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Upgrading your headlights on your vehicle can sometimes be more work than initially thought which is why we have set up this guide to help select the right LED Conversion for your cars headlights.

With so many types of bulbs, sockets, holders, heat dissipation methods, housings, canbus modules etc... it does make things quite complex. Through this guide we will include all the necessary steps involved in as simple format as possible.

Note that we have a large range of pre-selectable kits available for most vehicles. 

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LED HEADLIGHT CONVERSION 

Step 1: HOW DO I IDENTIFY WHAT GLOBE I NEED?


To find your vehicles bulb type it may be as simple as checking the owners manual, if you're lucky enough you will be able to find all of the vehicles bulb styles throught the interior and exterior through here. In the case that the manual does not list any of the bulb types, you will need to find these manually. For headlight bulbs and parkers the process should be quite simple, start by popping the bonnet and removing the dust cap on the back of the housing to reveal the globes.

Remove the globe/globes from the housing that you are looking to upgrade to LED (note that headlights that are HID from factory are not able to be upgraded to LED). In most cases there will be printing along the top side of the socket of the globe that will state the fitting type (HB3, H4, H7, etc...) refer to photo to right. 

If unable to find any marking around to unit identifying the socket type, refer to the images below and match up with the socket type on your globe. Another helpful tecnique can be with the power connector type which can also identify the type of globe. Refer to this further down the page.

H8 Globe sockets are also cross compatible with H9, H11 and H16 socket connections.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT H7 MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL VARIATIONS OF BULB HOLDERS*

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Step 1A: IDENTIFY SPECIAL TYPE FITTING (H7 ONLY)

H7 globes have a few different fittings that may be required for your vehicle. In most cases you will have no problems fitting a standard H7 globe but on the odd chance your car may require a different fitting. There are a total of 5 additional options from the standard H7 globe. H7-1/H7-3/H7-5/H7-6 are all different variations to the method in which they mount. Unfortunately this step is not as easy as just finding the imprint as H7 might be all the information you get.

We have recently done some research into what fittings are most common and are now available through the LED Conversions page. The variation in fittings are more commonly to be found on some European makes and models. Here are examples of the different fittings you may encounter.

H7 Guide
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BULB HOLDER TYPES

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For a brief installation guide on H7 bulb holders click through to our post covering the process. H7 Bulb Holders Installation

Step 2: DO I REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL CANBUS MODULE?

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Once you know the globe type you need, working out if you require an additional canbus module is quite an easy process. Most STEDI LED Conversion kits come with a CANBUS module inbuilt but there are the odd exception with some vehicles requiring an additional CANBUS to overwrite the vehicles computer. If you didn't unplug the globe in the search for what connection you needed you will do so for the purpose of this test.

Dash Light bulb Error

Once a light is unplugged just switch on the ignition and turn on your headlights. Looking at your dash you now may or may not have an error icon/message regarding the headlights (Globe Failure). If no message has appeared you do not require an additional CANBUS Module. If you have a dash notification there is a chance you will need an additional CANBUS Module to install an LED Conversion. Below is an explanation to how the CANBUS systems work, unfortunately the only true form of working out if a model of car requires an additional CANBUS is through trial.

HOW DOES A CANBUS MODULE WORK?

These are available in the same format as the LED conversion i.e H7 CANBUS, H4 CANBUS etc...

Most modern vehicles have systems in play that moderate things like doors being open, faults in certain components, lights bulb blown etc... This system monitors the amp draw that your lights consume to work out if the light is functioning correctly. This type of system is compatible with the included CANBUS with your LED Conversion kit. Some vehicles not only monitor amps but voltage as well, this is where the additional CANBUS comes into play.

The additional CANBUS Module overwrites the vehicles computer into ignoring the additional current draw & voltage LED lights require. Note that additional CANBUS decoders are only required for low beam upgrades.

Now your all set with the information you need to convert your headlight to LED. Any further questions feel free to message us via email and Facebook or call us on (03) 9369 8845.

COMPLETE LED HEADLIGHT UNITS

Alternative to just upgrading your globes to LED there are also complete units to replace your existing headlight housing and globes all together. These are a little more specific though and not so readily available as it can sometimes be specific to each vehicle. Currently in our range we have the STEDI 7" IRIS which will be a replacement for some 4x4's and all soft tail Harley Davidsons motorbikes.

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CAN I CONVERT HID HEADLIGHTS TO LED?

FACTORY HID: Unfortunately at this stage we have no available conversion kits when looking to convert a vehicles headlights that was factory fitted with HID. There are however available conversion adaptors that will allow conversion to a standard fitting, at this stage we are still seeking a supplier for products to guarantee 100% satisfaction.

AFTER MARKET HID: If you have previously converted your headlights to HID that was factory fitted with LED or Halogen our kits will be 100% compatible as the after market HID kits plug into a standard Halogen connector.

HEADLIGHT SOCKET CONNECTOR TYPES:

Displayed below are the most common connectors found on LED, Halogen and most after market HID Bulbs.

Con1 Con4 Con7 h9 hb h15

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LED KIT WITH FANS vs FAN-LESS

Whats better, Fans or Copper heat-sinks?

We have made the push to the Copper heat-sinks as they are able to be installed keeping the factory dust cover and require less space for install. This comes in handy when you have a dual battery set up or just a tight engine bay in general. Both styles produce roughly the same light output and beam pattern just with the advantage of copper heads being a more versatile install covering a wider range of compatible vehicles.


LED Copper Heads:
H1  /  H4  /  H7  /  H7-1  /  H7-3  /  H7-5  /  H8  /  H9  /  H11  /  H15  /  HB3  /  HB4  /  HIR2

LED Night Pilots:
H4  /  H11

CANBUS Module:
H1  /  H4  /  H7  /  H11

LED Parker Upgrade:
T10 24mm  /  T10 28mm  /  T20

LED HEADLIGHT COVERSION TUTORIALS

We are currently in the process of covering some of the requested vehicles and the methods to install the STEDI Copper Head Conversion kits through video tutorials. In the mean time the team over at NET 4x4 have done an amazing job on covering Conversion Kits for the VW Amarok series 1 & 2 with video tutorials. 

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VW AMAROK SERIES 1

LED PARKER UPGRADE

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Upgrading your parkers to LED is quite simple and we are constantly expanding our options available for different vehicles. The 2 most common Parker globes are the T10 (also known as the W5W) and the T20 (also known as the W21W). 

Finding the type you require is quite simple, all you need to do is remove the current parker and look for the marking. The 2 are very similar with the key difference being the size with T10 measuring 9mm in width and T20 16mm. The height of the LED does have a few variations mainly in the T10 as it also covers a range of other applications across your vehicles lighting being indicators, interior, license plate lights etc... 

T20's have 2 common types 7440 which is standard for most vehicles having a single prong per side where as 7443 which has 2 prongs per side and commonly used for vehicles running DRLs off the parker globe. 7443 is able to be installed in both 7443 and 7440 sockets where as the 7440 is only compatible with 7440 sockets.

HOW TO INSTALL YOUR NEW LED HEAD LIGHT UPGRADE:

HEADLIGHTS:

Now that you have selected the compatible LED Headlights for your vehicle the next step is to set them up. In most cases this is quite simple with most vehicles requiring minimum effort. Some European models or certain hatchback vehicles may need the headlight housing removed to make the install process possible. If your vehicle does require the headlight to be removed for installation it generally means removing 2-3 screws and you're good to go. 

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STEP 1: First up, removal of your existing halogen bulbs. Getting to the back of your headlight housing should be quite simple but if that's not the case you may need to remove your headlight unit.

The back of your headlight will have either a plastic or rubber dust cover which should be a twist lock to loosen and remove. Unplug the power cable connected to the globe to remove obstacles. Simply twist the globe (most likely counter-clockwise) and pull towards the engine bay. Some headlights may have a metal clip that will need to be pushed in and away from the locking tab. 

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STEP 2: Start by disconnecting the CANBUS/driver and installing the LED Globe into the headlight housing. Twist to secure / clip any brackets that you unhooked to remove the old headlights. STEDI Copper Heads have 6 copper tails that will need to be manoeuvred into the headlight housing to make sure the dust cap can be put back on and retain a water tight seal. Most headlight housings will have a pre-drilled slot in the dust cap for wiring to run from the globe to the power supply. Modern vehicles you may find the wiring will run internally in the headlight.

If the dust cap has a slot for the wiring, feed the wire from your LED Headlight globe through the dust cap and reinstall the cap to the back of the housing, skip ahead to STEP 3. If the dust cap does not supply a slot for the wiring to pass through, continue through to option 2A below. 

STEP 2A: This means your wiring is run inside the headlight housing so you might have to be a bit more patient when fitting all of the components inside the housing. At this stage you will nee to work out if the driver & canbus (if you required the additional canbus module) will fit inside the headlight unit. If there doesn't seem to be sufficient space to fit all of the components back inside the housing it means you will need to run the driver/canbus on the outside of the housing. Drill 2 holes to run the cable through 1 hole to the outside and 1 hole to return the wiring back through to the power source. Rubber grommets are handy in this case to hold a water tight seal around the wiring and stop any water from seeping in to the headlight housing.

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Step 3: Plug all required components back together. It's easiest to start with connecting the driver into the globe and mounting the driver on a flat surface under the globe socket. If you followed Step 2A find a flat surface within reach to mount the driver onto. Double sided tape/cable ties can be used to secure the unit from moving freely. 

If you have an additional CANBUS Unit make sure you will have a place to mount this as well. Internally there is usually enough room opposite where you will have mounted the driver. Externally mounting next to the driver unit making sure you have enough wiring to connect to the globe.

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Step 4: Tuck all wiring on the inside and replace the factory dust cap. This step can sometimes require some patience depending on how the driver/canbus units where positioned during install. A little re-positioning isn't uncommon to get the correct fitment. 

Once both LED Globes have been installed turn the cars ignition to power electrics and test your headlights to see if both fire up as usual. If one or both of your globes are not firing up correctly, double check all connections are properly installed and test again. For further help contact STEDI through phone (03) 9369 8845 or email.

STEP 5: Positioning your lowbeam globe manually requires parking your vehicle 3m from a wall and adjusting the angle so that the beam runs horizontal to the headlight and doesn't exceed the height of the vehicles bonnet. This can generally be done via a tilt adjustment screw near the top or at the rear of the headlight housing.

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

Some of our Copperhead range are fitted with removable collars to make it easier when installing. The H1, H4 & H7 globes all have collars that can be removed and placed into the headlight housing to avoid working around the copper tails. Once the collar is clipped in simply place the globe back into the collar and twist to lock into position.

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PARKERS & DRLS:

installing your parker or DRL LED conversion is quite simple running usually by a simple Plug & Play system. On the rear of your headlight housing you will have 3 slots usually covered with factory dust caps. Two being you High & Low beams with the third being the parker or DRL. Most that we have come across are a simple holder that is a twist release unit with a wedge mount on the inner end. Pretty straight forward as you just remove the existing globe to swap in your new LED globe, twist back into place and all set to go.

DRL SPECIFIC NOTES:

There are 2 different styles of T20 globe one being compatible for both sockets and the other only compatible with 1. These 2 different globes are the 7440 and 7443 which look almost identical to one another. T10 globes (if used in your vehicles DRL) are compatible across the range with its only factor being the height of the bulb. For example with most DRLs it is safest to use a 24mm or 28mm globe to ensure error free installation.

7440: The T20 7440 Wedge only has a single filament on each side of its connection facing. This style of globe is only compatible with 7440 fittings so it's best to check the existing globe for compatibility.

7443: The T20 7443 Wedge has 2 filaments on each side of its connection facing. This style is compatible with both 7440 & 7443 fittings. Usually found in DRL systems with a dimmer feature when the indicators are active.

VIDEO TUTORIALS:

COMING SOON

ARE LED HEAD LIGHTS CONVERSION KITS LEGAL?

The below extract has been taken from the http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/licensing/LBU_VS_IB_132.pdf

IB-132C Vehicle Safety and Standards Information Bulletin (Updated August 2017)

LED headlight replacements globes Similar to HID lights, LED lights produce more light to the amount of power they consume. The retro-fitting of aftermarket conversions of LED lights and/or light assemblies to the dipped beam (low beam) circuit of a vehicle does not guarantee that they will comply with ADR performance requirements applicable to the vehicle which may make them non-compliant for road use. The fitting of such lights and/or light assemblies is considered altering a vehicle from the manufacturer’s specifications which classifies the vehicle as a modified vehicle. The vehicle is required to be examined to determine if the vehicle meets the requirements under ADR13.

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