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Is it just me or do the headlights suck?

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Ya'll should have come along when all there was were sealed beam highlights.
We were smart enough not to blind ourselves with bright dashlights and gadgets back then. Nothing like watching your uber driver trying to squint past his full bright smartphone screen with his hibeams on.
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Just got a new 2019 JL Rubicon in January and it didn't come with factory LEDs. I drove with the halogens for a couple of weeks while I researched going LED bulbs or replacing the headlights. I eventually decided it would be better to just replace the headlights even though it cost over $300 more that replacing the bulbs. I'm glad I did. I went with Oracle Oculus bi-LEDs and they are super bright. I've not been flashed once. They are aimed perfectly out of the box. They installed in about one hour, plug and play. Add a few minutes to wire up the halos.
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If the headlights REALLY sucked then they would have sold a lot more of them.
 

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Here's the comparison I just did between factory lights and Sylvannia Silverstar Ultra. I used manual mode on the camera so exposure was consistent, but I wasn't in the same exact spot for the "after" pictures, so aiming is different.

OEM low beam
jt oem low.jpg


Ultra low beam
jt ultra low.jpg


OEM high beam
jt oem high.jpg


Ultra high beam
jt ultra high.jpg
 

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Replacing just the bulb is a great step forward on improving your viewing pleasure. The issue I found was, the headlight itself is an issue. The stock headlight from FCA doesn't provide the right focus of light in my opinion that lights up the road safely in front of me. It acts more as a flood light while the factory LED and other LED units (like the Oracle that I installed) provide focused light in critical areas of the road. The other thing I noticed was that turning on the flood lights did not provide significant enhancements to night viewing (this is with no fog).
 

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We were smart enough not to blind ourselves with bright dashlights and gadgets back then. Nothing like watching your uber driver trying to squint past his full bright smartphone screen with his hibeams on.
Your Uber driver has skills! He was probably just trying to show off his multitasking abilities! lol.
 

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Here's the comparison I just did between factory lights and Sylvannia Silverstar Ultra. I used manual mode on the camera so exposure was consistent, but I wasn't in the same exact spot for the "after" pictures, so aiming is different.

OEM low beam
jt oem low.jpg


Ultra low beam
jt ultra low.jpg


OEM high beam
jt oem high.jpg


Ultra high beam
jt ultra high.jpg
Huge improvement.
 

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Just got a new 2019 JL Rubicon in January and it didn't come with factory LEDs. I drove with the halogens for a couple of weeks while I researched going LED bulbs or replacing the headlights. I eventually decided it would be better to just replace the headlights even though it cost over $300 more that replacing the bulbs. I'm glad I did. I went with Oracle Oculus bi-LEDs and they are super bright. I've not been flashed once. They are aimed perfectly out of the box. They installed in about one hour, plug and play. Add a few minutes to wire up the halos.
Install videos:





Without a doubt my favorite purchase yet, too.
 

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Stock LEDs on mine and they're fantastic. Probably the option on mine I'm most grateful for. Have them on all 3 vehicles and they've been well worth it. Learned from my wife's 2014 Cherokee how bad the normal lights were so HID or LED were a must.
Agreed! I will never buy another vehicle without the LED light option! Worth every penny
 

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Is it just me or are the regular headlights on the Wrangler not that bright? I'm not sure if this is an issue with the headlights or just something I just need to accept in a car (truck? suv?) that is a lot higher off the ground or if this is just shitty headlights. I've been driving little, low cars for most of my driving career other than my dad's Dodge Ramcharger and the Jeep Cheerokee that I learned on back in the early 90s. Is this just typical of the higher position of the headlights since they're further from the ground or something like that?

Anyway, I'm wondering if I should consider a headlight upgrade or if those will just be blinding everyone on the road?
I’ve got the factory LED’s and they are bright AF. Glad I sprung for the option. Well worth the price in my opinion.
 

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Yea..poor lighting... that's why I don't get it when I get flashed by oncoming traffic!??! :swear: I can barely see ahead of me and they flash me because they think I have my high beams on! ( and I did adjust the headlights down to accommodate others)

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(I wonder if it has to do with the globe-like shape of the headlight glass....)
The LED headlights on my new Willys are the best on any car or truck I have owned , including an '07 Patriot , Chereoke and Renegade
 

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I had to replace my halogens. On the way home from the dealership with my JL with 12 miles on it, I nearly hit a deer!
I went the LED bulb route and hated them. Within two days of having them installed, I purchased a set of LED headlamps and LED Fog lights from @InspiredEngineering.
Love them. They might not be the brightest LEDs available but I don't get flashed. Now I can see those pesky suicidal deer.
 

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We were smart enough not to blind ourselves with bright dashlights and gadgets back then. Nothing like watching your uber driver trying to squint past his full bright smartphone screen with his hibeams on.
I have to say, turning the dash brightness down at night makes it much easier to see with the stock halogens. And, they are a MAJOR improvement over older lights - anyone here ever drive an old XJ at night?? :CWL:
 

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Is it just me or are the regular headlights on the Wrangler not that bright? I'm not sure if this is an issue with the headlights or just something I just need to accept in a car (truck? suv?) that is a lot higher off the ground or if this is just shitty headlights. I've been driving little, low cars for most of my driving career other than my dad's Dodge Ramcharger and the Jeep Cheerokee that I learned on back in the early 90s. Is this just typical of the higher position of the headlights since they're further from the ground or something like that?

Anyway, I'm wondering if I should consider a headlight upgrade or if those will just be blinding everyone on the road?
You are right, they are not very bright, I hate mine, will upgrade eventually!
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