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post #161 of 194 (permalink) Old 06-30-2015, 12:44 PM
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Kicking myself a little, I bought my festoons from Autolumination, I should have bought the 194s there too. But no, I wanted to be fancy and get Cree bulbs... oh well. With shipping nearly as much as the bulbs themselves they are still less than $10. And with your experience with them, I can be pretty confident that they will work just fine.

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Anyone have access to the OEM part #'s for the 2016 M6 to see what the real deal parts would cost to update the interior / license plate lights for a 2014-2015 to the LED setup in the 2016? I'm sure it will be off the hook but I thought I'd ask.
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I have a 2014 Touring and I want to replace the low beam with led headlights. I read reviews on amazon regarding its pros and cons so I'm a little hesitant to buy it. Does anyone have any experience regarding led headlights? Does it work or just a gimmick? I was looking at this model.

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Hello everyone,

Just posting some quick info. We constantly have customers ask about using LED bulbs in low-beam headlight applications, like the FR-S. I just took these shots for a customer, to show them why the LED bulbs on the market are still not a good option, even when using a halogen projector, like that found on the FR-S. Just thought some of you may appreciate this comparison!

Most companies selling these products for low beam application show very poor comparison pictures, where they are washed out so you can't actually see the beam pattern. They claim that the output is good. The real pictures below tell a very different story.

Cutoff doesn't matter. Many companies justify that the output of their LEDs is OK, just because there is a cutoff line. Sure, you don't want light sprayed everywhere, but more importantly, you need light focused properly. As you can see, the factory halogen light is focused into a very tight beam, with a hotspot right at the center, which shines light far down the road. This is key to performance and visibility. You want all of the light focused right in the center, with a small area to the sides also illuminated, and just a bit below.

Total lumen numbers don't matter ...unless it's focused. Many sellers claim high lumen numbers, telling you the output is higher than halogen. In reality, the total output is usually about the same as halogen, and sometimes it's a bit higher. But since it is not being focused where it should be, the end result is that your visibility will decrease. It doesn't matter how much light you have if it isn't going in the right direction. As you can see, if you use an LED bulb for your headlights, you'll get some light output, but it will not shine very far down the road because it is not being focused into a hotspot at the proper location.

Just for comparison, we included a standard HID output. With HID, you get a focused beam, and a lot of light, so there is indeed a significant improvement in visibility. However, you do add quite a bit of light everywhere as well, including some on the top end. The main problem with HID is when it is installed into reflector housings, and the factory optic cannot direct this extra light properly. However, the projectors in the FR-S are quite good.

Summary: when you're looking at your low beams, an upgrade to OEM HID headlights is the best option, but an HID conversion is still a much better choice in terms of output and visibility compared to the LED bulbs on the market.

Of course, these LED bulbs are still a great option when you don't need focused light- such as high beams or fog lights. But there is still a long way to go before they are suitable for low beams.

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I just received my order from Diode Dynamics. Mostly 194s for glove box, courtesy lights, and lic plate lights. Also some for the trunk. I'll takes pics and post impressions this weekend.

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Which model 194's for glovebox and courtesy door lights?

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Hi, I have a grand touring that already has LEDs for the map and rear Dom lights. But it still uses regular incandescent bulbs for the door lights and glovebox. Which model 194 on your site is the best choice to match the factory white LEDs? Also which profile? Thanks
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I have a 2015 Mazda 6, what is the bulb number for the Brake lights/Tail lights ?

Looked it up in the manual and its blank. Thanks in advance.

Also the Rear turn signal lights, is it necessary for the color to be Amber/Yellow ? is red okay ? Please advise. Thx.

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I have a 2015 Mazda 6, what is the bulb number for the Brake lights/Tail lights ?

Looked it up in the manual and its blank. Thanks in advance.

Also the Rear turn signal lights, is it necessary for the color to be Amber/Yellow ? is red okay ? Please advise. Thx.

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Turn Signals/Parking Lights:
  • Front turn signal lights/Parking lights (Front side-marker lights) (Halogen Only)
    • 27/8watt ― (#7444NA)
  • Front turn signal lights/ Front side-marker lights (Xenon Fusion Only)
    • 27/8watt ― (#7444NA)
  • Others:
    • Parking Lights - LED*
    • Side Turn Signals - LED*
    • High-mount Brake Light - LED*
    • Rear Turn Signals - 21watt WY21W (22.3CP)
    • Rear Side Marker Light- 5watt W5W (194)
    • Taillights (Trunk Lid Side) - 5watt W5W (194)
    • Reverse Lights - 7440
    • License Plate Lights - 5watt W5W (194)

I believe as long as your directionals are either red or amber/yellow you'll be fine. Cops don't like seeing white turn signals.

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Hi, I have a grand touring that already has LEDs for the map and rear Dom lights. But it still uses regular incandescent bulbs for the door lights and glovebox. Which model 194 on your site is the best choice to match the factory white LEDs? Also which profile? Thanks
Warm white is a near perfect match with incandescent bulbs.

Here's an example with our HP3 option's installed in map lights:



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