I would NOT Recommend these headlights, UNLESS you plan on installing these yourself & have some after-market installation experience, have about $1000 ready to waste, have the space,time & equipment if trying on your own, considerable patience & "strong stomach" OR...
I would NOT Recommend these headlights, UNLESS you plan on installing these yourself & have some after-market installation experience, have about $1000 ready to waste, have the space,time & equipment if trying on your own, considerable patience & "strong stomach" OR you consider yourself lucky.
If you are interested in my experience with those, please read below:
I purchased the set above for a 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 SV. They were supposed to be my Christmas/New Year present. Unfortunately my experience so far is disappointing, to be polite about it.
Before I go into details, let me explain the two photos I attached.
- The first, the better & brighter photo is with the original OEM Headlight assembly & original standard bulbs.
- The second is my current situation, after $350+ in installation fees and adjustment/alignment post-installation, at a specialized & reputable in my area after-market installations business/shop.
- the LEDs shown on the sellers photos are really bright and double as daytime running lights.
- During the day, the car looks really nice with the DRL only.
- packaging, while looking reliable& solid was not enough and my order arrived with one of the high-beam bulbs burnt and possibly some damage.
- the bulbs used are quite different that the NISSAN OEM on my car. This set uses H1 for High beam, H7 for low beam. That should not have been an issue IF the rest of the problems had not shown up.
- asking seller for replacement bulbs, while arriving within a week was an issue after issue. fIrst they sent H11 bulb , just thrown inside the package , no reasonable padding. After complaining, they sent a pair of H1 Phillips bulbs, wrapped in bubble-wrap and taped around, not exactly the standard for sending fragile bulbs, not an OEM package.
- installation at my local dealership cost me $200 and they found the burnt bulb, for which they had no available replacement , which forced me to swap back to the OEM headlights as the car could not pass NYS inspection. Maybe it was my mistake to try after-market parts(even a whole composite assembly) just before your deadline.
- While and after the failed original installation a bit more observations: a) the connectors are a bit loose, b) the bulbs are Not the easy turn & click type, these are anchored in place by metal clamp & extra piece + screw, something I had not had since a 2000 model car. c) replacing those on my own would be trickier when you dont have the space & lift for the car to remove the front bumper. The extra small screw , placed in the assembly cover, before the screw-cap closing the assembly, behind each bulb would be pain to do without removing the front bumper.
- Attempt #2: this time I went to a reputable and specialized after market installation shop. Had purchased even extra H1 high-beam bulbs on my own, just in case the replacements provided by the seller were burnt again. The extra bulbs were HaloPro H1 with very good customer reviews & photos.
- The first night after the installation I had my disappointing surprise:
A) Low beams leave shorter & uneven pattern on the road, as seen on the second photo above. These lights are BARELY ENOUGH to drive during night. The low-beam bulbs are the same pair which were pre-installed in the seller''s headlight assembly housing and not opened or replaced since. ONLY DUE to the DRL LEDs in the same assembly , working simultabeously with the low beams it could be argued that those are even passable for driving.
B) High-beams: Even with the HaloPro those were either too low, unfocused, bad design, insufficient power , take your pick, but even after going a second time for alignment the mechanics/installation guys are telling me those beams can NOT be adjusted any higher or better. My other problem is that the high-beams look no better than the lower beam, same intensity, not much better vision on the road.
C) When switching to High-beams, the high & low beams work simultaneously, while turning OFF my Fog-lights. Vision is still disappointing and worse than NISSAN''s OEM. However that is the ONLY combination I feel I can drive with during night, just barely passable. BARELY, considering that the whole assembly is turned ON (DRL LEDs, low-beams & high-beams ALL are ON)
D) there are yellow reflectors at the new assembly corners. Those I assumed are for turn signals, WRONG as it seems. Techs tell me - just reflectors. I believe the OEM assembly has W5W bulbs there. I am grateful I have turn signals into the OEM fog-lights assembly and the side mirrors.
I drive 30k miles per year in my car, usually 1 hour during night on weekdays, so you can understand my concerns.
At this point I am seriously considering returning these headlights and swapping back the original from NISSAN.
The only thing I may still try are Diamond Vision Phillips H7s to replace the pre-installed whatever low-beam bulb is inside the SPPC assembly. I ordered those on my own and will give it one last attempt before making final decision. Those Phillips H7s did arrive in the proper OEM packaging, so they are my last hope in getting better night vision with the new assembly.
If anyone can give any usable advise, I would appreciate it.
If results are still sub-par compared to NISSAN OEM, I will be out $350 fees+ 300 assembly price + bulbs I purchased on my own and are un-usable with the Original headlights and whatever final cost is to swap the orginal back.
P.S: if anything changes for the better, I will post an update.