8th Gen LED headlights. . . the next big thing!

LED technology has a come a long way from when it was first introduced into the automotive industry.  There were quite a few known issues when upgrading a headlamp, or even a turn signal.  One of the most dreadful issues were the light patterns on your headlamps.  You go out of your way, and spend “an arm and a leg” on a set of aftermarket LED headlights only to realize that your 55W halogen bulb seemed to give you much better results in terms of lighting and pattern.  Whether you are blind other drivers, or if you have dark spots with your headlights, it is just not safe to use while operating your vehicle.  Well, look no further because the next big thing has just made its way into the automotive industry.

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Our 8th Generation LED headlights will improve your driving experience and will also allow you to make an adjustment for optimal results.  Our 8th Gen headlights has the latest cutting-edge technology that LED has to offer.  They feature an adjustable chuck which allows you to change light distribution inside your headlamps housing.  This can help alter the overall light pattern, and even the light beam angle!  Not to mention, the removeable heat sink base that allows for a much easier fitment in limited housing space, and the huge raw lumen rating of 4,000 per lamp.  It is no wonder that our 8th Generation headlights are the one solution for headlamps so say goodbye to those dark spots, and wave hello to the friendly drivers that you use to blind and ask them, “I have my 8th Generation LED headlights, where are yours?”

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If you are interested in our 8th generation led headlight, please click official website or Amazon website to purchase the items.

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Our Experience at Our First Car Show Autocon 2017

JDM ASTAR was founded in Southern California and when we first started we were selling from home and marketing our brand.  Since then, JDM ASTAR has become the next runner up in the LED auto lighting industry.  With the support of car enthusiasts, loyal customers, and fans worldwide, we were able to expand and grow our company and now we have been finally able to attend our first official auto event.  We decided that our first official event will be Automotive Connection Show 2017 in downtown at the city of Angels.

JDM ASTAR went out to Autocon 2017 on March 26th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The drive was very close and the venue was as expected.  A bit small for us but we were still excited just being a part of this event as it was our first ever event that we attend as a company.  Here is a before photo of our booth.

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Here’s another shot of what a lot of event goers kept requesting us to do.  We just had to turn them to show everybody but could not keep them on for too long or Autocon officials would have given us the boot.

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We met a few vendors and even managed to see TJ Hunt!  TJ Hunt is a major influencer in the auto industry and is a runner up as one of the top Youtubers in the auto industry so heads up EricTheCarGuy, or Scotty Kilmer because there is a new kid in town.  He uploads vlog videos and tons of project videos where he works on modding “Selena” as well as other performance vehicles like his Subaru BRZ and Nissan GTR as well as other projects that he works on that involve his crew.

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When we learned about TJ Hunt and his crew attending the event we were more excited than what we were able to handle.  It was like seeing a celebrity.  Unfortunately, we were not able to meet and greet TJ Hunt but knowing that we were able to be a part of an event where he was a special guest is a privilege.  Here is photo of his 350z modeling at Autocon 2017.  The wrap on the vehicle is done perfectly by Premium Auto Styling.  Might just give them call to see what kind of mayhem they can do with our Jeep Wrangler.  The job they did on the 350z is flawless!

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We could not have attended this event if it was not for you guys.  Through the support that you guys provide, we were able to finally attend this event so we are very grateful and we look forward to meeting more new faces and maybe meet new vendors that will join our brand in innovating LED car lighting.

Again guys, it is because of your support that JDM ASTAR has grown to what it is today and we will continue doing our part in providing better and safer lighting for the world.

We thank you for your support.  We value each and every one of you that have allowed us to come this far so thank you very much for everything you guys have done for us and for continuing to be supporters of our brand.

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With your loyalty, JDM ASTAR will continue to light your way down the road so come join us and be a part of the revolution to help us change the world in how people use car lighting.

LED Switchbacks, the revolution of turn signals has begun!

Driving safety is the number one concern when operating a motor vehicle.  Whether your vehicle is a car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, or RV, you always have to consider safety.  One factor that may also affect your driving safety is how your vehicle signals when you are about to perform a turn.  With how innovative automotive LED technology has become, we now have the ability to improve how your turn signal functions so that other drivers can have a distinct view when you are approaching and/or about to signal, to alert them, that you are about to turn.

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JDM ASTAR offers LED switchback turn signal bulbs for almost any automotive vehicle.  An LED switchback bulb is a dual-filament LED lamp that supports two different colors of light for each filament.  The colors that the switchback bulbs support are amber, and xenon white.  A traditional incandescent or halogen turn signal bulb, usually, supports two filaments which are; low intensity(parking lights and/or daytime running lights) and high intensity(turn signals and sometimes parking lights).  Some may also only support a single high intensity filament.  High intensity means the brightness of the lamp has a higher light output.  Low intensity will lower the light output.  Your switchback bulb works very similarly but instead of “dimming” the second filament to give you a low intensity light, it will actually support a white colored light that measures at a color temperature from 5,800K-6,500K.  The high intensity filament will appear in a bright amber color.  The white color activate as soon as your vehicle begins to utilize the second low intensity filament.  How your vehicle utilizes both the high and low intensity filament, with the factory bulb, will give you an idea of how our switchback LED bulbs will function with car.  For most vehicles, you will have a white color for your parking lights or daytime running lights, and will switch to an amber color once a turn signal is engaged.  After the turn is finished and the signal turns off, the amber light “switches back” to a xenon white color.  The switchback bulbs will not flash “white-amber-white-amber” like you see with a lot of ‘knock-off’ LED bulbs that everybody tries to avoid.  They will flash like your original halogen bulbs and only in amber color.

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We offer LED switchback bulbs in a several different sizes from an old style dual filament size like 1157 as well as the latest sizes like 7443(T20), and 3157(T25).  They are also available in different chip sets from our AX2835, EX, and PX to our 3030 chip set so that you will have multiple options in light output.  Certain LED switchback bulbs like our PX, and 3030 series, will even support a non-polarity feature so that they will function with sockets that are equipped with a standard or CK/SRCK configuration!

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With most vehicles, if you utilize our switchback bulb, you will have the ability to use a white light for your parking lights, and an amber color for your turn signals.  Having this feature together with your turn signals will ensure that other drivers, in front of you, will have a much easier time noticing you, coming up from behind.  The fact that the parking lights are white and switch to amber will also make you that much more noticeable and thus improve driving safety. So next time you need to replace a turn signal bulb, do not just switch the bulb for a bright LED bulb, “switchback” to a revolution of LED turn signals.

 

-JDM ASTAR Team

 

 

LED Lighting, you have been doing it wrong!

How are my headlights supposed to be oriented inside the housing?  What type of bulb should we use for a fog light on my car?  What is better, a fan or a heat sink?  These are all questions for which we have not seen a single source provide answers for and that is what we are doing for you today.  We want to provide you with some tips when upgrading your vehicles factory lamps to high performance LED lighting.

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One of the most common questions we hear every day is how your LED headlights should be positioned.  Well, this can be different for some cars, and even if the model and maker is the same, it does not necessarily mean that the body is all the same.  First, you should understand how your LED bulbs will insert into your housing to determine what the final result will be, once installed.  JDM ASTAR offers adjustable LED replacement lamps that will allow you to correct the orientation.  The position of the diodes (LED chips) should always be in a side to side orientation, meaning, you should have one set facing at 3 o’clock, and the other set facing at 9 o’clock.  This will allow a nice and even 360 light distribution throughout the housing creating an even beam of light as well as evenly fill up your housing.  We cannot stress enough how poor your headlights will appear if you have the incorrect orientation, not to mention the glare you will cause to other drivers. The last thing you want to do is create a hazard when operating your car.  Be very careful as there are many brands and vendors that will advise that the bulbs are designed to be this way, but, we have tested several types of housings, and style of lamps and have learned that the proper orientation for LED lighting is to face the chips side to side unless you integrate a 3rd chip that will provide an additional side of lighting.  For dual beam setups that provide low and high beams off one bulb will use the same orientation but there will also be some type of shield or cover.  This cover provides a cut off for low beams so this should always sit below the low beam chips or at a 6 o’ clock position.

 

JDM ASTAR offers an option that allows an adjustment to the orientation in case your vehicle is one of those unique models that simply has the chuck lined up a certain way to where any type of LED replacement headlight will have bad orientation.

 

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Another question we have been hearing a lot lately is what type of lamp is appropriate for your application.  Well, of course, you should always consider heat as the number one factor as this is the most common reason why an LED fails prematurely.  But what type of lamp should you be going for?  A good tip is to simply check the wattage of the LED replacement.  Here is a table to keep it simple and to show you what type of lamp you should be looking for when replacing a factory halogen bulb on your car.  The table will give you a range of what you should be looking for to ensure that you buy the right LED bulb type for the appropriate application.  We cannot tell you how many times we have seen a 9005 fog light type LED bulb being used in place of a low beam or high beam application.  So next time you are in the market to replace a bulb that has gone out, just check the wattage.

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To get the best results out of your LED light replacements to is to replicate the same or similar light distribution of the factory bulb.  Most vehicles on the market have housings that are designed to distribute light from a bulb that emits light in a 360 degree orientation.  This will provide optimal results both in how well the light fills the housing as well as project the light.  There are some factors on the LED bulb that will help provide optimal results, but the ice breaker is where and how the light is emitted.  Factory HID lamps are the only exception due to the design of the housing being different.  Factory HID lamps can get away with using an LED replacement that does not offer 360 lighting, however, if the factory bulb is an incandescent, or halogen, then you definitely should be looking for an option that will provide lighting from more than one side.  Next time you decide to upgrade the factory bulb to LED, call JDM ASTAR where you will not only get the appropriate LED replacement, but you will have a team of professionals that will provide friendly advice on how to get the most out of your LED replacements, and do it right the first time, and every time. . . .

 

-JDM ASTAR Team

LED Headlights Power & Grounding Malfunction on Ford F-Series

LED is the next generation of automotive lighting.  When LED first released, most vehicles will accept the installation of an LED replacement since cars were not made with complex wiring, or electrical systems.  Today, now we have vehicles on the market that come equipped with systems known as Controller Area Network Bus (CANBUS) or a redesigned housing and wiring, all for the convenience of the owner of the vehicle, and of course, safety.  Some of these new changes are beneficial to the owner of the vehicle, but are now creating headaches when using LED lighting.

With Fords F-series trucks, we have learned that the front headlamp applications have been redesigned (2001+ F150/250/350/450) and we have heard issues to where your LED headlights do not power on at all, or your fog lights trigger your LED high beams (H13).  Look no further as JDM ASTAR is at it again with the solution on making your LED’s’ function properly.

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First, if you are experiencing a power issue with your low/high beam LED replacements (H13), you want to first inspect the connection to ensure the pins are making a good contact to the socket.  To resolve this issue, you want to compare both the male and female end of the connection.  On the female connector, there are total of 3 slots for the pins to insert to.  There are also 3 other slots that we have seen with some factory H13 connectors.  We have learned that a power failure, or malfunction may occur if the pins are inserted into the incorrect slots.  You want to make sure the pins are properly aligned to ensure the low and high intensity part of the bulbs will light on.  If one of the pins is slightly off, it may cause your LED headlights to show symptoms of a malfunction.

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After you have resolved the power malfunction, if you come across a problem with the grounding of your Ford trucks fog lights, and headlights then consider the next step.

With newer Ford trucks, the fog lights, and high beams have a similar feature as to how low beams shut off when high beams are engaged.  Like any other dual filament headlight bulb, if you have low beams on, and engage your high beams, it automatically cuts power to your low beams and turns them off.  Ford has used a similar setup with their fog light application and high beams.  If you engage high beams, it automatically turns off the fog lights.  With LED headlights, this can pose a grounding problem to where your LED headlights pick up a back feed on the circuit.  This problem does not occur with the factory bulb since it is a standard filament (halogen/incandescent) bulb which has no grounded circuit board.

JDM ASTAR LED headlights use a grounded circuit board to ensure high efficiency and maximum performance.  Fords F-series trucks have fog lights  configured to where the ground comes from the headlights.  It feeds a 12V+ (DC) to the fog lights ground when high beams are engaged resulting in a 0V (DC) to your fog lights.  This will trigger the fog lights to shut off when high beams are activated.

Since Ford has this wiring setup, it will cause a back feed on the ground circuit of your fog lights, and make your high beams turn on. To fix this issue, you must isolate the ground circuit on your fog lights.  In other words, a modification must be done to allow your fog lights to stay on when high beams are engaged.  This will prevent the back feed that is created when you install LED headlights (H13).  To isolate you’re the ground on the fog light application, you should consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual, or visit your local dealer.  You may also have a trained professional, mechanic, or electrician help you modify the circuit so that the grounding is not shared to your high beams to allow your LED headlights to function properly on both low and high beam applications.

-JDM ASTAR Team

Why is your LED lamp failing?

We have heard this issue before, and we believe that we can speak for every automotive LED sellers that they have come across a similar situation.  So, why is your LED bulb failing prematurely when it is supposed to last a lot longer than your factory halogen bulbs?  There may be several factors that could cause your LED bulb to fail prematurely, but the number one (and most common) reason is usually due to heat.

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When LED made its way into the automotive industry, there was not that many options available.  The overall light output just did not make sense for the investment and not to mention, it lacks the innovations we have today.  Now, LED has made its foot print in the automotive industry and is slowly climbing up the ladder to reach its peak in the automotive market. You may improve the light output of your vehicles application (like a backup light) at half the rate of power consumption with double the light output for less than what a traditional halogen or incandescent bulb would cost you.  (Now, you can really start getting the light output that you need and/or desire and save money while you are doing it. Who doesn’t like to save money?)

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Now that the brightness is up to par, heat generation is now the concern in the automotive industry for LED lighting.  We have learned that having a balance between light output and rate of heat dissipation will provide a long lifespan with your LED replacement bulbs.  Just like a computer part, LED has always had a threshold with heat.  LED is definitely an upgrade for any automotive vehicle, but it is susceptible to failure at high temperatures so having some type of cooling mechanism is always recommended.  We have also learned that there are other factors that play a role in the maintaining temperature of the LEDs.  We know that drive power will increase light output but will also spike the heat generated from the diodes.  Limited or small housing assemblies may also cause your bulb to heat up to a temperature higher than it can handle and cause the bulb to show symptoms of failure.  For example, if you install a standard low light output LED bulb to side mirror application, it will definitely provide brighter results, but if the bulb is a high power LED with a high lumen rating, then it may not be the best idea.  The fact that the housing is very limited, in space, it builds up the heat faster and does not allow any cooling.  This, combined with the amount of heat generated, may cause your lamp to begin to fail prematurely.

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Just like your car engine, your LED bulbs have a threshold.  If you put a super charger, or turbo into your engine, it will work harder, and faster, but will also put wear on the internal parts of the car so it will cause the engine to not last as long as it was intended.  You will then have to service the engine.  Like your engine, LED also has a limit or threshold as to how much it can handle.  As long as there is a balance between heat dissipation versus heat generated then you will have a long lasting LED bulb.

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Next time you are in the market to replace a bulb on your car, you should always take into consideration how your housing is designed, light output (wattage will also determine heat generated), and the LED housing. (Does it have an aluminum body to radiate heat from the light emitting diodes?)

 

Here at JDM ASTAR, we do not believe in limits.  Every day, we are learning new ways to redesigning our products, or integrate other parts like an aluminum boards to improve efficiency, and reliability.  We believe in pushing the threshold of automotive LED.  We are always trying to push our products to the limit and looking for new ways to remove the barrier that heat has created for everybody in the automotive LED lighting industry.

 

So, if you need to replace a factory, or a failed LED bulb, do not just aim for the brightest, but aim more for an option that will provide a balance between power, and reliability. . . . An option that only JDM ASTAR can deliver so that we may continue to light your way on the road. . . .

 

-JDM ASTAR Team

Changing the game in back up lights!

 

You have heard it many times, and you will hear it again.  “Why do car makers put such dim bulbs in their cars?”  Look no further because JDM ASTAR is at it again.  We have a huge line up of LED back up lights to help rid of those tedious 15W factory bulbs that emit less light than your smartphones camera light.  Yes, we said it. . . .SMARTPHONE CAMERA LIGHT!  We have seen back up lights not shine properly to where it makes it difficult, not to mention unsafe, to reverse your vehicle. 921 GX 3020.jpg

JDM ASTAR has just released, yet, another option that will change the game in how you reverse your car.  Our latest addition to back up lights is our 921 GX 3020 LED.  Most vehicles use this bulb size for back up lights, but for those that use other T20 or T25 wedge sizes, we still have other options that will improve your experience while reversing your car.  The 921 GX3020 is changing how light is distributed, and how heat is dissipated.  The GX series offers the latest in heat dissipation technology.  It features, what we like to call, Cross Heat Dissipation (HD) which is located at the center point of the bulb where temperatures reach the highest.  Since LED does not operate well under high temperatures, the Cross HD allows for maximum heat diffusion.  This means a steady and cooler temperature to allow over 20,000 hours of life (in 25°C).  When the LED bulb is fired up, the center point is where temperature immediately begins to rise and with an integrated Cross HD, you will not have a concern for a heat failure.

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The GX 3020 series is also one of the brightest we offer in back up lights with a xenon white color temperature(6000K-6500K).  Out of the box, they will emit over 1000 raw lumens per bulb with 13-SMD (surface mount diodes) high power GX-3020 chips.  Combined with a 5-sided setup, you will not only have a strong light emission, it will also provide you with proper light distribution.  You have to remember, your vehicles housing is built-in around a factory halogen bulb which shines light from practically every side of the bulb so using an LED replacement, such as the GX-3020, will provide similar light distribution for optimal results.  So, the lights bright, and works well so nothing new, you might say, but wait . . . . . there is more!

For those that drive motor vehicles that have a very ‘picky’ electrical system and simply rejects the lower power draw of your LEDs, you can still utilize the GX 3020.  Like our 921 PX model, our GX series also come equipped with resistors to simulate a larger power draw to allow the bulb to be detected, and therefor making it a, CAN bus ready, or Error Free LED bulb.  This means that the power draw (W) will slightly increase so that the vehicles system can detect it and prevent minor malfunctions such as a dimming, or flicker that are caused by the system.

Now that you know a little more about the GX 3020’s, we are not going to tell you to pick up a set for yourself.  We believe the 921 GX 3020’s speak for themselves so we invite you to change the world in how drivers back up there motor vehicles.

LED JDM ASTAR light your way on the road!

-JDM ASTAR Team

LED Turn Signal FAQ


Which LED color is good for turn signal lights?

Please note: “√” means legal color.
Application Xenon White Amber Yellow Brilliant Red Ultra Blue
Front Turn Signal Off Road Off Road
Rear Turn Signal Off Road Off Road
Backup Reverse Off Road Off Road
Brake/Tail Lights √ for red lens Off Road Off Road

What’s a T20 bulb?

A T20 bulb is commonly known by industry standards as the following bulb sizes: 7440 7441 7443 7444 992A, etc. These T20 bulbs are commonly used for the turn signals, tail/stop lights, reverse lights, and daytime running lights.; T20 bulb stands for 20mm width on the top of the bulb. Back to Top

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What is a T25 bulb?

A T25 bulb is commonly known by industry standards as the following bulb sizes: 3156 3056 3157 3057 3357 3457 4157, etc. These T25 bulbs are commonly used for the turn signals, tail/stop lights, reverse lights, and daytime running lights.T25 bulb stands for 25mm width on the top of the bulb. Back to Top

 

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What is a BA15 bulb?

The term BA15 means Bayonet base with 15mm in diameter. A BA15 bulb is commonly known by industry standards as the following bulb size: 1156 7506 7527 1157 2057 2357 7528 P21W P21/4W, etc. These BA15 bulbs are commonly used for turn signal, tail/stop lights, reverse lights and daytime running lights.  Back to Top

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I bought the LED lights for the backup reverse lights and it is dimmer than my stock, is that ok?

It should be ok because the backup reverse lights are meant to alert others so they know there is a car is reversing rather than actually illuminating the road. Also if you are unhappy with the output of the bulbs you can contact us and we can recommend a brighter option for you. Back to Top


Why do my LED turn signal lights hyper flash?

When your LED turn signals flash rapidly, that is known as “hyper-flashing”. The rate that they blink is roughly twice than the normal flash rate. This is because when you replace the stock turn signals with LED bulbs; due to their low power draw, the regular rate of power being given to the lights is more than enough to light them up which speeds up the blinker process. Although this will not damage your vehicle nor the LED bulbs, some people may find it a distraction and may want to have it blink at the regular rate. To have the LED bulbs blink at a regular rate, you would need to purchase load resistorsBack to Top


>What’s a switchback LED bulb?

A switchback means it has two colors (White and Amber) which can switch back and forth. It is commonly used to replace the double-filament bulbs for the front turn signal lights which can function as both parking position lights and turn signal lights. So this way you can have the parking position lights in a HID matching xenon white color and the turn signal lights in a street legal amber yellow color.

To sum up in order to install the switchback LED bulbs, you will need to make sure your front turn signal lights function for both turn signal and parking lights and the lens needs to be clear.     Back to Top


What is SRCK socket?

Please take a look at these two diagrams below. The conventional socket has positive terminals on both sides but the SRCK socket has positive terminals on the same side. So a non-SRCK compatible LED bulbs installed to a SRCK socket will cause a short resulting fuse-pop or even damage the LED bulb.However, don’t worry because JDM ASTAR LED bulbs are mostly SRCK compatible. Please check the notes before purchase to confirm whether CK compatible or not.