LED headlamps are popular on new model trucks and cars these days. Many include daytime running lights that inspire a European or racing like appearance. But the real benefit to LED headlamps is that they are brighter, use less of your vehicle’s battery power, and can throw more light at a longer distance for better vision. This in turn can help increase your reaction time to brake for sudden stops in traffic or to see obstacles to maneuver around them. But new model vehicles don’t have to be the only ones with the LED advantage.
Manufacturers like Truck-Lite, make replacement LED headlamps in popular round and rectangular sizes that fit early or late-model applications. For example, a square 5×7 rectangular headlamp is a very popular size for many trucks, SUV’s and Jeeps. This application is very easy to install and replaces the factory halogen headlamps that are often made from glass. LED headlamps like the Truck-Lite 5×7, has a polycarbonate lens that resists damage from impact with rocks or debris, and will not yellow over time. The housing is made from military-grade aluminum with a black e-Coat so rust and exposure to the elements will not affect the performance of the light.
The brighter, more efficient illumination from LED headlamps, come from the use of high-quality LEDs combined with metalized reflector optics that provide a smoother, crisp beam of light that is closer to daylight color temperatures, that can stream out to a longer distance than standard halogen beam lights.Aside from greater illumination, truck and off-road enthusiasts can see some additional benefits by switching to a LED headlamp. LEDs require less amperage to put out the same or more light than traditional halogen lamps. So vehicles with multiple driving lights, a CB radio, and many electronic accessories, the amount of amperage draw from a set of LED headlights is almost negligible. In addition, because LED headlamps are made from solid-state electronics, vibrations, and sudden shocks won’t keep it from functioning properly.
Swapping out your vehicle’s old halogen headlamps for a LED headlamp is also very easy to do. In most cases, removal of the vehicle’s exterior headlight housing is required to access the OE headlamp. Most headlamps are held in with a metal frame that surrounds it, and must be unbolted to remove the headlamp.
Unplug the OE headlamp from the harness and simply plug in the new LED headlamp. Quality LED headlamps like the Truck-Lite 5×7 LED will feature a wiring harness with a three-blade connector. Simply plug the new connector into the factory harness and replace the frame with the new LED light in it.
With the LED headlights installed, you’ll immediately see a huge difference in the amount of light that is projected from it. Headlights like Truck-Lite’s 5×7 LED unit conform to all Department of Transportation requirements (FMVSS-108). The only other thing to check is if the lights are correctly aimed. You can accomplish this by parking the vehicle on a flat surface, and facing a flat wall 25 ft. away. In most cases, the top of the light should be two to four inches lower than the centerline of the headlight on the vehicle. If you’re not sure how to do this, you can take the vehicle to a local repair shop and they should be able to do this for you for free, or at a nominal cost.