sulfate125
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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Thu May 22, 2014 1:38 pm

The one on the right.

a2t
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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:12 pm

they should make a less f-ugly headlight while they are at it. why does the leaft headlights sit up 3" above the body? worst styling faux pas ive ever seen. if they made a flush headlight, the front end (at least) would look acceptable.

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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:53 pm

Aerodynamics. It's been discussed in detail here before...
a2t wrote:they should make a less f-ugly headlight while they are at it. why does the leaft headlights sit up 3" above the body? worst styling faux pas ive ever seen. if they made a flush headlight, the front end (at least) would look acceptable.
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Wufnu
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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:24 pm

As also seen on the Juke... :roll:

Those weren't added for aerodynamics but rather so that Juke owners can feel they're driving a unique car. Unique is a good word for it. A polite word.

a2t
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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:48 pm

They're fugly somebody needs to release normal looking lights. Flush to body nothing is under there plenty of room.

kikngas
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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:49 am

a2t wrote:They're fugly somebody needs to release normal looking lights. Flush to body nothing is under there plenty of room.
I had seen elsewhere that the flare in the headlights was to deflect just enough air so that the side mirrors did not make excessive buffeting sounds at highway speeds. And I suppose the lack of buffeting sounds implies overall improved aerodynamics as well.

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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:45 pm

a2t wrote:they should make a less f-ugly headlight while they are at it. why does the leaft headlights sit up 3" above the body? worst styling faux pas ive ever seen. if they made a flush headlight, the front end (at least) would look acceptable.
Thanks to the electric drive the vehicle is very quiet. By removing the motor noise, other noises that were normally unnoticeable, became annoying. Among those, iirc, were the windshield wiper-motors and turbulence around the side mirrors. A special windshield-wiper motor was developed instead of using an off-the-shelf part. For the side mirror noise, the headlight profile was altered so as to split the airflow around the mirror:

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I like form to follow function and so I have no problems with the headlight design. In fact I quite like it. From an aesthetic standpoint I find them attractive and somewhat sensual. Try closing your eyes next time you're washing the car. :lol:
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:18 pm

Back on the LED headlight bulbs: what is the wattage of these? The Amazon site mentions 50W, which is the same as typical halogen bulbs, so there would not be any energy savings.

What I am hoping for is a 15-20W LED bulb, that is better and somewhat brighter. Jumping from ~1400 lumens all the way to 3600 seems like they cannot be legal, or at least you will gain the ire of other drivers.

Edit: here are some 24W / 28W H4 LED bulbs that are 2200 / 2500 lumens:

http://www.amazon.com/Generic-2500LM-50 ... 237&sr=1-2

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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:42 pm

When you try to use a plug-in replacement LED in place of a bulb with a filament, you get a giant crock of crap.

Headlamp reflectors and lenses are Engineered to direct light from a specific source location, in a well defined way to
a well delineated target.

LED replacements NEVER provide light from the same place or in the same way.
If you don't care.. use a kerosene lantern and walk in front of your car ringing a gong.
Neither of which will deplete your battery, and wont be much worse, functionally.. and safer for other drivers ! :mrgreen: :twisted: :roll:

Fail Guaranteed.

Either get the Nissan Parts in their entirety... or leave well enough alone.

You will save somebody's neck...
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Re: Retrofitting LED headlights into 2014 leaf S?

Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:51 am

I have order some of these:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O8RPFAG/ref ... TE_3p_dp_1

They are 20W each, and up 2400 lumen (probably the high beam). I will report back after I try them, on the light quality and their focus.

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