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My headlights are all scuffed and I’m planning on refinishing em, but when I do it I’d like to switch out bulbs to LED. I think I need to have them balanced or pointed in the right direction too so they dont blind other drivers. Anyone do this upgrade to their Honda Pilot and have tips or brands of bulbs they recommend?

I opened hood and tried to check out replacing the bulbs yesterday but one seems pretty difficult to get to as well (shorter girl here without a lot of arm length to get into the headlight assembly). Will I have to take anything off to replace the bulbs?
 

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I bought a retrofitted pair from a member on here and had to open them up to fix some things but I have PNP LEDs (Supernova V3 from Headlight Revolution) in the Traverse. I SV3's are an excellent PNP bulb, they did not alter my beam pattern at all and provided a noticeable improvement over stock in terms of brightness and throw without any glare. They also provide a more premium look to the vehicle.

BUT when I follow my wife home and she's in the Pilot the FX-R retrofit is just an absolute beast and makes what I thought are good headlights seem pathetic. A retrofit is absolutely the best way to go, but if you have to go PNP I've found the SV3s to be good.

Check out Headlight Revolutions youtube channel, they test TONS of bulbs in their videos and it really gives you a good idea of which brands are good and which are crap.
 

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I did a complete swap to LEDs, including the amber turn signals up front. I didn't need to adjust anything, just plug and play. Although to be honest I had to take apart the whole front bumper to get to the fog lights, and it made it easier to replace the headlights with the whole light assembly off. I think its worth it to swap to LEDs, I like to difference a lot.
 

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I did a complete swap to LEDs, including the amber turn signals up front. I didn't need to adjust anything, just plug and play. Although to be honest I had to take apart the whole front bumper to get to the fog lights, and it made it easier to replace the headlights with the whole light assembly off. I think its worth it to swap to LEDs, I like to difference a lot.
Can you share a photo of how they look at night? Been thinking of doing the same.
 

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Ugh, I don't know of any LED bulbs that don't annoy other drivers...........our headlights are not designed to direct them the right way. I have a buddy with them. Asked him if they blind other drivers, and he said they were fine......he followed me for a bit after work one night to show me. Yeah, they were obnoxious!!!! :ROFLMAO:
Despite the bad reviews of Silverstars ie not true white light, too blue and shorter life, I bought some that were on sale and replaced my lows and high beams and they are a great upgrade from stock and they are directed the right way ie do not blind other drivers. .

Good read about bulbs in general. This guy knows his stuff:

 

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Good read about bulbs in general. This guy knows his stuff:

It looks like that article was originally written in 2002 and last updated in 2011. Just from research I've done over the last week (since I acquired a 2011 Pilot EX, which seems to have pretty dim stock headlights) it seems to me that many LED manufacturers have really upped their game. From what I can tell, as long as the LED's are in the same place as the filament in the OEM bulbs we should be in good shape because the light is now reflected in the same pattern as before, which theoretically wouldn't blind other drivers. Did I come to the wrong conclusion?
 

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My headlights are all scuffed and I’m planning on refinishing em, but when I do it I’d like to switch out bulbs to LED. I think I need to have them balanced or pointed in the right direction too so they dont blind other drivers. Anyone do this upgrade to their Honda Pilot and have tips or brands of bulbs they recommend?

I opened hood and tried to check out replacing the bulbs yesterday but one seems pretty difficult to get to as well (shorter girl here without a lot of arm length to get into the headlight assembly). Will I have to take anything off to replace the bulbs?
I went through this about a year ago with our 2012. I did change the fog light bulbs while I was at it so it turned out to be more of a job than just changing the headlights. One suggestion is to move the windshield washer bottle neck and the cold air snorkel on the other side, although I wasn't able to fit my hand in there with enough leverage ... hopefully, you might be able to.

I used BeamTech bulbs and they are working great and I didn't have to do any aiming adjustments.

If you like, you can read what I did here: (don't let the thread title scare you)

(24) Front end bulb changing nightmare | Honda Pilot - Honda Pilot Forums (piloteers.org)
 

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It looks like that article was originally written in 2002 and last updated in 2011. Just from research I've done over the last week (since I acquired a 2011 Pilot EX, which seems to have pretty dim stock headlights) it seems to me that many LED manufacturers have really upped their game. From what I can tell, as long as the LED's are in the same place as the filament in the OEM bulbs we should be in good shape because the light is now reflected in the same pattern as before, which theoretically wouldn't blind other drivers. Did I come to the wrong conclusion?
Yeah it is a bit dated, but has some good principles.
I’ll agree though, I think LED’s at their start may have been directed forward and just blossomed all over, not using the reflector very much.
I recently just got a set of LED’s for my fog lights to try out, and their actual diodes face to the side, right into the reflector........they are very bright and do not scatter outward. I’m guessing most headlight bulbs are probably the same way now but I haven’t tried any yet.
 

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LED headlights are annoying, even if the car came with them. Those bright blue lights are bad on the eyes. They don't even improve visibility as far as color goes. Yellow color lights have better visibility plus don't kill your night vision.
 

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LED headlights are annoying, even if the car came with them. Those bright blue lights are bad on the eyes. They don't even improve visibility as far as color goes. Yellow color lights have better visibility plus don't kill your night vision.
For black body radiation, yellow is the most visible, you're absolutely right. That's looking at the lights.

But for reflected light (the objects you see in the reflected light of your headlights) white light returns the most colors as it contains all of them. IOW, a green object will absorb all colors except green. But if there's no green in the incident light, you won't see it well or at all.

But back to incident light, the higher kelvin temperature lights contain more blue and the shorter wavelength light scatters more than longer wavelengths. That's why the sky is blue, more scattered light at that wavelength.

But while looking at the sun isn't recommended and is definitely annoying and bad for the eyes, what you see from objects that reflect its light are full spectrum and as good as it gets and better than any other incident light as most any professional photographer will tell you.

You may have noticed night vision driving glasses for consumers advertised on tv ... notice they're yellow? They attenuate high frequency (blue) light. But that big red truck barreling at you becomes easier to see. If the truck is blue, you're SOL
 
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