Looking to improve lighting in my SX. The current headlight/fog lights has a yellowish color compared to the LED. I'm looking for straight plug and play with no modification. Thanks in advance for suggestions.
try out the headlight bulbs in my sig they match the oem led lighting
With a digital camera (cell phones overload) why don't the two of you pull your Kia's up to a garage or wall and post a few photos of your bulb and headlight upgrades.I went the 65 watt H9 route. Very easy to modify and install the H9's. Very good light output from H9 bulbs in these housings.
Are the H9's direct replacement for OEM? Anything illegal or "ricer" about the H9's. There's a few sections of Northern California, going near the coast, that are PITCH BLACK at night - so some lighting upgrades are worth considering.Here's a video, not mine but this is similar to the results I got.
Let's face it.Are the H9's direct replacement for OEM? Anything illegal
No mods at all with LED's and all NEWER ones have NO light distribution problems, the technology caught up very quickly there... Anyone who claims otherwise simply doesn't know how the latest ones are, period, and that's OK, not everyone can know everything when these things change so quickly... Trust me I got a 2017 model H11 off eBay for $40 ($80 on Amazon for some reason) and they work well... The only issue is some just aren't bright enough despite what they "claim" for wattage/lumens, so look for "90w" (45w each bulb) or higher... I got the ECCPP ones and they look great with good light distribution, and are brighter than other ones I paid more for and returned.Thanks for all the responses. Based on cost and level of effort I'm going with the H9 mod. I'll hold onto my stock H11 in the event the H9 fails. Having a headlight fail with a HID or LED would be problematic if I'm modding the dust cover.
Just not true about LED light distribution any longer, all the newer ones are good now... Also, no mods required at all, especially with the bulb sealing when it's twisted in you are better off leaving the "dust cover" off and letting the extra length of cord/driver hang out for better cooling... I would agree that HID are better but for the money and convenience you just can't beat LED now, you just have to find ones that are bright enough despite what claimed lumens/wattage is.You will hear three stories.
1 - keep halogen, but modify H9 that gives more light for a shorter life span. Also, as option - get higher end H11s (like SilverStar).
2 - do HID. While it is good for low beam, it is pointless for fogs or high beam, unless you run high beam for long times. Stick close to 4300 K for high light intensity. Halogen is about 2700 K for standard to 3500 K for "white".
3 - do LED. While this mod is "cool", I personally disagree. No aftermarket LED provides good, not even remotely close to HID or OEM halogen, light distribution. Pay attention to words - light distribution. Intensity may be fine in some spots, colour - that is personal perception. But they do not spread the light as it supposed to. Some even mess up the cut off.
So it is up to you.
Each mod requires some changes except swapping to high end, high cost H11. H9 on the other hand, has very limited changes.
HID/LED - add extra wires, capacitors (cancellers), drilling the headlight cover, and so on.
The factory headlights are just disgusting looking... sure they "work" fine, but are a complete and utter clash with the rest of the car's LED accents, etc, and with LED's so cheap and good now (they REALLY improved quickly) it was the very first mod I did and very glad I did!With a digital camera (cell phones overload) why don't the two of you pull your Kia's up to a garage or wall and post a few photos of your bulb and headlight upgrades.
I think the headlights are fine OEM as is, but I can imagine other parts of the country where lighting demands are different.
I don't see the need for any dust cap when the bulbs seal directly in place, but for high beams anyone could just go with an LED set: they are cheap, latest ones have no distribution probs and are instant on...If you're looking for an HID upgrade I would go with the Morimoto conversion kit, it is plug and play other than needing to drill holes in the dust caps (all HID kits require this). As stated above I would only do low beams as running an HID set up on high beams is not practical due to the nature of an HID bulb and it's need to warm-up. I'd also recommend going with the 5500k output for the best looking light and good output of light.
Let me know if you have any questions
Please, prove me wrong.Just not true about LED light distribution any longer, all the newer ones are good now...
You don't have to be sorry, but I know what I have, how many different sets did you try? They vary wildly, I tried 3 and you have to get the ones with the wide metal tip and not the ones with the built in projector since we obviously have one already... and they always have multiple chips, not just a single...Please, prove me wrong.
It is all about the way they are designed. Headlight needs a filament (or call it a source of light) that is positioned in the very place. Even 1 mm movement will make a huge impact. So, if the headlight was designed for halogen, only halogen, and some well aimed HID will make it work. Anything else, such as LED chips separated by 6 mm heatsink plate will not work. Not only there is a gap from the heatsink where the filament should be, but also the LED chips have only 120 degrees light spread. That makes 240 degrees coverage. Out of 360... Add 3rd one, one can say, and you get 360, but then your source of light is completely out of sync with your projector. Hence poor light distribution.
I did a post about, I tested it myself, and until you get me a good proof, you will not convince me.
You can talk about crisp light (it has nothing to do with light distribution), cutoff (that is driven by a shield so even with a flashlight inside projector you can get nice shade), efficiency of LEDs... but in the end, OEM halogen will provide better luminescence than 8000 lm LED kit (which is a lie, no LED for this little power can get even 2000 lm, I mean true 2000 lm).
I am sorry, but that's what it is.
which one do you have?You don't have to be sorry, but I know what I have, how many different sets did you try? They vary wildly, I tried 3 and you have to get the ones with the wide metal tip and not the ones with the built in projector since we obviously have one already... and they always have multiple chips, not just a single...
No modification is legal. Even H9 technically is not. HID or LED - big fat no.For legality of modification and stuff, please do your research. Especially those of you in Cali. Things are not always as they seem ?