Measurement Specs on the new GTR Lighting GEN 2 LED Headlight Bulbs

There’s a new LED headlight product out there that people are getting really excited about because it’s an LED bulb bright enough to be used in your fog lights or your headlights, and it’s not built like an HID conversion kit. The new GEN 2 LED Headlight bulbs by GTR Lighting have 2 really unique things going for them:

1. They are “All-In-One” which means there’s no external driver or ballast.

2. They come with 5 different color shields that allow you to have 6 different colors of light output!

These two benefits listed above also come with their own problems:

1. Because the LED driver is built in and the bulb is “all-in-one” it’s actually taller than the old style with the external driver even though the bulb part is shorter.

2. Because they have hot-swappable color shields when you’re using one it adds a little bit of size to the diameter of the light emitting portion, thus making it not work with the color shields installed in some applications. If your car has a tight fit for the bulb opening, you might only be able to use these bare, without the color shields. Here are some pictures to demonstrate:

Here you can see a side by side comparison of the GEN 1 LED Headlight bulbs (left) and the GEN 2 LED headlight bulbs (right).

Here you can see a side by side comparison of the GEN 1 LED Headlight bulbs (left) and the GEN 2 LED headlight bulbs (right).

Here you can see the underside of the two bulbs. The one with the silver metal fan is the original kit and has a much larger diameter than the new bulbs.

Here you can see the underside of the two bulbs. The one with the silver metal fan is the original kit and has a much larger diameter than the new bulbs.

This picture again shows the GEN 1 (left) versus the GEN 2 (right) and you can see the bulb base is smaller on the new bulbs, but the bulb length is longer also. This fixes one problem of having a large base, and potentially raises a new concern of the bulbs being too long to fit some applications. It's more important to have a smaller diameter than a short length, so the new design will definitely fit more applications.

This picture again shows the GEN 1 (left) versus the GEN 2 (right) and you can see the bulb base is smaller on the new bulbs, but the bulb length is longer also. This fixes one problem of having a large base, and potentially raises a new concern of the bulbs being too long to fit some applications. It’s more important to have a smaller diameter than a short length, so the new design will definitely fit more applications.

Here you can see all of the measurements from the GTR Lighting GEN 2 Dual Beam Headlight Bulbs.

Here you can see all of the measurements from the GTR Lighting GEN 2 Dual Beam Headlight Bulbs.

The new GEN 2 dual beam LED headlight bulbs from GTR Lighting are actually larger than the old style when you have a color shield installed, but this isn’t really a concern with the dual beam bulbs because housings for this style of bulb are huge. If for some reason you do run into a fitment issue with the dual beam bulbs (a very rare problem) you can always remove the color shields to gain some space and run them at 5,000K color.

The single beam bulbs from the new GTR Lighting LED conversion kit lineup come in 2 sizes: the larger styles like H11, 9005, and 9006, and the smaller styles like H1, H3, and 880.

Here are the sizes of the larger single beam styles:

Here you can see all of the measurements from the GTR Lighting GEN 2 Single Beam Headlight Bulbs.

Here you can see all of the measurements from the GTR Lighting GEN 2 Single Beam Headlight Bulbs.

Here are the sizes of the smaller single beam styles:

How to install 9004 or 9007 LED Headlight bulbs from GTR Lighting

OK, so I got my hands on a set of the 9007 LED headlight bulbs from GTR Lighting and I wanted to show you how to install them because at first glance it looks kind of tricky.

GTR Lighting GEN 2 9007 LED Headlight Bulb Install

 

The vehicle I’m going to demonstrate on is a headlight from a 2002 Ford F250. This is a very common headlight and I will tell you this: These headlights suck!!! No matter which types of bulbs you use, high power halogen, HID or new LED style headlight bulbs, these housings are awful and it’s impossible to get amazing light output from them. Your best bet for amazing light is a light bar or a projector retrofit… but that’s a whole other story! For now we’re going to try to put these GEN 2 9007 LED Headlight Bulbs from GTR Lighting into these housings.

The original 9007 halogen bulb is held in place by a retainer. In the case of this Ford F250, the retainer is very tall. Sometimes they are snort and sometimes they are tall, but they all work the same way. The retainer goes on top of the bulb and holds it in place.

The original 9007 halogen bulb is held in place by a retainer. In the case of this Ford F250, the retainer is very tall. Sometimes they are snort and sometimes they are tall, but they all work the same way. The retainer goes on top of the bulb and holds it in place.

Here you can see how the original halogen bulb sits when you take the retainer off.

Here you can see how the original halogen bulb sits when you take the retainer off.

The new GTR Lighting GEN 2 LED Headlight Bulb is a little longer than the original halogen bulb, but it doesn't matter for this application because there is nothing inside the housing to interfere with it. The mounting method is identical. The new LED bulb has the same mounting collar as the halogen bulb.

The new GTR Lighting GEN 2 LED Headlight Bulb is a little longer than the original halogen bulb, but it doesn’t matter for this application because there is nothing inside the housing to interfere with it. The mounting method is identical. The new LED bulb has the same mounting collar as the halogen bulb.

Here's an aerial view showing the slots in the mounting collar between the original halogen bulb and the new GTR Lighting LED headlight bulb. They insert into the headlight housing the exact same way as each other.

Here’s an aerial view showing the slots in the mounting collar between the original halogen bulb and the new GTR Lighting LED headlight bulb. They insert into the headlight housing the exact same way as each other.

The housing for either a 9004 or a 9007 will have 3 alignment tabs inside like this. The bulb will only seat one way.

The housing for either a 9004 or a 9007 will have 3 alignment tabs inside like this. The bulb will only seat one way.

This is how the new 9007  LED headlight bulb should seat when you have it resting on the housing. There should be no gaps, it installs perfectly flat.

This is how the new 9007 LED headlight bulb should seat when you have it resting on the housing. There should be no gaps, it installs perfectly flat.

The original retainer that held the halogen bulb in place will likely NOT fit over the top of your new LED headlight bulbs, they are far too large to facilitate the heat sink and cooling fan.

The original retainer that held the halogen bulb in place will likely NOT fit over the top of your new LED headlight bulbs, they are far too large to facilitate the heat sink and cooling fan.

The mounting collar on the LED headlight bulbs comes off easily by twisting it. Separate all the parts and re-install the original headlight bulb retainer between the heat sink of the LED bulb, and the mounting collar.

The mounting collar on the LED headlight bulbs comes off easily by twisting it. Separate all the parts and re-install the original headlight bulb retainer between the heat sink of the LED bulb, and the mounting collar.

 

When you have the original mounting adapter installed between the heat sink and the LED bulb collar, then you can install everything like the factory bulb was installed.

When you have the original mounting adapter installed between the heat sink and the LED bulb collar, then you can install everything like the factory bulb was installed.

Here are a couple notes about the final install:

1. If you have a tall mounting adapter like shown in these pictures, it may be a good idea to either drill holes in it to allow the LED bulb fan to “breathe” and flow more air to keep it cool, or just trim the excess material off to allow the LED heat sink fan/bulb to be fully exposed.

2. In order to get the LED bulb and mounting adapter fitted to the housing there are several things to line up and it can be a tricky puzzle! Just examine it and see how everything fits together. The housing has alignment posts, the LED bulb collar has 2 alignment posts, and the mounting adapter for the original bulb has 2 sets of alignment posts!!! Everything has to be put together just right.

3. This install guide is specific to the early 2000’s Ford trucks that use 9007 or 9004 headlights, but the basic premise should be universal to anyone trying to install 9004 or 9007 LED headlight bulbs.

How to Remove Radio Interference Using Ferrite Coils for HID and LED Headlights

Many people nowadays are installing aftermarket HID and/or LED conversion kits in their headlights and fog lights. These new conversion kits use an external power booster, called a Ballast for HID setups and a Driver for LED setups. Both of these external power supplies do similar functions, but technically they are quite different. Also, both of these products create RFI (Radio Frequency Interference); in fact every electronic device ever made creates RFI, but there are different types of this electrical interference. Sometimes when installing an LED conversion kit or an HID conversion kit in your vehicle the result can be better, brighter light, but also a side effect of AM or FM radio interference. This is characterized by where you once were able to pick up a radio station, with the new lights installed and turned on, now that same radio station is just white noise.

Here is an example of a DIY ferrite coil that can be used in lighting installs.

Here is an example of a DIY ferrite coil that can be used in lighting installs.

The solution for your problem might be what is called a ferrite coil, also known as a ferrite bead, a ferrite choke, or an RFI choke. All of these names mean the same thing. Ferrite beads prevent interference in two directions: from a device or to a device. A conductive cable such as the input power for the HID or LED headlight bulbs acts as an antenna – if the device produces radio frequency energy, this can be transmitted through the cable, which acts as an unintentional radiator. In this case the bead may be required to reduce RFI. Conversely, if there are other sources of RFI, such as an ignition module or battery charging alternator, the bead prevents the cable from acting as an antenna and receiving interference from these other devices.

Ferrite coils are already used in everyday household uses. You can find them on USB cables, power cords for your television or home stereo, and even on input power cables on your automotive satellite radio:

Ferrite coils are commonly used in household electronics to reduce interference signals.

Ferrite coils are commonly used in household electronics to reduce interference signals.

LED Conversion Kits Small Ferrite Coil:

For an LED Headlight conversion kit you can use a large ferrite coil and wind the input power wires around it, or you can use a small ferrite coil, and just clamp it over the power cable:

LED Conversion Kits Large Ferrite Coil:

 

HID Conversion Kits Small Ferrite Coil:

For the HID conversion kits you can put a smaller ferrite choke around the power input cable of the ballast like this:

HID Conversion Kits Large Ferrite Coil:

For the HID conversion kits you can put a larger ferrite choke around the power input cable where the small wires are exposed. This allows you to wrap the wiring around the choke for a better result. This is how to install the larger ferrite coil:

Sources for Ferrite coils:
Large style designed for looping wires around coil: RND-6 ( Wurtz number 7427151 ) snap on chokes
The inside hole size is 0.57″ (over 1/2″, 14.5 mm)

Small style designed snap onto power input cable: RCT2 RFI Radio Frequency Interference Ferrite Chokes – Black
measures approximately 1.25 x .75 x 75 inches

Which Bulbs Fit the 2015 Nissan Altima SV?

I recently got my hands on a new 2015 Nissan Altima SV and at the time of writing this there is no database online or at the dealership that said what bulbs the vehicle took for headlights and fog lights. We wanted to upgrade the low beam headlights and the fog lights to LED or HID bulbs so to do the install we just had to tear the car apart and find out what it had under the hood!

Here’s what we found: On this particular 2015 Nissan Altima SV it used H11 low beam headlight bulbs and H11 fog light bulbs. We ended up going with 2 pairs of the GTR Lighting H11 LED Headlight conversion kit found here. These fit in the stock fog light and headlight housings perfectly with no modification necessary. They were 100% plug and play. We installed the lights, zip-tied up all the wiring and turned them on. That’s all there was to it!

Here are the pictures of a comparison between stock and the new LED bulbs from GTR Lighting:

The H11 LED headlight conversion kit from GTR Lighting is plug and play on the new Altima and they are WAY brighter than stock bulbs!

The H11 LED headlight conversion kit from GTR Lighting is plug and play on the new Altima and they are WAY brighter than stock bulbs!

The H11 LED headlight conversion kit from GTR Lighting is plug and play on the new Altima and they are WAY brighter than stock bulbs!

The H11 LED headlight conversion kit from GTR Lighting is plug and play on the new Altima and they are WAY brighter than stock bulbs!

The H11 LED headlight conversion kit from GTR Lighting is plug and play on the new Altima and they are WAY brighter than stock bulbs!

The H11 LED headlight conversion kit from GTR Lighting is plug and play on the new Altima and they are WAY brighter than stock bulbs!

The H11 LED headlight conversion kit from GTR Lighting is plug and play on the new Altima and they are WAY brighter than stock bulbs!

The H11 LED headlight conversion kit from GTR Lighting is plug and play on the new Altima and they are WAY brighter than stock bulbs!

 

As you can see from the above pictures, the LED headlight kits are twice as bright as the original lights, and here you can see the completed lights.

GTR Lighting H11 LED Bulbs installed in the fog lights and low beams.

GTR Lighting H11 LED Bulbs installed in the fog lights and low beams.

GTR Lighting H11 LED Bulbs installed in the fog lights and low beams.

GTR Lighting H11 LED Bulbs installed in the fog lights and low beams.

GTR Lighting H11 LED Bulbs installed in the fog lights and low beams.

GTR Lighting H11 LED Bulbs installed in the fog lights and low beams.

GTR Lighting H11 LED Bulbs installed in the fog lights and low beams.

GTR Lighting H11 LED Bulbs installed in the fog lights and low beams.

WARNING: HID Bulbs Will Melt Subaru BRZ Fog Lights – Try These LEDs Instead!

Did you know HID lights will melt the fogs on your BRZ? We will show you what happened to our BRZ and show you 2 good high power LED options so you can STILL have upgraded fog lights.

 

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If you’re like us, we love the look and power of HID bulbs in our vehicles and will use them any chance we get. So when it came to updating the Subaru BRZ we went all out and put HIDs in the headlights and fog lights. The strength and intensity of HID lights make them a perfect safety upgrade in headlights and fog lights during poor weather conditions. However, we found out that HIDs were not an ideal choice for our Subaru BRZ fog lights. In the Subaru BRZ, the power of the HID bulbs was too great for the fog light housings; within a few days they began to melt.

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HID light sources provide the brightest illumination available and are considered the benchmark against which other forward lighting technologies are measured. HID light sources provide three to four times the light output of standard halogen light sources and promote better driving visibility by providing enhanced peripheral vision and improved down-road illumination. HID Bulbs use up to 65% less energy than conventional lighting and can last up to 10 times longer, but all of that light creates heat. I recommend never installing HID bulbs in Subaru BRZ fog lights. We had these 35w HIDs installed in the fog lights for 1 week until we noticed some bubbles forming on the lens. Then within another week we also noticed the chrome reflector starting to flake and melt. As soon as we could, we ordered new housings and replaced them with new LED lights instead.

So now what, are you stuck with dim, yellow light in your BRZ fog lights? Not to worry, we’ve found two great options from Black Top Racing that will look great and keep your fog light housings intact.

Their first option is a 950 lumen 80 watt LED bulb from GTR Lighting. These bulbs will give you the crisp, white light of HID, with the long life and simplicity of LED bulb replacement.

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Comparison of stock bulb and GTR Lighting LED Bulb in fog light housing.

 

Their second option is a complete LED Conversion Kit that boasts 2,200 lumens per bulb—that’s up to 2.5 times the output of standard halogen bulbs! Totally plug and play, this kit will give you the crisp, white 6000k look of HID without the higher HID price tag. Although the LED Conversion Kit doesn’t quite match the power level of HID, the LED Kit is a great choice where heat and melting issues arise. The LED bulbs in the Conversion Kit are molded from aluminum to conduct and dissipate heat through the bulb.  Also, an embedded fan in each bulb creates a forced-air cooling system to cool the bulb, prolong the bulb life, and protect your fog light housings.

 

LED bulb in housing.

LED bulb in housing.

Comparison of stock bulb and GTR Lighting  LED Conversion Kit bulb in a fog light housing

Comparison of stock bulb and GTR Lighting LED Conversion Kit bulb in a fog light housing

So if you want to update your Subaru BRZ fog lights, learn from our mistake and looking into these other great options. And if your looking to make any other upgrades to your Subaru BRZ, take a look at all the other BRZ specific options Black Top Racing has to offer.

GTR Lighting LED bulbs at SEMA 2012!

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

The 2012 SEMA show was an awesome event, just like every year and during last week’s event was the first time ever you could see the new 24-LED bulb replacements on display at such an event. Here are two vehicles showcasing the colored LED bulb replacements, first on the Kia Forte “Cyborg” concept build inside the Kia booth. Secondly in the Smart Wax booth installed on the new Scion XB.

GTR Lighting 24-LED Bulbs

These are the 24-LED bulbs from GTR Lighting used in these show cars.

The 2012 Kia Forte looks great with aftermarket LED bulbs in the front housing because there is no amber reflector to block the great looking bulb. I don’t recommend using a red bulb up front like KIA did, but it looks cool for the show!

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

You can see a little more about the booth Kia put up, the silver Cyborg car build is in the background here.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

Kia Forte LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

The “Cyborg Forte” custom build at 2012 SEMA was part of a superhero display and used red LED bulbs in the front parking light spot by GTR Lighting.

The new Scion XB built and setup in the Speed Wax booth at the SEMA Show used a set of white LED bulbs in the front turn signal housings which is a cool effect because it adds a daytime running light or driving light effect where there previously wasn’t one. This particular show car had a strobe light module set up that looked really great, but just adding the LED bulbs in place looked fantastic as well! If you want to get the same type of bulbs for your Scion, click here for details!

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

Scion XB LED Bulbs at SEMA from GTR Lighting

This new Scion XB is using a set of white LED bulbs from GTR Lighting in the Smart Wax booth at SEMA 2012.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About HID Lighting

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Not all HID bulbs are created equally!

1) Standard low beams cease to provide enough visibility when driving above 35 to 40 mph. The best case scenario would be for all drivers to use high beams all the time and use technology to keep the light out of oncoming drivers’ eyes. (Osram-Sylvania)

2) ALL headlamps produce glare that can reduce the ability for oncoming drivers to see. (Osram-Sylvania)

3) According to the AAA Foundation’s report, called “Countermeasures for Reducing the Effects of Headlight Glare” (2002), as many as 50 percent of all headlamps on the road, or 110 million  vehicles, may have mis-aimed headlights! Shock, vibration and wear and tear are the greatest contributors to headlamp misalignment. (AAA Foundation)

4) Poorly manufactured, “knock-off” products can cause glare and imitate the blue hue associated with fully-compliant, street-legal HID products. In order to be a true HID product it must consist of one xenon bulb PLUS one xenon ballast.  (GTR Lighting)

5) When headlamps are aimed properly, there is no difference in the amount of light that reaches the eyes of oncoming drivers whether the vehicle has halogen or HID light sources. (HID Reviews)

6) All drivers are not equal. Glare affects each person differently, often depending on age and environment. (HID Reviews)

7) OSRAM-Sylvania is the only company worldwide manufacturing a completely mercury-free HID system solution, comprised of the light source and necessary electronics to optimally operate it. The OSRAM system allows customers to streamline the development and approval process for mercury-free systems. Mercury-free xenon technology is the future of lighting! (Osram-Sylvania)

8) Although 4,300K HID bulbs are thought of as being the “brightest”, they are not the most reflective. A 6,000K or 8,000K produces negligibly less light output, but has more reflective properties making it better for spotting animals at night, and seeing road signs from further distances away. (Top Line Group Automotive)

9) Unlike other colors in the HID “Kelvin” spectrum, 3,000K gets its golden hue from an iridescent coating on the bulb. This coating has a slight affect on the power of the light output, but a 3,000K HID bulb powered by a 35w ballast will still be significantly brighter than a regular halogen bulb. (Eagle Eye Lights)

10) Neither Philips nor Osram-Sylvania are in the business of manufacturing aftermarket HID conversion kits, non-OEM style HID ballasts (35w or 55w) and they do not produce xenon bulbs in different color ratings other than original equipment colors. It is very common to find copyright infringement in the aftermarket HID world, so if you see “Genuine Philips HID Kit” or “Real Sylvania HID Kit Bulbs” just know you are being lied to. If the company selling these products is willing to lie to you about who manufactured them, what else are they willing to lie to you about? If you want to know what you’re really buying, try one of these premium HID conversion kits. (Top Line Group Automotive) (Philips Electronics N.V.)