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RobHaz, did you need to purchase the conversion kit in addition to the LED bulbs
My car didn't come equipped with HIDs, so I bought the 9012 model. No conversion kit was needed. It was 100% plug and play.
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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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Quit crying and get some nighttime sunglasses. As you can see from my picture, I increased my brightness substantially while simultaneously maintaining the cutoff line for the light beam. The beam pattern cuts off below an oncoming drivers sight line, so no blinding occurs. I've even sat in my girlfriends car while facing mine and honestly there's no glare whatsoever. They actually look dim, until you squat down low enough to get in the path of the beam, then I see spots for a few minutes. I have no problem with others trying to increase their light output.
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The newer LEDs are made to more accurately put out light in a pattern the same as a halogen bulb would. They can be used in projectors or reflector headlights.

I never had issues with halogen lights in cars I've owned all my life either until we bought this Impala with halogen projectors. The light output just sucks and led me to try something different.
I never wanted to try LED headlight bulbs and thought the same as the other grumps about them until I actually read about them and tried them. Now I have no experience with using them in reflector headlights but I use the Morimoto 9012 2 stroke 2.0 LED bulbs in our Impalas halogen projectors. They work well and do not bright light people because I took the time to check the cutoff height and adjust if neccessary. I would bet you that most of the issues lie in the person not making sure their headlights are adjusted properly. Also the older LED bulbs scattered light more than the newer type.


HID are another thing and I have no experience with them but having them in older reflector headlights really seems like a bad idea.


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Quit crying and get some nighttime sunglasses. As you can see from my picture, I increased my brightness substantially while simultaneously maintaining the cutoff line for the light beam. The beam pattern cuts off below an oncoming drivers sight line, so no blinding occurs. I've even sat in my girlfriends car while facing mine and honestly there's no glare whatsoever. They actually look dim, until you squat down low enough to get in the path of the beam, then I see spots for a few minutes. I have no problem with others trying to increase their light output.
Here's the thing though - it's great that the cutoff line makes it so the super-bright headlights don't bother other people when both cars are on a flat, level surface - assuming the person aimed the lights properly (which is a BIG assumption). But what about when both cars are not at the exact same level on flat ground (which happens quit frequently) - like when you are coming up over the top of a hill - your super-bright headlights will still end up directly in the eyes of oncoming traffic as you come up over the top of that hill (just as one example). We world is not flat. :-)

I've never been faced with your specific headlights, so i don't know you if you are an "overly-bright headlight offender" or not, but there are a LOT of people that are - and the trend is not good. It's certainly not just me, as can be seen from the responses in this thread. It affects my wife *way* more than me. it's no longer about just having adequately-bright headlights - it's now a competition to see who can get the brightest, whitest headlights. It sucks that the 9th gen Impala headlights are so bad to begin with, but I fear that a lot of people make things worse for everyone else while trying to overcome the subpar light output.

I'm sure you don't like it when an oncoming car has their high-beams on, do you? Well, it's no different in a lot of cases with some of these super-bright headlights. Again, I'm not saying that *yours* are super-bright and problematic and/or aimed improperly - we're talking "in general" here.
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On the topic of headlight brightness, here are a couple of related links.

This wiki article has lots of info, much of which I skipped over. But this comment caught my eye: "In the United States, vehicle lighting that does not conform to FMVSS 108 is not street legal." In the same paragraph, this statement indicates that the aftermarket bulb makers could be penalized: "In the US, suppliers, importers and vendors that offer non-compliant kits are subject to civil fines."

This article talks about a NHTSA rule change to tame headlights. It would use adaptive technology - meaning sensors and computerized control. Part of me applauds this. Another part of me is shaking my head that a $10 burnt out bulb could morph into a $500 sensor and multi-bulb replacement.

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Quit crying and get some nighttime sunglasses. As you can see from my picture, I increased my brightness substantially while simultaneously maintaining the cutoff line for the light beam. The beam pattern cuts off below an oncoming drivers sight line, so no blinding occurs. I've even sat in my girlfriends car while facing mine and honestly there's no glare whatsoever. They actually look dim, until you squat down low enough to get in the path of the beam, then I see spots for a few minutes. I have no problem with others trying to increase their light output.
Here's the thing though - it's great that the cutoff line makes it so the super-bright headlights don't bother other people when both cars are on a flat, level surface - assuming the person aimed the lights properly (which is a BIG assumption). But what about when both cars are not at the exact same level on flat ground (which happens quit frequently) - like when you are coming up over the top of a hill - your super-bright headlights will still end up directly in the eyes of oncoming traffic as you come up over the top of that hill (just as one example). We world is not flat. &#x1f642;

I've never been faced with your specific headlights, so i don't know you if you are an "overly-bright headlight offender" or not, but there are a LOT of people that are - and the trend is not good. It's certainly not just me, as can be seen from the responses in this thread. It affects my wife *way* more than me. it's no longer about just having adequately-bright headlights - it's now a competition to see who can get the brightest, whitest headlights. It sucks that the 9th gen Impala headlights are so bad to begin with, but I fear that a lot of people make things worse for everyone else while trying to overcome the subpar light output.

I'm sure you don't like it when an oncoming car has their high-beams on, do you? Well, it's no different in a lot of cases with some of these super-bright headlights. Again, I'm not saying that *yours* are super-bright and problematic and/or aimed improperly - we're talking "in general" here.
Uh, I get trucks and cars with their high beams coming at me all the time at night.. it's just part of driving a car. You deal with it. I don't come onto a forum and cry out for everyone to use dimmer headlights for me. I have about the brightest LEDs you can get installed in my 2015 Impala. I have yet to have someone flash me for them being to bright. You do realize you're not supposed to look into the oncoming headlights right?
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Just my 2 on bright lights. I do not stare at them and they are still blinding. Yes sometimes we have to deal with someone either forgetting to dim their high beams or not realizing they are on. That's different than these lights that are on dim and like having a spotlight shinning at you on the road.

But it is what is and I guess we HAVE to deal with it because it doesn't seem to be going away. I also have the issue of being blind in one eye and get ocular migraines from bright lights. Certainly they make shinning for deer easy lol
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I recently got some of the Diode Dynamics SL1 LEd headlights for my 2015 GMC Sierra that came with halogen 9012 bulbs in projectors from the factory.

I would have went with the Morimoto 2 stroke 2.0 like in our Impala but these stated there was no need for an anti flicker harness (it just makes the DRL, which are the headlights, full brightness all the time).
They installed under the caps with no issues and they look great. These are also adjustable so you can rotate them to get the correct placement of the LEDs in the housing. For my Sierra I had to adjust them 15 degrees to the left.

Only con I can think of is they are a little pricier than even the Morimotos. I used a 20% off coupon and got them for $131. The Morimotos were $120 for the bulbs and I believe it was $20 for the anti flicker harness.

The Morimotos may be a tad brighter but I liked that I didn't have to cut the caps for these and the fact they are adjustable.

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I recently got some of the Diode Dynamics SL1 LEd headlights for my 2015 GMC Sierra that came with halogen 9012 bulbs in projectors from the factory.

I would have went with the Morimoto 2 stroke 2.0 like in our Impala but these stated there was no need for an anti flicker harness (it just makes the DRL, which are the headlights, full brightness all the time).
They installed under the caps with no issues and they look great. These are also adjustable so you can rotate them to get the correct placement of the LEDs in the housing. For my Sierra I had to adjust them 15 degrees to the left.

Only con I can think of is they are a little pricier than even the Morimotos. I used a 20% off coupon and got them for $131. The Morimotos were $120 for the bulbs and I believe it was $20 for the anti flicker harness.

The Morimotos may be a tad brighter but I liked that I didn't have to cut the caps for these and the fact they are adjustable.

3 year warranty on them just like the Morimotos.
The Hikari Ultra LEDs are rated brighter than the morimotos in a projector housing by bulbfacts.com. And they come in at only $90 for a set. Completely plug and play. Plus two year warranty.
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The Hikari Ultra LEDs are rated brighter than the morimotos in a projector housing by bulbfacts.com. And they come in at only $90 for a set. Completely plug and play. Plus two year warranty.
I would rather stick to known brands. I just can't throw my money away on those cheaper bulbs on Amazon, especially with some of the outrageous claims I see like 12,000 lumens per pair. riiiight... That's as much or more than a 55w HID. Not buying it.

According to the recommendations on that bulbfacts.com site, the Morimoto are slightly brighter at 6150 Total Lumens/kit. They list the Hikari at 5570 Total Lumens/kit
https://www.bulbfacts.com/led-kits/recommended/
Lumens isn't everything but just trying to show how exaggerated the claims are on a bunch of LED bulbs.

If they work for you then keep using them but I'm sticking to known brands.


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The Hikari Ultra LEDs are rated brighter than the morimotos in a projector housing by bulbfacts.com. And they come in at only $90 for a set. Completely plug and play. Plus two year warranty.
I would rather stick to known brands. I just can't throw my money away on those cheaper bulbs on Amazon, especially with some of the outrageous claims I see like 12,000 lumens per pair. riiiight... That's as much or more than a 55w HID. Not buying it.

According to the recommendations on that bulbfacts.com site, the Morimoto are slightly brighter at 6150 Total Lumens/kit. They list the Hikari at 5570 Total Lumens/kit
https://www.bulbfacts.com/led-kits/recommended/
You realize that the guys that run the bulbfacts.com test these bulbs pretty extensively right? They wouldn't rate it above the morimotos if it was an inferior product or garbage. But if you want to buy an inferior product for the sake of having a name brand I guess that's your decision.
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Also, its the lux that matters not lumens.
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According to them, the hikaris have 246% more low beam light output than stock halogen in projector housings, the morimotos only have 165%
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Yep that's exactly why I said lumens isn't everything. I was just trying to show how exaggerated the claims were of 12,000 lumens per set
There are lots of sites mentioning and testing LED bulbs why should I trust that site more than any other?
I wouldn't call Morimotos or the Diode Dynamic bulbs inferior but I would call cheap bulbs with exaggerated claims to be less trustworthy.

If you like them fine. I'm sticking with the higher quality stuff.


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