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Headlight Options for 2014 LT

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.
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The HID kit is the best solution and is easy to install if you're OK with basic hand tools. Don't worry about making a hole in the dust covers, the silicone seal that comes with most HID bulbs is nice and the covers are cheap to replace if you ever need to.
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LED will give you a "Brighter" look, they are very bright, in your photos it would be almost like day light, however they do not shine as far as say a HID..

I did led high beams in the denali and fog lights... they are ridiculously bright, however Low factory hid seems to have farther range than the aftermarket LED.

One thing to think about, Not sure if will apply on the 14, but my i did hid on my 12 and everytime you start the car only one bulb would ignite, i found it had something to do with the day time running lights, and the "sensor" that tell the car when to turn lights on.

Price wise, the LED are expensive, and the ones at auzone will be no help in seeing..

also the new body style as you only has one head light, so the bulb is dual element, you might be able to find a hid that works like a dual element, and i have not seen any LED that dual.. with that said, you might be limited to low beams.

9012 is the bulb if im not mistaken, so a 9006 or Hb4 should fit with some work, do your research on the cross over on them...

Id give these guys a shot if you want to spend the money on LEDs, these guys will help you to if you email them... ive had 6 sets of different leds from them and only one set didnt fit, come to find out someone had put the wrong bulbs in the wrong box.. but from a return stand point it was easy going..
https://www.jdmastar.com/index.php?r...scription=true

Now these bulb come with plastic covers to change the color, yellow, light blue, etc.. i left the covers off both sets of mine, and they are around 5000-6000 color which is bright white, like led running lights..

I have seen a set of HI/LO HIDs, also you might have to cut the back of the headlight cover if they are big round screw on covers to access the bulb..
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Philips 9012 (9012LLC1) "LongerLife"
also known as HIR2 replacement head light bulbs.
12V
55W
1800 lumens

These new Philips bulbs can also replace the old HIR bulbs that were made by Toshiba, please note Toshiba no longer produces these bulbs.

The 9012 is a single filament bulb use for low beam in vehicles that are equipped with this bulb type.

Most of the vehicles equipped with the 9012 also use the same bulb as high beam by using a little reflector that moves up and down when you turn on the high beam).

Philips 9012 (HIR2) 55W bulbs

Honestly I know what your talking about. I hate the range and the bulb is putting out. And if you read it is a single filament. and the impala does use the reflector. (You might here it when you switch from high to low) I do...
which it worries me.

Currently the only replacement i found is the HID (but im not paying 175 a side) Thats $$$$$ I dont have.

also if you cut or mod the assembly it might get a seal leak and moisture really kills headlights on the inside out. and that only fix is get new ones.

I have found someone who has a mod for the 9006 model bulbs (requires a few cuts on the bulb notches that fit in the head light assm)

but also note the 9012 is clear all over and the 9006 has the tip coated/covered you need to carefully scrap it off....

Almost to must work......But ill leave that up to you all..

heres a site i found for HID, and Led replacements

9012 bulbs | 9012 HID Kits | 9012 automotive bulbs
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Thank you for the information everyone provided. One other question, if I go with the HID kits, do I need the CANbus add-on added to the kit?

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Just wanted to say that I agree. The 2007 Honda Accord that I used to have had better headlights. This just pisses me off like crazy. I do a lot of night driving and I would have never bought this car had I test drove it at night. I need to do something to the headlights as well. I have a 2014 LT and the high beams are not that bright either. The low beams suck hard.
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Philips 9012 (9012LLC1) "LongerLife"
also known as HIR2 replacement head light bulbs.
12V
55W
1800 lumens

These new Philips bulbs can also replace the old HIR bulbs that were made by Toshiba, please note Toshiba no longer produces these bulbs.

The 9012 is a single filament bulb use for low beam in vehicles that are equipped with this bulb type.

Most of the vehicles equipped with the 9012 also use the same bulb as high beam by using a little reflector that moves up and down when you turn on the high beam).

Philips 9012 (HIR2) 55W bulbs

Honestly I know what your talking about. I hate the range and the bulb is putting out. And if you read it is a single filament. and the impala does use the reflector. (You might here it when you switch from high to low) I do...
which it worries me.

Currently the only replacement i found is the HID (but im not paying 175 a side) Thats $$$$$ I dont have.

also if you cut or mod the assembly it might get a seal leak and moisture really kills headlights on the inside out. and that only fix is get new ones.

I have found someone who has a mod for the 9006 model bulbs (requires a few cuts on the bulb notches that fit in the head light assm)

but also note the 9012 is clear all over and the 9006 has the tip coated/covered you need to carefully scrap it off....

Almost to must work......But ill leave that up to you all..

heres a site i found for HID, and Led replacements

9012 bulbs | 9012 HID Kits | 9012 automotive bulbs
Do you know if the Phillips 9012 bulbs are whiter than factory bulbs? I hate how the factory bulbs have such a warm color.
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Ok lets clear some things up. The car already comes with Phillips 9012 HIR2 bulbs so what HappyImpala is talking about is what we already have in our 2014 and 2015 Impalas.

These bulbs are not dual element like Kerr suggested but one element and the car has a shutter like HappyImpala described. It blocks off some off the light when it is in low beam mode then in high beam mode it raises or lowers (not sure) so all the light can pass.
Also do not try and replace your 9012 bulbs with a 9006 bulb. A 9006 bulb is 1000 lumens while the 9012 is 1870 lumens, thus you would take a big step down in light output. People are actually modifying a 9012 bulb's base so they can put 9012 bulbs in place of 9006 bulbs. Nobody is trying to put a 9006 bulb in place of a 9012... well unless they are mentally unstable.

HIR2 bulbs put out more light than regular halogen bulbs and are supposedly whiter than regular halogen.


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so i guess that the "pop" sound when you go from low to hi beams.

The question now is, does the "bulb" have the slider on it, or does the headlight its self make the slider move..
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The bulb does not slide the there is a shutter in the assembly (just listen one time and youll hear it.
I agree some people want the 9006 in there car (for the whiteness).
The 9012 is yellow and bright.
Just it does not show around and down the road like older cars.

The Phillips 9012 is the Factory bulb.

RLC the HID light is one Assembly from what i have read up on only some brands of HID need the CANbus added. (Ask local Auto parts supplier they should know(Should)
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If someone is truly trying to put a 9006 bulb in place of a 9012 they ain't the brightest person to be around. The 9012 puts out almost double the lumens as a 9006 bulb.

The problem with side view in the newer Impalas isn't with the 9012 bulb, the problem is with the headlight assembly.


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Hey all,

Thanks for all the replies. My dealership worked out a deal with me where they would install an aftermarket HID kit which comes out to free once GM reimburses me for the cost. I guess this was their way of making me go away. I can say the lights are much better and I am satisfied with the results. So if anyone is seeing if it will help, I believe it does make a big difference in the dark.

I have attached some before and after photos. I tried to take them in the same spot so you can see the improvement. I looked at the install and they used the Race Sport brand GEN4 HID kit. I'm not sure of the exact color but I would guess it is 6000K.
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Interesting, how did the dealer wire it up? How are the ballasts powered, with a relay kit? How are they signaled on? Are they on during the day as a daytime running light?
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RLC003, it appears that the projector beams just suck as even though the light is brighter it doesn't look like it shines further.

I am just going to accept that projectors suck and only keep the car for a year or two. It's a shame really. Great car but it makes me feel like GM just keeps cheaping out on stuff.
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All projectors are cut off in low beam mode. Adding the HID bulbs improves light cast to the side of the road in low beam mode. On dark two lane roads open the shutter by switching to high beam mode and let those HID's shine. I get the feeling it never occurs to people to use them. When I met my wife she acted like turning on the high beams had the same impact as launching a nuclear weapon. "Why did you turn those on!?!" Well, it's dark, we're in the middle of nowhere, there's no street lights, the speed limit's 45 and there's lots of DEER! Seriously, she acted like high beams were reserved for a zombie apocalypse! These day's she pulls the trigger herself from time to time, such as progress!
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