One of two things is happening…either my advanced age is having an effect on my night vision, or I am spoiled by the super-bright headlights on newer cars. Regardless, I knew that there had to be a better alternative to the Sylvania Halogen sealed beams in Sparky, the 924S944.com 924S. So I sought answers at the altar of the Oracle of Google, and there I found Headlight Experts in Irvine, CA. LED was the answer I was seeking, and there is no limit to the possibilities in LED solutions.
LED technology is fairly new when it comes to automotive headlights, although it has been around for markers, signals and tail lights for quite some time. Lexus, I am told, was the pioneer in LED low-beam headlights in 2006, followed by all-LED headlights in the Audi R8 for everywhere except North America. In 2009, the Cadillac Escalade Platinum became the first car in the North American Market with all-LED headlights. So with that little history lesson, suffice to say that LED headlights are pretty new and development has progressed pretty quickly since the ’10’s.
Retrofitting LED headlights into older cars has become a pretty active aftermarket industry. So in my quest to update my 924S to brighter, cleaner light, I sought a headlight that would 1) be similar in appearance to the round headlight, 2) would provide more-than-adequate light, and 3) be “plug and play” without having to redo wiring, install other components, etc. Headlight Experts had what I was looking for in a 7″ round headlight reflector with LED bulbs that plug directly to the factory plugs. For $199, I bought it.
Installation was a snap – like changing sealed beams – but I have detailed the installation here with photos. I am very satisfied with the finished product, and now I can’t wait to get out tonight and see what they do in the dark. They look slightly different than factory, but they are hidden when off!
Kevin Duffy is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Daytona State College in Florida and a dedicated car guy. He divides his time between teaching criminal justice topics in the online environment and working on/driving cars, particularly Porsches. Kevin is one of the principals in InspiringLifeOver50.com.