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Old 01-17-2014, 11:00 PM   #1
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Halo Projector Headlight Issues

Hey guys. I know this might have been answered elsewhere on the forum, but I would really appreciate some help, as I'm pretty new to all this! So, I recently purchased the Spec-D projector halo headlights for my '03 ZX5: http://www.specdtuning.com/2lhp-foc00jm-tm.html. The lights look great, and they were easy to install, but I've run into a few problems so far.

So the first time I installed the lights, everything worked pretty well, however, the halo rings on the drivers side weren't working, but the ones on the passenger side were:

I checked the wiring and everything, and I couldn't see anything wrong. So I emailed the seller that I got them from, and they sent me a new pair. Yesterday, I swapped out the drivers side light with the new one, and weirdly, the halos in that light worked, but the halos in the passenger side light, which were working before, aren't anymore.

I know the LED's in these lights are terrible and burn out quickly, so would that be the reason why the halos aren't working? It just seems sort of strange.

And also, I've read a lot about how these lights are pretty dim, have awful throw, and how the outer plastic is pretty bad quality, and stuff like that. Any fix, or improvement that could be done for that? New bulbs? HID's? Or am I just stuck with them how they are, haha?

I suppose I'll try installing the other light from the new pair they sent me, and see if that fixes anything.

Would really appreciate some help!


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Old 01-17-2014, 11:15 PM   #2
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My guess is that they are just cheap junk. I know not all "ebay grade" parts are junk. I have bought tons of stuff from there, but these seem to be of normal "you get what you pay for" type of items. Why not go with something many people like on this site??? These lights are called "Mach-a-likes" and many people love them:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/02-05-Ford-F...item1e7f9f881e

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can you access the LED that power the rings? They might not be LED. I installed a set of these assemblies in my son's Honda and we replaced the 194 incandecent bulbs with T10 6000K LED. If the rings are powered by an incandecent bulb you can use a T10 LED.
I work for Philips Lighting and this is what i do, automotive LED lighting.
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can you access the LED that power the rings? They might not be LED. I installed a set of these assemblies in my son's Honda and we replaced the 194 incandecent bulbs with T10 6000K LED. If the rings are powered by an incandecent bulb you can use a T10 LED.
I work for Philips Lighting and this is what i do, automotive LED lighting.
Yeah, I think I might be able to if I took them out again. But the lights seem to be working fine now, so the problem seems intermittent. If they stop working, I'll be sure to take them apart and see if I can replace whatever is inside. Thanks!
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My guess is that they are just cheap junk. I know not all "ebay grade" parts are junk. I have bought tons of stuff from there, but these seem to be of normal "you get what you pay for" type of items. Why not go with something many people like on this site??? These lights are called "Mach-a-likes" and many people love them:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/02-05-Ford-F...item1e7f9f881e
Yeah those really are nice. You're right, you do get what you pay for, especially with car parts. If I don't get my lights working, I'll be sure to check those out! Thanks!
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If they ARE led, make sure you have a resistor inline with each side that feeds the halo/ led. Most ppl say around 330k ohms per side I believe. Some lights come with the resistor in them, but my aftermarket halo/ projectors did not. Without the resistors, IF they are led, they can burn up real quick.
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I have the same ones. From the get go, a single halo on the passenger side didn't work.



I felt so stupid to realize that the connector to that led circuit had come loose...



If im not mistaken, I think the LEDs are halogen fed. And they for sure have a resistor pack on the halo circuits.



Check to make sure all of your bulbs are plugged in well and no wires are loose INSIDE the headlight (take off all the rubber boots and inspect).
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Yes all my sht was out of whack when they arrived, and the mounts didn't make them sit right, which required some artful shimming. 2000 full turns later and I finally got them to point forward: the direction you'd assume they would out of the box. But eh, for a hundred bucks, dropped at your door for the pair, they have been doin' alright for a couple years. I didn't really want the halos they just came with the lights that I liked the shape of the reflector area of, if that makes sense.
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And also, I've read a lot about how these lights are pretty dim, have awful throw, and how the outer plastic is pretty bad quality, and stuff like that. Any fix, or improvement that could be done for that? New bulbs? HID's? Or am I just stuck with them how they are, haha?

I suppose I'll try installing the other light from the new pair they sent me, and see if that fixes anything.

Would really appreciate some help!
I bought halos in 2009 and just replaced them with some TYC SVT headlights. Even though the lenses were fogged up, the halos had awesome light output and the TYCs have hotspots like crazy compared to the halos. Some leds burnt out quick but I unplugged them anyway because I personally though they started to look tacky. The only downside to those were that the plastics fogged but maybe that could have been prevented with some UV protecting wax. Also, I never had a bulb to burn out in those things! I suppose if I had put in some quality bulbs, I'm guessing those weren't, then it could've had even better light output. They also didn't twinkle or blind other driver's going down the road which I'm always worried about with aftermarket lights.

I wish I could find a new pair because so many aftermarket headlights are hit or miss and these were definitely a big hit.

I'd recommend you seal them up better with some RTV or something before you put them on. Might be worth it!
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Something else I've noticed with the spec-d lights is the light pattern. Yes it has the cutoff and typically pattern you'd expect for a projector, but it has a really poor focus, meaning all the light output it has is scattered way off in directions you don't need. Evenly dispersed, but not where you need it most.



I guess a good fix would be a higher output light source like an HID kit that would make that crappy throw a much brighter crappy throw.
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