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jaywaptijaywapti Senior MemberPosts: 4,977 Senior Member
Just replaced the headlights on my 98 Dodge 1500 with Sylvania 9004 silverStar Ultra bulbs, they are not much brighter than the originals, i am thinking about using heavier wire and a constant on solenoid wired to the battery, a buddy at the club said it wont work but there is a electronic box to up grade the headlight system, he said it has a capacitor to increase the voltage. Has anyone ever done this and any other ideas.

JAY
THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,962 Senior Member
    LEDs
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,265 Senior Member
    edited November 2018 #3
    Like Zorba said. You;ll have to spend the money on LED's. I need to for my Toyota pickup, in doing the research I need the additional wiring kit as the year mine is, Toyota used a positive ground for the headlights. 
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  • GilaGila Posts: 1,828 Senior Member
    Yeah, what Zorba said.  Get yourself an after-market headlight kit and upgrade what you have from a place like JEGS or Summit Racing.  It's well worth the money, and it's what I did to my Ram, except I have halo, projection lights which cost a little more.  BTW, I got my kit from an online performance dealer that specializes in Mopar stuff.  It took me about 30 minutes to install the kit.
    No good deed goes unpunished...
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    LEDs
    What he said.  I upgraded the headlights and fog lights on my 2010 GMC Canyon to LED's.  In comparison the factory halogens look like candles.  Pics part way through the conversion and after the conversion is complete:


  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,614 Senior Member
    LEDs tend to look "whiter" to oncoming traffic, but that doesn't always translate to "brighter" on your side of the windshield.  Do you notice a difference in light quantity/quality?
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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    Oh yes!!!  Especially when they hit anything reflective.  Florida DOT puts reflective paint on everything.  The LEDs really light it up.  If you miss street signs in the dark in Florida when you have LED headlights then you might as well turn in your drivers license and hang up your keys, cause you are blind.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,977 Senior Member
    Thanks for all the advise, i looked into all kinds of lights HID, LED, etc. it seems that for my truck i would have to do a complete wiring up grade, so for the time being im just gonna stick with what i have.

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,962 Senior Member
    You can get drop in LED bulbs that replace the old Halogens. Easy-peasy.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • wddodgewddodge Senior Member Posts: 1,101 Senior Member
    I put LED lamps in my Dodge Caravan last year. It made huge difference!! Like 10Canon stated, anything reflective just pops out at you. The bad thing for me was driving while it was snowing. The light reflecting back off the snowflakes was almost blinding. I put my Silverstars back in for the winter.

    Denny
    Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,883 Senior Member
    What Denny said is important.

    If fatigued at night, continuous head light reflection like from barrels or cones applied to lengthy lane closures can be real problematic.
  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,977 Senior Member
    Just got a message from Teach, it seems i was on the right tract by using constant on solenoids, in Jerrys typical manner he managed  to fully explain to a non electrical person in simple terms how to do it, he even has a circuit diagram he will send to me. 

    Jerry if your reading this thanks

    JAY 
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • coolgunguycoolgunguy Senior Member Posts: 6,614 Senior Member
    Jerry's a right smart feller!
    "Bipartisan" usually means that a bigger than normal deception is happening.
    George Carlin
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,270 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    You can get drop in LED bulbs that replace the old Halogens. Easy-peasy.
    That. We have a 2000 4Runner used as a woods and cruising vehicle that was originally equipped with halaogen lights. Replaced the halogen bulbs with $30 LED bulbs. Huge difference.  
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,962 Senior Member
    I've already updated the MBZ headlites once, when I put in a replaceable halogen bulb kit instead of the original sealed beams. Gonna update again to LED sometime when I "get there"...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
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