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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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I need brighter headlights.

Driving at dark in the morning the 2017 EX lights are just not cutting it. I have read a few threads on swapping out the Halogens for LED or HID. So what works better with my headlight housings? I have had bad luck with LED before, never seem to cast enough light down the road. What kind of setup do I need for HID's? Also what about a 4 high-beam setup I have on my truck where low and high beam come on together, would that work with LED or HID?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 07:10 PM
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Honestly, I would never install HIDs in a housing that wasn't designed for them. The housing is designed to minimize the potential for glare in the eyes of an oncoming driver, and have a sharp cutoff of the upper edge of the beam. I know they make LED bulbs that can be used to replace a halogen light, but again I would hesitate unless the light itself has some sort of beam shaping. Not only can it be annoying and dangerous for an oncoming driver, but it quite possibly could be illegal as well.

My car has LED headlights, and they're quite impressive, although the LEDs in my Subaru would turn with the steering wheel. What would be involved to install them on a model that came with halogen, I can't say. But it probably wouldn't be cheap.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-05-2019, 12:06 PM
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HID conversion is usually not practical. You can fairly easily switch over to LEDs but there can be a number of issues (housing adaptors, heat, lifespan, CANBUS compatibility) and the results are not always better than the OEM halogens. Some like the color difference even if the total lumens are the same (warning: white light causes glare reducing actual benefit to real eyes). Lots of people have done this and Ioniq forums may be a better resource for you (identical hardware). Here is one such thread:

A YouTube search may also be helpful for general help even if not Niro/Ioniq specific.

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The PHEV comes with LEDs. Maybe it's time to trade up and bask in the glow of EV driving?

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