A Look at the 2014 Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

The new Corvette Stingray is a pretty wild machine… using carbon and nanotech technology to create a super strong chassis along with new wild and intelligent styling and a super powerful 450HP LT1 engine. In my opinion the icing on the cake are the wild new LED and HID bi-xenon headlights:

The new C7 headlights are pretty wild! Built in DRL and bi-xenon HID forward lighting.

The new C7 headlights are pretty wild! Built in DRL and bi-xenon HID forward lighting.

The first time I saw these headlights were at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas where there were a BUNCH of these cars on display, and the first thing I thought of was similarity to the Ferrari 458 Italia headlights:

The Ferrari 458 has a similar style headlight to the new Stingray.

The Ferrari 458 has a similar style headlight to the new Stingray.

The fact that the Ferrari and Corvette share such a similar luxury design really shows the target the new Vette is trying to hit and with all the details and style that went into the new car it shows Chevrolet really knows what they are doing with this car!  After getting some really good looks at the new Corvette Stingray headlights this is what we can tell you about it:

1. Amber LED turn signals on the outside of each headlight

2. White LED DRL under each projector

3. Bi-Xenon 35w HID High and Low beam head lamp

4. Black housings

5. Corvette logo embossed on lens above projector

Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

Corvette Stingray LED and HID Headlights

Here is a quote from the Chevrolet.com website about all new head lamps:
“Frosted indirect high-intensity discharge headlamps are the eyes to the technological soul of the Stingray, emanating crisp color, brightness and efficiency. The new elements bear a sharper, more sinister shape, framed by edge-lit amber LED turn signals and black chrome housing. Bi-Xenon HID technology achieves high and low beams with a single light engine.”

Here is the photo gallery I put together from all of the Corvette Stingray cars we found at SEMA 2013:

The Next Big Thing: Curved LED Light Bars

An exciting new product showcased at this year’s SEMA show were curved LED light bars from Vision X, Rigid Industries, Putco, Bulldog and Baja Designs. These manufacturers have really stepped up this year to innovate an already innovative industry!  Vision X will have a double-row 5w LED product available from their Xmitter Prime Xtreme product line in various sizes all the way up to 50″ wide!

The new Xmitter Prime XP LED light bars from Vision X will be available in 2014 in several different lengths.

The new Xmitter Prime XP LED light bars from Vision X will be available in 2014 in several different lengths.

Rigid Industries also debuted new curved LED light bars in a new “RDS” series light developed from the E-Series platform available in different lengths up to 54″.

Rigid Industries new Curved LED Light Bar

Rigid Industries new Curved LED Light Bar

Putco not only debuted an entirely new lineup of American made LED light bars this year but they also started the lineup with a curved variant:

The new Putco LED light bars come with a curved option.

The new Putco LED light bars come with a curved option.

Bulldog launched a new light bar line at the 2012 SEMA Show and this year (2013) they added a new single-row LED and dual-row LED curved light bar to the product line. The resemblance between Bulldog, Rigid Industries and the gambit of Chinese manufacturers still makes it difficult to differentiate the products when installed on vehicles, but it’s awesome seeing more and more product manufacturers (like Bulldog) making their parts within the USA.

New curved LED light bars from Bulldog are the only thing that seems different about the product line this year.

New curved LED light bars from Bulldog are the only thing that seems different about the product line this year.

Last but not least, Baja Designs announced that their OnX LED light bar product line will now be available in a 30″ curved variant. 30″ isn’t big enough to fit on most trucks, but it should work on a race car or ATV pretty well:

30" curved light bars now available from Baja Designs.

30″ curved light bars now available from Baja Designs.

Take a moment to check out the photo gallery of all the curved light bar products we saw at the show and see for yourself where the future of lighting technology is headed, and if you need advice on your next LED Light Bar product purchase, check out Headlight Revolution.

New Jeep Wranglers Will Come Equipped with Factory-Option LED Headlights!

At the 2013 SEMA Tradeshow in Las Vegas showcased every major automobile manufacturer in the world, and their new toys and Mopar/Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep was no exception. The Mopar booth in the South Hall at the SEMA Show had several new Jeeps and they all had LED headlights. 3 of the Jeeps were sporting the Truck-Lite 27270C LED headlights, but ONLY ONE was sporting a new Jeep branded LED headlight – which signifies the turning of the tide in non-luxury vehicles finally getting OEM LED headlights:

Future Jeep JK owners will have the option of a factory installed LED headlight option.

Future Jeep JK owners will have the option of a factory installed LED headlight option.

This new Jeep branded LED headlight product slightly resembles the Peterson Manufacturing 701C by the way the center gray section is shaped, but the embossing on the bottom of the lens clearly says Truck-Lite. It’s hard to say if this is an old version of a prototype headlight, or a new design of the 27270C from Truck-Lite designed specifically for Mopar.

Here is the Peterson Manufacturing 701C 7″ Round LED Headlight product to show you the similarities in design of the new Jeep headlight:

This is the unit from Peterson Manufacturing that Jeep chose to use for their Jeep options.

This is the unit from Peterson Manufacturing that Jeep chose to use for their Jeep options.

For contrast, here is the Truck-Lite 27270C. Why does the Jeep branded headlight say Truck-Lite but look like the Peterson Manufacturing product? The Jeep branded headlight seems to have the reflector of the Truck-Lite lamp, but the center section of the Peterson lamp.

For contrast, here is the Truck-Lite 27270C. Why does the Jeep branded headlight say Truck-Lite but look like the Peterson Manufacturing product? The Jeep branded headlight seems to have the reflector of the Truck-Lite lamp, but the center section of the Peterson lamp.

 

It’s interesting that Jeep chose to use the Truck-Lite product instead of the JW Speaker 8700 LED headlight which outperforms all other similar LED headlights on the market. This tells us that Jeep knows it’s customers don’t want to shell out $1,000 for a set of re-branded JW Speaker lights and they went the exact opposite direction by using one of the cheapest options on the market.

Now, on the other hand, Harley Davidson is already using the JW Speaker product for their “Day Maker” factory LED headlight option. It would be strange if Harley and Jeep used the same factory option LED headlight.

It will be exciting to see what the final product looks like, or if we’re already looking at it here, it’s strange that the official product LOOKS LIKE the Peterson product yet branded as Truck-Lite… Time will tell!

Factory Mopar LED headlights debuted at SEMA 2013.

Factory Mopar LED headlights debuted at SEMA 2013.

Truck-Lite LED Headlight Copies Found at SEMA 2013!

This year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV was definitely the year of LED lighting products! It was pretty incredible to see all the different products, and of course there were many copies of LED products. Many of the popular LED light bar products from last year now have Chinese knock-offs this year, and the same is true with the Truck-Lite 27270C 7″ Round LED headlight commonly used in Jeeps and Motorcycles:

The original Truck-Lite headlight on top and the 2 new 7" Round LED copies below it.

The original Truck-Lite headlight on top and the 2 new 7″ Round LED copies below it.

The new KC Hi-Lites 7″ round LED headlight are actually made by Peterson Manufacturing, and they call it the model #701C, you can see more information about the original Peterson version here: Peterson Manufacturers 701C

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand why KC Hi-Lites hired Peterson Manufacturing to brand these lights for for them, because that’s what KC Hi-Lites does – they see a product they think they can re-brand that already exists, stamp their logo on it and pretend they came up with the idea in the first place, kind of like their new “KC Flex” LED offroad lights which are made by Heretic Studios and re-branded.

The Peterson Manufacturing product is absolutely a knock-off because the design is extremely similar, and according to this press release the product was released in July of 2013 – over a year later than the Truck-Lite products.

New KC Hilites LED Headlights, copy the original Truck-Lite design.

New KC Hilites LED Headlights, copy the original Truck-Lite design.

The Anzo product on the other hand is kind of pathetic. The oddly-shaped divider between the high and low beam sections MUST have a negative impact on the light output and just like everything else made by Anzo, they are a Chinese knockoff of the traditional Truck-Lite product.

Anzo is un-apologetically copying a unique American design by Truck-Lite.

Anzo is un-apologetically copying a unique American design by Truck-Lite.

I would like to, in the very near future, get my hands on one of each of these headlights and do kind of a shoot-out competition to see which one really is the best, but for now I thought it would be good to just show you the two new lights that are coming out to compete for market share against the original Truck-Lite product.

FR-S and BRZ are the Most Popular Vehicles at the 2013 SEMA Show

The 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas was the start of a new trend, manufacturers, car builders and enthusiasts started to showcase the passion for what is trending to be the hottest car for the automotive aftermarket since the Nissan 350z!

There were more Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ cars at SEMA than any other individual car model at the show!

There were more Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ cars at SEMA than any other individual car model at the show!

The 2013 SEMA Show featured an abundance of Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ cars all modded with Spyder tail lights, duck-bill trunk lids, wide wheels and crazy paint jobs. Check out our photo gallery of some of our favorite BRZ/FRS cars that we saw at the SEMA show: