Finally - I found great 7in DRL lights for a good price, great light pattern!

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I've had halo's on for about 6 years but most of the eBay lights have a terrible beam pattern. I finally found 2 that work with good DRL and great beam. I was about to outlay AU$400 on Stedi lights which have a guaranteed good light output and rave reviews but I came across an eBay light I bought for $127 which I'm very impressed with, I would say it's 80-90% the quality beam of a Stedi. This is the links to the eBay light and Stedi (they have 3, but only one is a drl). I noticed it's $156 now but bulk buy is cheaper. I posted pics of the light below for when the ebay link disappears. The light on eBay is called 'Pair 7''Inch 210W Round LED Headlights Hi/Lo Beam DRL Headlamps for GQ PATR'.

The light pattern on the road is great with a good cut-off on low beam and I don't get flashed by anyone. High beam has a great spot and lights up the road. You can see in the shots of my headlights how bright they are even on low beam. I'm going to disable my indicators and just use the headlights as they are very bright and one side had a slight timing issue.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/394702625856

https://www.stedi.com.au/stedi-7-inch-homage-led-headlight-pair.html





« Last Edit: August 01, 2023, 10:58:36 pm by Edz »
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Thanks for this Edz. I was looking at the Stedi lights for my 65 coupe. Did you have to make any modifications to the buckets to install these or were they basically ‘plug and play’?

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They looked quite deep but fitted straight in without mods. I'm very happy with their output and the drl and indicator are super bright. At $127 on ebay they were less than a third the Stedi price.
These are now $153 but eBay plus ($5/month) gives you $5 off straightaway. If you buy 3 lots (with 2 other people) bulk buy drops to $135. I haven't found anyone selling them locally only this one set from China but I got them in 2 weeks.

I've bought a lot of different LED lights and most were garbage with lots of glare and odd light patterns so I've returned quite a few. If they come from China they never want you to return them because postage cost is high so they will generally offer you a big discount to keep them. The pics they use to sell them showing the beam on the road is photoshopped in a lot of cases, you can see that because they sell different lights with the same road photos.

I have eBay plus so with a lot of items if I didn't like them I had 30 days to return them and you get express post on a lot of items for $5/month.
I've saved $360 on purchases over 6 months for a cost of $30 for eBay plus.

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Stedi are also just cheap Chinese imported lights.

Our Lightforce ones are made here in Australia.

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Probably right, all Chinese and rebadged! I can't see any Lightforce 7 in lights when i googled?

I'm pretty happy with the lights I posted.
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Not our target market, more focussed on the 4x4 and trucks for our lights.

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Can you keep us in the loop as I have roller block on the engine stand and intend to do the same
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I'm very happy with the ones I posted above and a 3rd of the price of the Stedi ones.
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I've had halo's on for about 6 years but most of the eBay lights have a terrible beam pattern. I finally found 2 that work with good DRL and great beam. I was about to outlay AU$400 on Stedi lights which have a guaranteed good light output and rave reviews but I came across an eBay light I bought for $127 which I'm very impressed with, I would say it's 80-90% the quality beam of a Stedi. This is the link to the casino reviews and eBay light and Stedi (they have 3, but only one is a drl). I noticed it's $156 now but bulk buy is cheaper. I posted pics of the light below for when the ebay link disappears. The light on eBay is called 'Pair 7''Inch 210W Round LED Headlights Hi/Lo Beam DRL Headlamps for GQ PATR'.

The light pattern on the road is great with a good cut-off on low beam and I don't get flashed by anyone. High beam has a great spot and lights up the road. You can see in the shots of my headlights how bright they are even on low beam. I'm going to disable my indicators and just use the headlights as they are very bright and one side had a slight timing issue.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/394702625856

https://www.stedi.com.au/stedi-7-inch-homage-led-headlight-pair.html


Am I understanding correctly that this new condition is priced at AU$150?
Probably a low price because of the Chinese manufacturer :)
How long have you been using these lights? Have there been any other problems other than timing issues?
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Very happy with them, have had them on for 3 months now. Great value at $150
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I'm very happy with the ones I posted above and a 3rd of the price of the Stedi ones.

I bought a pair of these on eBay for $130. Installed them on the weekend and very happy with the beam pattern and the brightness, both low and high beam. As you said, no mods needed to the buckets. They light up the road so much better than the existing FoMoCo replicas from Scott Drake.

Still getting used to the different look of the new lights though.  :smile01:

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I bought a pair of these on eBay for $130. Installed them on the weekend and very happy with the beam pattern and the brightness, both low and high beam. As you said, no mods needed to the buckets. They light up the road so much better than the existing FoMoCo replicas from Scott Drake.

Still getting used to the different look of the new lights though.  :smile01:

Great to hear, I did 700k on the weekend from Canberra to Sydney and back with some travel around Penrith Saturday night. The lights were great compared to all the others I've tried on both low and high.
I didn't get flashed once, that may be because there are so many new cars with bright hid's and led's, however I previously spent time adjusting the lights as high as possible on my garage door and tested them on the road to check I wasn't without upsetting other cars.
Coming home on the highway, they were great, turn them on or even flash high once and all cars except one moved to the left lane to let me pass.

They stand out even on DRL mode so I'm very happy, great to hear you like them too.
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Interesting, thanks for sharing.
I will look into these lights.
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Not our target market, more focussed on the 4x4 and trucks for our lights.
Do Lightforce have a headlight replacement for a R model Mack truck ?

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Great to hear, I did 700k on the weekend from Canberra to Sydney and back with some travel around Penrith Saturday night. The lights were great compared to all the others I've tried on both low and high.
I didn't get flashed once, that may be because there are so many new cars with bright hid's and led's, however I previously spent time adjusting the lights as high as possible on my garage door and tested them on the road to check I wasn't without upsetting other cars.
Coming home on the highway, they were great, turn them on or even flash high once and all cars except one moved to the left lane to let me pass.

They stand out even on DRL mode so I'm very happy, great to hear you like them too.



How did you go hooking up the amber halo as an indicator? Did you just connect them to the existing indicators or did you need a modified flasher or relay to make them work? I just got around to trying to connect mine today by splicing a wire from the indicators to the halo lead but I get nothing. Any suggestions?

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Hi, if you got nothing, you probably have them wired back to front. Nearly all leds are polarity specific, so the positive and negative have to be the right way around.

I just wired off the indicator wire on each side for power, the headlight/halo uses a common earth.

I run an electronic flash relay as I have leds on the rear as well. This has speed adjustment on it and also is not load dependant like old school flash units? You know you need one if your indicators flash too fast. You can buy them at autoparts stores but I just buy half a dozen at a time on eBay.

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Appreciate the info, Edz. I'm considering Stedi lights for my '65 coupe. Did you need to modify the light buckets for installation, or were high-quality weed seeds amazon they essentially a 'plug and play' fit?
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No mods needed to buckets, just had to pick up power for drl and indicator. I'd say the stedi would be the same.
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