How to install H7 LED Headlight Bulbs with Adapters

On many Volkswagen and Audi cars the headlight bulbs are held in place with external clips that have the power wires built into them. This can make installing an aftermarket HID conversion kit difficult because the larger HID bulb doesn’t fit and the new HID bulbs already have wires coming out of them. This same problem exists when trying to install aftermarket LED bulbs, specifically H7 LED headlight bulbs on Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.

H7 Halogen bulb with base

This is what your bulb adapter probably looks like with the original halogen bulb installed.


H7 Halogen bulb with base

 

GTR Lighting has specific HID bulb adapters to solve this problem when upgrading to HID bulbs. You can find a list of all these adapters here. So could we use the same H7 adapter and make it work of H7 LED headlight bulbs?

H7 HID Bulb with adapter base

This is how the H7 HID bulbs fit. These adapters are specifically designed for HID bulbs, but can be modified to also work with GTR Lighting GEN 2 LED Headlight Bulbs.

H7 HID Bulb with adapter base

 

Here is what we found: The H7 HID Bulb Adapter, found here, can in fact be used to create proper H7 bulb fitment in Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that have the metal clips to hold in the bulbs. With some slight modifications, this adapter worked great.

H7 LED Headlight bulb with adapter

H7 LED headlight bulb and adapter

The GTR Lighting GEN 2 LED headlight bulbs come apart easily. The thumb screw on top allows the color shield to come off, then you can twist off the H7 style adapter collar.

 

H7 LED headlight bulb

The H7 style adapter collar from the GTR Lighting GEN 2 LED headlight bulb fits in the HID bulb adapter.

H7 LED Headlight bulb with adapter

When you go to re-install this piece it hits the heat sink of the new LED bulb. These two tabs need to be trimmed.

Modified H7 bulb adapter

Using a bench grinder or a knife, cut down the two tabs on the bottom of the adapter so that they are much shorter and meet the angle of the heat sink on the back side of the LED headlight bulb.



H7 LED bulb with adapter

Here you can see the H7 style adapter collar re-installed on the bulb, with the HID bulb adapter (modified now) also installed. It gets sandwiched between the H7 adapter collar on the LED bulb and the heat sink.

 

H7 LED headlight bulb with adapter

This method should allow you to install H7 LED headlight bulbs into your car when a bulb adapter is required.

 

5×7″ LED Headlight Options and Comparisons

If you are in the market on getting some new 5×7′ or 7×6′ headlights for your vehicle and don’t know where to look, look no further. We found a video that goes in-depth and demonstrates all of the best 5×7″ (AKA 7×6″) LED headlight options available to replace your H6054 and H6052 headlights. The video goes over each light individually, including physical features, specs, and light output against the wall to compare.

First we have the United Pacific 31297 5×7″ LED Headlight.

United Pacific 31297 LED headlight

Low Beam, United Pacific 5x7" LED Headlight

Low Beam, United Pacific 5×7″ LED Headlight

High Beam, United Pacific 5x7" LED Headlight

High Beam, United Pacific 5×7″ LED Headlight

 

The next LED Headlight is the JW Speaker 8900 5×7″ LED Headlight.

JW speaker 8900 LED Headlight

Low Beam, JW Speaker LED Headlight

Low Beam, JW Speaker LED Headlight

High Beam, JW Speaker LED Headlight

High Beam, JW Speaker LED Headlight

 

And here is the Truck-Lite 5×7″ LED Headlight.

Truck Lite 27450C LED Headlight

Low Beam, Truck-Lite LED Headlight

Low Beam, Truck-Lite LED Headlight

High Beam, Truck-Lite LED Headlight

High Beam, Truck-Lite LED Headlight

 

If you would like to watch the full review, click the video below.

Installing the JW Speaker 6145 LED Fog Lights in the Dodge Charger

We recently came across this write-up about installing the JW Speaker 6145 LED Fog lights in a Dodge Charger. We’ve loved the 6145 lights in the Jeep Wrangler and are excited to see them being used in other vehicles like the Charger.

Installing new LED fog lights in the 2011-2014 Dodge Charger is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is take off the fascia and install the JW Speaker 6145 lights. The 6145 is a direct replacement to the stock Charger fog light housing. The only thing you’ll run into with the 2011-2014 Charger is that the new LED housing will have to be spliced in to the existing wiring unless you use the Headlight Revolution adapter wires. As you can see in the pictures, the original bulb and the new housing have different connectors. However, a new kit has been released from Headlight Revolution to make the JW Speaker 6145 fog lights totally plug and play in the 2011-2014 Charger! The kit comes with two lights in either black or chrome and comes with the correct adapter harnesses to make the plug and play connection.

The results of upgrading to LED are impressive! Not only will you get a better color, but a stronger 1,080 raw lumens from each side with a beautiful cutoff line.

 

Installing LED Fog lights in Dodge charger 6

Installing LED Fog lights in Dodge charger2

Installing LED Fog lights in Dodge charger

Installing LED Fog lights in Dodge charger 5

 

led fog light install in the dodge charger

Installing LED Fog lights in Dodge charger 3

Installing LED Fog lights in Dodge charger 8

Pictures by user White Ops R/T at Modern Mopar Muscle Forum at http://www.LxForums.com If you need any help removing your Charger front fascia, this forum and user have some great resources to help you out.

Nick Roberts Global Rally Team sponsored by GTR Lighting

nick roberts rally team

Nick Roberts, driver of car #202 – a 2013 Subaru STi Super Production rally car, has been a member of the GTR Lighting sponsorship family since 2012 – the first year Nick entered rally! Nick Roberts Global Rally Team travels the United States competing in the Rally America Championship. He competes against the clock on closed-off sections of real roads that are usually unpaved and unforgiving. (ie. Gravel logging roads, mountain passes, well groomed forest roads) Events can last several days and cover hundreds of miles through rain, snow, day or night. This extreme test of skill, speed and endurance is what makes rally racing the world’s premiere and most exciting motor sport, one that is quickly growing in North America.

nick roberts rally team

Check out this amazing video to get a feel for who Nick Roberts is and what rally events are.

 

Jeep Wrangler JW Speaker 8700 Evo 2 and 6145 Install, Fog Lights and Headlights

We recently came across this product install of the 7″ Round JW Speaker 8700 Evo 2’s and 6145 Fog Lights in a Jeep Wrangler. Keep reading to see how this Wrangler owner did the project.

Re-posted from the Jeep Forum. Write-up and pictures by user Andyjr on www.jeepforum.com.

I ordered my lights from Headlight Revolution and I ordered them as their kit. The kit comes with the anti-flicker harness for the 8700 Evo’2 and the 6145’s come with 2 adapter harnesses. When I call Headlight Revolution I had a couple questions and Anthony was very willing to help me with anything I asked him. When I ordered the lights I was told that the lights were on back-order and should be in the first week of January. Anthony held true to his words and my 6145’s were shipped from his location and the Evo 2’s were drop shipped from JW Speaker. Both arrived at my house on the same day, I was happy about that.

JW Speaker LED Lights for jeep

Since I was pulling the stock lights out I wanted to do a couple things before installing my new lights. First I painted my headlight trim rings black so they wouldn’t stand out on the new black headlight. Next came putting on the horizontal alignment screws that Jeep felt we didn’t need. The alignments screws part # 550781144aa were pretty easy to install and well worth the $5.00.

jeep head light trim rings jeep headlight bracket

The install was very simple and everything was “Plug & Play”. The headlights hooked right up to the anti-flicker harness and then I zip-tied the harness behind the headlight housing. Painting the trim ring looks good against the black headlight compared to the chrome. The only problem I had with the headlight install was dropping one of the little screws and being unable to find it.

JW Speaker LED headlights in jeep 2

The fogs were also a “Plug & Play” install. Ordering the lights from Headlight Revolution made it simple, they installed a plug on the 6145’s before sending them to me. No cutting or splicing the wires and their adapter harnesses make it a clean install.

jeep led fog light harness adaptor
jeep with jw speaker LED headlights and fog lights jw speaker 8700 evo 2 installed in jeep

 

All of these products and the other Jeep Wrangler specific install parts are available from Headlight Revolution here.

The difference between Real JW Speaker LED Lights and fakes!

We’ve been hearing reports of people purchasing JW Speaker brand LED fog lights and headlights, from supposedly trustworthy retailers on the internet, only to find out that they were lied to, and what they received was a cheap Chinese knock off! I wanted to take some time to put this comparison together for you to make sure you’re actually getting what you paid for!

In today’s world of modern technology it’s becoming easier and easier for lazy companies around the world to copy somebody else’s innovation. Now, the Wisconsin, USA company J.W. Speaker Corporation is no exception! We recently got our hands on a set of real JW Speaker 6145 lights, and JW Speaker 8700 Evolution headlights and tested them against a counterfeit version to see what the differences are. What we found was not surprising. Afterall, if a product is worth copying in the first place, then somebody out there thought it was a great product and instead of creating their own they were unethical and just copied it.

The lights looked similar in size and shape, but all of the details were missing. The JW Speaker lights had way more light output, they are built with better materials (sealant, wires, connectors, lenses, etc…) and the fit & finish of the JW Speaker brand products was much nicer.

Here are some comparison pictures of the visuals of the JW Speaker products versus their Chinese counterfeit knockoff products to give you an idea of what to look out for when you’re trying to purchase the real thing. Hopefully this posting will help some people out if they are worried about being scammed by a seller.

Especially you should watch out for dishonest sellers trying to sell you the real thing on websites like Amazon, eBay and other international sales platforms on the internet. If you have any doubt, just compare their products to this review and there should be no question if it’s real or not!

 

First, here’s a comparison of the real JW Speaker 6145 LED fog light, and the Chinese knock-off version:

JW Speaker real and fake 15

It’s important to know if you are buying the real deal or someone’s cheap knockoff. Here’s a comparison picture side by side showing the JW Speaker 6145 and it’s terribly performing counterfeit copy.

 

JW Speaker real and fake

All JW Speaker LED fog lights are built using the industry’s best practices, even down to the details like how the lens sealant looks when finished! Not only is it important for the sealant around the lens to look good, but a poorly applied lens sealant will also cause moisture problems.

 

JW Speaker real and fake 2

On the original JW Speaker 6145 you can clearly see the Speaker logo embossed on the fog light bezel. The knockoff is blank.

JW Speaker real and fake 3

All JW Speaker LED headlights and fog lights come with a lifetime warranty, but they also tell you exactly what month and year they were manufactured. Here you can see the real one shows a sticker with the production date listed.

JW Speaker real and fake 4

Real JW Speaker lights do not cut corners, so in this side by side example you can see that the real one uses thick metal construction and high quality hardware components. The cheap Chinese version has thin metal attachments, and low quality components which will give you more issues during install.

 

JW Speaker real and fake 5

JW Speaker LED headlights and fog lights are sealed to IP67 waterproof ratings. This is evident in how the wires are sealed at the back of the housing. The Chinese knockoff of this light does not do a good job of sealing the back side of the housing from moisture.

JW Speaker real and fake 6

With real JW Speaker lights you will never find cut corners on quality even when it comes to the wiring and connectors. Here you can see that not only does the JW Speaker product use the highest quality connectors, but also heavier gauge wires.

JW Speaker 6145 real and fake beam patterns

Here you can see the real JW Speaker LED fog light beam pattern is brighter, taller, wider and has less weird shadows in the beam pattern. The fake light has a very small and un-impressive beam pattern.

 

Now, here’s a comparison of the real JW Speaker 8700 Evolution LED headlight, and the Chinese knock-off version:

 

JW Speaker real and fake 7

This is the JW Speaker 8700 Evolution side by side with a Chinese counterfeit knockoff product that’s supposed to look like the real thing. But trust me, they are very different!

JW Speaker real and fake 8

The back side looks very similar, but it’s the important details that matter such as the type of harness that is used, the moisture vents, and the wiring connections.

JW Speaker real and fake 9

The real JW Speaker headlight uses high quality moisture vents on the back side that are sized properly for the application, where the cheap knockoffs use random over-sized vent covers that will fail over time.

JW Speaker real and fake 10

JW Speaker LED headlights are sealed to an IP67 weatherproof rating, the Chinese knockoffs have no IP rating to speak of. You can see the different wiring methods used by both here and one is safe to use and the other is not. The Chinese version has the wires covered because they don’t want you to see how easy it is to get water into their housing.

JW Speaker real and fake 11

When you knock off a product you need to cut corners everywhere to make it cheaper. Even in the connectors! JW Speaker uses the industry’s best quality H4 style connectors, where the Chinese copy uses a low quality, inexpensive connector that is prone to having crimp and connection issues.

JW Speaker real and fake 12

The JW Speaker 8700 LED headlights are DOT and SAE approved, and it says so right on the lens! The cheap Chinese copy is not DOT, ECE, SAE, or any other 3-letter acronym approved by anyone! Also, JW Speaker LED headlights are made in the USA!

JW Speaker real and fake 13

Real JW Speaker LED headlights are easily recognizable because you can see the company logo stamped right into the bezel of the light. There’s no doubt if you’re getting the real thing here!

JW Speaker real and fake 14

One of the reasons JW Speaker LED headlights are better than cheap copies is they use the best materials in the business, and they do all their own product engineering. It’s not a randomly selected LED, it’s not an off-the-shelf optic, and it’s a custom built power supply. Here you can see that the knockoff headlight uses a tiny high beam projector, and cheap LED chips.

JW Speaker real and fake 16

All JW Speaker LED headlights will have identifying marks on them, including a handwritten inspection label so you know you’re getting the real deal!

JW Speaker real and fake 17

All JW Speaker LED headlights will have identifying marks on them, including a month and year label to indicate time of production, so you know you’re getting the real deal!

JW Speaker 8700 real and fake beam patterns

Here you can see the differences between the high and low beam outputs on the real versus fake headlights. The genuine JW Speaker products have no funny shadows being thrown around, and have a much higher power high beam. The Chinese knockoff lights look like the high beam might be better, but when shining down a road a couple hundred feet, the real American made JW Speaker headlights go about 3 times further down the road!

Hopefully this comparison helps you from getting ripped off in the future when you are trying to get a good quality product. Why waste your money on a cheap knockoff when the real thing is available from reputable dealers like Headlight Revolution, Black Top Racing, and Headlight Superstore!

How to install KC HiLiTES 7″ LED Headlights in the Jeep Wrangler

We recently came across this product install of the 7″ Round KC HiLiTES LED Headlights in a Jeep Wrangler. Keep reading to see how this Wrangler owner did the project.

Re-posted from the Wrangler Forum.  Write-up and pictures by user HSKR4X4 on http://www.wranglerforum.com.

KC HiLiTES 7″ LED Headlight Install

Install time: 20-45 minutes
Rating: EASY!
Let’s get started! Hopefully I am making this as easy as possible for those that are experienced and to newbies that have never touched their Jeeps. Here is what comes in box. (Make sure you obviously have both lights and both harnesses before starting)

KCHILITES 7INCH ROUND LED HEADLIGHTS

Tools needed:
Flat Head Screwdriver
T10 Torx Screwdriver
Pick Tool

First you need to undo the blinker/running lights on grille. You have two options depending on what you find easier. You can pull red tab, press the harness bottom tab and pull harness, or you can just twist the light housing and light when come out with harness still attached.

jeep wrangler blinker and harness

Next, opening hood. On each side of front of hood you will have two latches. You will need to pull back those hood latches on each side for hood to open enough to unlatch hood lever under hood. **Note** to Jeep owners that have never owned a Jeep before. There isn’t a hood lever to pull inside of Jeep.

Jeep wrangler hood latch

After propping the hood open, you will see on the top of grille 6 black push button tabs.

push tabs under jeep hood

Here is where you will need the flat head screwdriver and pick.

First take flat head screwdriver and pop at the plastic pin in the tab. (If the entire push button comes out that is fine)
Then take pick and gently go under tab to pop out.

After all 6 tabs are completely pulled out it is time to gently pull corners of grille. On each end of grille there is tabs behind and also down lower middle section. By pulling one or possibly even both ends “gently” that will help pull the rest of grille from Jeep.

taking out push tabs to release jeep grille

Place grille aside and this is what your Jeep should look like at this point.

removed Jeep grille

Now it is time to start pulling your factory headlights! Grab your T10 torx screwdriver (I’ve heard some Jeeps have a different size) and unscrew the chrome ring that goes around the actual headlight.

unscrewing jeep headlights

**BE AWARE THAT ONCE ALL FOR TORX SCREWS ARE PULLED, THE HEADLIGHT CAN FALL OUT** Make sure you are holding light in place with one of your hands!

unscrewing jeep headlights 2

Now that the ring is pulled, gently pull light out so you can see wiring harness behind.

**Note** My harness will be different due to having the KC HiLiTES H4 coversion 7″ Headlight upgrade.

On the wiring harness you will need to pull the red tab out then push the harness tab button and pull wiring harness apart.

jeep wrangler headlight harness

Once you have both headlights and harnesses pulled this is what you should have and what stage your Jeep should look like. Good time to grab some glass cleaner and wipe the grime off the chrome ring.

jeep with removed headlights removed jeep headlights

NOW TO THE UPGRADE!

Grab your new KC HiLiTES LED Headlights and harnesses and attach the yellow three pronged plug in to the back of headlight housing.

KC HiLiTES 7inch LED headlight back and harness

KC HiLiTES 7 LED headlights with harness attached

Now take headlights back to Jeep for final install!

Take wiring harness and plug back in to the green harness that is hard wired in to the Jeep. (Make sure after attaching harnesses to push back in red tab)

attaching KC HiLiTES 7inch  LED headlight to jeep

Next is lining up the headlights. (There is 4 little rectangle grooves that match up with the 4 rectangle boxes that will help you line up new headlights perfectly)

Once you have your headlight lined up, slide back on the chrome ring and start screwing in the 4 torx screws.

KC HiLiTES 7 inch LED headlight in place

Now that you have both headlights installed, check to make sure your low/high beams work!

KC HiLiTES 7inch LED headlight high and low

ALMOST DONE!!!

It is now time to put the grille back.

On each end once again there is two tabs and the rest will be holes to help you line up grille.

reinstalling jeep grille

Once lined up gently tap in from one side to other and you will see/hear everything go back in to place.

reinstalling jeep grille

Now that grill is lined up, take the tabs and put back in the 6 holes then take the 6 pins and slide in to the tab holes (They can only go in one way due to the grooves so don’t force)

jeep tabs and pins to hold grille

You’re now at the FINAL STEPS!

Put the blinker/running lights harness or lights back in.

installing jeep blinkers

Close hood and latch down…

DONE!!!!

installed KC HiLiTES 7 inch LED headlights

If you want to get your own set of 7″ Round LED Headlights from KC HiLites, you can find them for sale and many other LED headlights to fit your Jeep Wrangler here at Headlight Superstore!