Wipac LED headlight upgrade

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Wipac LED headlight upgrade

I have spent the early part of the year upgrading all the lights on my SV to LED's and now just have the headlights to convert to finish this part of the restoration.

Having completed quite a bit of research, I wanted to share my experiences and get a feeling for the path that others have taken. I should caveat that I currently have original 7" headlights and am keen to stick to this size for several reasons, but not least to minimize the rewiring that comes with new 5 3/4" assemblies.

My first conclusion is that the cheap LED upgrades from Amazon and Ebay, whilst tempting are a false economy and probably illegal in the UK - a really good YouTube video here which reviews a wide range: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peFLmu2MfTg

So, the remaining contenders seem to be Morimoto, JW Speaker or kc-highlights; but these are simply too expensive at £800 - £1000 for the pair to upgrade.

However, I have found what I think might be a good compromise from Wipac: https://www.wipac-led.com/find-out-more. These claim to be UK legal and MOT compliant (assuming correct alignment of course). The best price I have found for these is about £400 for the pair here: https://www.paddockspares.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=s709

I would be very interested in any practical experience of these units, or any general guidance that might help with the decision?

James.

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I have a Wipac set of sidelights on my Defender. Within a month one had water ingress. The supplier swapped, no problem. I think the majority, no matter what make are made in the PRC so for me it comes down the quality and customer service  of the UK supplier or distributor. Also whether the lights are supposedly compliant and the supplier will back that statement up.

 

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Martyn Edwards - 07565 975 513
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Save yourself a fortune and get some H4 LED bulbs from classiccarleds.co.uk. Had mine 4 years, still going strong, lots of use, great upgrade. Easy fitting. Mention L7C for a discount.

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Thank you, ill follow this up with them; a cheaper option is welcome, especially as I don't tend to use the car at night. I was under the impression that the performance of these wasn't great; but I guess the tech moves on pretty fast!

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Get some better side light bulbs to for use as DRLs, my side lights are bright enough to drive at night with.... Drive with them on all the time. Infact all my bulbs are from them , don't forget a new relay if changing all indicator bulbs. I can find out bulb part numbers if you like. Cheers

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I currently drive with the dipped beam on all the time, mainly for visibility, but the current original bulbs just provide what seems like a dim glow and I am certain to leave them on by mistake one day....

I have upgraded the indicators, brake lights etc - and got a super loud new LED relay, all of which works well. Its just the headlights to go - I chose to do this bit last because of the MOT alignment and pattern challenges and cost of the LED sealed units. Your path sounds much more appealing and i will probably take it.

Any part numbers much appreciated, but please don't go to any trouble - I can call classiccarleds and have a chat with them about it.

Thanks again, James.

 

 

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+1 for classiccarleds. 

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Just tell Duncan it's for a Caterham and he'll advise. Great service and at £55 in 2018, a lot cheaper.

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Yes, call Duncan he is a very informative guy.

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Have a read through this thread from last year - I am very happy with my lens and LED bulb upgrade.

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Hi Garth, I thought I had read all the LED headlamp related posts on this forum, but I had missed this one - thank you.

On the advice of the forum, I have purchased some H4 LED replacement bulbs from Gemzoe motorsport. Ill start with installing these into the existing 7" enclosures and see how that goes. Thanks again...