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9th Gen Headlights

I absolutely hate how dim the stock headlights are in the 9th gen and I know there are a lot of options for HID or LED's out there, Any experience or recommendations for specific ones?
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I'm assuming you're referring to the newer body style, if so on mine i have the factory HIDs and the oem bulbs were trash. I replaced them with Cool Blue Boost Osram bulbs and they are a huge difference. Nice wide, far coverage. I will say in the rain they are not the best tho. As far as HID kits, a lot of people seem to like Morimoto whereas the aftermarket is concerned.
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Hey JaelenK, & any other BRIGHT people! ;-)



Just got my 2015 LTZ/2LZ this mid-July. Everyone complaining about the factory headlights is 100% correct! I LOVE everything about my new Baby, except these pitiful headlights!!!!!!


>>> Your comment about your new Osram bulbs in the rain: Do you mean they ARE as bad as the factory ones??? How could THAT be, lol! I don't care what they cost.............I just want some GOOD QUALITY new headlight bulbs!


>>> Also: The LTZ Fog-Light situation. I can find replacement DRL's obviously. BUT....like many here....are there any choices for an actual FOG-LIGHT setup for those lower DRL-Pods?!


Thanks for any input people!
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Yes id say they wouldnt be too much better in the rain than OEM, but i believe that is with any cooler bulb that are higher in Kelvin rating and i think it could be due to the bluish hue they produce, but i could be wrong. Other than that they are incredibly powerful bulbs but arent to overbearing for oncoming drivers. And id say the cool blue boost osrams are closer to 5000K. But versus OEM i would say you get a considerable amount of extra light. I prefer Osram over just about any other HID maker. They are very high quality.
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Theresa an article recently about car safety. It talked about xxares that passed the crash test but received a poor rating when it came to standard headlights. Listed 40 cars that received poor ratings.
Also mentioned buyers only recourse was to modify or buy a higher price version with better lights.
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I too have been searching for fog lights for my 2018 LT. A few I found will fit Premier but not LT. Why? Also noted that one fog light could not be used if you have the black out option.

My problem is at night, the headlights width is too narrow and it is hard to see a street when turning. I replaced the headlights with Phillps Premium white bulbs the first week I had the car. Anyone use LED? It seems they give off heat and need heatsinks. The way the OEM headlight is designed, the heat sinks would be inside the housing!

Love my Impala. I was a loyal Lexus buyer for years but when I leased their NX model, it was terrible. I had someone who wanted to take over the lease and Toyota dragged their feet for over 3 months. I've had my Impala over a year and I usually get tired within the fist year of ownership. Not this car. I like it as much or more than when I bought it.

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I too have been searching for fog lights for my 2018 LT. A few I found will fit Premier but not LT. Why? Also noted that one fog light could not be used if you have the black out option.

My problem is at night, the headlights width is too narrow and it is hard to see a street when turning. I replaced the headlights with Phillps Premium white bulbs the first week I had the car. Anyone use LED? It seems they give off heat and need heatsinks. The way the OEM headlight is designed, the heat sinks would be inside the housing!

Love my Impala. I was a loyal Lexus buyer for years but when I leased their NX model, it was terrible. I had someone who wanted to take over the lease and Toyota dragged their feet for over 3 months. I've had my Impala over a year and I usually get tired within the fist year of ownership. Not this car. I like it as much or more than when I bought it.

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Here is a thread mentioning adding the LED lights to lower trims

https://www.impalaforums.com/#/topics/597601

And another one about adding an LED kit to models equipped with halogen projectors

https://www.impalaforums.com/#/topics/1855335
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Do your research prior to swapping out your head lights. IIHS has done quite a bit of heavy lifting for consumers in this area.
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Headlight Update: My 2018 Impala LT came with halogen headlights. TERRIBLE! I replaced them with Sylvania HO bulbs, a little better. This week I put in a HID kit off Amazon. The kit was OPT7 Bolt AC 55w Hi-Power 9005 HID Kit - Relay Bundle - All Bulb Sizes and Colors - 2 Yr Warranty [5000K Bright White Xenon Light] for $70. Major difference. It took a few hours to install because of all of the wires. There are a lot and I had no choice but to bundle them with a wire tie. The hardest part was figuring out how to get the wires to the bulb. They give you a 1" grommet but there is no room to use it. I found 2 holes at the top of the bulb enclosure sealed by tape. I cut the new wires, fed them through and made a waterproof soldered connection. Be ready to cut up your hands. Getting the cover off is tough and very little room to get the bulb out.

I re-aimed the lights last night. The only adjustment is vertical which is right on top. I did a local test drive and what a difference. I may need to lower the left light a little. I bought the kit plus the anti-flicker cable and relay kit. The relay powers the lights right from the battery. Not knowing the current draw, it made sense to use it. I will report more after I have used them more.
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I'm assuming you're referring to the newer body style, if so on mine i have the factory HIDs and the oem bulbs were trash. I replaced them with Cool Blue Boost Osram bulbs and they are a huge difference. Nice wide, far coverage. I will say in the rain they are not the best tho. As far as HID kits, a lot of people seem to like Morimoto whereas the aftermarket is concerned.
i just got the same ones you have i,m pretty satisfied with them! big upgrade over the stock halogen bulbs!
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