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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-07-2018, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got sick and tired of the crummy headlights on my 05' F250 and decided to upgrade the bulbs to some LED's. I did some research, and found some on Amazon that had great reviews, and looked pretty good. I think they were around $70...so not cheap.

I put them in tonight, turned them on...and WOW, they were awesome! They put out so much more light, it was great! So then I fired up the truck and took it for a drive....so much better than before! But then I get home, and after I turned the lights off, I left the truck idling (was hooking up a trailer to move it around)....and I noticed that when the lights were turned OFF....I could see them blinking/flickering a little bit. I turned them back on....and I noticed that even when they were on, they were flickering just slightly. I turned them on and off a couple of times, and sometimes I could get them to turn on and not flicker...and other times they would. Even wit the truck not running, sometimes both flickers when the lights are on, sometimes just one flickers. Very random.

Did I just get a bad set of LED lights? I saw some "anti-flicker" harshness on amazon....would those fix the problem? Or should I just returns them?

Any help would be great! Thanks!!!!



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Re: My new LED headlight bulbs are flickering...why?

I dunno, but I know $70 is on the cheaper side for aftermarket lights. At least what I have seen, I suppose.

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Re: My new LED headlight bulbs are flickering...why?

Maybe I will just return them and try a different brand of them? Do they make any standard halogen type bulbs that are any brighter then the OEM bulbs?

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Re: My new LED headlight bulbs are flickering...why?

I had some cheap ones from flee bay that did kinda the same thing. With the truck off they worked fine, once I started the truck they would blink on and off, tried resistors, anti flicker caps, even hooking up directly to the battery with a relay, nothing helped. I ended up sending them back and buying a different set, haven't had any issues in months.

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Re: My new LED headlight bulbs are flickering...why?

Instead of rolling the dice on another set of LED headlight bulbs that may, or may not work correctly.......what about a brighter set of Halogen bulbs? Something like these Sylvania XZE bulbs? Would they be close to the same light output as the LED bulbs? Or are LED's much brighter?




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Re: My new LED headlight bulbs are flickering...why?

Most LEDs aren't really brighter.
Somewhat of a optical illusion, if you will.
I've ran the xtravision before. Brighter than stock. Decent life.
Silver stars, never ran them myself, but seem to burn out quickly. And I don't like the blue look.
Ran the ultra in our Jetta, iirc. They were decent as well.
No experience with the zxe, but I wouldn't he afraid to try them.

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Re: My new LED headlight bulbs are flickering...why?

***UPDATE***

Well, I got the new Beamtech LED bulbs in yesterday. They work great!!! No flicker at all, they world like they are supposed to. I didnít need any type of anti-flicker harnessÖ.just plugged them right into the oem bulb plug.

They have a great pattern, are MUCH brighter than the standard halogen bulbs that were in there, and the high-beams work great! Iím very happy with themÖ..I would recommend them to anyone looking to upgrade the lighting on their Superdutys. Itís a night and day different compared to the bulbs that were in there.



And they were only $38 a set off of Amazon.

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Re: My new LED headlight bulbs are flickering...why?

this one?
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Yep, those are the exact ones I installed.
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I'm getting some!!!


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