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Headlights on 318

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On my 318 the headlights seem so poor when compared to the ones on my 140h3. The cover is sparkling clear and the bulbs are new and seem bright for 156 bulbs but when outside in the dark they do not seem to put out that much light. I contacted The Light Guy out of Wi and told him about it and he said that 1156 halogen is brighter but he thinks the heat they produce will distort the plastic lens. Does anyone have any suggestions. Also He thinks if I spent the money for good LEDS THAT I would be dissappointed in the small increase in light for the exppense.
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LED 1156 replacements are a waste of money.

In order for an LED assembly to work, it will have to be custom made, reflector and heatsink to work properly.

You can upgrade the bulbs though, and there are 3 options...along with adding aluminum tape (painting silver helps, but not NEARLY as much as this) to the reflector area, because the reflector has as much to do with output as the bulb. Also, if you do the tape trick, make sure you precut the pieces, and do your best to get them as flat as possible when sticking them down.

Here is a link to a couple discussions...


Personally, I now run 3 796 (I think) halogen bulbs. The 35W version. The 1295s were a hair brighter, though I dont think you would notice the difference in a couple watts.
I did run 2 35W Halogens on the outside and 1 50W in the center, but didnt notice that much more output from it.
And Im trying to cut the load down as much as I can.
Just installed LED rear lights, and am attempting to come up with a somewhat simple LED front light upgrade...but I want a ton of spill in addition to some decent throw. Will probably be 5-6 LEDs, of the warm colored variety...but I need to track down reflectors or make my own (not going there!).
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Roger, thats where mine came from...they worked well.

When I get a bit of time, I might try to see again if I can tell a difference betweem them and the 796 35W Halogens. The 1295s are 37.5W if I remember correctly...so a total of 7.5W more than the halogens. Not sure anyone would notice, but my though was since the reflector was designed with that type bulb/filament arrangement, it might work better.
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