
I rewired everything and added a set of LED fog lights down by the license plate to replace the stock fogs, wiring them and the halos / DRL's up to the fog circuit, and I am very happy with how that came out.
I was very concerned with the single cover aspect of these lights and struggled with the decision to either modify the cover or not use it at all, since that with the cover installed, there would be no way to replace a bulb without dropping the bumper and taking everything out, something I am not keen to do again. I decided to not put the cover in at all since the bulbs were waterproof. I was concerned about this since many people have complained about moisture forming inside, but so far it's been about a month and I've driven in heavy rain and I have not had the problem.
Now, after I had this in with my LED's the high beams are fantastic, very bright and white and really lights up the world, however with the low beams, I was very disappointed. Even though I was using the exact same kind of bulb (with a different mount) as the highs, the low beams seemed bluer and darker and while I was told that there is no cutoff with these headlights, there appeared to be a very bad "U" shaped cutoff where there was more light being thrown at the oncoming traffic than down the road. If it was any better than stock, it was barely better, possibly worse.
I decided to try a 35 watt 5K HID bulb, and was very glad I had decided not to install the covers as I was able to replace them in about 5 mins. The 35W HID bulbs worked FANTASTICALLY - it was night and day. I really don't understand why there was such a dramatic difference, but I'll just chaulk it up to the shape of the LED bulb not liking the shape of this particular projector lens.
Overall I am very happy with the end result.
I would now rate the high beams I throw out to be far superior to stock, and the HID's better than stock, though since the whole point was to get a lot more light without blinding other drivers, I really would like to try a 55W HID bulb, but am afraid that the heat might cause damage to the headlights.
If anybody has put 55W's in and had no problems for an extended period of time, I'd love to hear from you!
I don't see a way to post pics with this review, but I'll try to post them under the product, look for the LED high beams :)