How to Troubleshoot LED Headlight Problems: What You Should Know About Light Emitting Diode Technology.

August 06, 2021 5 min read

The LED light kits are a great alternative for upgrading the factory halogen headlights on your Jeep, truck or SUV. They are more efficient, more durable and have a longer lifespan than their halogen counterparts. While there are many benefits of buying an LED light kit for your vehicle, it’s not always the easiest process and may require some troubleshooting. These tips should help you solve any issues you encounter while setting up your new LED lights!

1. What is an LED headlight?

A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a semiconductor that emits light when an electric current passes through it. LEDs are a form of solid-state lighting, which makes them more energy-efficient than other forms of lighting. LED headlights use LEDs to replace the filament or halogen bulb in a car’s headlight.In older vehicles, the filament is usually a small, relatively unattractive shape that sticks out from under the hood. Modern vehicles use integrated LED structures that don’t require obtrusive plugs or hoses. Most modern vehicles use LEDs in a third system: the circuit that provides the illumination that allows the driver to see the road ahead. Quite often, motorists find that their car’s headlight’s output isn’t cutting it. This can happen for a few different reasons. One issue is that the factory-installed LED isn’t working correctly. If there have been any significant, major service visits, you might have noticed that your OEM bulb isn’t functioning correctly. Another common problem, especially if you are experiencing intermittent or intermittent problems, is that driver’s side side reflectors aren’t lighting up. Problems With Halogen-Based Halos and Bulbs Many LED headlights are blessed with true omnidirectional beams, meaning that their performance relies on light entering the brake and illuminating the road ahead. But some vehicles, particularly those from the past, use a different kind of bulb: a halogen bulb. Halogen bulbs have two conductors — a filer and anode — arranged in a tube. When light passes between the two terminals of the bulb and through the bulb’s thin carbon ribbon, it produces a constant, uniform heat. This heat is what illuminates the road ahead for the driver in inclement weather. However, the halogen bulb itself doesn’t generate enough light to be effective, and the driver may find that his LED headlights really, really shine when there is orange or yellow sun. Some vehicles use a combination of both bulbs (such as a solid-state, halogen headlight with an LED behind it).

2. How do you know if your LED headlights are working?

There are a few ways you can tell if your LED headlights are working properly. First, turn your headlights on and take a look at the lights. If they’re not on, they’re not working. If they’re flickering, they’re not working. If they’re very dim, they’re not working.Many low-and-mid end lights can have issues, so if you’re working on a new vehicle, it’s important to get that problem under control before you add higher-end lights to your ride. Google it! There is a search tool for light bulb troubleshooting, so entering the vehicle make and model along with your issue will provide you with a list of related posts. See related posts? Those are the first steps on your journey to LED lightbulbs. What to Read Next The jump to LED lighting is a vast improvement to an automobile’s lighting system. Closer to home, many of our properties are unlit, and we want to make sure that our lawns and grounds are illuminated. In this article though we’ll focus on LED headlights and LED taillights. LED lighting is changing homes and commercial spaces across the country, whether it’s real estate agents showing homes or kitchens featured in advertisements. If there’s a newer, more efficient and more functional option available, why wouldn’t you want it on your properties? LED Night Drive Lights LED night lights use fast-reducing LED diodes to create a white light output so your vehicle doesn’t need to adjust to bright daylight. The result is dramatic savings on your gas bill, especially on larger vehicles. LED’s are designed to be safer, with the LED diodes programmed for safety rather than outputting harmful UV light. There are four parts to LED lighting: these are: Lighting: These lights attach to your dashboard, turning the dashboard into a light source for the vehicle’s interior. Controlling the lighting: These control the lights so they turn on automatically as they’re needed — meaning your dashboard is always lit and does not need to be switched on or off manually.

3. How to troubleshoot problems with your LED headlights

If you’ve just had an LED headlight conversion done, and you’re experiencing problems with them, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot. First, make sure you’re using the correct bulbs for the type of car you own. Some vehicles require different bulbs for low beams and high beams.If you have a vehicle that requires different bulbs based on the drive mode (SEL, AWD, etc.), try reading this. HELPROBLEM 1. “LIGHT SWITCH BLINKS INTERSATE” Check and make sure the “intentional break” mode for your bulbs is set to “on” and not “off.” On a 2016 model year, newer LED bulbs are supposed to require the user to 'press a button” in order to “activate” the light. This button can be programmed to either “on” or “off.” Older LED bulbs, even those with the button, will remain “on.” If you’ve just had an LED headlight conversion done on a car that uses the “intentional break” mode for your bulbs, set your electronic ignition button, if any, to “on,” and press the bulb “button” to “activate” the light. HELPROBLEM 2. “IR red ring” Believe it or not, some types of bulbs, such as the kind you’ll find in high beams (bulbs that “push” into your interior light fixture and light the interior) actually pack a little bit of a punch. The bulbs are said to provide a more even, “evenly-brightening” beam in comparison to the back-light type you’ll find in goal beam and stop lamp lights. But they are considerably more expensive, and since your primary light source will be the bulb, it might feel a bit like you’re paying twice for each lightbulb. And that bulb… huh? First, before purchasing these bulbs or converting your existing bulbs, be up on why you’d be doing this. It may be cheaper to strip the bulbs out and tinker/fix the light instead of spending money on the pricey lightbulbs. It may be cheaper to save the bulb and light the interior yourself instead of replacing the bulb.

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