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    Re: LED or Quartz-Iodine headlights for my '67 AH 3000

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    Re: LED or Quartz-Iodine headlights for my '67 AH 3000

    WOW, Although I like the CIBIE H4 lights, I don't believe the level of light or their look is so much better then a set of Sylvania H6024 7" Halogens for $24/pair to be worth the very substantial price of the French units. Please don't misunderstand, I appreciate that the CIBIE H4s may have better light projection and a fine look, but is the added light and look worth that much of a premium?

    I have my original Lucas driving lights, aimed properly, if I wand a long beam to compliment the wider beam provided by my Halogens. As previous mentioned, I now infrequently drive my Healey after dark, but when I do, I appreciate the added lumens to better expose road hazards (commonly animals) with enough distance to easily maneuver with safety. However, I do have difficulty seeing when inconsiderate drivers in oncoming cars fail to lower their high-intensity beams.

    Well, all in all, though I have experienced the quality and performance of premium CIBIEs and Hella headlights installed on Healeys of friends, I would be hard pressed to validate the added performance relative to the added price. I guess this is a choice that falls into the category of personal preference.

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    Re: LED or Quartz-Iodine headlights for my '67 AH 3000

    Hello CaptRandy

    This is a very old post from you but was curious if you had any success in converting to LED headlights. There are a lot of bulbs available these days that appear to be a direct replacement for 9003 bulbs such as the ones used in my halogen headlights from Hella. The bulbs also look like they have a large base on them for the circuit/fan so they may not fit in the headlight can. I'm still have my generator and the Moss headlight switch relay (a good move) but also still have a positive ground system. Since LED's are polarity sensitive positive ground could be an issue but I keep it that way to stay original and I also have the original AM radio. Don't drive much at night but during the day I like to leave the headlights on to reduce the chance some moron texting while driving or eating that bacon cheese sandwich will see me (hope springs eternal). So its more about reducing the current load on the system. I'm not sure its worth the effort to convert but would be interested in your experience.

    Jim

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