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Denali projectors vs aftermarket vs LED in halogen headlights

Discussion in 'Exterior' started by dwinters14, Jan 23, 2021.

Which Headlight option?

  1. Spyder Aftermarket

    66.7%
  2. New Denali (Black out chrome)

    33.3%
  3. LED bulb in stock housing

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  1. dwinters14

    dwinters14 TYF Newbie

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    I'm looking around at ways to improve my lighting. There isn't much option for what I want so I wanted to get some opinions.

    I've always installed HID's in projector housings, and I still feel that's what I want to do. I found new denali headlights on carparts for $190 or so but I'd probably look around for some used ones and polish the lens. The reason I like this route is it's OEM, so I'm expecting good beam angle and reliability. What I don't like is the chrome bezel. I would probably take the headlight apart and remove the chrome.

    Secondly is the Spyder style headlights, which are cool. But I'm not a fan of the LED strip on it. I really only want the black projector housing, but I do like them. My con is their price. Especially compared to them OEM housing with a bulb.

    Thirdly is using the stock housing for LED's. This seems to be possible without blinding everyone, but LED's seem to have issues with overheating, fitment and are pretty expensive. I've gotten away with $70 HID kits in the past that worked great for quite some time. These LED's look to be around $200 for good ones and that's just headlights. This also doesn't address the resistor issues with them.

    Thoughts?
     
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    adventurenali92 Full Access Member

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    My advice is that you get what you pay for. Geat cheap housing, LEDs or HIDs, you will be replacing EVERYTHING often.

    I have an LED setup in aftermarket black lenses with Wrap around LED tube style lighting. I like the setup. They work fairly well. Light pattern is good. I will say this though I kinda want to upgrade the projectors to accommodate a good HID setup in the projector lense for the lowbeams. and then keep the good LEDs I have setup in my high beams. But that’s just me.
     
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    dwinters14 TYF Newbie

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    Yeah, that's why I'm leaning to OEM denali headlights. I think I'm gonna do that and go from there.
     
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    I agree with adventurenali, you get what you pay for. On mine I ordered the bracket from Custom Brackets & Designs and the Morimoto Bi-Xenon Mini H-1 Stage III 8.0. These are so much better that OEM and would highly recommend these. This is really a bolt in and plug and play kit. I think I had this done and installed in about 1.5 hours.
     
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    dwinters14 TYF Newbie

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    Thanks for the link!
     
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    This is the route I’m thinking to go as well, now that I’m comfortable with modding my rig and I’m not terrified of modding my headlights now hahaha.
    Edit: just so I’m clear, the kit you linked above^ that kit is the bracket AND the projectors? Or just the bracket? I’m wanting the bracket AND the projectors. Lol
     
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    Put HID's , Halo's and Morimoto LED fog lights from The HID Factory, Switch back daytime running

    Front end lights on.jpg Tahoe 2013 Halos and HID.jpg
     
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    The link is only for the brackets, but I got everything from them. If you call Nathanael Carriere (Owner) at 410-336-8883 he will let you know what you need for your application and also give you killer deal! And he is super fast in getting things shipped out. Just let him know that Eric sent you!
     
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    Thanks man!! Appreciate it! I ordered the brackets. I’ll call and ask about the projectors.
     
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    He really helped me, and I thought that knew what I needed/wanted! LOL! here are a couple of pics of mine.

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