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  • Has anyone tried the 7 inch LED Headlights from VintageCarLEDs.com?

    I see that the latest Hagerty magazine has an article on LED headlights from VintageCarLEDs.com. In an email the company told me that all their 7 inch headlights will fit TR250/TR6. Has anyone tried the headlights from them? How would you rate them? Thanks!
    Bob

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    I bought some from LBCarco a month ago but haven’t put them in yet. And the lights say “for off road use only”.

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    • #3
      Hadn't heard of these, just checked the website. They look neat and if like house bulbs draw less to get the same light, Would LEDs need a relay like the halogen upgrade kits do? I have a '69 with the early low output alternator and a lower draw headlight would be great, right now I have to chose any two of lights, heater, wipers!

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      • #4
        Yes, I just installed some in my 76 last month. Very bright white light. I like them so far. IIRC, I did a slight modification to the mounting sleeve so they would work with my current globes. I did not like the lens of the globe they supplied. No biggie though, just a slight sanding of the mounting tabs. I already had my headlamps on relays so pretty much "plug & play" as they say.

        Cheers,

        Wolf

        Edit: On further checking, I got mine from Little British Car Co. They are currently being offered for 90.36 a pair, but when I bought them, they had a introductory sale price around $75/pair
        Last edited by Wolf76STL; 04-21-2019, 09:12 AM.
        76 TR6 CF58170UO (The Lady)
        72 TR6 CC80068UO (The Slut)
        68 TR250 CD4893L (retirement project)

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        • #5
          Curious to know how well (narrowly) the beams are projected since they are for offroad use only. While it might be nice to the driver of the car, for oncoming vehicles its not (in some cases). I don't want to be the "tool" driving around in the vintage car that blinds oncoming cars. Its been a topic of discussion to the local car dudes I hang out with.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FLTR6FAN View Post
            I bought some from LBCarco a month ago but haven’t put them in yet. And the lights say “for off road use only”.
            FWIW, every set of aftermarket headlamps that I have seen, including the halogen H4 conversion in my car, have been labelled the same. I think it dates back to the time when
            all headlamps in all US cars were required to be sealed beams. I have had H4's in my car since 1978 (new set in 2015), and it's never been a concern. As long as they are aimed properly and the beam pattern is properly controlled, these should be fine.
            Last edited by Elwood; 04-22-2019, 07:50 AM.

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            • #7
              Pulled the trigger on a set of these from Little British Car Co yesterday, after a couple of night-drives recently, and comparing what I get with my current Sylvania Silverstar sealed-beam units with Wolf's (Kevin) LEDs at the Mitty recently. Quite literally "night and day". Looking forward to getting them plumbed in.

              I'll try and record before and after videos and post online.

              Where I live, seems like every single truck is fitted with those enormous LED light-bars, which most folks have no hesitation to use while on-road. So no matter how bright these are, I won't be as obnoxious as them!
              Last edited by A Brit in Bama; 05-31-2019, 10:27 AM.
              Keith, Huntsville AL, 1971 CC66559U
              10.0:1 CR gasflowed head | Weber DCOEs | CP "150hp" Cam | Distibutor by Advanced | Lightened flywheel | Phoenix SS Exhaust System | HVDA 5-Speed | Good Parts suspension and anti-roll bars | Konig Rewinds | Boyd 15 gal tank | Miata Seats and Mr Mikes covers | Carl Visser dash | Mohair hood | Gas-strut bonnet and boot lift kits

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              • #8
                Looks like something to consider. I have the rear of the car LED'd like a christmas tree, but the headlights, while decent, are the weak spot. Looking forward to your impressions on the new headlights
                Dave C
                '72 Sapphire #CC82360UO
                Chapel Hill NC

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                • #9
                  So, I recorded before and after videos of the LED headlight conversion, however, for whatever reason, the "before" videos won't load to Yootoob. I'll need to re-record them.

                  For now, here are two short videos, one showing dipped beam, the other, full beam. Like Kevin, I didn't think much of the lenses supplied by Little British Car co, so I used the bulbs from the kit in combination with Cibie Z lenses. The upgrade is quite dramatic - way brighter, nice white 6500K light (with none of the "Tuner-Blue" effect) especially on dipped-beam. Main beams are very impressive too.

                  Overall, I'm happy with the conversion. Especially due to the fact that the 25W bulbs on full beam only draw 2A.

                  Edit: I should say I haven't yet taken the time to aim the headlights properly, just eyeballed it.



                  Last edited by A Brit in Bama; 06-11-2019, 10:46 AM.
                  Keith, Huntsville AL, 1971 CC66559U
                  10.0:1 CR gasflowed head | Weber DCOEs | CP "150hp" Cam | Distibutor by Advanced | Lightened flywheel | Phoenix SS Exhaust System | HVDA 5-Speed | Good Parts suspension and anti-roll bars | Konig Rewinds | Boyd 15 gal tank | Miata Seats and Mr Mikes covers | Carl Visser dash | Mohair hood | Gas-strut bonnet and boot lift kits

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                  • #10
                    Very nice Keith...love those bright eyes!

                    Cheers,

                    Kevin
                    76 TR6 CF58170UO (The Lady)
                    72 TR6 CC80068UO (The Slut)
                    68 TR250 CD4893L (retirement project)

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                    • #11
                      Can you guys be more specific on which bulbs you bought? vinagecarled is listing several bulbs.
                      1972 Sapphire TR6 #CC84,something

                      1959 Red TR3 (Wife's)

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                      • A Brit in Bama
                        A Brit in Bama commented
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                        Skootch - mine (and Kevin's) came from Little British Car Co, not Vintage Car LED. With the LBC kit, there is only one choice of bulb. But they look v similar to these on Vintage Car LED's site: https://vintagecarleds.com/shop/bulb...00-bulbs-only/

                        Looking at the complete kits Vintage Car LED's sell....their "Standard Economy Lens option" appears the same (or v similar) lenses as Little British Car co, is priced at $189 for the kit, whereas the same is around $90 from LBC Co.

                        https://vintagecarleds.com/shop/7-in...0-classic-kit/

                        Again - I love the bulbs from LBC Co, but didn't think much of the lenses, so used Cibie's instead.

                        YMMV

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