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Guitarfreak101
02-23-2013, 06:12 PM
Hi,

I have a 99 Grand Am SE and I want the headlights to be green(to match my green led foglight bulbs). I noticed that there are LED fog light bulbs that are the same size as my headlight bulbs. Can I use them for the headlights? The only thing is that they're 12v so I'm wondering if they will be bright enough. All the HID's I've seen are not green, they're like a nasty colored yellow so I would like to go with LEDs so my headlights will match my foglights.
Thanks,
Jesse

TDavis
02-23-2013, 06:28 PM
Should be in the Stupid questions thread.

Why in the hell would you want to put LEDs in your headlights? I'm hoping you mean turn signals and even so thats completely illegal.

Guitarfreak101
02-23-2013, 06:44 PM
Should be in the Stupid questions thread.

Why in the hell would you want to put LEDs in your headlights? I'm hoping you mean turn signals and even so thats completely illegal.

Thereis a reason this question was put in the Newbie category, sir >:(

TDavis
02-23-2013, 06:46 PM
On a serious note. You don't need green headlights. Trust me.

Get underglow or something. Keep your headlights a legal color.

Guitarfreak101
02-23-2013, 06:49 PM
On a serious note. You don't need green headlights. Trust me.

Get underglow or something. Keep your headlights a legal color.

Look, I already installed a green wheel well kit. And to my knowledge, LEDs are not illegal for headlights as long as they aren't blue or red. Hints the reason I'm going with green.

TDavis
02-23-2013, 06:53 PM
Okay then go with green. Have fun with the cops and not being able to see at night with green headlights.

Guitarfreak101
02-23-2013, 06:55 PM
Okay then go with green. Have fun with the cops and not being able to see at night with green headlights.

I have the police chief as a friend, and watch commander, and I do have fun with them. I talked to both of them about it and it's not illegal.

bricooper78
02-23-2013, 07:24 PM
*Hence*



(edit) I can't just correct your hints..


12v is what the car runs on. You are mistaking voltage for wattage, two completely different things. Amperage is different from those two also, just to toss that one in.

NO, led light bulbs will NOT be bright enough for your headlights. They are okay for bicycles, but you don't run over about 10mph on a bike.

Guitarfreak101
02-23-2013, 07:30 PM
*Hence*

You are a true life saver <3

bricooper78
02-23-2013, 07:47 PM
You are a true life saver <3

I do what I can.


Generally, 55 watt are for headlights, I have Sylvania UltraVision bulbs in my truck, and they're 60w.

Driving/Fog/whatever ya wanna call them, they are generally 35w, but there are several in between, and some of them are 55w.
Biggest issue, LED bulbs don't like heat, so mixing them with normal halogen bulbs kills them eventually, I've axed my fair share lol... Search TruGreen's threads, he has a green fetish too :hay: and he has threads on all his goodies, the man does some incredible work, and makes a pretty good "how-to" thread on what he's done.

Guitarfreak101
02-23-2013, 08:27 PM
I already knew that volts and watts are different but I wasn't sure if 12v was equal to enough watts to be bright enough or not..I think I'm just gonna get some of those led strips that are meant to go underneath the headlights. I'll check that thread first though. Thanks for your help! :)

bricooper78
02-23-2013, 08:30 PM
I'd mount the strip under the housing, that should work.
wattage is the output of the element, which gets its power via voltage input into it...
volts don't equal watts, volts supply the power to be made into watts, basically..

not trying to confuse ya, yet, i'll do that later ;)

Guitarfreak101
02-23-2013, 11:51 PM
I'd mount the strip under the housing, that should work.
wattage is the output of the element, which gets its power via voltage input into it...
volts don't equal watts, volts supply the power to be made into watts, basically..

not trying to confuse ya, yet, i'll do that later ;)

Yep, that makes sense :) I know how to solder and make guitar cables and that's about all I know when it comes to electric; making music, music mixing, mastering, and finding issues with things not recording/sounding right is more my game haha ;) well, and I'm taking classes for auto body and paint in the fall. Anyway, thanks for all your help. It's very frustrating being the noob sometimes.

bricooper78
02-24-2013, 12:42 PM
Dude, I learned most of what I know by smoking the piss out of electronics lol once ya get it done post up some pics so we can complain at you about what you did :D

TruGreenGAGT
02-25-2013, 10:06 PM
Biggest issue, LED bulbs don't like heat, so mixing them with normal halogen bulbs kills them eventually, I've axed my fair share lol... Search TruGreen's threads, he has a green fetish too :hay: and he has threads on all his goodies, the man does some incredible work, and makes a pretty good "how-to" thread on what he's done.

thanks Coop lol

and not sure but this may be helpful
http://www.ebay.com/itm/EXOTIC-GREEN-SLIM-EUROEFFECTS-9007-Xenon-HID-Conversion-Headlight-Light-Kit-/260886383320?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3cbe0a4ad8&vxp=mtr