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I just wanted to start a thread on the Defender LED headlight swap. I have been trying to research this but could not find to much info on changing to led bulbs. I just changed mine in my defender to LED's. It was really simple to do. It took me about 20 minutes. The hardest part was finding a good spot to zip tie the extra wire. The LED's come with a little extra wire with a little box on the wire that will have to be Zip tied up out of the way. Other than that it was just plug and play. I did notice on two of them that they were not working at first. All I did was unplug the bulb and spin the connector and plugged them back in and they worked perfect. The connectors can plug in two ways so if it's wrong the first time just turn it and re plug it together. The lights I got from Amazon. They are Qcheye H11 LED Headlight Bulbs. They seemed to be very well made. I am happy with them. The defender has H8 stock bulbs. H8's are the same as H9 and H11. The H11 fit just fine in the housing. They seem to be very bright but I have not used them at night yet. There is no warm up time with LED's. I have some pictures to show the difference.
 

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Your stock headlights are all the same. They are H8 and 35W. So the kit I ordered comes with two bulbs. I just ordered two kits to receive 4 bulbs. All you do is take out the stock bulb and put in the new bulb. It is that simple. The only thing is the new LED bulbs come with a wire off of them with a little box on them that you have to stow somewhere. I just zip tied them to the frame.
 

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Your stock headlights are all the same. They are H8 and 35W. So the kit I ordered comes with two bulbs. I just ordered two kits to receive 4 bulbs. All you do is take out the stock bulb and put in the new bulb. It is that simple. The only thing is the new LED bulbs come with a wire off of them with a little box on them that you have to stow somewhere. I just zip tied them to the frame.
Sweet thank you. The pictures look great, big improvement from stock
 

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Your stock headlights are all the same. They are H8 and 35W. So the kit I ordered comes with two bulbs. I just ordered two kits to receive 4 bulbs. All you do is take out the stock bulb and put in the new bulb. It is that simple. The only thing is the new LED bulbs come with a wire off of them with a little box on them that you have to stow somewhere. I just zip tied them to the frame.
Sweet thank you. The pictures look great, big improvement from stock

Thank you I think they look pretty nice as well. I will update once I take a good night ride to how bright they are. From what I can tell so far they are quite a bit brighter.
 

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Kuker21,
I cut-n-pasted your description over to Amazon, but several different options came up. Are they the ones for $29.99? Can you post a link?


Tia!
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Kuker21,
I cut-n-pasted your description over to Amazon, but several different options came up. Are they the ones for $29.99? Can you post a link?


Tia!
Swilly
Kuker actually got these I believe (correct me if I'm wrong Kuker)

I actually just ordered a set tonight as well but I went with
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I chose the Beamtech because I've read good reviews from other SXS owners using them especially in Can Am units. And they are half the price. They probably aren't as bright as Kuker's but that's what I have a 42" light bar for. The headlights are honestly probably going to get completely washed out by the light bar anyways and it was probably a stupid purchase on my part but at least now the color of the lights will match. I probably won't upgrade the high beams as they will definitely get washed out by the light bar and would be completely pointless as I don't use the high beams at all anymore.
 

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Schloop those are the ones I ordered but now I'm nervous after reading the reviews. I dont think those negative reviews where there when I ordered them. Keep us posted on the Beamtech ones you ordered.
 

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Schloop, you didn't go wrong with both the light bar and the LED headlights. I have the LED light bar and both high and low beams on my defender. If you ride at night on the roads your light bar is way too bright for any oncoming traffic so you have to rely on your headlights. I seldom use my light bar when riding at night, I use it mainly for plowing as the plow covers the stock headlights when raised up.
 

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Yeah I'll keep you all posted. I ordered a set for my Navigator as well. Should be a huge improvement on both vehicles as the stock lights are terrible on both.
 

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So I went for a little night ride last night and the new led bulbs are very bright. I never drove it at night with the stock bulbs so I can't compare them. But these bulbs are very bright. I went into an alley with no street lights and the lit up the whole alley. I could see all the way to the end with the brights on. I am very happy with these lights. I know they are brighter than my stock can am commander's were. Hope this helps
 

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I got my Beamtech's in today. Installed them in the Defender, pretty easy. Turned them on and they are at least 10x brighter than stock.

As you can see in the HD5 it's one set of lights for low beam and the other set of lights for high beam. You don't get both beams together like the other models of the defender. I installed the LEDs in the low beam position. So right in front of me is lit up like the sun, and the lightbar is pointed out so everything else is super lit up by the lightbar. And now the color of the lights match, at least as long as I don't turn on the high beams.

I'm very happy with the lights so far. If I was going slow I don't think I would even need or turn on the lightbar. But when I'm going fast I like to be able to see way ahead of me.

P.S. Installed the Beamtech's in my Navigator as well and I'm very happy with those as well. But now I feel like I have to change out the fog lights, turn lights, back up lights, etc.
 

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Thanks for the heads-up on this, guys!


I use the buggy for work sometimes, which means running around on roads between parcels, so I'm ordering up the Beamtech's tonight. The stockers weren't worth a crap on the highway, and the Sheriff gets a little pissy when I'm running highs plus 2 light bars and 2 pods thru town....:devil
 

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The hd5 looks good schloop. I'm glad I joined this forum. There is a lot of good information. Anything to help fellow riders. 👍😎
 

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I’m new to forum and just purchased a 2019 defender Lonestar edition a couple of weeks ago and definitely led lights are top of my list. Thanks for the information posted. Ordered half doors and can am windshield. Should be installing that this weekend.
 

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I ended up going with HIKARI Ultra LED Headlight Bulbs Conversion Kit -H11 (H8,H9), Prime LED 12000lm 6K Cool White
I will post some pictures when lights are installed
 

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Yep LED headlights are a great up grade I just got my led bulbs in there actually unbranded on a name pretty much just a description of them on ebay from a U.S seller instead of 1 of the thousands that has to be shipped from China....... there a imitation beam tech just like schloop installed (honestly probably built in same factory they are identical) 8000lm 6500k 25watts per bulb I got all 4 lights for 33 bucks installed them last night and so far impressed dont seem to bright to blind cars on the blacktop and definitely brighter than stock very pleased with them .... heres a before and after
 

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After the little research I did into LED headlights it's not about how many LEDs it has or how cool it looks a 6 side LED is not necessarily better than a two sided LED .... what ur looking for is an LED headlight that is as closely mimicked to the filament in a halogen bulb as possible as in as how close both sides of the LEDs are and how far up the shank of the light the LEDs are located ... because the reflective housing of the headlight lense is designed for optimal light output for the placement of a stock halogen filament a big fat or multiple sided LED dosent use the stock reflective housing as it should ... the LED CSP style lights that schloop and I purchased are a very good less expensive LED route that closely resembles halogen filament placement ... for me I just typed in H8 CSP LED headlight into ebay and chose the ones that I liked best ( cheapest and coming from U.S not china ) and they work great the beamtechs schloop purchased are an excellent choice and will be one of the first that pop up .... keep in mind an H8 is the same as and compatible with H9 and H11 most of them will say H11 ... other plus is the LEDs draw less watts than the halogen stockers... about 10 watts less each bulb
 
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