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    Senior Member nkemp's Avatar
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    Use the names to search eBay and then look for the product. I did not link to the listings since they can change and then the links are useless. This way you can search the seller.

    Both listings indicate they are glass.

    FWIW ... one are the housings only. The other is housing plus LED's. A reply from the latter indicated that these are DOT approved.

    I currently have the former on my Christmas list and if I get them can tell you more in January
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    Here may be another option. I have not used these but was just looking for other owners. If you plan to do conversions you better start looking for the housings since they seem to be getting in short supply.

    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/i...7004/overview/
    Dave M vin 03572
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    Hellas

    Quote Originally Posted by Maritime-elf View Post
    The link doesn't seem to work. Do the two you found have a glass housing. That was what was nice about the ones I installed.
    https://www.amazon.com/HELLA-0031778...12371480&psc=1

    These are what I used. Very high quality and fit nicely in the original bezels.
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    Senior Member Lenny's Avatar
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    I already have Xenon Lights do I need LED's

    Dave and Dana,

    I already have Xenon Headlights. I have a couple of questions.

    1. Will LED's make a difference in amount of light, total draw, etc?
    2. Can I just put LED bulbs in or do I need to buy new glass?

    Or shut up Lenny and keep what you got
    Thanks,
    Lenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny View Post
    Dave and Dana,

    I already have Xenon Headlights. I have a couple of questions.

    1. Will LED's make a difference in amount of light, total draw, etc?
    2. Can I just put LED bulbs in or do I need to buy new glass?

    Or shut up Lenny and keep what you got
    Hi Lenny,

    If you've already got Xenon, I would just stick with them. According to the below article, Xenon /HID offer the brightest light while creating less heat than Halogen or LED. Of course, LED consumes the least power. In our cars, heat produced would be my main concern.

    https://www.theretrofitsource.com/bl...-hid-vs-laser/
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    My VIN:    06668 81' Grey interior, 5 speed, Grooved hood. Previous owner of 16301, in 2001. Found Nov 2019, a

    This is a link to the GS power housings on Amazon, they are glass. GS Power's OEM style 4 x 6 inch Glass Lens H4 HID LED Halogen High Low Beam Headlight Lamp Conversion Replacement Kit (2 pc) | Lights Not Included | Also available in 7 x 6 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F31V2CD..._aWfcEb7BVKWJV


    They are $19.99 a pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-81 View Post
    Hi Lenny,

    If you've already got Xenon, I would just stick with them. According to the below article, Xenon /HID offer the brightest light while creating less heat than Halogen or LED. Of course, LED consumes the least power. In our cars, heat produced would be my main concern.

    https://www.theretrofitsource.com/bl...-hid-vs-laser/
    In other words "Shut Up Lenny and keep what you got"
    Thanks,
    Lenny

    DMCH New Build in 2005, Stage II, DPI Stainless Exhaust, Eibach Suspension, 170 Mph Speedometer, Xenon Lights, Wings-A-Loft, DMC Wide Angle Side Mirrors, 3rd Brake Light

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny View Post
    In other words "Shut Up Lenny and keep what you got"
    I tore out my Xenon kit and went with LEDs. No more ballasts, etc.
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    Twas the night before Christmas
    and I spied under the tree
    Two pair of H4 headlight conversions
    Sockets and 4 lamps LED

    Here are some photos of the lamp conversion housings from eBay seller "12vmax", $42/4 housings.
    20191229_150601.jpg20191229_150521.jpg

    So far they look to be perfect and a good alternatives to the originals as shown in the writeup. But per the post above, they seem to be available on Amazon again. I'll have to fire up the garage heater and get to work.
    Nick
    - No matter how many people believe in a dumb idea ... it is still a dumb idea!
    - Some cars look fast. Some cars look faster than time!
    - The question is not "where did the time go" but rather "where to go in time".

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    Today I started installing the LED headlights. When I put the new lamp housings in the buckets and then the trim I noticed that the new lamp has a gap between the glass and the trim :-(

    Hard to say exactly but it looks to be about 0.2" off.

    There are four tabs on the back of the lamp housings that position the lamp housings in the buckets but they don't position the housings out as far as the original halogen headlights. Thus the gap and probably looseness.

    At this point, the only potential solution is some adhesive backed foam in the buckets where the housing tabs rest to push the lamp housing out a bit. But the good old days of simply wandering through the store looking for solutions is on hold. Dang virus!

    Anyone have other ideas?
    Last edited by nkemp; 05-11-2020 at 06:56 PM. Reason: added measurement
    Nick
    - No matter how many people believe in a dumb idea ... it is still a dumb idea!
    - Some cars look fast. Some cars look faster than time!
    - The question is not "where did the time go" but rather "where to go in time".

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