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I just ordered the L-NF led’s for my 2014 LT off Amazon, says they’ll be here tomorrow night. I’ll update the thread after install.
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I just ordered the L-NF led’s for my 2014 LT off Amazon, says they’ll be here tomorrow night. I’ll update the thread after install.
How are these lights working so far? I’m trying to install mine but when I turn the bulb to lock it in place, the socket on the bulb becomes loose.
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Hello all, does anyone have instructions or a video link on how to remove the factory headlight assembly? Better yet how to change out the corner marker light bulbs? I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find the diy. I’m not paying the dealer50$ to change a light bulb.
Any help would be much appreciated.. thanks in advance.
It’s a 2014 new style impala 2lt
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May check owners manual and/or you-tube.
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Hey all, I have been reading the forum for some time and I wanted to post my frustration with my 2014 LT's headlights. They suck. I see others have complained as well I have taken the car to the dealer several times and I just get the "It meets specs" statement. A manager even drove the car home overnight and noted it is hard to turn onto dark roads but that's how Chevrolet designed them. I know HIDs are an option but I wanted to know about any LED light kits are plug and play that don't require modifying the dust cover. If I go the HID route, I am going to get them installed at a car accessory place.

I have attached some photos of my current drive home so those that do not know how it looks can see.

I really don't want to upgrade the lights but I can't stand driving the car in the dark because I just fume over how poor the lighting is. I wish Chevrolet would offer a fix for them. My 2003 Monte Carlo lights up the drive 10x better.
Don't bother with HIDs... They're old technology. It's stupid to have a light that needs to warm up to achieve full brightness. These LEDs are pricey, but they are rated for 30,000 hours which is probably longer than you'll ever drive the car. I have them in my 2015 2LT and the low beams light up the road very well out to about 150+feet, as well as peripherals for turns. The brights will light up the road almost a mile away it seems. The light and beam pattern is absolutely perfect as well. The install is completely plug and play and there's no radio disruption or error codes with them.


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May check owners manual and/or you-tube.
Ive checked both to no avail unfortunately. Thank you for your reply.
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RobHaz, did you need to purchase the conversion kit in addition to the LED bulbs
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About the best thing I can say about LED/HID tech, and all those blue-ish lights, is I'm happy that you're happy with your car, and it's great that you can see things now, but now you're screwing with my eyes and everybody else's. Part of me wants them banned, but First Amendment and all that, plus it wouldn't stop people wanting them for whatever reason. I've driven more than a half million miles, maybe three-quarter million, since I first started driving some 11-12 years ago. Probably 99% or more of this was with standard halogen headlights. And if somebody was coming, I didn't need them that bright anyways, plus of course I wasn't blinding anybody else, then when there wasn't anybody within visual range in front of me, I had this thing called "high beams". Helps a bit. The odd white halogen(as opposed to standard yellow) isn't so bad, but still kinda weird. Those blue things though....I wouldn't wish y'all to be in a car you hate, and I don't wanna be a whiner, just asking y'all to consider that those things might be giving other folks migraine headaches or something. It's like a spaceship coming sometimes.
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I have to agree. People with these crazy-bright headlights drives me insane. If you need *that* much light to see, maybe you shound't be driving at night to begin with!! :-) While it may help one person (you), it makes it harder on everyone else coming your way.

Just like above, I've been driving with halogen headlights for about 30 years now - and they work just fine. I don't give a damn if they are "yellow" or not - the light coming from a headlight is not a "vanity" item - it's something to help you see at night without blinding everyone else.

I sound like one of those grumpy old men, but it's so annoying to be driving along at night and all of the sudden the guy driving towards you has headlights so bright that you can't see a damn thing.

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...but it's so annoying to be driving along at night and all of the sudden the guy driving towards you has headlights so bright that you can't see a damn thing.

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I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to get out and do a Buford Pusser on some of those cars

That said, there are regulations in place, but enforcement is lacking. I suspect that part of the problem is that documenting a violation requires some sort of mobile test lab to determine brightness, distance, angle, etc - quite a bit more involved than aiming a radar gun - so law enforcement would be reduced to relying on their judgement which is much more open to challenge.

But, as I see more and more cases of dangerously bright lights, I anticipate a groundswell leading to people getting cited for them.

What gets me is that the lamp makers are complicit in this. They can hide behind the argument that they're not installing them, but they surely know what's going on in the aftermarket, that out-of-spec bulbs are being sold and installed inappropriately.

Looking at the prices - $73 for a pair of SilverStar zXe Gold headlight bulbs versus $17.50 for a pair of Sylvania 9006 Basic Headlight bulbs - I can see why they wouldn't be discouraging the improper use.

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I can kinda see what you mean about the light makers being complicit, but if you go down that road, are you any better than Sandy Hook and Parkland parents being so misguided as to sue Armalite or whoever made the specific AR-15 used in the tragedy, instead of whoever was directly responsible for making sure dum-dum didn't have access to a firearm? (Hint: I don't mean the government...I mean the parents and mental health "professionals".) Or just being quietly grateful that whoever did it can't do more harm? Then somebody might sue Remington, Winchester, Henry, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Springfield, the list goes on. The key isn't to keep something from being built in the first place, it's to educate the public on how to properly use it, as well as when and where and how it can be appropriately used. Then as the "cool factor" wears off, demand drops, then production follows it down. That for the headlights. For the other bit, maybe not as much hubbub over somebody being stupid, and maybe more rejoicing when they get stopped before they do any harm.



Sorry to the admins/moderators, I know I used a controversial analogy, but it was the best I can think of and I don't want this getting off topic either. Was using an analogy and showing a parallel, plain and simple.
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I can kinda see what you mean about the light makers being complicit, <snip>
If someone were going to pursue a case against the light makers, no doubt, they would be hard pressed to win it.

If an actual case came up, I would envision some fatal accident where the driver claimed to have been blinded (*1) by the on-coming lights. That's when the bulb makers would get pulled in.

Part of the problem is also using the wrong bulb types. Different bulbs, such as LEDs, require a different lamp housing with a different reflection setup, as I understand it. So that can cause improperly dispersed lighting. But I think the bulk of the over-brightness problem is extra bright aftermarket bulbs.

I'm sure the product managers at these companies are aware of what's going on. They know the annual volume supplied for new car use, the failure rate and hence replacement rate of bulbs needed in the aftermarket, and the actual number sold there. They know they're fueling a head light war


(*1)It took some will power not to bring up Manfred Mann there


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They require a housing called "projectors", as well as being aimed a little different I guess, and of course to never be installed in the first place because that very type/color of light screws with people's eyes anyway.



The manufacturers could put all the warnings on in the world. People would still buy them because that's the hottest thing for certain circles to do to their vehicles these days, to make it look "cool" or whatever. Like that depends on what kind of lights it has. Also this generation is so accustomed to their cars doing almost everything but getting itself onto the road for them, that they don't know how to keep watch properly on the road when there isn't as much light, hence the demand for headlights that turn night into day no matter who else loses their vision because of it. As far as I'm concerned it goes right in there with automatic headlights, DRL's, backup cameras, lane "assist", backup beepers, all that sort of thing.



Once I even came across a ~2014-2018 Grand Cherokee on I-40 near Kingman, AZ. Probably 8-10pm, was very dark out, and I was driving an ~80,000-pound(with freight) Volvo VNL with a 53-foot trailer. That Grand Cherokee had no headlights on, save those LED strips that come on no matter what when it moves, and are bright enough to light up the road ahead a bit. That plus the gauge cluster that's really just a TV/computer screen itself probably wasn't doing anything to alert those poor folks that they had absolutely NO TAILLIGHTS on. Probably either thought they already had lights on due to facts already mentioned, or expected such a new vehicle to have automatic lights already operational. Either way, they obviously didn't check the switch. Such is what happens even to older generations when the technology at hand encourages them to not pay attention to what bits of their vehicle or on or off, how they might be affecting other drivers, etc.



A manufacturer is not at fault for how a buyer uses their product. About the best they can do is put a warning label on it, which I'd bet they probably already do. Maybe have some sort of educational video or program available somewhere....how much you wanna bet they have a YouTube channel all about their product? Advertising at it's finest, and if nobody watches it that brings us back to individual choice, as well as a culture and even, yes, a government that is insisting on making so much of this crap mandatory. Maybe that's part of the reason why used vehicle prices are higher now. The smarter folks know to buy used when possible.
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High beams today

This popped up on Facebook today. Perfect timing

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Reminds me of when Ra got nuked in the original Stargate movie.
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