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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:38 pm

OrientExpress wrote:Yes, that LED bulb does stick out a bit more, but just make sure that it is firmly seated in the connector. Some have taken electrical tape and wound it around the base of the LED and the connector to hold it in. Road vibration is not an issue, but the bulb can be knocked out of the connector when it is removed if you are not careful. And if the bulb falls into the headlight assembly, then say good-bye to it.


I'm glad this is noticed by others too, what I have done is dab the socket where it meets the plastic sleeve on the LED with some super glue, and then reinforced it with electrical tape. It's pretty snug now. I'm mainly worried about road vibration as I take extra care installing and removing the bulbs.

However my ordeal apparently isn't over! When I was installing the high beam bulb I discovered that one of the adapter cable (from bulb to the OEM harness) is the incorrect one! The two poles are two far apart so it can't be plugged into the harness. I'm gonna have to contact the eBay seller see if he can send me another one.

Also, I think my dome light bulb is way too dim, it's "3022-NW4: Natural White" from superbrightleds.com. Is there another one that you recommend that's significantly brighter? The one I got also seem to concentrate the light on a dot on the lens, I'd prefer one that's more evenly distributed.

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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Sun Jun 28, 2015 7:18 am

The LED dome light that I use on our LEAF is a 4 emitter festoon, but unfortunately, I don't know the details on it. It's a bulb I pulled from my bench stock, and I don't know where I got it from. This one is plenty bright, and is a 6K natural light color. See if you can find something in Superbrightled's catalog that looks like this one.

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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:18 pm

I bought a couple of 12 LED festoon bulbs to replace my dome and cargo lights. Since my previous weak bulb was 30mm I thought the 31mm wouldn't be a problem. Boy was I wrong, the OEM bulbs appear to be 28mm. I had to bend the contacts to make them fit, but I sure hope I don't have to change it often as the contacts may break off if I bend it a couple more times. Too bad eBay only has 6000k white ones as the the old one is 4500k natural white that fit my LED map light much better.
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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:10 pm

For those of us who are leasing, and want a cheap, non-invasive, Plug & Play way to improve the high beams, I offer this: I bought a pair of Philips "X-Treme Power" H13 bulbs for abut $25 on Ebay. I sure didn't buy them for the awful name name (or the brand) but because reviews were surprisingly good, and $25 with no real work isn't a big risk. The result? There is no visible improvement in high beam effectiveness under city conditions (meaning lots of street lights), but when I got on a dark county road that I travel often, there was a modest but definite improvement. I used to reflexively switch on the High beams on that road, but then give up and go back to the nice bright Low beams. The new bulbs, which look the same as the OEM units except for a polished, reflective end cap, appear to add just enough light "volume" to somewhat fill in those dark voids we have gotten used to seeing with the High beams on. The result is still poor by modern standards, but at least my High beams are once again usable for something other than signaling to other drivers that theirs are on.

It's worth noting what most of us have already noticed: those Nissan headlight units do a *terrible* job of putting the (high beam) light in the right space, while keeping it out of the treetops, and the new bulbs just make that more obvious.
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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:46 am

First, thanks all for the guidance, pictures and reference links. I used the suggested LEDs to perform the mod. One hr on the left an 10 min on the right. Took a few min to interpret the instruction manual and test fit the bulbs. I'm curious about the solution of drilling hole in the bulb cap. I simply used the rubber adapter boot to install the lights as shown in the manual on the H13 pages. O-ring on bulb at base of bulb comes off and rubber boot provides plenty of friction to keep bulb stationary. With the bulb inserted thru the boot, the flexible boot seals between the bulb adapter collar and heatsink and has ample coverage for the hole that the dust cap would have covered. The cup and wires that pass thru remain intact and simply plug to the bulb heatsink using the adapter cable. They can be arranged nicely next to each bulb position to stay organized.
The resulting beams are slightly blurred at the top cutoff and may be adjusted slightly downward if preferred. Its very important to observe the positioning of the pins and slots on the bulb body and plastic collar to match large/small slots for correct bulb hi-low placement. As was mentioned, the passenger side seems to be clocked about 30deg diff than drivers side. I also put a SMALL amount of silicone grease on the front face of the bulb heatsink so it would be easier to twist while compressing the rubber boot between it and the bulb inserted thru the white adaptor collar.

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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:24 pm

It looks like the H9 kit is now available for under $40. Tempted since I will change jobs and the roads to the new work place will not be illuminated.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/371469609244

Will this work the high beam on a 2011 SL with LED on the low beam?
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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:19 pm

I used this kit and was not happy with the beam pattern. I put the H-9's back in.
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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:54 pm

I just finish installing the LEDs and drive around for 10 minutes. It is a bit foggy out and it does seem to have an unusual pattern. I took the 2015 (LED low beam) out too but the fog is not ... stable to compare. It looks to me that the 2015 has similar coverage and patterns, but because of the lower output irregularities are not so visible. Is it true that H9 stock has 2100 lumens and the LED 3600? Also important: is is legal?
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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:38 pm

I purchased a set from the link 3 posts above - seller "cenn2010" on eBay. The first light went in easy and looked lovely, but the second light wouldn't plug in and I'm back to the halogens.I think it has a manufacturing defect that prevent the wire pigtail from plugging into the headlight; it looks like there is excess solder inside the socket. The seller has been slow to respond and suggested they refund me $5, which is useless as it leaves me with only half a set of headlights. I'll update when I hear back from them next.
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Re: UPDATED- LEAF LED High-Beam upgrade

Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:40 pm

BTW, these look identical (down to the packaging) to the ones linked in the first post.
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