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Complete LED Headlight Conversion Guide!

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Looking at making the eyes of your car brighter? Consider LEDs. Upgrading the headlights on your car could be more work than you might have initially imagined if you don't have the right information. This guide would facilitate your LED Conversion for the beams of your car and also give you useful instructions relating installation and special adaptors. With the various types of bulbs, sockets, holders, heat dissipation methods, housings or canbus modules it could seem kinda complex. This guide includes all the necessary steps involved in converting your beams to LEDs.

Once you have selected the compatible LED kit for your car or truck, you need to set them up. In most cases this is quite a simple step requiring minimum effort in most vehicles. Some European models or certain hatchbacks however may need the headlight housing to be removed to make the installation possible. If your vehicle does require the headlight to be removed for installation it simply takes removing 2-3 screws and you are done. 

You begin by removing your existing halogen bulbs. If getting to the back of your housing isn’t simple, which it usually is, you may need to remove the assembly. The back of the assembly will have either a plastic or rubber dust cover which needs to be a twisted to unlock, loosen and remove. Unplug the power cable connected to the globe to remove obstacles. Simply twist the globe, mostly counter-clockwise, and pull towards the engine bay. Some units may have a metal clip that will need to be pushed in and away from the locking tab. 

Disconnect the CANBUS/driver and install the LED Globe into the housing. Twist to secure / clip any brackets that you have unhooked to remove the old bulbs. Copper Heads have copper tails that will need to be manoeuvred into the housing to make sure that the dust cap can be put back on securely and retain a water tight seal. Most housing units will have a pre-drilled slot in the dust cap for wiring to run from the globe to the power supply. In some modern vehicles you may find the wiring will run internally in the beam. If the dust cap has a slot for the wiring, feed the wire from your LED globe through the dust cap and reinstall the cap to the back of the housing.

If not you might have to be a bit more patient when fitting all of the components inside the housing. You would need to check if the driver & canbus, that’s in case you require the additional canbus module, fits inside the unit. If not you would need to run the driver/canbus on the outside of the housing. Drill two holes. One to run the cable and one to return the wiring back to the power source. Rubber grommets come handy in such cases to hold a water tight seal around the wiring. 

Once done, plug all the components back together. Start with connecting the driver into the globe and mounting the driver on a flat surface under the globe socket. If you have had to modify or have an additional CANBUS Unit, find a flat surface within reach to mount the driver onto. Use double sided tape/cable ties to secure the unit from moving freely. 

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