- How to Troubleshoot LED Headlight Problems
- Common Causes of LED Headlight Failure
- What to Do If Your LED Headlights Aren't Working
- How to Check for Faulty Wiring When Converting to LEDs
- Tips for avoiding common mistakes when converting headlights to LED
Most people love to have bright headlights on their car, except for the drivers who get blinded by them. However, jokes aside, good illumination is crucial during winter when the night arrives abruptly and visibility often drops due to weather conditions. The US Department of Transportation conducted research in 2022 and found out that about 24% of car accidents related to weather occur in snowy weather or when the roads are covered with ice and slush. And around 15% happen in snowfall and sleet.
Driving can be dangerous for many reasons, but not being able to see clearly is one of the worst. In foggy or dark weather, your braking distance increases and you have less control over your car. This leaves very little room for error. However, driving in dim light decreases that amount of time even more. It's better to notice danger sooner than later which is why many people choose to convert their automotive bulbs to LEDs because they are much brighter.
No one wants to live next door to a DRL.
Although daytime running lights are not mandatory in the United States, they're a useful safety feature that improves your car's visibility to other drivers and pedestrians. Many cars come equipped with DRLs by default, but if you want to convert your halogen beams to LEDs, you may run into some trouble.
Even though LEDs are more efficient than other types of light bulbs, they still need a stable flow of electricity to work properly. "What happens in cars that use daytime running lights is a competition between them and LEDs," according to Ben Collins, the content editor of the LightningLab project. This can cause issues like an inconsistent output or flickering from your new LED light bulbs.
The power distribution problem can be put to a stop by using a decoder or wiring harness; both gently increasing the power supplied to the LEDs. This will ensure that they get enough light when the DRLs are switched on.
Adapters that don't fit well together
While LED conversion kits usually come with adapters to help you integrate new bulbs, picking an adapter as an afterthought can sometimes result in compatibility issues with the LEDs you have already purchased and installed. The same issue can occur if you buy a set of headlights that have drivers or adapters that work with your bulbs, but not with the car.
In addition, you will want to find countermeasures like anti-flicker devices or alternative adapters. When on the hunt for one of these, be sure that it is compatible with both your light bulbs and vehicle. To do this, cross-reference the car's make and model with the adapter. Checking only the car's make and model isn't enough—you must also account for its year as well.
The polarity for dual filament LEDs is incorrect.
LEDs don't have filaments like traditional light bulbs. Instead, they have a series of diodes that emit light when electricity passes through them. These types of LEDs are mostly used in home decor and as retrofits for headlights. Dual filament LEDs are just retrofits for assemblies that use the same bulb for both high and low beams and switch between filaments within it.
WARNING: This potential issue could destroy your new bulbs. Always check and double-check the connections to avoid reverse polarity.
Invalid or inexact connections
If you're not mechanically inclined, do not worry! Everyone makes mistakes. Your first step should be to check all of the connections. If the headlights don't work at all or if only one light is on, that means it's time to check each connection.
Power supply issues, faulty fuse connections, and problems with grounding can all be contributing factors. If you're using an adapter, check its wiring as well. To rule out any potential problems, it's best to examine every connection you made during the conversion process.
Trouble converting to LED lights
No one is exempt from making mistakes, and even if you were following directions something could still go wrong. Troubleshooting any headlight problems usually starts with finding loose connections. This issue is the most frequent and easy to resolve.
If your headlights are not working, the first suspect is usually the fuse. If you have a faulty fuse, it can cause all sorts of problems, from blown fuses to poor wiring.
Remember to inspect for polarity as well. After installation, double-check that everything is correctly set up. If it isn't, reverse the input.
Try swapping your light bulbs to see if the issue lies in a faulty bulb or with the socket.