This is a question that we are starting to see more and more and we are sure that this has made its way into your mind at one point. We have had our fair share of poor light patterns from off branded LED’s and have seen surprising results with even premium headlights from reputable brands that shine even worse. Before we get into this, you must understand that the vehicle manufacturer of your car, truck, or SUV have scientifically measured the lamp housing to determine what is the best light source to include and how it will project the light pattern without jeopardizing safety and improve driving visibility and noticeability. These are all things that are in mind when your lamp housings are being designed.
Bottom line, your lamp housings are designed for what they came with. Cars that come with HID’s probably come with projector housings, and vehicles with reflective housings will have a halogen, incandescent, or something new we have not seen. This means that your aftermarket LED lighting system may not project the same type of pattern or amount of light. Factory halogen bulbs shine light in a true 360 orientation to evenly distribute light throughout the lamp housing and really take advantage of the reflective properties of the fixture. So, if the lamp housings are designed for halogens, and projectors for HID’s, how do you obtain a safe and usable light pattern when going to aftermarket LED?
With our LED headlight products, we have designed our LED lamps to provide the best light disbursement inside the lamp housing by shining light in two different directions; side to side or 3 o’clock & 9 o’clock. Most vehicles housings will provide optimal results when using a side to side orientation or having the LED chips face left to right. Some of our other designs cater more to the intensity of the light beam and may feature an extra side where diodes are mounted. We address the proper orientation through the following chart. We show the proper orientation for dual beam and single beam LED headlights and provide a side view to show how the bulb should be positioned inside the housing. The orientation is the same for most aftermarket LED headlights that are single or dual beam setups.
Here are few things to consider when going to LED:
- 2-sided LED headlights for single beams should have the LED chips facing left to right.
- 2-sided LED Headlights for dual beam applications will have a shield which should always be sitting below the low beams chips. The orientation must be side to side for optimal results.
- Headlights that use a unique triangular design or have 3 sides, to cater more to light intensity, will feature a 3rd side for high beams which should always be facing in a downward position or a 6 o’clock orientation.
Now the real question is, how do you get around changing the orientation when the headlights are positioned incorrectly once installed and no way to adjust. With options like our 8th Generation headlights, you can now obtain optimal results through an adjustable collar feature. We have also integrated this feature on dual beam LED headlights such as our G series, or 7S headlights. We have an option to cater not just to one car, but every car in the world so if your pattern is bit off, stop by our site or give us call. We will help you obtain the best results possible so that you may go about your day with your loved ones. Your safety is priority and our priority is your safety so LED us light your way down the road…..”
-JDM ASTAR Team