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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:00 am

Yes, the fan is a moving part that could fail. In addition it adds a low hum to a quiet car. Although, that is only audible with the car stopped and climate control off.

There are LED retrofit kits that do not use a fan on their heat sink (many seem to use flexible copper braid). I wonder how effective those passively cooled heat sinks are, especially in an enclosed headlight shroud.

From the pictures I've seen of the LED headlight assembly on the SL, the large heat sink is exposed to air under the hood and doesn't need a fan. Another MNL member had swapped his halogen headlights with the LED units from an SL.
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NeilBlanchard
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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:56 pm

powersurge wrote:I really don't like the idea of a cooling fan that can fail and burn out your headlights.. don't they make these with a heat sink instead??


I have some that use copper braid loops for the heat sink, and they work well. They look like this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X74YM3C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:25 pm

How do those install to the stock wiring harness?
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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:27 pm


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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:39 pm



You never really know if the claims are true until you try them. Or, preferably, someone else does!
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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:51 pm

The humming noise is too noticable for me.
Has anybody tried one of those fan-less one? Does it also generates humming noise?
How can you buy the LED upgrade from the SL?
It sounds like you need to contact the dealership.

Thanks!!!

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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:42 pm

I have some that use copper braid loops for the heat sink, and they work well. They look like this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X7 ... UTF8&psc=1


Neil, I'd really like to read more from you about these. Are the low beams as good as the OEM halogen low beams? I'll be driving my current Leaf a lot longer than I thought (I'm getting the lease extension to get a 2018) and I want to fix the terrible high beams, but not at the expense of the low beams, because I use Low 90% of the time.
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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:30 pm

The model I provided earlier in the thread has a fan that I can't even hear. I have another set in my other leaf that is quite noticeable.
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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:29 pm

@Phatcat: The one with fan that you recommend, does it hum?

This one is fan-less but it has a driver that may make it impossible for the entire kit to fit inside the dust cover.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DU ... J02G5YJMFN

This one is also fan-less. Unfortunately the seller does not include a photo of the entire kit.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4 ... TZWWNHJEDX

I am considering buying one of these or another model that is also fan-less.

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Re: LED Headlight kit 2017 Leaf SV

Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:52 pm

Th description of the first one is too much hype.
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