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I'm considering switching out the headlights on my Caterham S3 with their newer LED headlights. It looks like its about $800 for a new pair. Has anyone done it? Is it worth the cost and bother? I don't drive at night often, but when I do, the headlights are appallingly dim.

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I'm considering switching out the headlights on my Caterham S3 with their newer LED headlights. It looks like its about $800 for a new pair. Has anyone done it? Is it worth the cost and bother? I don't drive at night often, but when I do, the headlights are appallingly dim.

 

I swapped with the more reasonable amazon/china replica models. I started with 7in and then did 5 3/4in setup. Both have very good output even for the price but I wasn't happy with how 7in ones were sitting in the bucket.

 

5 3/4 sit perfect and are almost exact replicas of OEM. Hard to tell difference unless you know what you're looking for.

 

It's not quite OEM but it's also not $1000 (after conversion and shipping etc)

 

If you want just the output I'd get better bulbs, even LED replacements.

 

If you want output and style, go replica.

 

If you want best quality and best output then get ready to spend the $$ to get the best of each. Only you can say if it's worth it.

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As a lighting designer I can tell you that LED choice can be tricky.

Forget about the physical fixture look.

Concentrate of what lighting is supposed to accomplish; illuminating a dark roadway at night without blinding oncoming traffic.

 

Designing a LED fixture that can maker the road look like daylight is slam dunk easy. To do so without completely blinding oncoming traffic is a completely different story.

IMO auto headlight LED lighting is in its infancy. Stick to the tried and true until The Experts have figured it out and offer complete fixture replacements.

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I was extremely happy with the Harley Davidson 5 3/4" LEDs on my Storker. They did give the front a different look, but the light pattern was spectacular at night. The illumination was very clear.

 

I did have some pretty decent luck with Sylvania XtraVision H4s.

 

Here are some good American made LEDs...https://www.jwspeaker.com/products/

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For what it's worth here is a good comparison of good LED vs China stuff and what the difference in beam and light out put is

 

 

Thanks for this! Now, if only the OEM JL Wrangler headlights weren't also $800... :leaving:

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Only an opinion but here is what I did / am doing.

 

The price for "Caterham" LED headlights was harsh so I looked at alternative's and found these on Amazon.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Wisamic-5-3-5-75-LED-Headlight/dp/B01DZU30S0/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=led+headlights+5+3%2F4&qid=1565319813&s=gateway&sr=8-1

 

I have run them for over a year and there are a couple of other local Caterham runners Locally using them. They are at least twice as bright as stock and cut a wide-angle, rectangular pattern that is helpful. Plug-and-play for three-prong connections and the price is worth the experiment even if they may be OJ (oriental junk). Two spares in the boot just in case!

 

I also invested in rears and front markers from Just Add Lightness in the UK. In the middle of mounting them on a total rebuild but I can share that lighting them with a battery and comparing them to stock Caterham is scary. Stoopid bright. and it is obvious they cater to Caterham owners. Even have LED plate light replacements and they include .

ALL mounting hardware.

 

https://www.justaddlightness.co.uk/why-change-to-led/

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